Meet the Staff
From our Veterinarians to support staff, River Road Pet Clinic provides the highest level of companion care and customer service you’ll find in Tucson. Our goal is to exceed your expectations on every level and deliver top quality care to each patient.
Dr. Richard Panzero
Dr. Panzero is a native Tucsonan. He attended Rincon High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Health Science from the University of Arizona in 1982. He received is Doctorate degree at Colorado State University in 1986 graduating with high distinction. He then returned to Tucson and worked at a small animal practice for 2 years. He opened River Road Pet Clinic in 1988…
Dr. Lauren Thomas
Dr. Thomas was accepted to Colorado State University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Directly after graduation Dr. Thomas joined a mixed animal practice in Flagstaff, where she enjoyed working with dogs, cats, horses, many types of livestock, a few pocket pets and even wildlife.
She joined a small animal practice and worked there for the last 6 years before joining the wonderful staff at River Road Pet Clinic in June 2016.
Dr. Melanie Olson
Dr. Melanie Olson grew up on a dairy farm in a little village located about 4 hours north of Quebec City, Canada There, she developed a strong bond with animals and knew at a young age she wanted to become a veterinarian. She attended veterinary school at the University of Montreal. After graduating in 2000, she moved to Arizona to pursue a one year internship in a surgical specialty practice…
Our Support Team
We have an incredible support team that helps make this the best place in Tucson to bring your pet for everything from routine pet care to complex medical procedures. Our caring staff treats every patient as if they were our own.
River Road Pet Clinic is proud of our veterinary technicians. Our technician staff is comprised of Certified Veterinary Technicians, Certified Dental Technicians and Veterinary Assistants that work as a team with our Veterinarians to provide the excellent patient care our clients and patients have come to expect. Our technicians are highly trained, enthusiastic, dedicated professionals with years of experience in the veterinary field. Their training and experience is an integral part of our ability to provide for your pets’ medical needs. Our veterinary technicians love animals and it shows.
When you call River Road Pet Clinic your call will be answered promptly and courteously. Our Reception Staff will help you set an appointment, greet you upon arrival for your appointment, check out when your visit is complete and help address questions or concerns you may have about your pets. They are experienced, friendly and provide an important link between our clients and the medical staff.
Starsky, Our Clinic Cat
Starsky is very popular with our clients. He is a mixed breed Himalayan and Persian cat. He came to RRPC from the Hermitage Cat Shelter in 2002 where he was considered unadoptable because of skin and eye problems that would require lifelong veterinary care. Starsky’s skin problems led our technicians to begin shaving him, creating his very distinctive and dignified lion-cut look. All day long while we are open for business, Starsky has free roam of the clinic and enjoys interacting with our clients and patients of all species.
In 2008, local artist Diana Madaras created an alter-ego for Starsky named Kitty Humbug. She painted a large portrait of a scowling Kitty Humbug adorned in a Santa Suit. This portrait then became a launching off pad for a variety of Kitty Humbug merchandise including t-shirts, coffee cups, christmas cards and ornaments, a stuffed animal and an adorable children’s book.
Due to his Kitty Humbug ‘fame’, occasionally we have people come in off the street to meet Starsky. Stop by anytime for a ‘signed’ Kitty Humbug momento – he loves when fans stop by to admire him!