About Dr. Neal
Dr. Neal is a native of Tucson. She graduated from UA in 1996 and went to Colorado State University to receive her DVM degree in 2000. Her experience is in equine medicine, general practice, and in shelter medicine. A recent recipient of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 40 under 40 Award, Dr. Neal has also been recognized by her service to many other veterinary organizations during her career, such as the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Neal left the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in 2012, after seven years of service, and purchased Santa Cruz Vet Clinic in 2013. Dr. Neal also formed a 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) non-profit organization in 2014, named Asavet Charities, in order to be able to offer subsidized care to owners in need at her clinic and in underserved areas of the Southwest, including several Native American Reservations. A recent donation by the Bonnie Kay Trust Fund allowed Asavet Charities to purchase a mobile clinic in the summer of 2016, which is now actively performing clinics across the Southwest.
Dr. Neal’s passion involves offering spay and neuter services and promoting access to basic wellness care. Dr. Neal is active with Soul Dog Rescue in the Four Corners region, volunteering at high-volume spay and neuter clinics twice a year on the Navajo Reservation, as well as volunteering for the Hopkins Belize Humane Society in Belize annually. Dr. Neal has continued to offer spay and neuter clinics at Dr. Mike Ames’ vacant vet clinic in Douglas, AZ that was previously offered by HSSA. Dr. Neal will perform spay and neuter surgeries on pigs, rabbits, horses and small ruminants. She estimates that she has performed approximately 50,000 spay and neuter surgeries to date.
Dr. Neal, her husband Charles, and their 2 children (11 and 13) share their home with eight shelter cats and two shelter dogs.