Marc LaudonioDVMMedical 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.
Michelle CoverdillDVMAssociate 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 in 2014 she practiced at a busy 3 hospital small animal practice in Gainesville, Florida for 2 years. Dr. Coverdill has a particular interest in internal medicine, urgent care, exotics, surgery and integrative medicine including rehabilitation.
When she’s not working, Dr. Coverdill 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.
Vanessa OlsenDVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Olsen is a native Tucsonan, graduating from Rincon High School, and then with Honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Health Science. She went on to graduate in 1987 from Colorado State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and began practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Green Valley and Tucson, as well as serving as a control veterinarian for American Endurance Ride Conference-sanctioned horse rides in Arizona and New Mexico.
In 1995, she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline Practice. Her professional interests include internal medicine, feline medicine, neurology, allergy/dermatology, and the newer ideas of the fear-free practice.
She and her husband Ron are owned by two half-Bengal cats, Canelo and Chispa; she does miss her Arabian gelding Zimara Nito, together nearly thirty years. She and Ron enjoy world travel, scuba diving, cycling, hiking, reading, and fine food and wine. And she loves to tell stories in the exam room, many of which start as, “I remember when…”
Dr. Olsen is delighted to re-join the Acacia family on a part-time basis and is eager to meet you and your furry family members.
Tiffany TolbertDVMAssociate Veterinarian
Dr. Tiffany Tolbert is the newest member of the Acacia Animal Hospital, having joined the crew in July of 2020. She grew up in the Los Angeles area where she earned her bachelor's degree in Business Management and her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. Throughout veterinary school she made sure to gain ample experience by working with large animals, small animals, exotics, and everything in between. After graduation she decided upon Acacia as the best practice to further her career in small animal and exotics medicine. When Dr. Tolbert is not in the clinic, she is working on finishing her Master's degree in Public Health, going hiking, trying out new recipes, and traveling. Dr. Tolbert has a wide variety of medical interests which include exotics care, wildlife rehabilitation, and emergency/urgent care.
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.
Amanda, CVTTechnician Supervisor
Amanda joined the Acacia family in July of 2018. She is a Tucson native and Pima Medical Institute graduate. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in January of 2018. Amanda is very passionate about her field and her love for animals continues to grow more and more every day. Amanda's love and interest of animals extends into her very own family which includes 7 dogs, 8 cats and many exotics including an adorable pig named Penny.
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.
Jazmin started at Acacia in the Spring of 2015. She enjoys surgery and exotic animal medicine.
Jo is an Arizona native and moved to Tucson in 2009. She completed schooling as a veterinary technician from Pima Community College in 2012, but has been involved in the animal field for nearly 20 years. She has been actively involved with equine rescue since 2009. Jo has a particular passion for equines, exotics, and avians. She has an avid interest in animal behavior.
When she's not at Acacia, she spends her time looking after her 6 dogs, 6 cats, 2 horses, 3 conures, 2 reptiles, assorted rabbits, and poultry (among other species) that she calls her family.
Hi there! My name is Ginny and this human is my momma Janette! She always talks about how she wanted to work with animals since she was young. Out of high school she went to Pima Community College and graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program where she found me! When I got to my new home I had 2 sisters named Autumn and Noel, who mom calls 'kitty cats.' Recently I got a new brother named Tonic, who we call 'Wild Man.'
Mom joined Acacia Animal Hospital in 2017 and always comes home smelling so interesting. She tells me that she works with exotics and birds but I definitely smell dogs. In mom's free time we sometimes go hiking or visit people but mostly we play in the yard or cuddle on the couch (she tells me I'm the best cuddler). I hope your furry or non-furry baby loves her as much as I do, I know she'll love them!
Allie is a California native who began her journey at Acacia in February 2020, after working in a small animal and exotics practice for 2 years in Virginia. Allie's favorite part of her job is getting to snuggle with all the pitbulls and dachshunds, two of her favorite breeds. She also has a great deal of interest in our exotic patients. She has 2 pitbulls at home, Chance and Callie, and an axolotl. She is currently in school studying to become a licensed Veterinary Technician, and has a heavy interest in exotics, dentistry, and dermatology.
