Kayla Boyer, DVM, Owner
Dr. Boyer is a native of Oklahoma, where she attended the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, Dr. Boyer practiced medicine in Maryland in a predominantly equine practice. Dr. Boyer decided to move to Arizona based on her experiences working on the Hopi Indian Reservation as an extern. She has been practicing small animal medicine exclusively since relocating to Tucson in 1996. Dr. Boyer enjoys the animal and human interaction of preventive medicine, and the diagnostic challenges of internal medicine. Her overall favorite area of veterinary care is in surgery.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Boyer enjoys outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking and “day trips” on her motorcycle. In 2005, Dr. Boyer began taking flying lessons to obtain her private pilots license. Dr. Boyer shares her home with her partner,
Mary, and their three dogs Loki, Maya, and John Doe.Dr. Boyer actively pursues the newest techniques and science on the standard of care, disease prevention, and management of chronic health conditions. Because Dr. Boyer values her client relationships, she makes providing information and education a core value of her practice.
Hey there human. I’m Jaggers. I’m the King of the World. At least, this world. I’m the REAL owner of Speedway Veterinary Hospital, but I permit the humans to think they are actually calling the shots. I’ve been supervising these humans since 1999, but I’ve inhabited this body since ’96. Every so often I donate a little blood to one of my brethren, and I permit the humans to practice their silly little CPR drills on me. But I do get bored…they do it over and over and over again…like they just insist on getting it perfect every time. Oh well, what’s a superiorly intellectual feline to do.
I’m Oliver – AKA ‘The Prince’. I came to live at SVH in February, 2002. I was only about 3 months old at the time and I had been pulled out of a burning house. My lungs were really really not happy about that, but everyone here just insisted that I get well. They gave me medication every two hours for a long, long time. Then they gave me tuna. I decided to stay. I love to terrorize my brother, eat cat nip, sleep in the window and leave my hair on Dr. Boyer’s desk. Not too bad of a life, eh?
Emilio- Hey humans, my name’s Emilio. My three brothers and I were abandoned on the doorstep of Speedway Veterinary in October of 2012 when I was only 8 weeks old. The staff took me in and I have kept them on their toes ever since. When I am not loving on clients or prowling for food, you can find me curled up on the printer in the lobby.
I enjoy introducing myself to our patients, chasing my brother Oliver around the clinic, and hunting that pesky red dot. Oliver tells me it’s the humans playing games, but I have my doubts.
The humans tell me I’m mischievous, but they all seem to love me a whole lot.
Kathleen Clisham moved to the Tucson area in 2007 from Chicago, Illinois. She is ecstatic to find a clinic with such a devotion to small animal care and with such a wonderful team to work with. Kathleen has worked in the veterinary industry for six years and has a true passion for the bond between humans and companion animals. She is currently earning a degree in Veterinary technology and an associate’s degree in Science. Kathleen has a Miniature Pinscher named Kahlua, a Chihuahua named Malibu, two Rottweilers, Guinness and Tecate, five cats, Mortimer, Max, Patron, Whiskers and Sebastian, five doves and a parakeet. In her spare time she loves to design clothes and accessories for her pets.
Robin Creson has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1991, originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Robin lives with her Husband RJ and their four “kids”, Puma, a fat but happy and extremely spastic tabby cat; Smeeties, a stuck-up and self-proclaimed “most gorgeous” calico cat; Dawn Chickles “Chickie” a Chihuahua rescue that has a personality all her own and no words can really do her justice; and last but not least, Hurley, a three-month-old lop eared bunny.
Says Robin, “I am extremely happy to find such a great environment to work in with such amazing people and of course animals. In my free time I love watching horror movies and I’m always adding to our horror movie collection, going on random road trips, and doing arts and crafts.” Robin is our wonderful, caring multi-tasker in charge of the front desk and we’re very happy to have hers be the first smile you see when you arrive at Speedway Veterinary Hospital!
Robert Lumsden moved to the states in 2004 from New Brighton, England. He is married to his best friend who is also working in the veterinary field. He has a total of six pets which include two dogs (Jess and Jane), two cats (Red and Blu), and two cockatiels (Kane and Able). Originally, he went to school as a medical assistant, but a lucky break showed him that veterinary care was the field for him. In his spare time he enjoys camping with his wife and dogs, fishing anywhere he can, drawing, and of course the guitar. He loves his work and enjoys the opportunity to work with the Dr. and staff. He builds an amazing bond with every animal that come’s through the door,healthy or sick.
Liana Ruggles is a native Arizonan. She was born in Sierra Vista and grew up in Phoenix. Liana decided to become a Veterinary Technician, and proceeded to attend Apollo College in 2003, graduating in 2004. Lianna moved to Colorado for a short time, where she received her first job in the veterinary field as a Kennel Technician. After working in Colorado for 10 months, she decided the cold weather wasn’t quite for her, so she moved back to Arizona, this time settling in Tucson to be with her mother. Liana spent quite a few years in emergency medicine, and enjoyed her time working in ER, but eventually felt a smaller, more personal facility would be best for her. Liana then found Speedway Veterinary and has been a wonderful and very entertaining addition to the Crew. In her free time, Liana enjoys rollerblading, walking her dogs around Reid Park, doing puzzles, and collages. Liana owns two dogs, Jaeda, a shar-pei Shiba Inu mix and Jeeters, a Lab Chow mix. She also owns a cat named Mina, a DLH Calico, and a newly adopted kitten named Leonitis, an Orange Tabby. Liana really enjoys working at SVH, loves the relationships she gets to develop with each client, and thinks the SVH crew is awesome!
Bekah I was born here in Tucson, Arizona, but as a military brat I moved around a lot growing up. After Arizona, we moved to Florida, then Virginia, then Spain where we traveled about, and back to Virginia. Our second stay in Virginia lasted 6 years, which is the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. While I made lasting friendships there, and discovered that I want to be in the veterinary field, my hearts’ home has always been the desert, and I’m glad to be back in Tucson for a while.
I have two associates, and am planning on earning my Bachelors in Veterinary Science and moving on to vet school. My ultimate goal is to be a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, but we’ll see where my path takes me on this adventure. Currently, I’m working as a kennel technician, and I’m loving the work environment and crew here at SVH.
I’ve always had a passion for animals that would get me in trouble with my parents when I brought strays home, and working in the veterinary field has been amazing. I’m lucky enough to say that I truly enjoy my job. Each new patient steals my heart, and it’s a privilege to be allowed to help provide the best medical care they can receive.
Outside of work, I play rugby for the local women’s team on the weekends. Otherwise, I’m a homebody and like to relax and study on the weekends.
Sandra Nelson: Sandra is a California native. She has three sons and has recently relocated to Tucson from Minneapolis Minnesota with her son Lukas. She’s looking forward to enjoying the warm weather here. Sandra has worked in the animal health care field for 32 years. She has a boxer mix named ChaCha. Sandra enjoys watching scary movies, family time and reading. Sandra says “I’m happy to be working at Speedway Veterinary Hospital with such a great group of people!”