Doctors

We believe you should expect the very best for your pet. At Gruda Veterinary Hospital, you can have confidence that your pet is receiving the highest quality compassionate veterinary care. Our doctors are highly trained and experienced, and are available to answer your questions about a range of concerns and conditions. Most of all, Gruda Veterinary Hospital’s veterinarians and staff truly care about you and your pet, and want you to have the best experience possible.

Robert A. Gruda, DVM

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Dr. Gruda graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  Dr Gruda was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico State University for his undergraduate studies from 1983 to 1986.

Immediately following graduation from CSU, he returned to Las Cruces. He practiced there until 1994, when he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1994 he worked in Santa Fe as an associate veterinarian for a local veterinary practice before opening Gruda Veterinary Hospital in 2001.

Dr. Gruda lives south of Santa Fe with his wife, Treva, and their four boys. When he is not at work he spends most of his time with his boys, two dogs, and one cat. He enjoys the outdoors, including camping, boating, fishing, and golf.

Dr. Gruda enjoys practicing all kinds of veterinary medicine for cats, dogs, and other small animals. He also devotes a significant amount of time on the surgical aspects of the practice.

Kimberly A. Freeman, DVM-CVA

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Dr. Freeman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1997. She has practiced small and large animal medicine as well as emergency/critical care in New Mexico and Arizona over the last 18 years.

She was afforded the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture while on the flexible emergency schedule and received her certification in 2006 from the Chi Institute in Florida.  Since then she has attended courses in Advanced tongue and pulse diagnosis as well as food therapy through the Chi Institute and is scheduled to be an instructor for the 2016 Basic Mixed Animal Acupuncture course this spring.  She has recently earned a Foundations of Herbalism certificate; a nine-month long intensive course in Western Herbs taught by Milagro School of Herbal Medicine.  Locally, she engages in a stimulating combination of Eastern and Western practice at Gruda Veterinary Hospital.

She is very interested in internal medicine, pain management, preventative medicine and food therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism techniques.

When not practicing veterinary medicine she is hiking, learning crossfit, traveling or making medicine with her sweet puppy Grace.

Lesley Gonzales, DVM

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Dr. Lesley Gonzales is excited to be back in New Mexico after graduating from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While she grew up in several states including Colorado and Alaska, Dr. Gonzales fell in love with New Mexico after attending New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro for her undergraduate studies. It was there that she obtained her Bachelors degree in biology and also met her husband, a local rancher.

Dr. Gonzales is looking forward to making house calls for Gruda Veterinary Hospital, and is particularly interested in dermatology and enjoys the challenges of internal medicine.  She loves getting to know the people bringing in their critters and strives to provide personalized, quality veterinary care for each and every animal she meets.

Lesley lives in Santa Fe with her husband Jason and their three canine kids, Keeshah, Sonny and Mera. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, going to movies, reading and exploring Santa Fe

Suzanna Jones, DVM, MS

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Dr. Jones graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine following her Master’s degree in microbiology from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.  Her professional interests include preventative health care, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound and internal medicine.

As a native New Mexican, she is thrilled to be back in the Land of Enchantment practicing veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones’ interest in veterinary medicine began at a young age when she spent many summers with her grandparents on their cattle ranch near the Laguna Pueblo reservation, outside of Portales, New Mexico. Other experiences such as working on a dairy farm and for a small animal veterinarian during college solidified her desire to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Jones enjoys the challenge of veterinary medicine and is honored to have the opportunity to care for every patient and client. Doctor Jones loves living in Santa Fe with her husband Johnny, two dogs (Spaniel ‘Maggie’ and Lab Mix ‘Quincy’) two rescue guinea pigs (Peanut Butter & Jelly) and even has a baby on the way! When she’s not working she enjoys being outdoors exploring Santa Fe & Traveling.

Jacqueline Sarah Cowan, DVM

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It is with great sadness that we report the sudden loss of Dr. Cowan in April 2016. Her dedication to her profession and wonderful personality will be deeply missed. We send our heartfelt condolences to her two children, family, friends and clients.

Jacqueline Sarah Cowan was born and raised in Switzerland until her family moved to Santa Fe, NM.  She finished high school in Santa Fe and then attended Cornell University as an undergraduate.  She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from CSU in 1992 and completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota.  From there she moved to Washington State and ran a satellite practice for 2 years, then opened her own mixed animal practice in a rural part of Washington until 2014, when she returned to Santa Fe.

Her hobbies include spending time with her 2 children and riding dressage horses.  When she is not working, riding horses, checking homework or going to the kids’ games, she and her son can be found skiing at Ski Santa Fe.  She lives with her family, 3 horses, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 18 chickens in Seton Village.

Lauren Boeckel Zeigler, DVM

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Dr. Lauren Boeckel Zeigler is originally from Pennsylvania. She obtained her degree in Biology at Mansfield University before moving to the Midwest where she attended Veterinary School. She graduated from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine.  For the past three years, she has been practicing veterinary medicine at a small animal hospital in El Paso, Texas.

Being able to appreciate and play a role in the bond people have with their pets is one reason she enjoys her career so much.  She has interests in all aspects of veterinary medicine from preventative medicine, to internal medicine to surgery. One of her favorite things about being a veterinarian is each day is different from the next and presents a new challenge.

Dr. Zeigler now lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Matt, and their two dogs, Mac and Brook, who are both English Springer Spaniels.  They also have one cat, Nermal, who acts just like one of the dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors as well as traveling to new places.