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Cody Alcott has a long and extensive background in both small and large animal medicine and specifically neurology. After he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Alcott pursued primary care practice in California working on dogs, cats and horses. He was given the opportunity to pursue a residency in large animal medicine back at Iowa State. After completing his residency and becoming board certified in Internal Medicine, he was asked to stay on as part of the teaching faculty as an Equine Medicine Clinician at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center – teaching hospital for the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. It was during this time at Iowa State that he decided to pursue his love of neurology and neurosurgery, so he completed a neurology residency there while fulfilling his teaching duties. Dr. Alcott has done extensive research, receiving over $76,000 in grant money, has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers as well as given numerous lectures while at Iowa State. As much as he loved his time in Ames and all of those years in an academic setting, private specialty practice is what he longed to return to. He and his wife, Portia (a primary care veterinarian), along with their three children and multiple four legged members of their family, are thrilled to make Tucson their new home (our warm and sunny Arizona climate is an added advantage after their years in the upper Midwest!).
- 2015: Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Neurology)
- 2014 – Present: Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2011-2014: Residency in Comparative Neurology, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
- 2009-2014: Equine Medicine Clinician and Teaching Faculty, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
- 2009: Diplomate Certification in the American College of Veterinary Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine)
- 2006-2009: Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
- 2004-2006: Primary Care Veterinarian in Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Grantline Veterinary Hospital, Inc., Elk Grove, California
- 2000-2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, Iowa
- 1996-2000: Bachelor of Science, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California
Dr. Cindi Donnelly is a native New Mexican. After high school she left the Southwest for the Pacific Northwest to pursue an undergraduate degree in aquatic biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. From there she went to the University of Florida where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1983. After practicing small animal medicine for one year in Sarasota, Florida, she moved with her husband to Israel, where she worked at Safari, a wild animal park, in Ramat-Gan. Upon returning to the US in 1985, she entered private small animal practice in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1989, Dr. Donnelly began an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City, the largest small animal hospital in the country. She completed a residency in veterinary dermatology in 1992 at the Animal Medical Center and remained there for an additional year as a staff dermatologist. After becoming board certified in veterinary dermatology in 1994, she and her family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she opened a small animal dermatology referral service, Dermatology and Allergy for Animals, located within Pima Pet Clinic/Animal Emergency Service. While maintaining her current schedule at Pima Pet Clinic, she joined the staff of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson upon its opening in July 2004.
- Native of New Mexico
- Undergraduate degree in aquatic biology – University of Washington, Seattle
- 1983 – DVM – University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
- 1983 – general practice veterinarian – Sarasota, Florida
- 1984 – veterinarian at Safari wild animal park in Ramat-Gan, Israel
- 1985 – general practice veterinarian – Bethesda, Maryland
- 1989 – internship – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
- 1990-1992 – residency – Dermatology – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
- 1992-1993 – staff dermatologist – The Animal Medical Center, New York City
- 1994 – Diplomate, ACVD
- 1994-present – Owner, Dermatology and Allergy for Animals, Tucson, Arizona Veterinary Surgery
- 2004 – part-time dermatologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
Dr. Eichelberger began her veterinary career at the University of California, Davis. In addition to the rigorous demands of the veterinary medicine program, Dr. Eichelberger was actively involved in many extracurricular activities, including accepting the role as class president for two years. During her veterinary training, Dr. Eichelberger was recognized with many scholarships and awards for her academic achievements. Dr. Eichelberger’s decision to pursue advanced training in diagnostic imaging occurred while a veterinary student at the University of California, Davis. Following veterinary school, Dr. Eichelberger completed a one year internship followed by a three year diagnostic imaging residency. She completed her residency training in diagnostic imaging and Master’s degree in Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Eichelberger’s long career has spanned small and large animals in both private specialty practices and academia. Dr. Eichelberger is well published and is an ad hoc reviewer for Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and Wiley Publishing. She is a respected national and international speaker. As much as she has loved all of her varied career positions, she is happiest working in a specialty veterinary practice and is thrilled to have found her niche at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. Dr. Eichelberger enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging with specific interests in cross-sectional computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Eichelberger and her husband actively enjoy the outdoors, traveling and spending time with their precocious German Shorthaired Pointers; Lola, Passion and Rev.
