Dr. Starr, Practice Owner
I always knew I wanted to be a vet! It never varied or changed for me! I LOVED animals from a young age and actually started to volunteer at a local vet clinic two afternoons a week when I was ten years old because I knew that, “You have to have experience to get into vet school!!” I diligently road my bike three miles from my elementary school to the vet clinic twice a week for three hours each day. I would walk dogs and clean cages. It was a wonderful experience for me! I even remember seeing (and wanting!) such great things as a baby boa constrictor and a batch of baby raccoons rescued from a lawn mower! I continue to volunteer at the zoo and local vet clinics until I was half way through high school and could actually start earning a few bucks! In high school, I went on a student exchange to Argentina for a year. I even took a stray kitten home to my host family and convinced them that they HAD to keep it!
I was dedicated and driven all through school, achieving high grades and getting accepted to vet school only half way through my undergraduate training at NMSU. I accepted the offer and headed up to Washington State University with my two cats, two birds, and two water turtles! In undergrad at NMSU, I continue to work hard at a great mixed animal vet clinic. I learned an immense amount, and still use that knowledge today! I also had some fun, and would travel to rodeos in southern NM and into Mexico, where I met my husband. Once in Vet School at Washington State University, I continued to study hard, but also talked follow classmates into activities like dance class and weekend barbecues.
After graduating from vet school in 2000, I backpacked around Europe for six months, sleeping on trains and in city parks to make my money stretch! Once I returned, I obtained a job in Pine Bluffs, WY, a place a yearn for daily! It was a wonderful life and learning experience where I met many wonderful people and improved my skills in medicine and surgery. My overall goal, though was to use my profession to improve people’s lives and in some way their economy. At that point, I joined the military, hoping to perform Civil Affairs activities, like traveling to developing countries and vaccinating their livestock and sterilizing their stray pets. Although, the military gave me a great experience, and again, I met many wonderful people, I left after three years, because I was not able to fulfill my dreams of helping people. While I was at Fort Bliss, though, I was able to see how the lower cost of services and supplies offered by Fort Bliss VTF allowed people to care better for their pets, because they could do services that were recommended, since prices were more affordable. I wanted to take this model to a larger scale.
In 2008, my technician, Martin and I opened Paws N’ Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services, PLLC! We actually parked on Fort Bliss (a request of theirs)! We offered low prices, client education, and good service and caring and quickly grew. We eventually got busy enough (I was seven days a week and taking emergency calls at night at my home), that a client recommended I open a stationary clinic on the West side. In 2010, I purchased Mesa Veterinary Clinic. Since then, we have constantly striven to improve and offer better services and care to our client and patient family. In the summer of 2014, we purchased a second mobile clinic which we now use at our regular locations.
We continue to use our smaller, original mobile to provide free and low cost spays and neuters to non-profit organizations in NM and TX. I also have taught a Certified Veterinary Assistant Course since 2007, through UTEP, DACC, and now in our clinic.
I still love what I do! I love each and every day! I love caring for the patients and educating the clients. I love building those life-long relationships with my clients. I love teaching. I love helping the community in every way I can. And I LOVE being a vet!
Dr. Porras, Associate Veterinarian
I graduated from Washington State University with my degree in veterinary medicine and quickly moved back to El Paso to join the team here at Mesa Veterinary Clinic. As a native of the El Paso area I am so excited to be back in the beautiful southwest and so proud to be able to serve the people and pets of this wonderful community. My furry family consists of one Boxer, two Mastiffs, one German Shepherd, and one Blue Heeler. I absolutely love my job and am so excited to come to work everyday. Please come join our family here at Mesa Veterinary Clinic. I look forward to meeting you and helping keep your pets happy and healthy!
Dr. Silpa, Associate Veterinarian
I grew up in Florida, where I developed a fascination for veterinary medicine. I received my veterinary degree from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I then worked for 1 year as an emergency veterinarian at night, and during the day I was a volunteer veterinarian for a charity that rescued stranded dolphins and whales. Following that, I worked as a zoo veterinarian at the Miami Seaquarium. I am interested in exotic medicine because of their unique physiology. For example, with birds there are hundreds of species kept as pets, and they all have their unique quirks. We are learning leaps and bounds about these species every year, and being on the front lines of this frontier medicine invigorates me. I am excited to join the Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Hooves N Paws team! I am currently working towards specialty recognition with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in reptile and amphibian medicine. I am a proud member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. I am happy to see all creatures, from alligators to zebras, at Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services.
Dr. Salais, Veterinarian
Hello my name is Dr. Violeta Salais. Having a veterinarian for a father allowed me to grow up around animals my entire life. I fell in love with them and my father’s career path so I decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. I graduated from Ross University and went to Oklahoma State University for my clinical year this past May 2018. Being an El Paso native, I wanted to return home and give back to my community. I feel honored to have joined the Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N’ Hooves family which has not only offered me a great opportunity to grow professionally but has also allowed me to be a part of an incredibly kind and supportive team. I currently have one feline fur baby named Faye. She is a 7 month old Calico and this is my first experience with a kitty. I hope to help as many pets as I can and I am super excited to see everyone that will be visiting us here at the clinic!
Brianda, Paws N’ Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services
Director of Mobile Services
My love for animals stated to really show around age 7. I started playing to be a veterinarian and was already feeding our neighborhood stray cats and dogs. I currently have 3 dogs named Wendy (Cocker Span.), Ranger (Australian Shepard Mix), April (dachshund). I also have 1 chinchilla (Joosh), 2 rabbits (Olaf) and (Bibi Einstein) and the love of my life my beautiful “Güero” the cat. All my pets have an interesting story behind their adoption, I really can’t see my life without them. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family (daughter, mom & fur babies) and going to rodeos. I’m looking forward to continuing my education as a Veterinary Technician with Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N’ Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services. Every day is a good day no matter the circumstances because every day you learn something new. I love client education, it’s my pleasure to provide guidance for the well-being of your fur babies. I really don’t see myself working in any other place, I love and enjoy what I do.
