Meet the Doctors
Mary F. Strickland, DVM
A native of Tucson, Dr. Mary Strickland developed her passion for animals as a little girl, bringing home all the strays she could find. Instead of playing doctor, she played veterinarian. Dr. Strickland graduated from Tucson High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Health Science from the University of Arizona. In 1985, she graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
After practicing with a small animal clinic in Tucson for 6 years, Dr. Strickland opened Strickland Veterinary Clinic in September 1991. During this time, in addition to her love of dogs and cats, she developed a love for ferrets. Dr. Strickland is one of the few veterinarians in Tucson that treats ferrets. In her spare time, Dr. Strickland enjoys spending time with her family, which includes the four-legged furry members, the wonderful desert scenery and climate, and the beautiful sunsets. Dr. Strickland is thankful for the wonderful clients that have allowed her practice to grow, and for her dedicated staff.
She is a member of: The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Southern Arizona Veterinary Medicine Association
Lauren C. (Taraba) Thomas, DVM
Dr. Thomas is a Tucson native, growing up in the Marana area she participated in 4-H for many years and this is where she developed her passion for animals. Dr. Thomas attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s in Microbiology. She then attended veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. During her veterinary schooling, Dr. Thomas developed an interest in holistic medicine and acupuncture and became certified in acupuncture through the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Acupuncture program. Dr. Thomas graduated from the Colorado State University Veterinary Medical program in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Thomas first practiced in Flagstaff, Arizona at a mixed animal practice, where she worked on a very wide variety of animals. Dr. Thomas left the practice in northern Arizona after enduring 2 long winters and returned to the desert town she loved. Dr. Thomas joined Strickland Veterinary Clinic in August of 2010 and has enjoyed working with the wonderful clients and amazing staff. In her spare time Dr. Thomas enjoys riding horses and hiking in the Saguaro National Park.