- 2014 – present: Radiologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
- 2009-2014: Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty in Radiology, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas
- 2009: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
- 2008-2009: Staff Clinician in Diagnostic Imaging, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, Massachusetts
- 2005-2008: Residency and Master’s Degree in Radiological Health Sciences, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
- 2004-2005: Internship, Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, Florida
- 2000-2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California
- 1993-1997: Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, California State University, Sacramento, California
Dr. Kubai was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended veterinary school in Wisconsin. She is hard working, down to earth, caring, friendly and passionate about veterinary ophthalmology in a variety of species (not just cats and dogs!). She has many interests including hiking, soccer, and playing the violin and piano. She excelled in academic, athletic and language arts: she was co-captain of the Ripon College Women’s Varsity soccer team; she majored in German and Biology in school and received numerous scholarships for her studies over the years. Originally thinking that she was destined for university practice, Dr. Kubai was so impressed by the hospital facility, equipment, teaching opportunities and philosophy of practice at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, (not to mention the mild Arizona winters) she signed on to join our staff!
- 2014 – Diplomate specialty certification by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
- 2013 – Present: Board-certified specialist in Ophthalmology, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2013 – Masters of science in Veterinary Clinical medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
- 2010-2013: residency in Comparative Ophthalmology, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Urbana, Illinois
- 2009-2010 Ophthalmology Internship, Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- 2008-2009 Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Southfield, Michigan
- 2004- 2008 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, Wisconsin
- 2008 ACVO Student Award presented by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Veterinary Ophthalmology Department for excellence and extra effort in ophthalmology
- 2005 University of Wisconsin: School of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship
- 1998 – 2002 Bachelor of Arts, Ripon College, Ripon, WI Majors: Biology & German
Dr. Roxane MacLellan “Dr. Mac”, grew up in the military, and has lived in many different states and countries around the world. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002 from the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. After graduating she joined a multi-doctor practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, practicing all aspects of small animal medicine. In addition to her interests in oral surgery and dentistry, she completed a vigorous 140 hour course in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians at Colorado State University in 2003. Moving to Arizona in 2006, Dr. MacLellan worked in a small animal practice in Chandler, Arizona. In 2011, Dr. MacLellan had the chance to help grow the dentistry service at Colorado State University. She started her post doctoral fellowship in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral surgery at the James Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University and was asked to stay on to run the dentistry service and teach veterinary students until 2015. In 2015, the University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center asked her to assist in teaching the veterinary students in Dentistry and Oral surgery, which she did until 2016. In addition to her full time work Dr. MacLellan volunteers with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental foundation, and has done dentistry procedures on lions, and tigers and bears, Oh My! Dr. MacLellan is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation.
- 2016 – Present: Practice limited to Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2015 – 2016 – Dentistry and Oral surgery service locum instructor, University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
- 2012 – 2015 – Assistant professor, Dentistry and Oral surgery, James L Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collin, Colorado
- 2011 – 2012 – Post Doctoral Fellow in Dentistry and Oral surgery, James L Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collin, Colorado
- 2010 – 2011 – Associate Veterinarian Avenues Pet Clinic, Cheyenne, Wyoming
- 2009 – present – Owner, Veterinarian – Pathways Veterinary Services, PLLC, Owner -Mobile Veterinary practice, providing dentistry, relief and acupuncture, Gilbert, AZ and Cheyenne, WY
- 2008 – 2009 – Residency in Dentistry and Oral surgery, Arizona Veterinary Dentistry and Oral surgery, Gilbert, Arizona
- 2006 – 2008 – Associate Small Animal Veterinarian – Ocotillo Animal Clinic, Chandler, Arizona
- 2002 – 2006 – Associate Small Animal Veterinarian – Avenues Pet Clinic, Cheyenne, Wyoming
- 2002 – Associate Small Animal and Exotics Veterinarian – North Star Veterinary Clinic, Ft. Collin, Colorado
- 2002 – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree – College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, Colorado
Dr. Ryan McCally is an Arizona native, having been born in Phoenix and grown up in Ahwatukee. He attended Mountain Pointe High School where he was an All-State swimmer and baseball player. He continued playing baseball at Stanford University, where he played in four consecutive College World Series and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences. After graduating from Stanford, he was a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system, playing for teams in Hudson Valley, NY; Charleston, SC; and Bakersfield, CA. After retiring from professional baseball, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2010 from Washington State University. Dr. McCally then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Florida. He continued his surgical training with a one year surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, before starting a small animal surgical residency at the University of Missouri. During his surgical training, Dr. McCally completed a research project investigating different methods of providing pain relief for dogs undergoing TPLO surgery. He presented his results at the 2014 ACVS Symposium, and he earned an Outstanding Surgical Resident Award for his First Place Clinical Research presentation in the Small Animal Resident’s Forum. Also in 2014, Dr. McCally received the honor of being inducted into the Mountain Pointe High School Hall of Fame. He completed his residency training in 2015, and he stayed at the University of Missouri for an additional year as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. McCally became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.
