Dr. Norris was born in Gunnison, Colorado and lived there for 13 years before moving with his family to Big Timber, Montana. In Montana, Dr. Norris developed an avid love for the great outdoors. He grew up fly fishing, backpacking, and camping there with his brother and father, and played basketball and football throughout high school. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Montana State University, fighting forest fires and serving on a trail crew for the forest service during summer breaks.
After his undergraduate career, Dr. Norris joined the Navy and quickly advanced through the ranks over four years of service to become a Second Class Petty Officer. In the Navy, he worked as an electronics technician on F-14 Tomcats and Prowlers onboard the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.
Once his time serving in the Navy was complete, he obtained a job as a miner working out of Livingston, MT. He worked 3 miles underground over the next 5 years, mining platinum and palladium ore. The dangers of this work caused him to think a great deal about his career path, and due to his lifelong love for animals, Dr. Norris made the decision to apply to veterinary school. He was accepted to Colorado State University and graduated in May of 2017.
Dr. Norris loves fishing, camping, backpacking, and rafting with his teenage son, fiancée, and dogs. His favorite place to travel is to Patagonia once annually to fish and raft their remote, untouched waters. He is delighted to be part of the Red Rocks Animal Center and is looking forward to helping to support the health and well being of all of the cats and dogs that walk through the doors.