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.

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Amanda, Nurse

Amanda joined our team in November of 2021. We're excited about her enthusiasm and passion for pets and their owners.

Amanda loves being outdoors and adventures with her family and dogs.  At home she manages a little ranch with steers, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, cats, and dogs.  She is living her dream and loves doing what she does at home and at work.  She hopes one day she can expand her little ranch with her own horses and maybe a donkey.


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Miranda, Nurse

Miranda joined our team in May of 2022. We're thrilled that she's part of our team.

She graduated from UNM May 2018 with a bachelors degree in biology and graduated from CNM May 2022 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has three puppies named Jd a min Pin/Chihuahua mix, Bonnie a Pitbull, and Cabela a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mix.

Her pride and joy are her two beautiful children, Aubrey and Gunner.



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Gabby, Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Gabby joined our team in Oct. of 2021. She graduated with “Honors” and earned a Certificate as a Veterinary Assistant from Pima Medical Institute in August of 2021. Her smile and positive attitude are a huge addition to the clinic.

A little fact about Gabby is that she is a parent to over 100 variety of birds that she and her grandmother care for, which includes but may not be limited to:  cockatiels, geese, peacocks, ducks, lovebirds, chickens, guineas, and parakeets! In her spare time, she enjoys acrylic painting and listening to music. Gabby has a fur baby named Khaleesi, and “no, she hasn’t watched Game of Thrones!”

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Jerika, Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Jerika joined our team May of 2023. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute April of 2023 and got her certificate as a Veterinary Assistant.  Prior to joining our team, she did her Pima internship with our clinic and found herself fitting right in with the staff.  We are excited to have her as part of Valencia Animal Clinic.

Jerika has 4 “fur babies.” 3 shih tzus named Ella, Cuddles, and Minnie! And 1 husky named Blu. During her spare time she enjoys baking and crafting!

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Emma, Pet Service Representative

Emma joined our team mid August 2023. She graduated high school in May of 2023 and is currently attending UNM pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Her happiness and positive attitude is a great asset to our team.

Emma has two cats, a 2 1/2 year old tuxedo named Rue, and a 6 month old blonde tabby named Memphis.  In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, playing with her cats, hiking, and listening to music.


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Francisco, Client Service Representative

Francisco joined our team in January of 2023. He comes to us with a strong customer service background that we know our clients will recognize immediately. His smile and genuine happiness fits right in with our team.

Francisco is the parent to 4 fur babies: Maze, Thunder, Panthro, and Kira. Three are domestic shorthair cats and all 3 are ferocious hunters of…. MICE! Kira is his German Shepperd baby. In his spare time, he enjoys video gaming, drawing and enjoying his sleep.

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Aislinn, Client Service Representative

Aislinn joined our team in August of 2023. She attended PIMA Medical and brings with her a background in veterinarian medicine.

Aislinn has two “beautiful” boys, and she loves all animals. However, her favorite animals are her goats, especially Oreo. Included in all her animals are chickens, ducks and hopefully a baby pig in the future. Her favorite time of the year is winter, and she loves spending time with her little family.

An unknown fact about Aislinn is that her hobby and passion is the love of plants!


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.