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 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.
Sophia, Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N Hooves
Hello, my name is Sophia A. Sanchez. I was born and raised in El Paso where I attended El Paso Community College for two years and then went on to attend classes, for two years, at NMSU in Las Cruces. I am still currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In 2008, I started my career in the Veterinary field as a receptionist at a local clinic and then in December of 2009 I moved to San Antonio, Tx where I was able to gain my experience in Pet Nursing. After a year of nursing, I decided to take my chances in Veterinary Management. I went on to manage an animal hospital in San Antonio for two years and while there, I attended Webster Veterinary Management University, receiving certificates in Human Resources, Marketing and Finance. I moved back to El Paso in October of 2012 and have been working for Dr. Starr and Mesa Veterinary Clinic ever since. I’ve always been a huge animal lover and I own two small dogs and a cat.
Kat, Mesa Veterinary Clinic
Director of Medical Services
Since I was a young child I have always been surrounded by animals and had an interest in their care and well-being. My parents instilled in me a love for nature and creatures of all shapes and sizes. At home I currently have 3 dogs, 4 cats, and a snake. I have been a technician with Mesa Veterinary Clinic for over 3 years now and I love getting to work with the patients and help them feel better. Each day I am here I learn something new and it is my passion to share my knowledge and educate our clients in the best possible care for their pets.
Brianda, Paws N’ Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services
Director of Administration
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.
Crystal, Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N Hooves
Director of Public Contact
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas along side my wonderful family, including our many pets. As a young girl my dream was to pursue a career as a veterinarian or marine biologist. I now have two beautiful daughters of my own who also share my love for animals. Although I was a business major, I began working for multiple animal hospitals and pet facilities throughout college. I guess you can say it’s my calling! Working as a tech for Mesa Veterinary Clinic has been a wonderful opportunity for me to advance, as well as, expand my knowledge in animal care. I enjoy meeting with families in our community and guiding them to a happy and healthy pet. It is so rewarding to be in this field of work, not only do I love animals but I love being a part of their life story.
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 he opportunity to learn from Mr. Francisco Orduno and Dr. Amy Starr on how to manage a business.
Financial Project Manager
I tell my husband if I won a million dollars, I would buy land and open a rescue to save all the sick and homeless animals. I have always had a love for animals since I was a little girl, from hermit crabs to kitty cats. I really do have a strong passion to help all the animals possible. It is an honor to work for the clinic and be around all the wonderful staff members. I look forward going to work each day and helping put a smile on the faces of our clients and their pets. Helping them when in need. I have a degree in business administration with a certification in Human Resources and last year I made the decision to change my career path after 20 years in the business field to doing what I have always wanted to do; help care for animals. I am currently pursing my associates degree to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and possibly continue my education in receiving a bachelors’ in veterinary technology.
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 anyway 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.
I’ve wanted to work in the veterinary field as long as I can remember. Animals have always been a huge part of my life and I’ve always wanted to be able to do more for them. We’ve had a wide assortment of rescues and fosters, ranging from cats and dogs to chameleons and scorpions. I’ve even volunteered at different rescues in different states we’ve lived in. In 2011 I finally decided to take the first step and got my certification as a vet assistant. In 2014 I restarted my education online and am currently pursing my associates degree to become a veterinary technician. In 2015 we moved to El Paso and I began the search for a job that would allow me to continue to my schooling by giving me the hands on training that my online education doesn’t offer. Mesa Veterinary Clinic welcomed me with open arms and have been wonderful in helping me to expand my knowledge in the field and continue my education and career as a veterinary technician.
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.
I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I have two pets at home. My first pet is Chloe she is a 6 year old calico cat. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Chloe is extremely lovable and is a very big cuddlier. Next I have my horse Whiskey; he is 5 years old. Whiskey was a rescue and I have had him since he was a 1 year old. He is a great companion on rides and likes to follow me around like a puppy. My favorite day at Mesa Veterinary Clinic was the day that I got hired. I felt so honored to be joining such a wonderful team of individuals that strive to help animals in the best way possible. I enjoy being a vet tech because I enjoy caring for animals, as well as helping people help their pets.
I was born and raised in El Paso and just recently moved back from the San Antonio area. I started riding horses and competing at a young age. When I was 16 I started training horses and working with large and small animals. I quickly realized that working with animals was my passion so I started pursuing the Veterinary field 5 years ago and I love what I do. I currently have 1 cat names Piper and two dogs, Magnet and Oliver. I love helping clients and am dedicated to giving the best care that I can to every animal.
I am originally from California but have live all over the world, most recently in Kenya, Africa. I have worked in the animal field for the last 10 years in zoo’s, sanctuaries and clinics. I have worked with animals as big as giraffe/rhinos and as small as hedgehogs/snakes. I came to El Paso to follow my passion and find a home. I grew up in a rural farm town and around zoo’s which is where my love for animals come from. I have always worked in the animal field and would not have it any other way.
I love all types of animals, and I’ve wanted to work in the veterinary field for as long as I can remember. My mother loves telling the story of how for my third birthday, I asked for a cow! I’m still waiting on that cow. For now I have two dogs, two cats, a turtle, and a parakeet who loves to sing. I love working at Mesa Veterinary Clinic because I know how much it’s possible to really love an animal, and I want to help them live the longest and healthiest lives possible, which means you have more time to spend together!
Hi! My name is Alejandra J My summers as a child were spent at a ranch surrounded by animals as little as mice, all the way up to cattle and horses. A dream of mine has been to work with animals and working at Mesa Veterinary Clinic has definitely been a great experience. I am a huge cat lover by trade, and an animal lover overall. I have two cats: one is My baby and the other is my husband’s brat. I started a family two years ago with an amazing man who I get to call my husband, and now we have our very own one-year old fur baby, who is my world! I am looking forward to meeting new people and working with them and their little ones!
I was born and raised in Anthony, New Mexico and am currently enrolled at NMSU. I am majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Biology. I took the Certified Veterinarian Assistant Course in September of 2015 and started volunteering at Mesa Veterinary Clinic and Paws N Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services around February 2016. I was then given the opportunity to be apart of an amazing team. I have a Shih Tzu named is Snoopy. In the picture it is my boyfriends dog, Jake, who is a 9 year old Blue Heeler. He is such an amazing dog, I love him to death. I have always loved dogs. I am that girl that you always see at social events playing with the dogs, instead of interacting with people.
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.
I’m from El Paso, Tx. I have 4 dogs. Luna the one in the picture is a 2-year-old Pitbull. Chum is 1 year old tri- color Pitbull. Penny is an 11-month-old boxer mix that is white with a brown spot on her eye. Lastly the newest member to my family is Furball who’s a white 3-month-old Shih Tzu mix. My favorite day at Mesa Veterinary Clinic was when a client brought in a Potbelly pig for a checkup. The baby pig was so cute! I love to work at Mesa Veterinary Clinic because the staff is very nice, respectful and helpful. I love working as a receptionist because I enjoy multi-tasking and working as part of a team.