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


Dr. Gruda graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. (All four of our veterinarians are graduates of CSU.) 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

Dr. Kim Freeman

Dr. Freeman graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Florida in 1993 where she also earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

She moved to New Mexico immediately after graduation to enjoy the beautiful desert and mountains in the Silver City area while working at a mixed animal practice for four years. She then spent three years in Arizona in a small animal and mixed animal practice after which she returned to the state she calls home to practice emergency medicine in Santa Fe for seven years. During that time she was able to attend and enjoy courses in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture which resulted in her earning her CVA in 2006 from the Chi Institute in Florida. Since then she has been engaged in a stimulating combination of Eastern and Western medicine with some international veterinary work as well.

She is very interested in the diagnosis of internal medicine disorders and in pain relief and management using traditional Chinese Medicine techniques.

When not praticing veterinary medicine she is hiking, learning crossfit, traveling, or cooking with her partner Erik and her dog Mr. Louie as supervising chef.

Lesley Gonzales, DVM


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


Dr. Jones graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 following her Master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.  Her professional interests include dermatology, wound care management and preventative health care.

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 at a young age when she spent many summers with her grandparents on their cattle ranch near the Laguna Pueblo reservation and 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. When she’s not working, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and partaking in adventures with her fiance’ Johnny and Labrador’able’ Quincy.

Jacqueline Sarah Cowan, DVM

Dr. Cowan

55Jacqueline 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.