VET CLINIC TUCSON - EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS
LisaI have been working in the veterinary field now for 18 years. I became a certified technician in 2003 and attended the University of Arizona for a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. I love working with and helping animals, and have had the opportunity to work in all aspects of veterinary medicine from shelter medicine, private practice, Integrative medicine to working at the specialty center with the boarded specialists. My passion is in surgery, integrative medicine and rescue work. I came to Santa Cruz Pet Clinic to help make a difference in our community and to assist Dr. Neal in providing medical services to our clients and their pets in need of good quality medicine that they can afford. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking with my dog, swimming and yoga.
RoseRose's love of animals is evident in every aspect of her life. She started her first technician position 30 years ago and received her certification two years later. She has served on the board of Animals Crusaders for 18 years. AC provides a no cost spay, neuter program, vaccinations and pet food to residents of the Tohono O'odam Nation. Recreation activities include dressage and endurance riding. She shares her home with husband Steve and a menagerie of rescues including two horses, five dogs and two cats.
Larmie brings her positive and enthusiastic "Get'R'Done" attitude to work -- every day! She also brings a wealth of experience in her position as Veterinary Technician at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic. Her love and concern for animals resulted in her attending Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs, where she graduated in May 2005 as a Vet Assistant. Larmie then interned at the Colorado Springs Humane Society and found that she loved shelter work! After working for a Small Animal Hospital for a year following veterinary assistant school, she knew working with animals would be her life's work. From May 2006 to October 2009 the Southern Arizona Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic offered her a position as a Clinic Technician, but she was quickly promoted to Senior Supervisor. In October 2009 she had an opportunity to work in a small animal hospital in New Hampshire, but missed home and Arizona weather too much to stay. So Larmie joined the spay/neuter clinic at HSSAZ in February 2011. During this time, she joined others in the "Mash style" clinics in Mexico and Native American reservations. In January, 2013, Larmie accepted Dr. Neal's offer of a position with the newly opened Santa Cruz Clinic, where she continues to follow her passion for spay/neuter clinics in Douglas, AZ and volunteers at spay/neuter "Mash" clinics. But she is NOT all work and no play – when she's not working, she's more than likely riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle – just like her Dad taught her!
SharonSharon has been around dogs and cats all her life. She got her love of animals from her mother. Sharon is a Tucson native, born and raised. Sharon has worked for Santa Cruz vet Clinic for 14 years. She and her husband have their own menagerie of animals at their home. Sharon and her husband also volunteer and foster for an animal rescue group here in Tucson, Animal Crusaders. When she is not working or volunteering, you will find her at a UA football game or watching football on Sundays. Sharon also loves to garden and has quite a green thumb!
JudyJudy Shepard moved to Tucson in 1999. Born and raised in South Florida she soon found she loved living the desert lifestyle. She shares her home with husband Roger and her mother Alma. She knew early on she had a strong connection with animals and has had 17 years overall veterinary experience. Most recently spending 8-1/2 years of that at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, working and learning alongside Dr. Neal. Caring for elderly and special needs animals are her life's passion. Her home is always occupied with a blind dog or two and several others. Many of whom were once deemed unadoptable. The family also includes a few handicapped small birds, turtles and tortoises. She brings with her that special caring for the hospitalized patients that she gives 24/7, not only here at Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic, but in her own home.
TiffanyTiffany is a recent graduate of Pima Medical Institute. She became a Veterinary Assistant to become a voice for animals as she has always wanted since she was a little girl. Tiffany brings her positive attitude and cheerfulness to work everyday. When Tiffany is not working she is enjoying life through her art work. She loves to paint and draw while in the company of her two cats and one rescued dog.
DiannDiann, Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic volunteer, is a retired RN. Diann was an Army Nurse, serving in Korea, and then received her Masters at the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing in Maternal-Newborn Nursing. She worked Labor and Delivery and NICU for many years before going into leadership as a Nursing Director in her specialized field. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital Center in Phoenix, Banner Desert Medical Center and Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson. She loves animals and has 3 horses, 1 mule and 5 dogs. Diann has been volunteering for the Douglas spay/neuter clinics for several years.
PeterPeter is a long time volunteer at the Douglas spay and neuter clinic. Peter is a retired U.S. Marine and also a former Animal Control Officer for the City of Douglas. Peter is an avid animal lover and has been a great advocate for spay and neuter. He also attends many MASH style clinics up in the Four Corners area as a volunteer with Soul Dog Rescue. Peter is always willing to lend a hand to friend or neighbor in need.
CarolCarol Bowman is a retired surgical RN and has a Master's degree in Business Administration. She was raised on a farm and spent several years on a ranch in Southern Arizona and has owned many different types of animals (dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, and rabbits). She has volunteered for the Douglas spay/neuter clinic for several years and enjoys assisting with all of the pets.
YumiBorn in Tokyo, Yumi has traveled farthest to find her passion. Yumi transitioned to the Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic in 2016 from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and continues her mission of championing animals and giving them the utmost help and care possible. Although she is a dog person, she currently has 4 cats, 2 kids, and one husband. In her spare time, she likes to cook and bake new things.
AliceAlice has been in the veterinary field for a little over 2 years as a veterinary assistant. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014. She has always had a love for animals especially cats. She plans on continuing her education in the veterinary field in the coming years.
RebeccaRebecca started working at Santa Cruz Veternary Clinic since April 2016. She has always loved and cared for animals. She is currently going back to school to become a small and large animal veterinarian. At the age of 16yrs she rescued her first 3 horses. That inspired her to start her own horse rescue and training to find them their forever homes.
KatyI graduated from Carrington College and have been working here at Santa Cruz Pet Clinic for a little over 2 years. I have always wanted to be in the veterinary field since I was young. I have six fur babies, all dogs.
MariaMaria graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Veterinary Science. She has worked in veterinary clinics on and off since 2006, most recently at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona where she worked as a Shelter Technician and later Front Office Lead at the Spay and Neuter Clinic. Maria's last position was with the University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus Family Medicine Residency as a Program Coordinator. After working with the residency program for 4 years she realized that she greatly missed working in the veterinary world and joined Santa Cruz Vet Clinic in November 2016. She has a passion for working with the community to stop pet over-population and enjoys working with Dr. Karter's nonprofit Asavet Charities. When Maria isn't working, she is spending her free time with her husband Andy and 2 fur-babies Kain and Hope, yorkies that she adopted from rescues.