Vickie J. Averhoff, DVM
Dr. Vickie J. Averhoff is a native of Albuquerque and a 1993 graduate of Colorado State University (Summa cum Laude). She practiced in Las Cruces for 6 years, then moved to Oklahoma with her husband, Jeff and 2 kids, where she taught Community Practice to 4th year veterinary students for 3 years and earned her ABVP board certification in Canine and Feline Practice. She then returned home to Albuquerque, where she lives in the East Mountains and practiced at Manzano Animal Clinic for 7 years. In 2010, Dr. Averhoff purchased The Zoo Animal Hospital, renamed it Vista Larga, and has been growing the practice ever since. She has a strong interest in small animal internal medicine, cancer care, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Averhoff is shown here with two of her 4 dogs, 3 cats, 4 horses, 8 chickens, 3 rabbits, 4 llamas…… you get the idea…. Ellie and Penny are the party girls.
Karen M. Kline, DVM
Dr. Karen M. Kline has been practicing at our hospital since June of 2009. Dr. Kline is a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University, (Summa Cum Laude), and her interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She regularly does volunteer work at the Zuni reservation, and worked with rescued greyhounds back in Indiana. She also has experience in emergency medicine, having helped establish an emergency clinic in South Bend, Indiana. She is very happy to be here in New Mexico, where she lives with her husband Andy, 4 cats and two dogs.
David F. Coleman, DVM
Dr. David F. Coleman is a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an excellent veterinarian and is skilled in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Coleman shares our practice philosophy and takes wonderful care of his patients and clients. In his spare time, he enjoys hang-gliding, biking, and rock-climbing. We are very excited to have him as a member of our team.
Jamie K. Hunter, DVM
Dr. Jamie K. Hunter is a native New Mexican and a 2007 graduate of Colorado State University. She joined the Vista Larga team in 2013 after practicing 6 years in Albuquerque, where she worked with Dr. Averhoff and Dr. Coleman. She enjoys the varying caseload in general practice and has special interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventive medicine. Outside of work Dr. Hunter enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and playing tennis with her husband and two daughters. Her family also includes Zia, shown here, and 3 cats.
Erin is our former technician, now office manager. When Susan left us in November 2020, there were some mighty big shoes to fill. Fortunately Erin has big feet! She has taken on the task with gusto, and we couldn’t have made a better choice. Erin is getting the hang of ordering, running our HR and daily management tasks so well that she already asked for (and received) a raise! We look forward to Erin’s steady leadership in the years to come.
Amanda is one of our full time receptionists. Amanda has lived in the East Mountains for many years and is happy to be able to take care of her friends and neighbors here at Vista Larga. She loves working with people and seeing all the animals who come in every day.
Myra is one of our receptionists, she joined us in April of 2012. Myra is a long time resident of Edgewood, who loves the area and its people. Due to the pandemic, we have Myra working from home, so although you will not see her in the clinic, you may get a call from her to remind you of an appointment or ask how your pet is doing, so be sure to answer when she calls! (We promise she is not calling about your car’s extended service warranty!) 😉
Vicki is one of our receptionists, she comes to us with 10 years veterinary office experience and an Associates of Science Degree in Business Administration (graduated Phi Beta Kappa). She is our tech savvy person at the front desk, she always seems to know how to make everything work, and how to do things with the computers that no one ever knew they could do! Vicki will happily help you with setting up appointments and all your front desk needs.
Emma is one of our fabulous receptionists. Emma joined us in November of 2020, and she is definitely a cat lover! She is originally from the big city of New York, and graduated from USC and is enjoying living here in the East Mountains while she spends time with her mom and learns to live in a small town and look at the stars. Emma is enjoying getting to meet everyone in person now that our lobby is open again!
Jandy is our newest receptionist, she is helpful and cares about people and their pets. Jandy enjoys working “up front”, and is still getting used to dealing with unruly doctors, but she will have us all under control soon.
Chuck is a 2019 graduate of the CNM Veterinary Technology program, he is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a welcome addition to our team. Chuck is a New Mexico Native and has lived in Albuquerque his whole life. He has a cat who runs his life and makes him get up on time every morning. Chuck is a caring and compassionate technician who is always looking out for what’s best for his patients.
Heather is our “Part Time” Registered Veterinary Technician, as she has a full time job teaching Vet Tech students at CNM. She has been at Vista Larga since the very beginning. She is AWESOME! For Now, Heather is working Full Time as the director of the vet tech program at CNM, but she says that if we get to be open on Saturdays again she will be on it!
Rebecca is a new CNM graduate who is joining us as a full-time technician. She is growing into her job nicely, and getting used to all of the doctors’ antics! She still thinks we are all a bit crazy, but she loves the animals and it is good to see how her confidence grows every day.
Marissa is one of our Veterinary Technicians. She comes highly qualified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, and is currently working on getting her official New Mexico Technician License. Marissa is Fear Free Certified and enjoys working with both cats and dogs. She enjoys living in the East Mountains, and we look forward to her expertise for years to come.
Donna is a Brand new CNM Vet tech graduate who has been working for us as an assistant while she completes her degree. Now out of school, she is ready to hit the ground running as one of our full-time vet techs. Donna is also a groomer, so we are enjoying having someone here who can give a dog a haircut that doesn’t look like your mother did it. Donna is enthusiastic and we enjoy having her around!
Kendal is one of our new Veterinary Assistants, she is currently in the Veterinary Technology program at CNM, and looking forward to completing the program next year. She is learning many new things and we look forward to watching her grow as she takes care of the animals she loves.
Carol graduated with an associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology back in 2006. Carol has worked in equine, mixed practice, small animal emergency, general, and specialty veterinary practices ever since moving to New Mexico in 2007. She is an active member of the New Mexico Registered Veterinary Technician Association and enjoys living in the East Mountains with her husband, too many horses, two demanding cats, and six goofy dogs.
Robin is one of our assistants. She is sweet and energetic and is happy to be working with animals and to be a part of our team. Robin will also be learning to be a receptionist, so you may get to talk with her on the phone, too! Robin is also a really good artist, and has been entertaining us with her drawings left randomly around the treatment area, making everyone smile.
Technician Assistant/ Kennel Attendant
Steven is working hard to keep our clinic clean and shipshape, while also learning how to assist the technicians with holding animals and cleaning surgery instruments. Steven is a hard worker and makes sure your animals are clean, happy, and well cared for at all times.