Dr. McCally’s surgical interests include arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, total hip replacement, and cardiothoracic surgery. He has been fortunate to train with some of the pioneers and leaders of veterinary arthroscopy; minimally invasive fracture repair; total joint replacement; and angular limb deformity, and he looks forward to bringing his talents and expertise in these areas to the Tucson community. In his spare time, Dr. McCally enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, as well as baseball, swimming, hiking, and golf.
- 2016 – Present: Surgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2016: Diplomate Certification, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- 2015 – 2016: Clinical Instructor in Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- 2012 – 2015: Residency in Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
- 2011 – 2012: Small Animal Surgical Internship, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas
- 2010 – 2011: Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
- 2010: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
- 2005: Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California
- 2003: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Despite the fact that Dr. Roy was born in New Hampshire and is a staunch New England Patriots fan, he has spent the majority of his life in the West pursuing his veterinary education. A board certified Diplomate in radiology, Dr. Roy is adept in all modalities of diagnostic imaging, which includes digital and contrast radiography studies, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear imaging. His tele-radiology service at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, allows primary care veterinarians to send digital images for his consultation and review bringing his expertise into veterinary clinics across Southern Arizona and beyond.
- 2007 – Present: Radiologist, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2007: ACVR Diplomate Specialty Certification
- 2004- 2007: Residency and Master’s Degree in Radiology, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado
- 2002-2004: Faculty Lecturer in Small Animal Emergency Medicine, University of California Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, California
- 2000-2001: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center, Tucson, Arizona
- 2000: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of California Veterinary Medical College, Davis, California
Dr. Schlacks is one of those people who give 110% to whatever interest she pursues. She has excelled in both athletic and academic areas throughout her life. She was awarded an athletic scholarship throughout her undergraduate career at Regis College, in Denver for playing on the Regis Women’s Lacrosse Team, NCAA Division II. Yet, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and so devoted herself to her studies and won numerous honors throughout her educational career for her academic standing in both college and veterinary school. In addition, in 2011, Dr. Schlacks was awarded a Research Grant by the Great Rockford Area Veterinary Association to study canine Blastomyces susceptibility to anti-fungal drugs. Her interest in fungal and other infectious disease is just one of the many reasons that Dr. Schlacks is excited about returning to Southern Arizona, where she has family and absolutely loves the Tucson lifestyle. She is thrilled about the opportunity to be part of the Internal Medicine Department at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.
- 2013 – Present: Practice limited to Internal Medicine, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2010-2013: Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Urbana, Illinois
- 2009-2010: Small Animal Rotating Internship, Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Tucson, Arizona
- 2009: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois
- 2006-2009: Dean’s List for recognition of being ranked in the top one third of her class. University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois
- 2005: Bachelor of Science, Major: Biology, Minor: Music, Regis University, Denver, Colorado
- 2001-2005: Athletic Scholarship for playing on the Regis Women’s Lacrosse Team, Regis, University, NCAA Division II, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Lisa Shubitz graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991. She practiced full time for 18 months in general small animal practice in Prescott, Arizona, before returning to biomedical research at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shubitz continued to practice veterinary medicine part-time in Tucson. In 1996, she became involved with Valley Fever research, specifically vaccine development, which fortuitously overlapped with her clinical interests in companion animals as dogs and cats suffer from the disease with a range of symptoms and outcomes similar to humans. She is dually affiliated with the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology at the University of Arizona and the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, which is a joint effort of the U of A and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
Dr. Shubitz spearheaded a 3-year study into the epidemiology of Valley Fever in dogs in Tucson and Phoenix. Her goals regarding Valley Fever include seeing a vaccine become available to prevent this illness, stimulating increased interest and clinical research into all aspects of Valley Fever in animals, understanding the immunology of the disease, and improving treatment in animals.
