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George’s University in Grenada where she completed her first semester. She then transferred to Kansas State University to complete the remainder of her training in order to be closer to home after her father was diagnosed with cancer. After graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, Shelly returned home to Tucson where she practiced in a busy clinical setting for 11 years.

Desert Paws was founded in 2017 in order to provide more personalized care in an environment where pets and their owners are more relaxed. Shelly has seen many animals over the years develop high anxiety as well as physical and psychological stress in a hospital setting. With gentle handling in the home and techniques that lessen fear, she hopes to improve pets overall veterinary experience. Having practiced with state of the art equipment for many years, it was also imperative to her that she be able to provide the same quality of care with her mobile practice. Advanced diagnostic capabilities are important to help uncover and accurately treat medical conditions. Along with low stress and fear free handling, other areas of veterinary interest include internal medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.

Outside of work, Dr. Shelly enjoys spending time with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jeremy, and their two children Myles and Corrin. They share their home with two senior cats she calls her “old men” named Diggler and Toby and two dogs named Ruthe and Obi. You will often hear her tell stories about “crazy Obi” who is a jack russell mix with lots of energy. Shelly and Jeremy have always loved international travel and are excited to share this love of travel with their children. She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!

She has been a small animal veterinarian in Tucson for the past 11 years. Always seeking more knowledge and how to better serve her patients, Dr. Marusich is Human Animal Bond certified by HABRI (the Human Animal Bond Research Institute) and has recently earned certification as a Fear Free Professional. She has a personal interest in Animal Behavior and pocket pets (probably because they remind her of Nifflers and Murtlaps). She likes to think she has a green thumb, and a knack for propagating Monarch butterflies.

Dr. Marusich lives in town with her family and magically managed menagerie of animals, cats; MJ, Thomas, KC, Bento and Sushi, dog; Oni, guinea pigs; Rogo Gains, and Toothy Smallz, mice; Princess Peony and Stuffs, newly rescued pond turtle; Donna(tella) and the oldest of the lot, 24 year old desert tortoise; Pepe.

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