9040 E. Valencia Road #118 Tucson, AZ 85747
8:00am - 5:30pm
7 days a week
Dr. Claire Marie Zepeda
Dr. Claire Marie Zepeda grew up in Kingman, Arizona were at age 5 she decided she wanted to become a veterinarian. A proud alumni of Ross University, Dr. Zepeda finished her clinical rotations at WSU in Pullman Washington, and has been practicing in Tucson ever since. Dr. Zepeda has a passion for surgery, but also delights in the sometimes more subtle subjects of endocrinology and diagnostic imaging. She loves experiencing the human animal bond every day at work and looks forward to helping you with the furry members of your family.
Outside of enjoying her occupation, she spends her time working on her historic home, and exploring amatuer musicology and art collecting. At home she spends her time gardening, listening to music, reading, making tasty meals with her family, and lounging with her two dogs, Dr. Pickles and Knox. Dr. Zepeda became a certified Yin Yoga teacher in 2011 and enjoys her private practice immensely.
Dr. Varilek was born in north western North Dakota and grew up in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas prior to graduating from Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Varilek moved to the southeast with her husband, courtesy of the Air Force, after completing an equine internship in Texas and made the transition into the small animal world. After 6 years in 2 different states in the southeast, Dr. Varilek and her husband were excited to make to transition to the desert southwest! Her special areas of interest are soft tissue surgery and wound care.
Dr. Varilek has a German Shorthair Pointer named Arlo, 2 cats named Jefe and Becca, and 2 horses named Rabbit and Herk. In her free time Dr.Varilek enjoys running, hiking, hunting, camping and spending time with her family.
Kate began her career as a Veterinary Technician at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in 2001. As a kennel technician she learned invaluable skills while working alongside a group of dedicated and passionate people. This experience cemented her resolve that veterinary medicine was indeed the career path for her! Since then she has worked for other non-profit / no-kill organizations as well as small private practices and large multi-location urgent care facilities. Her compassion has spilled over into her personal life as well, resulting in 20 years of animal rescue and foster. Currently she shares her home with a Boxer mix named “Muddfurd”, a Mini Aussie named “Birdie”, and two cats named“ The Gooper” and “Nae-Nae”. She shares a love of photography with her husband and daughter, and will often spend weekends on photo shoots, artistically and professionally.
Barbara is a Tucson native! She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2001 and has been working as a veterinary technician for 15 years. She has 2 years of emergency experience to help in your pet's most dire moments. She has one dog and a "few" cats, and enjoys anything to do with the outdoors!
Kelsie just recently moved to Tucson from Phoenix, where she was born and raised. She has been a stay at home mom to her two children, JJ and Brooklynn, for the past eight years. Prior to that she worked at an animal hospital in Anthem, AZ. She has always had a passion for helping animals and has wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine ever since she was a little girl. She joined the Valencia Animal Hospital team when her children started going to school full time, and is now doing what she loves most. She continues to work on her goal of one day becoming a certified veterinary technician. She shares her home with two large dogs "Quintin" a Boxer Mix, "Floyd" a Great Dane Mix, and two cats "Penny Lane" and "Hendrix".
Brittany has lived in Tucson Arizona most of her life. She attended Pima Community College, completing an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology and obtaining Veterinary Technician Certification in 2016. She has always had a passion for animals and realized at an early age that working in animal health was her destined path. She has volunteered extensively in Equine medicine at a ranch located in Washington state. She shares her home with a German Shepherd named "Moose", two turtles and two sugar gliders. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and cosplay.
Born and raised in a Northwest town on the Olympic Peninsula, Theresa’s family was big into the outdoors! That is where she developed her love for camping, hiking, and gardening. After showing and training dogs, she got a horse and then another. Western Performance and the Trails is where she has spends most of her free time, as well as hiking through the desert landscapes with her dogs. She has only lived in Arizona for a short time, but she loves it. Her 20 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician have been very rewarding, full of chances to meet new people and their pets, and new learning opportunities.
Hannah is a Tucson native and has always loved animals. Her interest in veterinary care started when she was young, while competing in jumping and dressage shows with her beloved quarter horse, Dutchie. She is currently enrolled in PCC’s Veterinary Technician program to complete her degree to become a certified technician, and has also interned for the University of Arizona’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Hannah’s “fur babies" include a yellow Labrador puppy named Riley and a beautiful Siamese kitty named Primrose. When not at work, Hannah enjoys anything outdoors. Her favorite activities are hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking and horse-back riding with her co-worker, Theresa.
