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Serving Southern Arizona for 25+ years
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Our Story

Proudly Serving Tucson since 1994

The Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (SAVS) was established in 1994 by Dr. Reuben Merideth and Dr. Mary Kay Klein to meet the needs of the southwest veterinary community for a multi-specialty veterinary facility offering the services of board-certified veterinarians. The original specialty services included dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, and surgery. The hospital also included a 24-hour emergency service. Previously, board-certified veterinary specialists in southern Arizona either practiced in general veterinary hospitals or in their own solo practices.

Core Value - Teamwork

Patient Care

We are committed to providing the highest level of patient care delivered with compassion. 

Core Value - Teamwork

Teamwork

As individuals, we will treat each other respectfully and communicate to effectively achieve the highest level of teamwork.

Core Value - Teamwork

Education

By increasing and sharing our knowledge, we will be better tomorrow than we are today. 

Core Value - Teamwork

Excellence

We will strive to exceed expectations in all that we do.

SAVS Today

Growing to meet the demands of our community

Today, the Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (SAVS) continues to grow to meet the demands of our community. We opened a second animal hospital in May of 2006 on the east side of Tucson to better assist the veterinary clinics and clients in that rapidly growing area. We continue to strive and make positive changes in keeping with our tradition of being a center of excellence in veterinary medicine serving southern Arizona. The doctors and staff of SAVS maintain a dedication to providing our clients with the latest techniques in diagnostics, treatment, and patient care, thus extending the general veterinarian’s abilities to offer specialty care to pet owners by referral. Equally important is the delivery of our services with gentle care, compassion, and professionalism to our patients and clients.

Emergency Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Cynthia Gordon, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Luise King, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Raj Joshi, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Haley Violetta, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Raj Joshi, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Haverley Coy, DVM

Internal Medicine Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Dawn Bachman, DVM Diplomate ACVIM

Oncology Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Mary Kay Klein, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVR

Michelle Slanina

Caroline M. Wood, DVM, PhD

Dentistry Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Curt Coffman, DVM, DAVDC

Michelle Slanina

Mike Balke, DVM

Michelle Slanina

Shawna Sawtelle, DVM

Ophthalmology Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Reuben E. Merideth, DVM, DACVO

Michelle Slanina

Sara Erlichman,DVM, Ophthalmology Resident

Michelle Slanina

Paul Barrett, DVM, DACVO

Ultrasound Specialists

Michelle Slanina

Darcie Argentina

Michelle Slanina

Michelle Slanina

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Central Location

141 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705

East Side Location

7474 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

Contacts

Local: (520) 888-3177
Toll Free: (877) 762-9838