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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


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!


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.


Haleigh is our newest veterinary assistant here at South Valley Animal Clinic! She originally grew up in Georgia and moved to Albuquerque. Her experience comes from small and large animal handling and her educational background is in Animal Science. When she in not at home taking care of her two month old kitten, Ben and her basset hound, Bullet, Haleigh can be found having fun fishing and working out at the gym. Haleigh is a delight to work with and excited to be part of our team, she looks forward to helping out owners and their pets. 


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. 



Originally from Mexico, Cristel has always loved animals. She can remember growing up in Mexico with her dog named Bonny and two chickens.

Now a resident of Albuquerque for 12 years, she shares her home with her husband, son and two cats named Jack U and Marshmallow. Currently she is pursuing a degree in biology at CNM. You can say she is an animal rights activist because she is always signing petitions against animal cruelty. It is because of her love of animals that she works as a kennel assistant here at South Valley Animal Clinic. 

On her free time you can find her volunteering at the aquarium, painting nature or eating out at different ethnic restaurants. Even after taking care of all the patients, she goes home and challenges herself with new food recipes and considers herself a pretty good cook. So far no complaints from her husband and son!

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

Exclusive Offer

Career Opportunities! 

South Valley Animal Clinic is looking for a friendly part time/full time veterinary assistant or technician to join our team! To apply please fill out an application in person at our clinic's location. For questions please call our office at (505) 807-9985.

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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 the rest of SVAC staff, Thank You! From the bottom of our hearts for your AMAZING care for our dogs. You're an awesome team, and we trust you above anyone else to provide immediate, compassionate, and reliable solutions. We cannot begin to thank you for going above and beyond to help Sissy. We know she has an amazing medical team. 

With heartfelt appreciation, Sanchez Family
Albuquerque, NM

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