Meet Our Veterinarians


  • Dr. Melanie Lowrance
    Dr. Melanie Lowrance is the proud owner of Small Animal Housecalls. She has been treating dogs and cats in the East Valley of Phoenix since 2006. She started her house call practice to help serve the public and animals even more by offering in home services to make veterinary medicine more convenient.

    Dr. Lowrance stays active in the community. She is a volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors of the Companion Animal Association of Arizona in which she provides pet therapy to assisted living facilities with her dog Daisy. She is a member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association Dr. Lowrance routinely supports The Phoenix Zoo, The Boy Scouts of America,  The American Girl Scouts and The University of Arizona School of Agriculture.

    Dr. Lowrance grew up in Tucson, AZ and earned her bachelors degree in wildlife management from the University of Arizona in 2000. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Her clinical year of veterinary medicine was completed at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed an externship in veterinary dentistry at the University of Illinois. When she is not making house calls she enjoys spending time with her husband Jason, son Matthew and her Border Collie “Daisy”, Labrador Retriever, “Shady” , Golden Retriever 'Jax',  parakeet “Cupcake' and goldfish 'BB-8'.

  • Dr. Amanda Varney
    Dr. Amanda Varney was born in Allentown, PA and moved to Tucson just after she finished kindergarten. She attended University High School, and then obtained her B.S in Biology from Arizona State University’s Honors College (now known as the Barrett’s Honors College). She then was accepted at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences and moved north to Fort Collins, Colorado. After four great years in Veterinary School it was time to go out in the real world! Dr. Varney moved back to Arizona and completed a one year internship at Mesa Veterinary Hospital (now the Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona). Since then she has been in general practice in Mesa and Fountain Hills. Her practice interests include anything and everything pertaining to cats, pain management, dentistry and regenerative medicine (stem cell therapy). She has been happily married since 2006 to Art Professor at Mesa Community College. They share their home with two cats: a domestic short hair named Flip, and a La Perm named Banksy, and two dogs: a sweet Pit Bull Lakota (aka Poodle) and a goofy German Shepherd mix named Rembrandt (Remi). When not at work you can find her playing her with daughter Rosabella, cooking or reading.
  • Stephanie Patterson
    Veterinary Technician

    Stephanie Patterson has been a veterinary technician for over 10 years.  She graduated from Scottsdale community college with her veterinary assistant degree in 2001.  She enjoys spending time with her 12 year old son and her 2 chihuahuas and 5 cats. Helping animals is her passion and has been ever since she was a little girl. 

  • Jason Miller
    Office Manager and Veterinary Assistant

    Jason Miller helped found Small Animal Housecalls in 2006 with his wife, Dr. Melanie Lowrance.  He graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Arizona in 2000.  He worked as a sheriffs deputy for Pima County for 7 years until he helped found Small Animal Housecalls.  He has a passion for helping animals and uses his business skills to help keep house calls affordable and running smoothly.