Nellie Goetz, DVM MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine

Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Pathology and Population Medicine

Companion Animal Clinic Room #327-F
5715 W. Utopia Road
Glendale AZ 85308
Office: (623) 806-7514





Master of Public Health Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health 2017
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University 2005
BS Molecular Biology Otterbein College 2001


Veterinary outreach, environmental health disparities in American Indian communities, high-quality high-volume spay/neuter protocols and practices, shelter medicine and surgery


Many health disparities in native communities have an environmental component, and of those, several can be linked to companion animals on tribal lands. With my background in high volume spay/neuter and public health, my aim is to help tribal communities develop sustainable animal care practices that can contribute to the decline of these health disparities. Additionally, I hope to develop a more comprehensive dataset within the field of high volume spay/neuter and shelter medicine to contribute to the knowledge base of surgical and anesthetic/analgesic practices.


Project I: Outcome of a 2-treatment canine heartworm protocol in a shelter setting

Project II: Seroprevalence of tick-borne diseases in canines on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico 

Project III: Perioperative complications from spay-neuter surgery in a shelter setting

Project IV: High-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and shelter spay/neuter anesthetic and analgesic protocols