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Sarah, CVT

Sarah, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician & Practice Manager

Sarah is a graduate of Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program, and has been nationally- and AZ state-certified since 2010. She spent the first eight years of her career in general practice as a Lead Technician. She has two years of experience as an Emergency ICU Technician, where she sharpened her nursing skills & cared for critical patients. Prior to PAWS, she spent several years as a Veterinary Ophthalmology Technician on a busy team, assisting with cataract and corneal procedures and gaining experience in advanced anesthetic monitoring. She joined the PAWS Family in April 2019.

Sarah is passionate about patient care and is Fear-Free certified. She has been extensively trained in Low-Stress Handling techniques. She has special interests in behavior, nutrition, dentistry, and neonatal care. She is an experienced kitten foster with a soft spot for single orphans.

When not at work, Sarah and her husband can be found seeking out great concerts and traveling to fun destinations. Sarah has a few furry kids at home, including Sadie the longhaired Dachshund, Cedric Diggory the Dachshund/Pug mix, and two calico kitties — Lollipop and Cupcake!

Technicians

Chloe, CVT

Chloe, CVT

Technician Supervisor

Meet Chloe! Chloe is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and has been in the veterinary field since 2012. In 2015, she decided to follow her dreams & enroll at Pima Medical Institute in the Veterinary Technician Program. In 2017, she graduated with honors and sat for her national and state board exams & became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Chloe has worked at both urgent care & emergency facilities but has found her true passion with Integrative Medicine here at PAWS.

She has an English Mastiff/Great Dane mix named Lily, a lynx-point Siamese cat named Miso, and two snakes – Layla (4 feet, ball python) and Kahlua (10 feet, red tail boa). In her spare time, you can find Chloe in her garden, reading, lifting weights, or playing video games.

Alex

Alex

Treatment Coordinator, Boarding Coordinator, Lead Veterinary Technician

Alex was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She has grown up around animals her whole life, so it was an easy decision for her to choose this career. Alex graduated from Carrington College, from the veterinary program and will be continuing her education to become a CVT.

She has 5 fur babies, Kahlua, Canela, Pepper, Dakota, and Oscar. On her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and attend sporting events.

Ashley, CVT

Lead Technician & Inventory Associate

Ashley was born and raised on the east coast and in the midwest. Her love of animals has been apparent since birth. From an early age, she insisted on naming every critter that frequented her yard and was often found organizing burials for those that met untimely ends. As a child, she spent her time caring for her array of small pets and family dog, Zeppelin. She has always had a strong affection for horses and spent the majority of her young adult and teenage years caring for them at a local stable, where she took riding lessons and competed in English style riding and jumping competitions.

She earned a BFA with an emphasis in photography, video, and installation art at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis – where she met the love of her life, Aaron. For years, she worked in both graphic design and visual merchandising until migrating west to Tucson in 2016 when Aaron accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Printmaking in the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Art. It is here that she decided to further pursue her love of creatures and launch her career in animal health.

Ashley’s compassion and advocacy for all living creatures is evident through her various volunteer efforts. She joined the PAWS team in early 2018, finding a group of kind-hearted and like-minded individuals that have proven to be fantastic mentors and valuable resources. Ashley graduated from Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019.

She is a loud and unwavering voice, speaking on behalf of the creatures who can’t, and has chosen to dedicate her life to ensure their comfort and happiness through good times and bad. Her advocacy for animals is so strong that it lead her to embrace a plant-based and cruelty-free lifestyle, happily finding that many in Tucson embrace the same. Ashley is also the dedicated human to the softest yellow lab mix on earth, named Poe.

Jonathan

Jonathan

Lead Technician & Laboratory Technician

Jonathan was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ pursuing a degree in veterinary science. After 8 years in corporate veterinary medicine, he decided he needed a change. He joined PAWS to get a better understanding of rehabilitative therapy and alternative veterinary medicine. His family includes 3 dogs, 5 cats, a guinea pig, and a hamster. In his free time, he loves spending time with the furry critters, pet-sitting, and playing video games.

Diana, CVT, CCRP

Diana, CVT, CCRP

Certified Veterinary Technician & Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

Diana has over a decade of experience in the veterinary field. She graduated from Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2010, and gained her Certified Veterinary Technician credentials shorty after. After learning and growing in a specialty veterinary surgical facility, Diana’s interest turned to the recovery process. Her love of companion animals drove her to seek out novel ways to help her patients enjoy a long, healthy life of joy with their owners. Seeing patients healing through rehabilitation proved to be very rewarding, and revealed a path to continue to grow her passion for patient care.

Patient recovery was only one of the motivators for Diana to change her focus to canine rehabilitation. Diana’s health journey cemented her love of helping others gain back the quality of life they were meant to have. With the help of her father, she gained a new life after losing weight and training her mind and body to push for excellence. This new life has ignited her passion to see her patients get their quality of life back too.

Diana graduated from the University of Tennessee’s Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Program and received her CCRP accreditation in December 2019.

