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Dr. Kim Chalfant

Dr. Chalfant grew up in southeastern New Mexico.  She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2006 after which she returned to NM to practice.  After 6 years of of commuting to Santa Fe, she decided to open La Cueva Animal Hospital closer to home.  

Dr. Chalfant enjoys the challenges of diagnosing and treating patients that cannot tell us what is wrong with them.  She is particularly interested in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain management, and anesthesia.

Her husband David works full time with the Air National Guard at Kirtland AFB and also helps with technical support at the clinic.  They have 3 fur-kids, a grouchy Italian Greyhound named Toby, a rambunctious Lab mix named Layla, and an exhuberant Great Dane named Indie that came in as a patient through Justice Great Dane Rescue, a local rescue we work with regularly.

When not working she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, gardening, hiking, and Crossfit.


Jennifer Hopkins, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Jennifer graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at CNM/TVI in 2006.

Jennifer has over a decade of experience in the veterinary field.  She spent the past 5 1/2 years working in shelter medicine and the 5 years before that in a busy private practice.  She also provides petsitting services locally.

Her husband, Lee, is a geologist and they have 2 small children, Dexter and Daisy.  They also have 2 dogs, Maisie, Molly, and too many turtles to count!

When she is not taking care of pets in the hospital, she enjoys turtle and exotic rescue/fostering, hiking, and gardening.



Judy Tack, customer Service Representative

Judy has worked in the veterinary field for over 25 years.  She has worked in different areas during that time, including Red Cross volunteer, kennel attendant, receptionist, surgical assistant, operations clerk, and office manager.  She also spent some time as a groomer.  

Judy loves working in veterinary medicine and hopes to continue to work for many more years in the field.

Judy has 3 children and 3 grandchildren, all of whom are here in New Mexico with her.  She shares her home with her husband, Gary, 8 turtles, 1 tortoise, and 1 cat.

Ana McElroy, Veterinary Assistant

Ana is a student at UNM.  She started here as a student in the mentorship program at La Cueva High School.  


Felicia Hernandez, Certified Veterinary Assistant

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