Dr. "Jim" and his wife Sue are both Denver, Colorado natives. They both attended Colorado State University. Dr. Houchens received his bachelors degree in Biology (CSU 1971) and Psychology (MSCD 1997). He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1976. Sue is a retired elementary school teacher and enjoys quilting and sewing arts. They both enjoy travel, cinema, reading, golf, music and long walks with their rescue dog, Sadie. Their two daughters live in Colorado. They have two grandsons, Westin and Dylan, and two cats, Harry and Ellie.