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Veterinarians

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!  
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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.  
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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.  
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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.
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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. 

Testimonials

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79912

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Open Close
Tuesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Wednesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Thursday 9am- 5pm 5500 N Desert Blvd
Friday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 11100 Sean Haggerty
Saturday 9:30am- 4pm Pets Barn 1790 Zaragoza
Sunday Closed Closed

Paws N' Hooves Thursday location is currently at our Mesa Clinic from 7:30 am- 5:30pm and will be moving to Pet's Barn at 5500 Desert Blvd from 9-5 pm starting 8/3/17. At that time mobile prices will no longer be honored at Mesa Veterinary Clinic.

*Last sign-in taken 30 minutes before close.

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa El Paso TX, 79912

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am Closed
6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 2:00 pm Closed

Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hours 8am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9am- 5pm 8am- 4pm 9:30am- 4pm
Location

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

5500 N Desert Blvd.

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza

*Last sign-in will be taken 30 minutes before closing.