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Welcome to Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital

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If you live in Thatcher or the surrounding area in AZ, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Dr. Debbie Chapman and Dr. Rita Sanders are licensed veterinarians, treating large and small animals. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care.

Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Dr. Debbie Chapman and Dr. Rita Sanders are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. 

Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her own Thatcher veterinarian. Whether you need care for an ill or injured pet or an annual check up, our dedicated staff of pet lovers has exactly what you need at prices you can afford.

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call 928-348-0026 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Thatcher veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

Meet our new Veterinarian!

My name is Rita Sanders. I have recently joined Dr. Chapman at Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital as the new veterinarian. I grew up in Camp Verde, and was very active raising show hogs in 4-H and FFA. Being active in these programs allowed me the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma, where I decided to go to college. After high school I moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University. I majored in Animal Science in undergrad. Afterwards I stayed in Oklahoma to attend veterinary school. In May 2013 I graduated from veterinary school.

After veterinary school I moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to practice medicine at a rural mixed animal practice, while I worked towards a Masters in Business Administration also from OSU. During this last year I was also certified in acupuncture for animals.

My interests in veterinary medicine include acupuncture, cold laser therapy, and rehabilitative medicine. My passion is working with horses and cattle, although I will see anything that walks, crawls, or flies into the clinic! I am very excited to be moving back to my home state, and to practice medicine in the Gila River Valley! I look forward to meeting and working with my new clients and patients!

At Desert Cross Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.


651 S Dusty Trail Thatcher, AZ 85552