Dr. Bryan Neidigh
Dr. Bryan Neidigh moved to Phoenix in 2002 and opened his Desert Hills Animal Clinic in July 2003. He grew up in Palmyra, PA and is a 1994 honors graduate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Honors earned in college include scholarships, 1987 Blue Key Honor Society and 1990 Wrestling All-American & Academic All-American.
Before moving to Phoenix, Dr. Neidigh worked at A-Plus Animal Hospitals of Reno, NV from 1996 to 2002. In this practice, Dr. Neidigh developed his strategies in practicing in a high volume clinic without compromising the quality of care for each patient.
Dr. Neidigh’s interests include coaching youth football, golfing, fishing, hiking and spending time with his family.
Dr. Cheryl Rahal
Dr. Rahal also came to Phoenix in 2002 with her husband, Dr. Neidigh, and their daughter.
Dr. Rahal received a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle in December 1988, a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in May 1994 and earned Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in August 1999 after completing a 3-year residency program in Equine Medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of University of California-Davis.
Dr. Rahal’s primary interests stem from her personal equestrian experiences and include equine perinatology, equine exercise physiology and equine geriatrics. Dr. Rahal’s area of expertise, perinatology, involves the medical management of high risk pregnancy in broodmares and the care of critically ill foals. Dr. Rahal’s expertise in equine sports medicine and exercise physiology stems from her personal experience in endurance riding. Her expertise in geriatrics developed due to the aging of her own beloved horses.
Dr. Rahal practiced for four years in the Carson Valley of Nevada, working mostly with equine breeding farms, Arabian performance, Hunter Jumpers farms and the other regional agriculture such as sheep, goats and camelids (alpacas and llamas). Dr. Rahal spent her first two years in Arizona practicing her expertise in Equine Internal Medicine.
Although Equine Medicine had been her career focus, Dr. Rahal has altered her career path to fit the needs of her family. Dr Rahal practiced in small animal emergency and critical care from 2004 to 2007, utilizing her knowledge of the critically ill patient. Currently, Dr. Rahal has joined other full time doctors at Desert Hills Animal Clinic and is willing to see cats, dogs, miniature horses, goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, alpacas or anything else that can walk in the door. (We’ll leave the slithering and flying to Dr. Neidigh.) Dr. Rahal is also available to the equine world, through referral from your regular equine veterinarian as a Large Animal Internal Medicine Consultant.
Dr. Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Dr. Jennifer Fitzpatrick joined the Desert Hills Animal Clinic team in March of 2016. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2003 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has spent the last 13 years in small animal general practice and emergency veterinary medicine. Her special interests include internal medicine, dermatology and surgery.
Dr. Fitzpatrick loves outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and off roading – anything that gets adrenaline pumping! She also enjoys spending time with her dogs.
Quote “I strive to practice the highest standard of care with a love and compassion for my patients and their owners and the bond shared between them. I treat each patient as if it were my own pet and provide the best care possible for that patient while taking into account the needs of the owner.”
Dr. Heather Fowler
Dr. Heather Fowler grew up in New River, AZ, moving here with her family at the beginning of fourth grade and attending New River Elementary School. She graduated from Deer Valley High School in 1987 then went to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. She received a B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Health Science degree) from U of A and was the Outstanding Senior in the Veterinary Science Department in 1991. She then went to Colorado State University where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, graduating with honors. After completing an additional one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Southwest Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, she went into private practice.
In 2001, Dr. Fowler moved from Tucson back to New River and continued practicing medicine. From 2009 to 2016, she left practice to be a full time mom. She went back to work when her youngest child started school and she enjoys being in the the veterinary medical world again.
Dr. Fowler’s professional interests mainly center around internal medicine, and she has a soft spot for geriatric patients with all their various metabolic diseases. Although her professional training has been in dog and cat medicine almost exclusively, she raised and showed dairy goats growing up and is willing to work with goat owners as needed to try and help their small ruminant critters.
Dr. Fowler is married (to a CSU vet school classmate) and they have 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. Her family, their numerous critters (2 dogs, 2 cats, 7 chickens, 5 peafowl, 1 horse, 1 pony, 1 burro, 3 fire belly toads, 2 poison dart frogs, 1 desert tortoise, lots of fish), and her church service keep her plenty busy when not at the clinic. For fun, she loves to read, hike, bike, and ride her horse – though she rarely, if ever, gets to do all those things in the same week!