Dr. Sarah Therio is an Arizona native, having grown up in rural northern Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science with Honors and minored in Creative Writing, while making the Dean’s List. She also enjoyed serving as a Resident Assistant there for four years, where she mentored hundreds of undergraduate students and promoted their social, professional, and educational success. She then attended Colorado State University to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2016. While at Colorado State University, Dr. Therio worked as a nurse in the Emergency and Critical Care department at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was an Emergency Small Animal Surgery technician, and was a member of the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She was also involved in a variety of leadership positions, most notably serving as the President of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which allowed her to travel across the country advocating for veterinary students. During her Presidency, she focused on bringing awareness to the issue of wellness in veterinary students. Dr. Therio was also involved in various research projects at CSU, including studies in canine parvovirus and canine hemangiosarcoma. Combining her interests in writing and veterinary medicine, Dr. Therio also published several educational articles for pet owners on a range of topics, from preventative medicine to common pet emergencies.
During her last year at Colorado State University, Dr. Therio visited the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson and was impressed with the high quality of medicine, professionalism, and individualized care provided here. After graduation, she was thrilled to be offered a permanent emergency staff position at VSCT, where she could participate in providing outstanding patient care, while returning to the beautiful desert and enjoying the Tucson lifestyle.
- 2016-Present: Emergency Veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2012-2016: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins, Colorado
- 2015-2016: Emergency Small Animal Surgery Technician, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
- 2013-2015: Urgent Care Hourly Nurse, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
- 2008-2012: Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Veterinary Science with a minor in Creative Writing, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tucson, Arizona
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Therio enjoys reading and writing creatively, playing guitar, watching stand-up comedy, searching for the perfect cup of coffee, spending time outdoors, and adventuring with her French Bulldog, Chloe.
Dr. Tommet truly enjoys Arizona living and has acclimated well to our warm weather here in Tucson, having grown up in Southern Wisconsin. She takes advantage of our sunny days by going hiking with her fiancé and her five dogs Morgan, Cricket, Lady Bug, Max and Levi. Although living here now, Dr. Tommet still enjoys rooting on her Green Bay Packers and traveling.
Prior to pursuing her career in Veterinary medicine, Dr. Tommet raised and showed Quarter horses. She also worked as a receptionist and technician at a small animal clinic in Whitewater, WI which helped solidify her decision on her career path. Also aiding in that decision was her time spent serving on SIRVS, which is a service that helps provide free Veterinary Care to low service communities.
After completing her internship with us last year, Dr. Tommet really found her niche in our Emergency Department, and we are extremely excited to have her be a part of our Emergency team!
- 2012- Bachelor of Science in Biology with emphasis in Pre Vet in 2012, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
- 2013-2017- Member of Veterinary Business Management Association
- 2017- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, University of Minnesota
- 2017-2018 Internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
- Served on SIRVS (student initiative for reservation veterinary services) that provides free veterinary care to low service communities (reservations).
Dr. JT Walker grew up in Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, followed by his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2004. After spending 5 years in private practice as a primary care veterinarian in Oklahoma working for a mentor who was the greatest influence on him becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Walker decided to specialize in the area of small animal surgery. He completed a general small animal internship in medicine and surgery as well as a specialized internship in Small Animal Surgery at a large multi-specialty private practice in Florida. In addition to receiving great training in Florida, he also met his future wife there! Not being able to stay away from Oklahoma for too long, Dr. Walker returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University where he completed his Small Animal Surgical Residency and his Master of Science Degree. He so impressed the doctors and staff at OSU that he was hired as a faculty lecturer in Small Animal Surgery to assist in teaching the veterinary students.
Dr. Walker received several notable awards recognizing his surgical proficiency during his time as a veterinary student, as well as his time in primary care veterinary practice in Oklahoma where he served on several committees with the Oklahoma State Veterinary Medical Association who honored him in 2007 with the OVMA Young Veterinarian of the Year Award. Although Dr. Walker enjoys all aspects of veterinary small animal surgery, he has a particular love for orthopedics and has pursued advanced training and expertise in minimally invasive joint surgery (arthroscopy) and fracture repair techniques. We at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson feel extremely fortunate to have him join our staff and he is equally as excited to bring his expertise to the pets of southern Arizona. Dr. Walker and his wife, Brunella, are also looking forward to establishing their new home in Tucson, where the threat of tornadoes is pretty low!
