Our Story: The History of Caring Pathways

Every member of our team has a personal drive to offer compassionate and supportive care to pet owners in their time of need. We are committed to offering each family a personal and caring experience during their pet’s final days.

Our Story
Our Story

Learn from Our Founder: Dr. Larry Magnuson

Caring Pathways was started in 2010 by our founder, Dr. Larry Magnuson, who served the Colorado community for over 40 years by providing exceptional veterinary care. The initial concept of Caring Pathways, which eventually became Dr. Magnuson’s business plan, came to him in December 2009 when he realized that this was where his passion lay: in compassionate end-of-life care for pets. By July 2010, Caring Pathways was established in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Magnuson surrounded himself with likeminded team members who shared his passion and his vision.

Because of Dr. Magnuson’s compassionate heart and passionate leadership in building a supportive team, Caring Pathways in Colorado now consists of over 20 veterinarians and 20+ support staff members serving pet families with in-home, end-of-life pet care services.

Caring Pathways now has practices in 3 states. in 2021, Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice in Virginia Beach, Virginia joined the Caring Pathways team and Caring Pathways Charlotte launched in August of 2022. 

Dr. Magnuson and his team are honored to care for the pets and pet families in our communities across the country and it is part of the ongoing mission of Caring Pathways to provide compassionate care, support, and resources. Our team members work together to represent a unified goal of providing the kindest care possible to pets and their loving owners.

The Caring Pathways Mission

Our mission is to serve the hearts and minds of pet owners by providing peaceful, compassionate end of life care for their pets with honesty, integrity and respect in the comfort of their home.

Our purpose is to provide every pet owner the opportunity to receive gentle, compassionate care and to help you deal with the end of life issues surrounding your pet, including in-home medical assessment and consultation services, in-home palliative and hospice care, and in-home pet euthanasia, as well as body care, appropriate memorialization services, and helping guide you in your grieving process to the best of our ability, which may include outside resources.

Cherishing the Final Goodbye

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Words from one of our veterinarians, Dr. Mavi Graves

“As an end-of-life veterinarian, providing as smooth and peaceful of a transition as possible for pets in the comfort of home is a vocation I honestly look forward to every day. I still cry a little bit almost every day supporting pets and pet families on what may be the saddest day of their life, but I am always honored to help families give their pets the gift of a good death at the end of a life well-lived. As one end-of-life vet put it, ‘Where there is grief, there is great love, and all day long I’m looking at that love.'”

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