Amber is originally from Connecticut where she grew up around animals at her grandfather's grooming shop. She realized from these experiences and a seven year relationship with a fish named "Snow" that she wanted to spend her life working with animals. She began her career in the veterinary field at age 16, when she began working as a kennel technician at a local boarding facility. At age 20 she started working as a veterinary technician at a pet clinic in Oklahoma. Most recently she hails from Florida, moving to Arizona for her husband's career. She shares her home with two large dogs "Kacey" a Great Pyrenees and "Mikey" a Lab Mix and five cats. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking reading and mixed media art.
Samantha is originally from South Dakota, where she was raised around and with many animals. She knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career where she could work with them on a daily basis. She attended Globe University in South Dakota, completing an associates degree in Animal Sciences. She has worked as a veterinary technician since finishing her degree. She recently moved to Tucson in search of a new life adventure. She shares her home with an Australian Shepherd/ Border Collie mix named “JJ” and a cat named “Joey”. In her free time she enjoys hiking, watching professional hockey and doing wood burning carvings.
Sarah is originally from Flagstaff Arizona, however her family moved to Tucson when she was 10 years old. She grew up with many animals including horses and always knew that she had a desire to work with them some day. She started her career in veterinary medicine as a kennel technician in the boarding kennel of a local animal hospital. She hopes to work towards a career in large animal care, specifically zoology. She currently shares her home with a goofy Lab mix named "Nala". In her free time she enjoys camping, listening to music and playing the guitar.
Chris was born and spent the majority of her early years in Germany. She retired from the US Air Force, Davis-Monthan AFB after 22 years of service and has lived in Tucson, AZ for the last 2 years. Chris has been an animal lover her whole life and an animal advocate for over 30 years. She currently has three rescue dogs, Shelby, Tanner, and Remi. Chris enjoys activities with her dogs, gardening, traveling, reading and working as a volunteer for animal care. Chris looks forward to meeting you and your pets when you come in for your next visit!
Audrey is originally from Cameron Park Califiornia. She spent her childhood there surrounded by animals, developing a great love for them. She started her career in the Veterinary field at the age of 16, when she worked as a kennel technician at a local boarding facility. She Later moved to Lake Tahoe Nevada to focus on her undergraduate education, completing coursework in Biology and Chemisty. She returned to California where she served as a Customer Service Representative for Cameron Park Veterinary Hospital. She recently relocated to Arizona with her husband for his career. She shares her home with two large dogs, "Loki" a Boxer and "Ness" a Pit Bull Mix. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and escaping in a good novel.
"Cookie Von Sassy Pants" was born and raised in Gary Indiana, where she flourished as lead trumpet player in a nationally renowned marching band. After she finished her under graduate studies, she was accepted to medical school at Ross University where she met Dr. Claire Zepeda. They graduated in the same class and decided to join talents and open a small animal practice together. "Cookie" currently shares an apartment with Kate the hospital's manager. They enjoy listening to music together and spending quite nights at home reading classic novels. In her free time "Cookie" plays drums in her rock band "Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem". She also enjoys fine dining, relaxing by the pool and open mic night at the local comedy club.
Dr. Sandra Chmiel was born and raised in Keansburg, NJ. After receiving her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Animal Science from Rutgers University, she completed her veterinary training at Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama in 1991.
After starting out in a primarily dairy practice in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Dr. Chmiel gravitated towards small animal practice and has been doing that for the last 19 years.
She returned to Tucson in November of 2014, after having lived here for four years in the early 1980's, first working at the Shamrock Dairy on Cortaro Farms Road, then at the University of AZ as a lab technician in the Meat Science Department.
Her areas of interest are feline nutrition and behavior.
Dr. Chmiel has one son who will be joining her in Tucson in the near future.
In her free time Dr. Chmiel enjoys seeing the sites in and around Tucson, hiking, and working on her 1963 VW Baja. Her two kitties, Pete and Bobbi, will be joined shortly by her son's pets; two cats, Pee Wee and Sneaker, and one Red Heeler, Casey.