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. John Clay

Dr. Clay was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Biological Sciences in 1970 and from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 1975. After working at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital for 10 years, he opened the Chanticleer Veterinary Hospital in 1985. Additionally, Dr. Clay has been the staff veterinarian for the Santa Cruz SPCA since 2000. His outside interests include fishing and golf and all sports–especially baseball. He is married, with two adult children and two grandchildren.

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! 

Amee Dover

Practice Manager

Amee was born and raised in Santa Cruz. After living in both Georgia and Washington state for several years, she is happy to be back in her hometown. She has extensive experience working with shelter and rescue animals, specializing in feline and exotic patients. Amee is excited to take on her role as Practice Manager and hopes to help keep the hospital running smoothly. She currently resides in Campbell with her husband and shares her home with her cat, Evie Shade, and her new puppy, Gibson!

Susan Curry

Veterinary Technician

Susan has lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 40 years. 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!. She currently has one cat, Baggins, who she raised from birth.

Brielle Bunney

Veterinary Assistant

Brielle is a Santa Cruz local who attended UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate studies. She loves all types of animals and is very passionate about orphan kitten rescue. She is so excited to be a part of the Chanticleer team! Outside of time at the hospital, you can find her riding horses, running with her dog, or spending time with her rescue kittens Jimmy and Bean! 

Shawn Daly

Kennel Technician

Shawn has been a part of the Chanticleer family for close to 30 years! She is our lead kennel technician and spends her day making sure all our patients are well cared for and loved! She resides in Santa Cruz with her twin sister and her little dog, Snickers.

Gina Mathias

Kennel Technician

Gina has been loving and caring for patients at Chanticleer for over 7 years! Her positive attitude brings a smile on 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! 

Rozie Morris

Customer Service Representative/ Veterinary Assistant 

Rozie began working at a veterinary hospital in the summer of 2018 shortly after graduating early as valedictorian from Delta College and Career Prep High School. She got her start in animal care during 2014 volunteering with the Santa Cruz SPCA, specializing in feline behavioral rehabilitation and community outreach. When not working or volunteering, Rozie takes classes like sociology and world music at Cabrillo College, loves cooking and baking as well as spending time with her very quirky cat, Cletus. She is cross trained as a customer service representative and a veterinary assistant. She hopes to be a small animal surgeon someday and start a vegetarian catering business on the side. 

Jo Kihei

Customer Service Representative 

Jo has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years and we are excited to have her join 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 Raji, two kitties, Izi and Morle, and a parrot named Buddy. Her favorite thing to do is snuggle with her animals.

Tricia Robinson

Customer Service Representative

Tricia was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. Her love of animals has led her to pursue the veterinary field, and we feel so lucky to have her join our team! She greets everyone with a smile, and treats each patient as if they were her own. She has two adult sons and two dogs, an Anatolian Shepard named Butter and a Chihuahua named Chico. In her free time she enjoys Zumba, Jiu Jitsu, and arts and crafts.