Dr. Melhus started loving animals growing up in Minnesota. From there she has lived in St. Kitts, West Indies, Wisconsin and has finally landed in Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science in livestock production with an emphasis in companion animals from the University of Minnesota in 2009 which sent her diving head first into the industry portion of animal sciences. She then received an Associates of Applied science in veterinary technology in 2013 which led to becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. While learning how to scuba dive and soaking in the west indies culture she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Her main interests are in primary and preventative care, dentistry, and diagnostic imaging. She enjoys building lasting relationships with her clients and patients and loves the chance to continue educating others. Dr. Melhus spends her time with her husband Clifford, their Dalmatian (Zoe), a coral reef aquarium, one cat from St. Kitts (Kittitian kitten Sugar Cane), two Phoenician cats (Dinah, Figaro) a Leopard tortoise (Vern), and multiple Sulcata tortoises (Spike, Gamera, and more). The biggest attraction of what Amanda and Cliff call “Fraser Ranch” is the large tarantula collection (40+ individuals). She enjoys crafting of all kinds, spending time outdoors, and gardening in her spare time.