Meet Our Team


  • Marc Laudonio
    DVM
    Medical Director & Practice Owner

    Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Marc D. Laudonio worked at Sea World of Orlando where he was involved with animal education, care, conservation, and the rescue of sick and injured marine animals prior to becoming a veterinarian. Also while living in Orlando, FL, he volunteered at the Audubon Society working with injured raptors, fostering an interest continued to this day.

    Dr. Laudonio attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his DVM in 1998. His senior clinical year was spent at the University of Minnesota, where he learned how much he would rather live in a warmer climate! After spending some time working in and around New York City, where he learned both small-town and fast-paced city medicine, Dr. Laudonio moved to Tucson with his wife, Vita.

    Dr. Laudonio has practiced in Tucson since year 2000, and has furthered his knowledge of general medicine, advanced dentistry, critical care, exotics care, and emergency medicine, and is passionate about all types of surgery including soft tissue and advanced orthopedics. He is a member of several veterinary organizations, including: American Veterinary Association (AVMA), Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA), Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

    When not caring for various animal species, he enjoys many hobbies and interests, some of which include automotive restoration and fabrication, aviation, gardening, hiking, mountain biking and the great outdoors. He spends most of his leisure time enjoying being with 'a la famiglia,' meaning 'with the family.' At home the Laudonio's currently have three canine companions, two feline companions, a guinea pig and a hedgehog, with whom they share their lives.

  • Jen Becker
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Jen Becker joined the Acacia family in January of 2015. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, attended the U of A, and then spent four (very cold!) years of Vet school in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she moved to the Seattle area where she worked in a small animal practice for 4 ½ years before moving back home to sunny Arizona.

    Dr. Becker spends most of her free time with her husband, Dan, her 3 dogs and 3 cats, but she also enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with friends. Her special interests include animal behavior, exotic animal medicine, and shelter pet medicine, and she is constantly working to expand her knowledge and improve her skills in these areas. In May of 2015 she accepted a position as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter.

  • Michelle Coverdill
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Michelle Coverdill joined Acacia Animal Hospital in July 2016. She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then went on to receive her Master's Degree and DVM from the University of Florida. Prior to veterinary school she worked as a technician for almost 10 years. After graduating veterinary school she practiced at a busy three-hospital small animal practice group in Gainesville, for two years. She recently moved to Tucson to join her husband who has been here for the past year.

    Dr. Coverdill has a particular interest in internal medicine, urgent care, exotics, surgery, and integrative medicine, including laser therapy and rehabilitation. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 'kids,' which include three dogs, a cat, a tortoise, and about 20 snakes! In her free time she loves reading, baking, running, photography, hiking, and traveling.

  • Brendan DeSmet
    Hospital Manager

    Brendan left the corporate world to begin working with animals as a career back in 1998. After being employed as an adoptions counselor and trainer of volunteers at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for about three years, he moved into the veterinary field where he could be more directly involved in medicine and surgical practice. Having been a senior technician in a large emergency and exotics veterinary hospital for many years, he then eagerly joined Dr. Laudonio in his dream to begin a brand new practice. Accepting the challenge of managing a new start-up and taking it into the future, Brendan has been here since the very start in 2010.

    Brendan is a member of VECCS (Veterinary and Emergency Critical Care Society), of AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), and he continues to work with local animal rescue/welfare groups. In the past he served as co-organizer of the Veterinary Food Drive for the Tucson Community Food Bank, on the organizing committee for the Tucson Canine Classic, and on the Board of Directors at the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter. Currently, he is an organizer with SPEAK and Earthlings Experience, both local animal rights organizations. He shares a happy home with his fiancé and 4 rescued dogs.


Veterinary Technicians

  • Kelly

    Ever since I was little I knew that caring for animals is what I wanted to do. I started as an assistant in Littleton, Colorado, eventually making my way up to supervisor of the boarding kennels. I was absolutely in love with my job but I wanted to further my horizons. So, the hubby and I packed up and moved to Tucson in May 2016 and although most people don't understand why I would move to the desert, I have fallen in love with Tucson. I love exploring the art all over the city, trying new restaurants, and hiking through the beautiful mountains. I have 2 cats, Matilda and Nala, and a gorgeous pup, Ginger. My furry babies are a large part of my life, and I am very excited to expand my knowledge in the veterinary field, especially with exotics.

  • Ruby

    Ruby is a graduate of  the Pima Community College Veterinary Technician program, joining Acacia in mid-2014. She is always working to expand her knowledge on all things furry, scaly, and in-between. In her spare time she enjoys eating, reading, camping and binge-watching Netflix. She loves her adopted cat, Marla.

  • Shelby - TECHNICIAN SUPERVISOR

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Customer Service Representatives

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Assistants

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Acacia Animal Hospital

Monday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-8:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday:

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Testimonial

  • "Woke up on Saturday and my dog wasn't feeling well was having a problem with her ear. Even though she isn't a patient there, I called Acacia and they got her in for an appointment 45 minutes later. The vet tech and the vet were both super kind and gentle with her and answered all my questions. Will definitely put this place on my speed dial!"
    Reggie V.