- Open 7 days a week
- Medical, Boarding and Grooming
- 2 exotic doctors on staff
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Daycare
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Exotic Animal Vet
- Reptile Vet
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Docking
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Medical Specialties
- Veterinary Surgery
Located in Tempe, Arizona, University Animal Hospital was established in 1962. It is the second oldest veterinary practice in the entire east valley. The original hospital has since grown from two veterinarians and a staff of five, to 11 veterinarians and a staff of 80. The hospital moved to a new building in 1996 which was specifically designed and constructed to facilitate better care of small animals.
This new facility is more than five times the size of our previous location. At 13,224 square feet, our hospital easily accommodates our doctors, support staff, and our many clients. In our boarding facility we have 157 dog suites (indoor & outdoor) and 48 cat condos (indoor) available for owners to entrust their pets with us when they are away. Our facility won a national award from the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition.
Inside, our clients and their pets feel at home in the large reception area. We also have a children's play area with toys and games to keep the little ones occupied. Our waiting area has low dividing walls between seating areas to offer pets individual privacy while waiting. University Animal Hospital is a complete small animal veterinary facility and a full-service boarding facility. We offer many important specialty services such as Laser Surgery, Endoscopy, Digital X-Ray, Dentistry, Ultrasound, and E.K.G.
We also have a exotic/reptile doctor on staff.
We wish to thank all who have supported us over the years and worked with us to make this possible.
Dr. Tom Gus
Dr. Gus is the owner and Hospital Director of University Animal Hospital. He has been affiliated with the hospital since graduating from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis in 1980. He received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Pomona. His special veterinary interests include ear cropping, laser surgery, dermatology and working with Chinese Shar-Pei. Dr. Gus is married and the proud father of two sons and a daughter. The family has 2 Golden Retrievers and 2 cats.
Dr. Jim Flegenheimer
Dr. Flegenheimer is a 1981 graduate from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Arizona. In the spring of 1983 he started his affiliation with University Animal Hospital and is now part owner. His special veterinary interests include orthopedic surgery and endoscopy. Dr. Flegenheimer is married and the father of a daughter and son. His is also the enthusiastic owner of 3 dogs, a mix breed, Golden Retriever and a Corgi and 2 cats.
Dr. Carmen Bastek
Dr. Bastek graduated from the Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, having earned her undergraduate degree at ASU. Her professional interests are in small animal medicine, ultrasound and surgery. She is also interested in exotic animals such as ferrets, rabbits and rodents. She shares her Tempe home with a Boxer, Elke and cat named Lynn Hill. Dr. Bastek is also part owner of University Animal Hospital.
Dr. Sharon Langeneckert
Dr. Langeneckert is a 1994 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include pathology, feline medicine and dentistry. She grew up in Michigan and now resides in Chandler.
Dr. Robert Koch
Dr. Koch was born in Austin, Texas. His father was an army officer so the family moved around a lot; however, he has spent most of his life in Phoenix. Dr. Koch holds a B.S. in Bioagriculture and received his DVM degree at Colorado State. He is returning to being a practicing veterinarian after recently selling the practice he owned. He enjoys running and fly fishing. He and his human family have an older lab and a wild and crazy Jack Russell Terrier.
Dr. Amber Naig
Dr. Naig is a graduate of the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine. She also received her B.S. in Animal Science at the same institution. Her professional goal is to provide the highest quality care possible for her patients. She also has an interest in surgery and behavior. Dr. Naig has 2 cats and a 3 year old Pug named Gus who thinks life is a constant adventure.
Dr. Cherie Cortez
Dr. Cortez is a graduate of the Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine and did her undergraduate work in biology at the University of Cincinnati. She has a determination to improve her skills in some way every day and be the best veterinarian she can be. She would like to help maintain the positive image this career has as well as encourage future veterinarians. Dr. Cortez had her husband Dan have a houseful of 8 pets, 6 cats and 2 dogs.
Dr. Heather Bjornebo
Dr. Bjornebo was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her B.S. degree in biology from South Dakota State University and her veterinary degree from Iowa State University. She has a special interest in reptiles and client education. She would eventually like to be board certified in either exotic animal medicine or surgery. Dr. Bjornebo is the proud owner of 4 cats, a dog plus various tortoises, turtles, a snake, a frog and several lizards.
Dr. Shellee Roe
Dr. Roe was born in Midland, Texas. The family moved around a lot as her father was in the oil industry. As a child she lived in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas. She moved to Farmington, New Mexico in 1982 and her family is still there. She is an only child. Her mom is a high school science teacher. Dr. Roe has been married to Steve Deeb for 5 years. He is also a veterinarian and they met in vet school. They have a beautiful blue eyed, curly haired 3 year old daugher named Elizabeth.
Dr. Roe enjoys running and has completed two half marathons and one full marathon. She loves to read fiction and is hopelessly addicted to selling stuff on eBay. She holds a BA from New Mexico State University (1995) and her DVM from Colorado State University (2001). Her professional goals are to practice quality medicine and to learn something new every day. She loves to work with Pugs and has a 7 year old Pug at home named Jasper. She also has Ollie, a 13 year old German Shepherd mix and a 15 year old cat named Yancy.
Dr. Evan Ware
Dr. Ware was born and raised in Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He is one of four brothers who all attended Ohio State University, as did his father, both for undergraduate and graduate studies. Dr. Ware also received his veterinary degree at Ohio State University. His professional goals are to practice the best possible medicine and to offer as much as possible to his patients while striving to improve his skills all the time. He hopes to one day have his own hospital. Dr. Ware enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding. He also plans on being an assistant coach for a high school wrestling team in the near future. He has one dog, a five year old Doberman named Ronin.
Dr. Mario Tascon
Dr. Tascon was born and raised in Buga, Columbia. He graduated from Veterinary school in Columbia where he practiced for 6 years before migrating to the USA.
In 2004 he obtained his MBA from St. John's University in New York, and in 2005 he moved to Arizona. In 2007 he completed his ECFVG certification, allowing him to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
Heenjoys outdoor activities in the desert, especially hiking and biking. He has 3 dogs: an Afghan Hound named Lamat, a Jack Russell Terrier mix named Latifa and a Chihuahua named Lulu.