Dani grew up in Tucson surrounded by domestic pets, farm animals, and often the wildlife, so her decision to become a vet tech and help care for all pets was no surprise. She's been a vet tech for six years and has worked in several environments, including shelter medicine and clinics. There is not an animal in the world that she does not love- including her own scrappy pack of dogs- and she will always be thrilled to meet new pets (and their parents). Every day helping pets makes her feel successful and she can't imagine doing anything else.
Elisabeth moved from Washington and started working at Acacia in Fall of 2020. She has been working as a technician for 3 years and has always loved being around animals. She loves hiking, photography, and her two Chihuahuas - Don Julio and Winston.
Dan joined Acacia Animal Hospital in November 2020. Dan has found a home here to expand his knowledge in veterinary medicine as he currently attends U of A to soon enroll in the veterinary program once he finishes his undergraduate. He has a particular interest in orthopedic surgeries and reptiles, but wants to learn everything in the field possible.
Emily joined the Acacia family in 2017 after being a client for years. Most of her time outside of work is taken up by her son and four cats. When she's not busy with them she enjoys road trips and cheering for UofA sports.
Rebecca began her journey as a customer service representative in 2015 working at a small animal clinic and wanted more knowledge and experience working with avians, reptiles and other exotics! She is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and has an interest in forensics and animal cruelty investigation. She loves reading, listening to true crime podcasts, traveling, and snuggling with her four pets- her Rottweiler Gus, her dachshund Kori, and her two cats, Maddie and Emma.
Misty has always been passionate about helping animals. She has been in Tucson for about 19 years and currently attends the University of Arizona where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Wildlife Conservation and Management. Her free time is spent with her husband, 4 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, snake, and hammy. She also enjoys travelling, volunteering at the Desert Museum for Raptor Free Flight and helping rehabilitate wildlife. In the future, she hopes to either become a bat biologist or help with conservation efforts through a zoo. She thinks all animals are fascinating but absolutely adores bats and raptors, and of course loves cats and dogs.
For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to work in the animal field. I grew up helping my grandparents care for the animals on their farm in Mexico every summer. In high school I joined FFA and had the opportunity to work with various different animals, including raising my own pig! I graduated high school with my vet assistant certification, and I have worked as a kennel tech at a boarding facility. Since then I have found a home at Acacia, where I have come to love the vast array of critters that come through our doors. In my free time I enjoy reading, exploring the outdoors, and playing with my little kiddo, Momo.
Kenya comes to us from Los Angeles, California where she began her experience working at an emergency practice. It was then that she became passionate about patient and client care. Through her years of client service she has always loved animals but bridging the gap between quality control and customer service is her bread and butter. In her spare time she loves traveling, camping on Mt. Lemmon, and the never-ending training of her very anxious pup Alfred.
Jerika is from Orlando, and moved to Tucson for school. She currently attends the U of A for veterinary science, and hopes to be a wildlife veterinarian in the future. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats at home.
Emily joined Acacia in January 2021 and is currently a student at Pima Community College. She realized her passion for the veterinary field when she completed the veterinary technician assistant certification program in early 2020 through PCC.
Emily has a huge love and fascination for exotic animals (particularly rodents). She currently has seven rats- two boys and five girls. Her ultimate goal is to work closely with exotics and learn all she can to ensure they are cared for just as much as our wonderful dog and cat friends.
I started working with animals when I was 15 and haven’t stopped since! I grew up in Houston, Texas and came to Tucson to continue my degree in Animal Science. I hope to get into disease control and the study of genetics when I finish my degree. When I’m not at work I spend most of my time with my dog, cat, and hamster. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and road trips in my spare time.
Esther is an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, studying veterinary science. She also works as a lab assistant under an entomologist. In her free time she loves to draw, crochet, and spend time with her three dogs and two cats.