New Veterinarian Joins Lifesaving PACC Team


Thanks to tremendous support from donors like you, Friends of PACC was able to fund the hiring of a fourth veterinarian, and two full-time vet techs at Pima Animal Care Center. Support to Friends of PACC allows Pima Animal Care Center to provide lifesaving care that goes above and beyond the county mandate and budget. 

We recently sat down with the new vet, Dr. Helena Wayt, to get to know her better. Check out our interview below.

Why did you want to become a veterinarian?

I think like many vets there was never a defining moment where I decided I was going to be veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals and caring for animals. I volunteered in the clinic at Austin Pets Alive, a shelter in Austin, which solidified my desire to apply and go to vet school.

What are you looking forward to most about working at PACC?

I’m most looking forward to being able to practice high quality shelter medicine. What really excited me about PACC was how much the clinic was able to work up every single medical case. Not many shelters have their own bloodwork machines, x-ray, ICUs, isolation rooms, committed medical fosters, or the ability to send diagnostics out to outside labs.  As a shelter veterinarian I can give my patients care that is comparable to a private practice, which is very unique and very exciting!

Are you new to Tucson? Where are you from?

I am new to Tucson! I’m originally from Houston.  I attended the University of Texas in Austin for college and Texas A&M in College Station for veterinary school. Although I love Texas, I was looking for a new out of state adventure!

What pets do you have at home?

I currently have one dog named Granger. I found him in Granger, Texas when I was in college and he has been my buddy ever since.  Granger is also loving Arizona! Believe it or not he likes to sunbathe even when it is over 100 degrees.

What inspires and motivates you to come into work every day?

The amazing staff at PACC inspires me to come to work every day. There is no easy job at PACC and every staff member in every department comes to work with a positive attitude and makes a difference. I’m lucky to be part of such an amazing team that has accomplished so much together.

What are some of your off-the-clock hobbies?

When I’m not at work I enjoy indoor rock climbing, hiking, and hanging out with my dog. I also love trying new restaurants and local craft beer.

Hiring Dr. Wayt is just one of the many investments that Friends of PACC has made in PACC thanks to the Your Love Saves Lives campaign. Learn more about the good work that your time, talents, and treasures are making happen at Pima Animal Care Center by clicking here.

Sara Wolfe Vaughan