Lydia Lovato, D.V.M., Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)


Dr. Lovato was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, but lived briefly in Phoenix in the early 2000’s during which time she fell in love with the desert. She returned to the Sacramento area to complete her undergraduate education at UC Davis, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior in 2014. Dr. Lovato returned to Phoenix to be part of the inaugural class at Arizona’s first veterinary school, Midwestern University (MWU) College of Veterinary Medicine. Given her strong interest in the complexities of the nervous system from her undergraduate education, Dr. Lovato’s clinical studies were tailored to include over 14 weeks of externships with board certified neurologists. She was also awarded by her class for excellence in neurology. After her graduation from MWU in 2018, Dr. Lovato completed both a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship and internal medicine specialty internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ in Mesa, AZ. Although internal medicine holds a special place in Dr. Lovato’s clinical interest, accepting a residency in neurology has always been at the forefront of her professional aspirations. She is particularly interested in researching immune mediated diseases of the brain and peripheral nervous system and tailoring immune modulatory therapies for each patient. She also welcomes the challenges in managing patients with multiple disease processes, where creative therapies may need to be explored. Her education and professional experience:

2008-2012 Associate of Science (General Biology)
American River College(Carmichael, CA)
2012-2014 Bachelor of Science (Neurobiology, Physiology, Behavior)
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
2014-2018 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Midwestern University, College of Veterinary Medicine (Glendale, AZ)
2018-2019 Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center (Mesa, AZ)
2019-2020 Internal Medicine Specialty Internship, Associate Veterinarian
VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center (Mesa, AZ)
2020-2023 Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency
Veterinary Neurological Center (Phoenix, AZ)
2023-Present Staff Neurologist/Neurosurgeon
Veterinary Neurological Center (Phoenix, AZ)

Awards and Honors
  • Midwestern University Student Neurology and Feline Medicine Award (2018)
  • Hills Veterinary Nutrition Advisor Certification (2017)
  • KindredBio AAFP Student Award (2017)
  • Midwestern University Spirit of Service Scholarship (2017)
  • Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship (2017)
  • Finalist Bayer Communication Scholarship (2017)
  • USDA Certification (2017/2018)
  • AVMF Association for Women Veterinarians Scholarship (2016)
  • STEM Scholarship (2012)
Professional Memberships