About Dr. Rhonda Van Cleve

Personal, compassionate Service

Dr Rhonda Van Cleve with Lucy

Dr Rhonda Van Cleve with Lucy

Dr. Van Cleve believes our pets are our family, and they deserve to pass peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by those they love at home.

Over the years as a veterinarian working in traditional clinic settings, many owners would ask her come to their home when the time came to say goodbye to their beloved pets.  She realized that one of the greatest gifts she can offer to her patients and their families is to give them those peaceful moments together in their own comfortable and familiar environment.  Families could focus on saying goodbye and the patients were far less stressed.

This is what inspired her to dedicate herself to helping pets make a more gentle transition. She understands that her clients and her patients need warmth, compassion and understanding at this difficult time, and feels that the home environment is the best setting for a peaceful passing. Although it is always very emotional, she feels blessed and honored to be able to provide such a valuable and important service for our pets in Tucson.

Dr. Van Cleve knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and in 1996 she realized her dream when she earned her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  She practiced in the Chicago area and taught at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine before making Tucson her home in 2004.  She has been in general practice in the Tucson area ever since.

Dr. Van Cleve is Fear Free™ Certified and a member of the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.  She and her husband share their home with their rescue dogs Joey and Sarah and their cat Josie. In their free time, they enjoy live music, movies, traveling and hiking.


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Maggie & Molly

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Giving Back

Pawprints Veterinary Housecall will be making a donation to a local shelter or rescue to honor your pet’s life. If you have a special request for where you would like the donation to be made, please mention that on your information form.

Fear Free

Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement

International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care