Dr. Melanie Olson
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. After finishing her internship and not wanting to return to the cold climate she made Tucson her home and became a US citizen. In 2007, she left a traditional position to pursue her own business providing relief veterinary services for small animal practices around town.
In September 2015, she joined River Road Pet Clinic as a part-time veterinarian. Dr. Olson enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in internal medicine. She has successfully managed her own chronic health condition for almost 25 years. This experience has significantly helped shape the way she approaches veterinary medicine. She sees the balance between medicine, nutrition, and environment being critical to achieving optimal heath of the patients while maintaining a compassionate understanding of their caregivers. She enjoys interacting with clients and helping them understand the examination findings and treatment plans whether it be for preventive care or work up of a serious illness. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with staff and pet parents, working with them as a team in order to achieve a common goal of patient wellness.
While away from work, she enjoys the spending time outdoors tending to her desert plants, running and reading. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, Shane, and 3 beautiful fur babies, “Sailor Moon”, “Abby-Lou” and “Petunia”.