Meet Our South Valley Animal Clinic
Our canine and cat veterinarians are proud to provide companion animal veterinary care to Albuquerque and Los Lunas animals.
Dr. William C. Heite
Affectionately known as “Dr. Bill” at our animal clinic, Dr. Bill has over 40 years of veterinary care experience. Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Bill received his DVM degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Bill joined a mixed animal practice in Deming, New Mexico. In 1980, Dr. Bill opened Gila Animal Clinic in Silver City, New Mexico, where he practiced until 2006.
In May 2009, Dr. Bill and Dr. Dee purchased Cole Elliot Veterinary Hospital, which is now South Valley Animal Clinic. Dr. Bill brings over four decades of animal care experience, with a special focus on small animal surgery and medicine for the last 15 years. Dr. Bill is passionate about companion animal care. As a skilled cat and canine veterinarian, Dr. Bill works hard to provide quality medical care for all his patients.
When not keeping the animals of Los Lunas and Albuquerque healthy, Dr. Bill can be found trail ridging on his Tennessee Walking Horse, “Coin”. Dr. Bill and Dr. Dee live on a small farm in Los Lunas.
Dr. Donna M. Trent-Heite
“Dr. Dee”, as she is known to our pet parents, enjoys providing small animal veterinary care. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Dee received her A.S from Harcum Jr. College, her B.S. in Animal Science from Delaware Valley College, and her V.M.D from University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. After partnering with Dr. Bill at Gila Animal Clinic in Silver City, Dr. Bill and Dr. Dee purchased what is now South Valley Animal Clinic. Dr. Dee is passionate about educating pet owners about preventive medicine and companion animal wellness care. She’s committed to keeping pets healthy, happy and active throughout their lives.
Dr. Dee loves trail riding and resistance free training with her horses and mules. Dr. Dee adopted mustang horses from the Bureau of Land Management after they started saddle training at a prison facility in Canon City, Colorado. Dr. Dee’s constant companions are her beloved Dachshunds, Scooter and Doodle who accompany her to work each day. Dr. Dee is also busy taking care of her adopted geriatric Texas Longhorn cattle and yearling calf, which live on the Los Lunas farm with her and Dr. Bill.
Our South Valley Veterinary Team
A passionate animal lover, Karla has worked in animal health care for over a decade. Karla met Dr. Heite while working in El Paso and decided to relocate to Los Lunas to join our team.
On the weekends, Karla can be found hiking with her husband, Ióscani. Together, they train their two working Belgian Malis, Onyx and Dakota. Onyx, a 14-year old retired French Ring III dog athlete, is still healthy, energetic, and will out-hike most people! Two-year old Dakota recently obtained his BH title with flying colors and is preparing for his Schutzhund I title.
Karla also cares for an eccentric feline named Taco Cat. He’s the only feline we know who would lock himself in the fridge in order to eat all day!
Itzel's is a crucial part of the South Valley Animal Clinic team. Her experience comes from supervising a non profit no kill animal shelter in California. There she took care of more then 200 animals looking for loving homes and where a forever home was offered to those animals who couldn't find one.
Originally from California, Itzel has been living here in Albuquerque for 7 years. She loves the mountain views and the hot weather.
In her free time Itzel likes to draw and paint. Her favorite media to work with are acrylic, pastels and watercolor. She paints anything from comic characters to pet portraits.
Itzel is a devoted animal lover with more pets at home then she has fingers. Some days she misses her family and the ocean. But is glad she has a job she loves and a chance to help out people and their pets.
Rebecca Kelly is one of our newest valued veterinary assistant at South Valley Animal Clinic. She is originally from Pensacola, Florida and has a southern accent that does not seem to be going anywhere!
Rebecca absolutely loves animals and seems to have a soft spot for cats. She has four cats of her own at home and one dog. Rebecca is very excited to meet new people and their adorable pets.
A dedicated individual, Isaac Kelly has had the pleasure of helping pets since 2013. After graduating from Pima Medical Institute, he devoted his time at the Animal Welfare Department with a large variety of pets in need. He started at South Valley Animal Clinic in 2015 to help expand his knowledge in veterinary medicine. Isaac is very proficient and is excited to help out any pet that walks in the door.
Isaac is also a very talented musician, he can play just about any instrument you toss his way. He balances his daily responsibilities helping animals and his hobby of managing/participating with several bands in the Albuquerque area.
Cat has many important roles here at South Valley Animal Clinic. She helps out in reception area and is a veterinary assistant. Originally she grew up in Colorado and now enjoys living here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She started her career in the veterinary field back in 2012 and has no regrets! On her days off she enjoys making jewelry and going to the gym. Most important is her time spent attending puppy classes with her new dog named Echo Red. Come by our office any time and Cat will be happy to help you and your pet.
Alexis is a veterinary assistant here at South Valley Animal Clinic. She is a huge animal lover who has been dreaming of working with animals since being a little girl.
Her background consists of volunteering work at shelters. Alexis also spent some time as a groomer, dog walker, and pet sitting for her family and friends. Her schooling is focused on Animal Science and Psychology.
Alexis is happy to report she is now a dog mother to 5 animals and a human mother to 1 child. On her free time she loves to go camping, hiking, offroading, fishing, mounting biking, back packing, traveling, boating, running, and that's why she can never be found at home. Her shadows are specifically her 4 year old son, Adam and her 4 month old Border Collie, Rio. She is also a hobby artist and photographer. She loves to paint landscapes and photograph the wilderness.
Alexis is very excited to finally start a career in the animal health field, so please come by anytime and say hello!
Milagra Our newest member of the family is Milagra! She is extremely excited to be working at South Valley Animal Clinic. Her experience comes from volunteering in Socorro Animal Shelter and Magdelena Shelter, as well as having her own animals. Her pets include everything from a hamster with no name to a goat named "Billy". Milagra and her fiance also have 3 dogs. A Great Dane named "Dohzer", a Basset Hound named "Red" and a Pit Bull named "Tachuela". If that wasn't enough pets, they also have a cat named "Milo" and started a saltwater fish tank! On her free time, you can find her target shooting or helping her fiance work on trucks. She is very excited to meet new people and their awesome four legged family members.
Call us at 505-873-2590 to make an appointment to have your pet come in and meet our team.