Meet Our Team

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 5 dogs, 3 cats, 5 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.

Stephanie E. Kern, DVM

Dr. Stephanie E. Kern joined the family at Vista Larga Animal Hospital in the fall of 2014. She is a native New Mexican who loves the East Mountain area. She is a graduate of Colorado State University. She shares her home with her wonderful husband, three children, three dogs, and two cats. Dr. Kern’s professional interests include dermatology, dentistry, internal medicine, and infectious diseases. She has spent her spare time in the past doing health certifications and Avian Influenza testing on backyard poultry. She has also enjoyed helping with 4H animals during fair time for 4 years in Colorado. She likes gardening, listening to bluegrass music, and running with her dogs.

Susan

Office Manager

Susan is the head registered veterinary technician and office manager of Vista Larga. She graduated the Bel-Rea institute in the spring of 2000 as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She worked in Denver for 3 years including time volunteering at the Denver Dumb Friends League spay and neuter program and at Prairie Winds wild animal rescue. She has been at the clinic since April of 2003 and is truly “the power behind the throne” and is one of the key reasons that the practice has succeeded. She is pictured with Bert and Batman. She enjoys hiking, biking, and snowboarding with her husband and kids.

Amanda

Receptionist

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.

Amy

Receptionist

Amy is a wonderful receptionist and technician assistant. She has lived in Edgewood for many years and New Mexico her entire life, and has considerable animal experience. She has two boys who have now grown up and left home. She loves gardening and spending time with her family. Amy started in November of 2004. She is seen here with Toe, our angel clinic cat.

Myra

Receptionist

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. She will be the smiling face as you walk in the door, and the kind and helpful person you hear on the phone. She is still amazed at all the interesting things we see day to day in a veterinary practice.

Vicki

Receptionist

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.

Chuck

Veterinary Technician

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 one dog, Bella, an 11 year old Aussie Mix. He adopted her through the Convict Rehabilitation Program. Great job Chuck!! We look forward to working with Chuck for many years to come.

Erin

Veterinary Technician

Erin is one of our amazing technicians. She graduated from CNM in May of 2018, and is quickly blossoming into one of our veteran technicians. Erin lives with her kids and dogs in Albuquerque, but says the commute is worth it to get to do a job that she loves.

Heather

Veterinary Technician

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, and we wish we had her way more than one or two days a week!

Jenna

Veterinary Technician

Jenna is one of our amazing registered veterinary technicians. She has recently cut back to part time to raise her family, but is still an awesome member of our team! Jenna is always willing to help out with any of your animals’ needs.

Justine

Veterinary Technician

Justine is a Veterinary Technician, she graduated from the CNM Technician program in May of 2014. She seems to have developed a terrific way with cats- our Clinic cat Bruce thought she was the greatest person he had ever met, and other cats seem to feel the same. We hope this continues, as “cat mojo” is a very rare and special quality in a human!

Shea

Veterinary Technician

Shea is a Registered Veterinary Technician. she started with us full time in April, 2013. She has a wonderful way with animals and people and is one of the hardest working members of our staff. Thanks for being you, Shea!!

Shelly

Veterinary Technician

Shelly is one of our veterinary technicians, and she comes with a lot of experience. Her accent will show you obviously that she is from Alamogordo, by way of Australia! Shelly loves being in the East Mountains, and loves being where she can have her tiny horses and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

Angela

Veterinary Assistants

Angela is one of our Veterinary Assistants. She is pictured here with our Summer assistant, Olivia. She had previously worked for us as a Kennel Attendant, but has come back to work as an assistant while she works her way through college. Angela is very helpful and always eager to learn new things. We have great hopes for a bright future for this local young lady.