Our Mission

Equine Vet
in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert & Queen Creek

Arizona Equine Mission

“Our main goal is to provide the highest quality veterinary medicine along with excellent client service to horse owners.”

This means that we not only diagnose and treat the horse’s problems, but that we address all of the owner’s concerns and explain any questions to their satisfaction.



Arizona Equine is permanently staffed with five veterinary specialists and four intern veterinarians.

  • Dr. Gayle Leith has worked at the clinic since 1988 and specializes in reproduction and preventative health. She is board certified by the American board of Veterinary Practitioners.
  • Dr. Scott Taylor has worked here since 1993, specializes in surgery and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Dr. Tresha Robinson joined us in the spring of 2000 and concentrates her efforts in dentistry reproduction, preventative health care, and is now certified in Equine Acupuncture.
  • Dr. Rick Howard joined Arizona Equine in June of 2005. His major interests are orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of equine lameness.


In this day and age of technology, advanced equipment is a necessity. Our ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients is magnified many fold by judicial use of appropriate equipment. Conversely, the use of advanced equipment without knowledgeable veterinarians to use the equipment and interpret the results is not of much use.

Diagnostic equipment that Arizona Equine has in place includes:

  • 1000 ma radiography
  • Nuclear Scintigraphy
  • Advanced ultrasound equipment, including Doppler mode
  • Computed radiography
  • Digital Radiology
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Video endoscopy (1 and 3 meter capability)
  • Laparoscopy
  • MRI


Therapeutic equipment in use includes:

  • ASIF equipment for fracture repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • CO2 surgical laser
  • Diode surgical laser
  • Shockwave
  • Arthroscopy (both 30 and 70 degree scopes)
  • Sling recovery system
  • Embryo transfer equipment
  • Cooled and frozen semen capabilities


Like any large hospital, the support staff is indispensable to obtaining the mission of Arizona Equine.

  • We have a certified veterinary technician Kelly Smith.
  • There are also veterinary assistants, including Jennifer Zawacky, Alison Roach, Jake Burton, Molly Branson, Anna Goldman, and Katy McCroskey
  • Our office staff includes Danielle Hiller, Katy McCroskey
  • Ramon Guerrero and Larry Anthony are essential to our operation as the Barn Managers.

These exceptional staff members help with the day-to-day chores involved in running the hospital. Without them, the clinic could not function properly.


Arizona Equine started in 1984 with construction of the main hospital. In 1991 a larger barn was added to provide more inside stalls and room for the nuclear scintigraphy facility. In 1996 outside pens were added to give us a place to house horses that did not require intensive care. In 1999 we added another treatment room, more doctor’s offices, and more storage room. The physical facility has proven to be very functional and is a great asset in helping Arizona Equine provide exceptional veterinary care.

In 2005 we added a state of the art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room. MRI is superior to all other modalities in the diagnoses of soft tissue and bony issues in the limb.