Arizona Instructors

Margaret McLeod CVT

Margaret McLeod, a native of Arizona, attended Northern Arizona University and received her BS degree in Zoology. Margaret has over 25 years of experience as a Certified Veterinary Technician, including 16 years working in a busy, four doctor practice, servicing companion animals, pocket pets and exotic animals. Her experience included the privilege of working on big cats, birds of prey, ostriches,and llamas. Following her time as a Technician, Margaret was an instructor in a Veterinary Technology Program for 7 years, teaching the entire curriculum for both first and second year students. Volunteering has always been a special experience for Margaret. It began when she volunteered in a special needs classroom with 2 therapy dogs and has continued, with raising 5 puppies for service dog organizations and helping at a birds of prey rehabilitation facility.Currently, Margaret and her dog Napa, visit the local children’s hospital, as well as being an active member of Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Response. Margaret is also currently contracted as a Field Representative for Paws With a Cause,training clients and their service dogs.

Dee Alschuler

Dee Alschuler has been working in Animal Rescue for over 18 years. Dee is currently the director of Lucky Dog Rescue in Scottsdale, AZ which was founded in 2004, Dee has been the director since 2008.  Dee is a certified dog trainer and used to train service dogs and still enjoys training dogs in her spare time. Dee and her husband John share their home with 14 dogs, 2 cats and 1 very funny Cockatiel.

Lynda Nesbitt

Lynda is an animal shelter director,  life-long pet owner and horsewoman. A native of MA., Lynda currently resides in AZ, where she shares a home with her husband, Mike Berry, as well as 10 rescue cats, 4 horses, one rescue dog and a flock of “adopted” chickens. Lynda holds a Master’s degree, as well as a certificate in Animal Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and a certificate in Animal Shelter Management from the University of the Pacific. Lynda also serves as board president of Pets In Need Action League, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide both pet food assistance and free spay/neuter services to the pets of financially disadvantaged residents of central AZ.