9040 E. Valencia Road #118 Tucson, AZ 85747
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 “Muddfurd”, “Birdie”, “ 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 veterinary technician
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.
Angela Braciak, Veterinary Technicican
Angela has loved animals since she was young, but when she lost her beloved cat Bandette she knew that she wanted to help other animals in need. Angela graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute in 2006. From there she has had the opportunity to work with several great doctors and joined the Valencia Animal family in May 2015. Angela has a wonderful husband Jeff, and 3 cats, Jenny, Pippuri, and Tuli. When not at Valencia Animal, Angela and her husband love to travel, autocross her Mini Cooper, and hang out with friends. Angela hopes to continue to grow with Valencia and further her knowledge to help others.
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.
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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!
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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.
8:00am - 5:30pm
7 days a week