Our Team in Belen, NM

Our Doctors

Dr Mack

Dr. Brenda Mack

Dr. Brenda L. Mack graduated from vet school at Colorado State University in 1998. After graduating, she practiced for several years in Canon City, Colorado in a busy mixed animal practice. Dr. Mack’s professional interests include acupuncture, dentistry and surgery.

Dr. Mack lives on a ranch south of Mountainair, NM with her husband and two daughters.  Her four-legged kids include Possum, the Blue Heeler and Carmel the Pomchi who commutes with her every day.  Horses are Magic, WM, Katie, Luke, Biscuit and Vegas…not to mention the cats, cows. Goats and chickens.

Dr. Mack teams up with owners to make sure the diagnostics and treatment plan are right for their pet. Owners find she is an active listener and believes in looking at the entire pet from head to toe. She believes that "preventative medicine is the best medicine"; but should your pet require treatment or surgery she can provide high quality, comprehensive compassionate care.

Dr Elliot

Dr. Elise Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a Colorado State University graduate with a BS in Animal Sciences in 1981 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1985.

Dr. Elliott grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 5 years old. During her undergraduate years at CSU she worked as a milker on a family owned dairy and as a veterinary assistant at various small animal hospitals during her school breaks.

After graduating from veterinary school in 1985, she worked in Albuquerque for a few years and then moved to Los Lunas. She went into practice partnership at a clinic in the South Valley for over 22 years. In 2009 that clinic was sold and Dr. Elliott did relief veterinary work for a while then went back to full time practice and is now very happy to work with the Valencia Animal Clinic team. Dr. Elliott is also proud to be a part-time instructor for the CNM Veterinary Technician Program.

Dr. Elliott loves corgis and has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Tuffy whose favorite hobby is collecting squeaky toys. Dr. Elliott’s favorite hobbies are fiber crafts like crocheting, knitting and cross- stitching.

Our Staff

Denise New

Denise, Practice Manager

Denise joined the clinic team in May 2015 to assist Dr. Mack with the business side of the clinic. She graduated from the College of Santa Fe with a bachelor’s degree in business management with concentration on Management and Management Information Systems. Prior work experience was at Sandia National Laboratories as a System Analyst before she became a full-time mom.

Denise has 2 “two-legged” gorgeous children, an amazing two-legged handsome husband, and 1 “four-legged” beautiful red heeler named Ginger who guards and protects their property.


Hope, Registered Veterinary Technician

Hope joined our team in May of 2017. She graduated from CNM with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Before going to school for Veterinary Technology and joining the staff at Valencia Animal Clinic, she spent many years working with young children in a preschool setting. Hope is Fear Free certified.

Hope has a feline fur baby named Bettie and is family to a few other doggy fur kids. She has helped many stray animals find their way to their homes and specializes in reuniting lost pets with their people.


Rebecca, Nurse

Rebecca joined our staff in April of 2015 after relocating from Texas. She came to us with over 10 years’ experience in an animal hospital by working her way up from a kennel tech to a skilled veterinary nurse.

Rebecca has three “fur babies:” a Pitbull/whippet cross named Kieran, Nykia, a Pitbull/Great Dane mix, and Fenris, a Siberian Husky.

Emilio (2)

Emilio, Nurse

Emilio joined our team in March of 2018. He is a student at Western New Mexico University and is studying Zoology. He hopes to attend veterinary school and come back alongside Dr. Mack and the team as a Veterinarian. It’s fun to have him back as a nurse on his school breaks each school year.

Emilio has a variety of pets including snakes, geckos, and dogs.


Candice, Nurse

Candice joined our team in June of 2020.  She is Fear Free Certified and plans on continuing her education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Candice is an animal lover and has 5 four-legged babies, three of whom were rescues that needed a forever home:  Coyote, Chubbs, Nug, Layla, and Eva


Laurie, Customer Service Representative

Laurie has been with our team since 2017 and has found the veterinary world to be very enriching and exciting. She truly enjoys and embraces the clients and patients and strives to offer the best customer service possible. Her enjoyment of animals continues outside the clinic with her family business of raising Californian and New Zealand rabbits, chickens, and Nubian goats.

Laurie and her family have four dogs, a Queensland heeler named Brandy, a red/blue heeler named Beau, and a border collie named Gus, and an English pointer named Miss T.

Kristin (2)

Kristin, Customer Service Representative

Kristin joined Valencia Animal Clinic in February of 2020.  She brought over 19 years of customer service experience to the hospital.

Kristin has been an animal lover all her life and has always had compassion and empathy for animals and humans alike and comes from a long line of animal lovers.  For Kristin, "It's a blessing to work in a setting that I've envisioned since a child. Witnessing people loving their pets brings light to my day!"

Her family has many fur babies, and she is guilty of being a "foster fail."   Her dogs are Savanna, Miss Junie, Kaia, Zia and Bruno.  Her cats are Walli, AriMoon, Oreo, Clove, Dinah, Miss Belle and Squeaks.  Chestnut is her newest, a fluffy bunny.  Each of her fur babies are unique and oh so loved!


Andre, Pet Service Representative

Andre joined our team in September of 2019 as a Senior at Belen High School. After graduation (Class of 2020), he stayed on board and is currently attending Central New Mexico Community College. He intends to pursue a degree in the field of film.

Andre has studied music since he was in 1st grade and plays 6 difference instruments (piano, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, guitar, and the harmonica. In his spare time, he plays his musical instruments, composes music and scores film. He and his family have a “four-legged” red heeler named Ginger.


Lilly, Pet Service Representative

Lilly joined our team in July of 2020 after graduating from Los Lunas High School (Class of 2020). During high school Lilly was an active member of the concert and marching band, playing both the alto and baritone saxophone. Lilly is attending the University of New Mexico. She intends to pursue a degree in the field of pharmacy.

She and her family have a “four-legged” blue heeler named Oreo.


Kaisa, Inventory Management

Kaisa joined the Valencia Animal Clinic staff in March of 2021. She has a tremendous love of animals and is excited to be a part of this team. Kaisa grew up in Albuquerque, graduating from Albuquerque Academy before studying at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She graduated with honors in 2001 with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies.

She now lives in Mountainair with two kids, two cats, one dog, numerous horses, and even more cows.