Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Chanticleer Veterinary Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 831-475-1479 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Julie Meadows

Dr. Meadows is a “navy brat” who finished high school in San Diego then attended UC Davis for undergraduate and veterinary school, graduating in 1988. She spent 20 years in private practice in the Central Valley, owning her practice for 10 of those years. In 2008 she joined the faculty at UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine teaching general practice and client communication to all four class levels. Dr. Meadows has just returned to the U.S. after a 3 year adventure practicing on the beaches of Australia and is excited to have finally landed on California’s coastline – the ocean is in her blood!

Dr. Jacalyn Dantzler

Dr. Dantzler (formerly Dr. Edens) after returning from her adventures in Texas is back and is very happy to be practicing again in her hometown. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2019 and has been trained through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2021-2022. She is excited to use acupuncture and other holistic treatments in addition to her traditional veterinary medical knowledge to help her patients as much as possible. Dr. Dantzler currently lives with her husband (Matthew), two Texas-bred chickens (Joni and June), their German shepherd (the infamous Shadow), and horse (Summer).


Practice Manager

Ashley grew up outside of Boston, MA, and made her way to the Bay Area in 2007 for her undergraduate degree at SFSU. She has always had animals around her and professionally has been working with them since 2008. When she’s not working you can usually find her out and about with her two dogs checking out the area’s beaches and breweries.


Veterinary Assistant

Susan has lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 40 years. She currently has one cat, Baggins, who she raised from birth. She has always felt a connection with animals of all types and went into the veterinary medical field to help them. With over 35 years experience working with cats, dogs, exotics, and emergency veterinary medicine, we are glad she is a part of the Chanticleer team!


Veterinary Assistant

Having grown up in Santa Cruz, Cady has always felt compassion for all animals. Her devotion to animal welfare and education has led her to volunteer in zoos, wildlife rescues, and animal shelters. Chanticleer has been her family’s vet for her entire life, so she is very excited to be part of our team! She spends her free time camping and hiking with her husband and their 2 dogs, Nalia and Cinnamon.


Veterinary Assistant

Gina has been loving and caring for patients at Chanticleer for over 7 years! Her positive attitude brings a smile to everyone’s face and she is always one to cheer people up. Gina resides in Santa Cruz with her family and can be seen in her spare time singing karaoke or reading a good book!


Client Service Representative

Jo has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years and we are excited to have her as part of the Chanticleer family! When she is not helping out clients at the front desk, you might find her relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii. She shares her home with her husband (Wayne), their two dogs (Bristol and Suedi Grey), and two kitties (Izi and Morle). Her favorite thing to do is snuggle with her animals.


Client Service Representative

Shelby moved to Santa Cruz in August 2021 so her partner could attend a Ph.D. program at UCSC. Though she is new to the veterinary world, she did grow up with quite a variety of pets as a child. Now she enjoys living vicariously through all of you and your pets! When she is not at work you can find her exploring hiking trails, enjoying snacks at the beach, or kayaking.