- 2015 – Present: Surgeon, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2015 – Diplomate Certification, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- 2015 Master of Science Degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- 2014-2015: Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- 2011-2014: Residency in Small Animal Surgery, Oklahoma State University Center of Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- 2010-2011: Small Animal Surgical Internship, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, Florida
- 2009-2010: Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, Florida
- 2006 – 2009: Associate Veterinarian, University Animal Hospital, Norman, Oklahoma
- 2004 – 2006: Associate Veterinarian, Professional Animal Health Center, Newcastle, Oklahoma
- 2004: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Dr. Wesley is grateful for the chance to settle into life in Tucson, the place of her Alma mater. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona in 2011 with degrees in Veterinary Science and Chemistry, Dr. Wesley spent time working in the human medical field. Her desire to pursue a career as a veterinarian truly took flight after traveling to Guatemala in 2012 to teach animal husbandry alongside a team of veterinarians providing medical care to impoverished communities.
She was honored to attend Colorado State University for Veterinary School, where she acquired her “soul dog” and adventure buddy, Sadie. While at school in Colorado, Dr. Wesley became involved in a variety of leadership roles. She was selected as one of two CSU students to attend the Veterinary Leadership Experience during her 3rd year of schooling, and has remained a participating member of the Veterinary Leadership Institute ever since. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Wesley was selected to receive CSU’s Dermatology Award from the American Association of Veterinary Dermatologists, and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Wesley is passionate about helping her clients make informed decisions for their pets, and hopes every pet owner can feel empowered to provide their best care. In her free time, she enjoys assisting Pima County’s municipal shelter (Pima Animal Care Center) to benefit homeless and needy pets. Dr. Wesley loves spending time at her favorite downtown Tucson coffee shops with Sadie, snuggling at home with her cat, playing the ukulele (she admits she’s no good), and seeking out the best donuts in town with her Mom and Dad.
Dr. Polina Vishkautsan obtained her DVM degree in 2001 from the Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She moved to the United States to pursue specialized veterinary education. After an internship in an emergency and specialty clinic in Wisconsin, she completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. For the following 7 years she worked in several emergency and specialty practices in Arizona and California. From 2014 to 2016 she pursued a two year Fellowship in Small Animal Infectious Diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Sykes, at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During her fellowship, Dr. Vishkautsan, subspecialized in treating complex, both common and rare infectious diseases of dogs and cats and completed a research project on use of anti-fungal drugs in cats. In her spare time Polina enjoys travelling the world pursuing exotic locals for bird photography with her partner Henry. When she is at home, she loves hiking at the Sonora Desert and exploring the hidden gems of the beautiful state of Arizona.
- 2016- Present: Internal Medicine Specialist
- 2014 – 2016: Fellowship in Small Animal Infectious Diseases, University of California, Davis, CA
- 2010-2014 Internal Medicine Specialist, Atascadero Pet Center, Atascadero, CA
- 2010-2012 Internal Medicine Specialist, Sonora Veterinary Specialty, Phoenix, AZ
- 2008-2010 Internal Medicine Specialist, Arizona Emergency and Referral Center, Mesa, AZ
- 2006-2007: Internal Medicine Staff Doctor, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
- 2004-2006: Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, MA
- 2003-2004: Rotating Emergency and Critical Care internship at Animal and Emergency Center, Glendale WI
- 2001-2002: ECFVG clinical program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- 1997-2001: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, Koret Veterinary School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
- 1994-1997: Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Major: Animal Sciences, The Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Wynn is a true, blue Tucson native! She attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry while receiving Honorable Mention for Academic Distinction and making the Dean’s List. Following college, she worked as the Emergency Service Coordinator as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Valley Animal Hospital for 4 years before deciding to further her career in Veterinary Medicine. She went back to school and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. While at Purdue, Dr. Wynn was involved in a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the Student Chapter President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society for 2 years. In addition to being named to the Dean’s list for all four years, she was recognized with several scholarships and awards for her veterinary abilities and leadership, most notably, earning the prestigious Proficiency in Emergency and Critical Care Award from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society in 2012.
The outstanding reputation, high emergency case load and variety of specialty services offered here at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson in Dr. Wynn’s home town are what brought her back to pursue a one year internship in emergency medicine and surgery. Following the completion of her advanced training/internship, Dr. Wynn was then offered a permanent emergency staff doctor position at VSCT. Dr. Wynn is looking forward to her many opportunities to help the pets of Tucson when a need arises, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our hospital team.
- 2014 – Present: Emergency Veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2013-2014: Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
- 2009-2013: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana
- 2005-2009: Emergency Service coordinator, Certified Veterinary Technician at Valley Animal Hospital, Tucson, Arizona
- 2001-2005: Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tucson Arizona