Meet the Doc

Dr. Jim Friedly

team-1Dr. Jim Friedly is a seasoned practitioner of 25+ years and integrated holistic medicine into his practice in 1990′s starting with Homeopathy.  He is a graduate of the Acupuncture and Chiropractic courses for veterinarians at Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine at Fort Collins, CO.  Jim Friedly DVM has graduated from many advanced courses in acupuncture, chiropractic and Herbal Medicine for animals making him one of the most highly trained natural healthcare providers in the western United States.  He is experienced in Eastern, Western, and Ayuverdic herbal treatments for animals, and makes those a part of treatment options.  Dr. Friedly now also includes a new form of Homeopathy called Homotoxicology or Physiological Regulating Medicine in his treatment protocols.  He is the only full-time Holistic Veterinarian in Colorado Springs area.

Jim Friedly grew up on a farm near Powell Wyoming.  He participated in Sports, 4-H, and College Rodeo.  He attended college in 1968 and 1969 on a voice scholarship.  He then worked as a Wilderness Guide in the Absaroke and Teton Wilderness areas of Wyoming.  Dr. Friedly packed horses and mules into the middle of Grizzly Bear and Elk habitat and worked at a ski lodge in the winters as a tow operator.  He attended horse shoeing school at Casper College in Wyoming to become a farrier.

Doc Friedly worked for Y-Tex Corporation in production, product development and semen sales.  He co-developed the Freeze Branding System used for Arabian Horses, BLM Mustangs and horses in 17 other countries around the world.  He trained freeze branding technicians for the Arabian Registry, the Morgan Registry and the BLM.  He helped develop freeze branding techniques that are still used for cattle.  He trained artificial insemination technicians and helped manage semen distribution for bulls imported from Europe by Y-Tex Corp.

Dr. Friedly attended North Idaho College as a pre-veterinary student.  He was awarded a Debate Scholarship and was on the Deans List all semesters.  During that time, Jim worked as a Licensed Identifier and Paddock Judge for the Idaho and Washington State Horseracing Commissions.  While there, he collected data from thousands of horses for a study of hair whorls (cowlicks) and how they relate to disposition and temperament.  Dr. Friedly published the first study in the U.S. for Hair Whorls (cowlicks) to determine disposition, personality characteristics and athletic ability of horses.  He was also the co-developer of an identification system using hair whorls on the head of the horse.

Dr. Friedly recieved his Bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho.  He was a member of prestigious Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriclulture by maintaining a 3.75 GPA or higher grade point average.  He finished all his upper division credits in one year and was Accepted to veterinary school the next year.

Jim Friedly DVM taught at the Washington State University Horse Identification and Horse Fraud Short Course from 1976 to 1982.  He instructed field representatives for every major horse registry in the United States and Canada, including the Pinkerton Agency, The Jockey Club, The Appaloosa Horse Club, AQHA, The Morgan Horse Assoc., The Arabian Horse Club and many others.

Dr. Jim Friedly received scholarships for research in Cryobiology (tissue freezing), Horse Fraud Investigation, Equine Research and Organized Veterinary Medicine.  He was the president of the (SCAVMA) Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and served as the chairman of the Communications Committee.  Dr. Friedly followed in the footsteps of his mentor Dr. Keith Farrel by developing many surgical techniques for treating skin cancer in animals and humans using cryotherapy and laser therapy.  He co-developed the first technique to remove horse tattoos with the laser (now used for humans) and how to detect fraudulent use of the laser to change tattoos in racing horses.

After graduation Doc Friedly practiced in Roundup Montana for a year before moving to Colorado Springs.  He opened  Countryside Veterinary Clinic in 1986, a traditional mixed animal practice which employed up to 5 Doctors and 25 support staff.  He attended post-doctoral classes to become certified in Animal Acupuncture and Animal Chiropractic, and sold his traditional practice.  Since that date Holistic Veterinarian Jim Friedly has completed advanced courses in Western, Eastern, and Ayuverdic Herbal Therapy; Homotoxicology; Scientific Applied Kinesiology; Neurophysiolog; Applied Nutrition and Functional Medicine.


  • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science University of Idaho 1978 (Gamma Sigma Delta honor society)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Washington State University 1982
  • Graduate of the Colorado State University School for Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Graduate of the Colorado State University School for Veterinary Chiropractic
  • Attended the Florida Equine Acupuncture School for advanced acupuncture techniques
  • Studied under Europe’s leading acupuncturist, Are Thorson of Finland
  • Graduate of Advanced Animal Allergy Diagnostics and Treatment
  • Graduate of Veterinary Applied Kinesiology/Neurophysiology; levels I- IV


  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
  • Member of the Colorado Springs Veterinary Medical Society
  • Member of theColorado Veterinary Medical Assoc. Dr. Friedly served as Chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee for 5 years
    • Doc Friedly wrote and presented many pieces of legislation for animal welfare and the quality of animal care facilities
    • He served as district Representative for the Colorado Springs Veterinarians Society and as CVMA representative to the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agency
  •  Member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Jim Friedly has raised and trained Quarter Horses, Arabians, Fox Trotters, Thoroughbreds and Hanovarian horses.  He is a member of the Pikes Peak Range Riders.  He especially enjoys the yearly ride to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and the yearly events to support western heritage in the Colorado Springs community.

Jim Friedly was one of the founders of the Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors during its developmental years.

Veterinarian Friedly is an avid supporter of youth groups that interact with animals.  In the past 25 years he has contributed over $35,000.00 to 4-H Beef, Lamb, Goat, and Rabbit Programs, Handicapped riding programs, Pikes Peak Rangerettes, High School Rodeo, and El Paso County School Programs and Scholarships.  He has provided opportunities for many students to observe and work in his veterinary hospital.  Several of these students have graduated from veterinary school  and are now practicing veterinarians (e.g.; Dr. Tom Linnenbrink, Dr. Jennifer (George) Casebeer, Dr. Simon George, Dr. Shelly Rodewald).