Olga, Mesa Veterinary Clinic
Director of Administration
Hi! My name is Olga and even though I’m a new face I’ve been in the vet industry for over 10 years. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to work with pets and their owners both with treatment, advice and getting them on their way after what can be a stressful experience when they are not feeling all too great. I enjoy being able to help the little ones without a voice and I’ve been blessed to have been able to work in this field for so long learning how to keep our little ones healthy. I’ve got six dogs which I love dearly and a cat that’s always getting into trouble. I’m excited to be part of the team and looking forward to meeting all of your little critters.
Liz, Mesa Veterinary Clinic
Director of Medical Services
My work in the animal industry started at the very young age of 12 volunteering for my family’s animal rescue. From bottle-feeding motherless kitten and puppies to finding new homes and rehabilitating numerous homeless pets, I loved helping animals in any way possible. Volunteering with other local animal rescues eventually lead me to my first job in the veterinary field at a mobile spay and neuter clinic. My ambitions and passion for animal welfare pushed me to help animals through as many venues as possible. In 2005 I earned the Young Person of the Year award from Utah’s Awards for Distinguished Service to Animals and the Miss Mount Pleasant, Utah pageant based on an Animal Welfare Platform. Shortly after, I started working for Banfield the Pet Hospital to gain experience and knowledge in the veterinary medical industry. Since then I gained a wealth of information, experience, friendships, and education in this challenging field working in a variety of positions. I recently moved to the El Paso area from Albuquerque, New Mexico to pursue my next goal, the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certification. My geriatric cat Gravy Foot is my furry companion for the past 10 years and loves to keep my heart warm and very entertained. I love film photography and cannot wait to experience what El Paso and Mesa Veterinary Clinic has to offer.
Throughout my time here I have managed the administrative and bookkeeping duties. I enjoy my administrative duties, as well as, utilizing my experience to contribute to new ideas in making the business successful. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from Mr. Francisco Orduno and Dr. Amy Starr on how to manage a business.
I love helping my fellow animal companions, as well as, my fellow man. Working here at Mesa Veterinary Clinic has allowed me to do both at the same time. I know that they are just more than pets they are FAMILY. I have two large dogs, Thumper and Floyd. I love them as if they are my children. They love being outdoors by the lake and hiking through the mountains. I love my job because I love to make a difference in patients lives; seeing a patient’s health improve and watching the clients reaction to their loved one feeling better is extremely rewarding. The unpredictably of each day allows me step up to the challenge and learn from new experiences.
Since I was young I have always been around animals and interested in their well being. I have always wanted to have a job that deals with animals. I am currently going to school and NMSU I am looking at graduating in May of 2019 with a degree in Animal Science. My boyfriend and I have two crazy lovely children; Ellie Mae is a mutt she is a Red Heeler, Corgi and probably Lab mix she is 8 months old now, and Finley is a Red Healer mix that we rescued she is about 2 years old, and finally we have Jake (Mr. Jakers) he is our senior doggy he is a 14 year old Blue Heeler, he lives with at my boyfriends house with a nice big yard so he can eat all the birds in the sky ha ha. I’m that one girl at bonfires that plays with dogs instead of interacting with people.
Hello, my name is Jazmine. I have been in the veterinary field for four years now. You will see me working at the mobile clinic. I really enjoy working and helping animals and especially love being their voice. I also enjoy spending time with my nephews as well as spending time with my friends.
Hello, my name is Johana. I was born in Cd. Juarez but was raised in El Paso, Tx. Once I graduated high school, I decided to pursue a degree in Education. I received an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education in 2006 and continued to get my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southwestern Adventist University. After three years of being out of town, I decided to come back to my hometown to be with my family. Throughout the years I’ve worked in many different areas but never found my true calling until now. I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to take a Certified Veterinary Assistant course because if there’s one thing I love most aside from my family and being able to work with kids, is animals. Currently, I have four cats (my calico cat Baby, Nini aka Pishu Papa, Donnie, and Michaelangelo) and my big boy, a German Shepard/Lab mix, Bucky. I love working at the clinic because I get a sense of satisfaction to know that we’re helping one pet at a time to stay healthy. Our Doctors, technicians and staff members genuinely care for every pets well being that walks in through the door; and being able to snuggle with so many pets on a daily is always a plus!
Hello, I’m Jessica and I joined the Mesa Veterinary Clinic family in 2018. Born and mainly raised in California I was raised in a military family and my spouse is also military. I graduated with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Carrington College, CA in 2015. I have worked and have a strong passion for emergency medicine, currently finishing up my BS in biomedical science. Although work keeps me quite busy, I have a variety of interests that helps balance the workload. Some of my favorite activities outside of work include running with my 3 dogs, hiking, fishing, and camping. I’m in the veterinary field to help improve the lives of your furbabies.
Hello! My name is Jazmin and I have loved animals all my life! I’ve been part of this team for a little over a year now and I’m extremely happy to be here. I took the CVA course offered through our clinic and my career took off from there. I also really enjoy working with exotics and our four-legged companions. I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats and I love them with all my heart.
I have a big heart and love helping. I love turtles. I have three pets at home. Luna is blue nose Pitbull, Panzon is a blue nose tri-color Pitbull (I call him my Baby Bucket), and Penny is a Jack Russell Terrier mix. I love being part of the staff because I get to meet and help clients and their beautiful pets. The doctor’s, techs and staff are extremely friendly. I love working with them. This has been one of my best work experiences.