Diana G., CVT

Diana G., CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Diana joined the PAWS family in December 2019. She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. Since childhood, she has always been passionate about animals.
Diana is a graduate of Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Technology Program, where she received her Associates Degree in 2017. She then became nationally and AZ state-certified a year later. Shortly after finishing school, she gained two years of experience working in a veterinary emergency ICU. Prior to this, she worked as a veterinary assistant at a general practice for a year and a half.

In her free time, Diana dances with a local group, including a variety of styles such as Mexican folklore. She also loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She has two dogs, Luna and Shay, and four cats, Anchovie, Simon, Blue and Echo.

Sami, CVT

Sami, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sami is a born and raised Midwest gal. She has grown up with animals and developed a passion for looking after them. After graduating with honors from Globe University, South Dakota in 2016, Sami has spent time traveling and working at Emergency, Speciality, and general practice medicine. Sami is very excited to join the PAWS team and helping take care of your fur babies! Outside of work, Sami can be found traveling, hiking, with her nose in a book, or playing with 3 year old cat JJ.
Annise

Annise

Veterinary Technician

Annise was born in San Diego, California, and has lived in Tucson since 2008. At a young age, she spent a lot of her free time caring for and learning from her grandmother’s many pets – including over 40 dogs!

In college, she volunteered at PAWS and fell in love with the atmosphere and team-oriented work environment. After graduating from the University of Arizona’s Veterinary Science Program in 2016, she spent 4 years in general veterinary practice where she learned many vital skills and obtained more knowledge in animal health. Ultimately, she wanted to return to where she was first introduced to a veterinary setting, PAWS Veterinary Center!

She enjoys cuddling with her kitties, Hershey and Kit Kat, playing with her dogs, Rolo and Junior, and hanging out with her red-eared slider turtles, Whopper and Timmy.

Melissa

Melissa

Veterinary Technician

Melissa was born and raised in San Diego, California. With a passion and love for all animals, Melissa decided at a young age to pursue a carrier helping and healing animals. Melissa has over 6 years of experience working at an emergency/daytime hybrid practice in San Diego. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at California State University Chico. She hopes to soon attend the University of Arizona Veterinary School.

Melissa joined the PAWS family in 2020 and is excited to expand her knowledge in Integrative and Rehabilitative medicine and Fear-Free patient care and handling.

Melissa recently moved to Tucson with her husband, her corgi Sir Remington “Remy” Winston, Zoe the spicy Tortie cat, and her two birds — Pina the pineapple conure and Ezzy the love bird. In her free time, she enjoys adventuring and exploring Tucson and Arizona. She loves gourmet cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Lindsay

Lindsay

Veterinary Assistant

Lindsay is proud to be a native Tucsonan. Her passion for animals began at a very young age. Lindsay took courses at Pima Community College towards a psychology degree, in order to pursue her life-long dream of training and caring for killer whales. However, once she began working at another veterinary clinic in Tucson, she discovered that her path was in the small-animal veterinary field. She is currently working towards obtaining her Certified Veterinary Technician license and is proud to be a part of the PAWS team.

In her free time, you can find Lindsay trail riding with her horses Rayne and Stormi or taking her Jeep up Mt. Lemmon with her three dogs, Thor, Jax and Oliver. She also enjoys spending time working on home projects and hanging out with her friends and family.

Fabian

Fabian

Veterinary Technician

Fabian is originally from the Phoenix area and grew up in the Valley of the Sun. Growing up, he would visit his grandmother in Mexico. He would spend most of his time outside taking care of the chickens and the cows that she kept in her ranch. He also wanted to save and take care of every stray dog that he encountered over there. He knew then that animals and their welfare were growing into his main interest and true passion. As this flourished, he soon graduated from Carrington College with his Veterinary Assistant certificate and began working at the main county shelter, Pima Animal Care Center, in 2018. After learning the ins and outs of shelter medicine and realizing the importance of adoption in the Tucson community, Fabian wanted to learn more about general practice veterinary care. He joined the PAWS team in March 2021.

When he’s not on a horror movie binge with his pug Pablo, he enjoys working out at the gym, reading true crime stories, drawing and painting, listening to music, and long walks on the beach (when possible).

Fabian is currently attending Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. He hopes to continually expand his knowledge and skills in helping patients and clients here at PAWS.

Sara Renee, CVT

Sara Renee, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Sara Renee was born and raised here in Tucson, Arizona. Her passion for animals started early on as she grew up with a variety of pets. Sara was working as a Patient Care Assistant at a local pet shop when she realized she wanted to pursue her education to provide healthcare to animals. She knew her heart was dedicated to saving the lives of beloved pets.

She attended Pima Community College, where she obtained her Veterinary Assistant Certificate in 2015 while working in general practice. She then graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Pima Community College in 2018. She passed her national and Arizona state board exams to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Sara Renee also has 5 years of experience in emergency and critical care, where she worked as an ICU technician, caring for patients that required intensive nursing care.

In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, live music, and taking care of her babies, which include: a ball python named Scar, a rat named Drexx, a sphinx named Mystique, and two dogs named Blubear and Wilbur.

