An experienced veterinarian with a passion for animal welfare work is now heading Altered Tails, the biggest nonprofit spay/neuter organization in the state.

Dr. Nellie Goetz, who has joined Altered Tails as executive director, manage operations at the organization’s North Central Phoenix and Mesa clinics. The clinics perform about 18,000 low-cost or free-of-charge spay and neuter surgeries every year. Goetz also will help expand the depth, breadth and reach of Altered Tails’ services and represent the non-profit in the community.

Goetz came to Altered Tails after serving as a clinical assistant professor of Shelter Medicine at Midwestern University where she taught courses,  managed relationships with 12 clinical service partners and created the operations manual for a Midwestern University mobile clinic.

Prior to that, she served as a high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter veterinarian at many organizations in New Mexico and worked as the lead surgical veterinarian for the American Veterinary Medical Association Reaching UP project in that state. Goetz had also worked as medical director of the National Spay/Neuter Response Team at Humane Alliance, now called ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance, where she trained teams in high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter “best practices.”

Altered Tails’ North Central Phoenix clinic is located at 950 W. Hatcher Road. Visit



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