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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

Dr William C. HeiteAffectionately 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. 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


Liz DavisLiz's love of animals began when she bottle-fed her first orphaned kitten. Since then, she’s been helping animals any way should could. Crowned Miss Mt. Pleasant, Utah in 2005, Liz dedicated her platform to Animal Welfare. In 2006, the Utah Awards for Distinguished Service to Animals honored Liz with the “Young Person of the Year” award.

Liz met Dr. Heite while living in El Paso with her husband. When Dr. Heite decided to open his own practice, she and her husband followed, tails wagging! Liz and her husband care for two cats, Gravy Foot and Yahico.

Liz loves photography and film, and if she ever wins the lottery, she would love to open her own photo lab and studio.


Karla MartinezA 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!


sam.jpgItzel'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 2 years. She loves the mountain views and the hot weather.

In her free time Itzel likes to draw and paint. Her favorite medias to work with are acrylic, pastels and watercolor. And she paints anything from comic characters to 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 assistants 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.

Call us at 505-807-9985 to make an appointment to have your pet come in and meet our team.

Exclusive Offer

Return of the Rattlesnake Vaccination!


South Valley Animal Clinic is excited to announce the return of the Red Rock Biologics Rattlesnake Vaccination!  This vaccination is great for dog's planning on hiking, camping or just exploring the bosque.  Please call our office for scheduling or more information (505) 873-2590. 

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Business Hours

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South Valley Animal Clinic Joins PACA's New Public Spay/Neuter Program

We are excited to announce our support of the 'Fix the 505' program.  Fix the 505 is a small scale FREE spay/neuter program for low income pet owners.  PACA (People's Anti-Cruelty Association) selected a few local veterinarian clinic's, including South Valley Animal Clinic to participate in this necessary program.  Please watch the short video above or visit http://paca-aar.org/index.php/donate/sponsor-a-spay for more information!

06/01/2015 UPDATE

This program has been restricted to South Valley residents struggling to spay or neuter their pets.  In order to get your pets scheduled, please request a PACA Voucher from The Animal Humane Society or from a Bernalillo County Animal Control officer .  Please call (505) 255-5523 for more information!


Dr. Heite and staff, thank you for taking such good care of Robin and Batman.  Your kindness, gentleness, patience and expertise are greatly appreciated.

Melva & Mike
Albuquerque, NM

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