Jessica

Jessica

Veterinary Technician

Jessica was born and raised in Florida and moved to Arizona in 2021. From a young age, Jessica had a passion for animals so it was easy for her to decide her career path. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Animal Biology with a minor in creative writing. Jessica has been a veterinary technician since 2017, working with small animals as well as a large variety of exotics. She has a great passion for this field and her ultimate goal is to attend vet school and become a veterinarian for small animals. She has one fur baby, a golden retriever named Kingsley. In her spare time, you can find Jessica fishing, reading, and playing volleyball.
Pauline

Pauline

Veterinary Technician

Pauline was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She has two dogs — a 2 year old Border Collie mix named Kalysi and a 6 year old Husky mix named Luna. She attended Pima Medical Institute and obtained her degree in as a Veterinary Assistant. Pauline has experience in both General Practice and Emergency Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys riding horses and spent 8 years riding. She is is currently attending college and working toward her Masters in Marine Biology.
Brittany

Brittany

Veterinary Technician

Coming soon!

Sarah L.

Sarah L.

Veterinary Technician

Sarah has been a veterinary technician for 13 years. She was born and raised in Arizona, and has worked with most species of domestic animals. She started in Emergency Medicine and slowly developed a love for General Practice. She loves to help animals and their families, and all of her personal pets are from rescue situations. Sarah is Fear Free Certified and strongly believes all animals deserve to be handled with the highest levels of care and love.
Alexandra

Alexandra

Veterinary Technician

Coming soon!

Jesse

Jesse

Veterinary Technician

Coming soon!

Searra

Searra

Patient Care Assistant

Searra is originally from the Midwest and has lived in Tucson since 2014. Searra has always had a passion for animals, and most importantly their welfare. Searra has experience in shelter medicine and is gaining clinical experience as a Patient Care Assistant at PAWS providing support to our Technician team.

In her free time, she enjoys studying herbs, reading, writing, yoga, bicycling, running, volunteering at Pima Animal Care Center, and hiking the mountains with her two dogs, Gigi and Franklin.

Emily

Emily

Patient Care Assistant

Coming soon!

Client Service Representatives

Lisa

Lisa

Client Service Representative Manager

Lisa is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Tucson. Lisa graduated from Pima Medical Institutes Veterinary Program in 1987. She has devoted her career to veterinary medicine by working in many different roles, expanding her knowledge over the years.

Lisa worked in two local veterinary hospitals before relocating to the White Mountains, where she worked for several years at a veterinary hospital in Lakeside, Arizona. She returned to Tucson after many years and joined the PAWS team in early 2013. Lisa loves spending her time with her husband Marc, their two dogs, Ava, Sadie, and their cat Cheeto. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, gardening, cooking, and reading.

Michelle

Michelle

Client Service Representative

Michelle was born in Michigan and raised in Tucson. She was raised with dogs her entire childhood. And In her early 20’s she took in and raised abandoned kitties. Currently, Michelle and her husband, Don, have 2 dogs, Rascal- a Bichon mix (Zuchon), and Roxy- a Terrier mix, and a cat, Shadow. Together, they have 5 kids and 2 grandkids.

After working 25+ years in the fast-food industry, Michelle was ready to try for something new and was graciously given an opportunity to work with her love for animals at PAWS. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jenn

Jenn

Client Service Representative

Jenn is new to PAWS but not new to Veterinary Medicine. After a 12 year hiatus, she has finally found her way back to her calling again. Jenn came to Tucson in 2001 from Washington State, and it was then that she realized that working with animals was her calling. With an awkward and needy doggo, plus three cats at home, her life is filled with joy. In her free time, Jenn enjoys family time with her kids. Her oldest daughter, Jessica, is attending the U of A seeking a Music Production/ Interior Design degree. She fills the rest of her time with her boys William, and Lucas, just doing family stuff like going to the Park or the Zoo or hanging out at home — family time is a must! Jenn is all about genuinely enjoying life one day at a time.
Hayley

Hayley

Client Service Representative

Hayley may not be from Tucson, but Tucson is definitely her home! After years of working in the restaurant industry, Hayley decided she needed major change and applied to PAWS in hopes to become apart of their amazing team. Since being hired, every day is a new opportunity to learn something new and expand her education. Hayley came to realize working with animals is passion of hers and plans to attend college and become a certified veterinary technician. Until then, Hayley enjoys hiking with friends and family, going out to try new and exotic foods, and constantly cuddling her miniature dachshund Benny. She lives by the motto, “life is hard, but dogs are soft!” and is excited to see where working in this industry will take her.
Darby

Darby

Client Service Representative

Coming soon!

Proudly serving the pets of Tucson, AZ and beyond.

At PAWS Veterinary Center, we deliver exceptional service through effective communication, client education and sincerity of purpose. We empower and educate clients, allowing them to make informed choices and participate in their pet's care. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Phone: 520-888-7297
Fax: 520-888-2565
Email: [email protected]

LOCATION

300 E River Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
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HOURS

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Sun: Closed

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