Dr. Neal is a native of Arizona. She graduated from UA in 1996 with B.S. in Vet Science and a B.S. in Biology and then 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 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.
In 2014, Dr. Neal formed a 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt) non-profit organization in 2014, named Asavet Charities, in order to offer subsidized care to owners in need and in underserved areas of the Southwest, including several Native American Nations. 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. Asavet’s emphasis is on spay/neuter and wellness and providing access to care to those who otherwise find veterinary support inaccessible for economic or geographic reasons.
Dr. Neal continues to travel to international locations with her highly trained team to provide volunteer spay and neuter services. The Asavet/Santa Cruz team continues to travel throughout the Caribbean, Central, and South America performing MASH style surgical clinics for local communities. Dr. Neal also actively supports the development of the new veterinary school at University of Arizona and will be involved in offering clinical training for veterinary students in the final stages of their training.
Dr. Neal and her husband, Charles, have two teenage children and share their home with 8 shelter cats, a shelter dog, many outdoor and indoor fish, and their daughter’s diabetic sugar alert dog, Erik.