Our Doctors

vicki.jpgVicki Dashley, DVM

Dr. Dashley was born and raised in El Paso. She graduated from Bel Air High School's Medical Magnet Program in 2002 and went on to UT Dallas for her undergraduate work, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Biology and Business Administration. She received her DVM Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Prior to graduating veterinary school, Dr. Dashley worked as a veterinary technician for 10 years at an El Paso veterinary clinic. She later spent 6 years working as a veterinarian in El Paso before moving to Johnsen Animal Hospital. She enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family, riding horses, reading, cooking and traveling. Her pets include 4 rescued dogs, 5 cats, a mouse and a bird. Her professional interests include internal medicine, feline small intestinal disease, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, animal behavior, and preventative medicine/client education. Her medical philosophy is to provide quality, compassionate veterinary care. Dr. Dashley is a Fear Free Certified Professional and an advocate for addressing the emotional as well as the physical health of her patients.


dr-lara.jpgDr. Alfredo Lara

Dr. Lara was born and raised in Mexico and then later moved to El Paso, Texas. He is an alumni of The School of Veterinary Medicine in Juarez Mexico at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. After graduation, he practiced veterinary medicine in Juarez Mexico for about 5 years then decided to transition back to El Paso with the goal of obtaining a doctorate in veterinary medicine certification. Before establishing himself as a DVM, he worked as a veterinary technician at a clinic on the west side. He later started working as a vet tech at Johnsen Animal Hospital and this hospital has been his home ever since.

While working as a Vet Tech/Assistant enrolled in the AVMA’s certification program known as ECFVG (Educational commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) and after meeting all the requirements needed, Dr. Lara achieved his certification as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine.

During college Dr. Lara played basketball for his university’s team, which gave him the opportunity to travel to several places.

Aside from his passion for veterinary medicine, Dr. Lara has a personal interest in Photography and his secret love has been to work in the Bovine field (never did). He has one cat named Michael who is a Maine Coon mix. He enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and two children. Dr. Lara likes visiting white sands and various places around El Paso.


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