Dr. Darryl B. Leslie, DVM

Darryl B. Leslie was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico State University for his undergraduate studies and then attended Colorado State University and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1991. This added a third veterinarian to the family, as his father and his oldest brother, Earl, are also veterinarians. Dr. Leslie joined his father’s practice in June 1991and purchased the practice from him in 1994. The practice, Leslie Animal Clinic, was set up By Dr. Earl Leslie in 1959 and it was a proud day for the family as it passed from one generation to the next.

Dr. Leslie believes it is important to listen to client needs and provide compassionate veterinary health care. He tells us “I believe in working to improve the veterinary profession by being involved in the state and national associations”. He demonstrates this commitment to veterinary medicine by serving in the following positions:

  • President of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association (NMVMA) 2003-2004
  • Southwest Director of the NMVMA 1995-2003, 2006-2007
  • Represented NM on the Southwest Veterinary Symposium (SWVS) 2009-2016 and served as Treasurer and as President during his term
  • NM Representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the alternate delegate from 2016-2019 and as Delegate from 2019 to present

In addition to his community and professional work, he is accredited with the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) as a Category 1 veterinarian. He can fulfill pet import and export requirements and issue international health certificates for dogs and cats.

Dr. Leslie married his wife Kim in 1990 and they have three children: Caysen, Dara, and Londyn. Caysen and Dara are married and still live in the Alamogordo area and Londyn is still at home and in middle school. The Leslie’s also have a high spirited Labradoodle named “Dizzy” and a miniature Goldendoodle named “Baylee Grace”. Outside of work, Dr. Leslie’s interests include his family, church (he is a deacon at Bethel Baptist Church), shooting sports, woodworking, gardening, traveling and general “tinkering” with household projects.

Dr. Derek Turner, DVM

Dr. Turner grew up in a ranching community in central New Mexico. Developing a special interest in biology and chemistry while in high school, veterinary medicine seemed a perfect fit for a challenging and rewarding career. Dr. Turner received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from New Mexico State University and went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Colorado State University in 1989. He has practiced veterinary medicine in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. His special interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as critical care. Dr. Turner is married to Cheryl Louder Turner who was born and raised in Alamogordo. They have two adult children and a standard poodle named Reba. In his spare time, Dr. Turner enjoys oil painting, sculpting, and traveling.


Client Relations

June has been with Leslie Animal Clinic the longest. She started in September of 1995. She has been an animal lover all of her life. Born and raised in Alamogordo, everybody in town knows and loves June. Her smile and vibrant personality make you feel like family the minute you meet her. June is the proud mother of two girls, two bulldogs, a chihuahua, two cats, and a horse. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and shopping.


Practice Manager
Morgan has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since 2017 and is our Practice Manager. She is certified in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. She was born and raised in Alamogordo and her love for animals came at an early age. Morgan is currently raising her daughter, Karter, and 2 fur babies, two Aussie’s, “Remi” and “Nova”, with her high school sweetheart who she married in 2022.


Clinical Training Coordinator, RVT

Carise has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since November 2019. She knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field ever since she was three when she saw an episode of Sesame Street that featured a veterinarian; she immediately told her mom she wanted to care for animals when she grew up. Fast forward to today, Carise is now a Registered Veterinary Technician and licensed Euthanasia Technician. She can frequently be found singing to her patients and coworkers while trying to provide the best care she can for every pet. At home, she and her husband happily parent their two dogs and four cats.


Inventory Manager

Tina has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since December of 2019. Her first career as a math teacher lasted 26 years. During the two summers Tina worked as a veterinary nurse here at LAC, she fell in love with the people and the clinic. After leaving the education world, she was happy to return to the Leslie Animal Clinic family. She started out in a Client Relations position and has since moved into an Inventory Manager position. Tina is married to her husband Dale, and they have had many German shorthair pointers over the years. They currently have four females; Abby, Emma, Liesl, and Tilli.


Veterinary Nurse

Kristen was born and raised in Alamogordo. She graduated from Alamogordo High School and then attended New Mexico Tech University where she received her B.S in Biology. She is currently in the process of applying to vet school and hopes to be accepted for the 2022 school year. Kristen has been working for Leslie Animal Clinic since August of 2021 but has been working in the field for three years.

Kristen is very much an animal lover. She is the “mom” of three dogs, two cats, and two snakes.


Client Relations

Makayla started with us in March 2022. She worked in customer service for 10 years as an assistant manager at Tractor Supply prior to joining our team. Whether it was showing animals in FFA or doing rodeos at a young age. Makayla has always had a love for animals. She and her husband have a small ranch outside of Alamogordo where she raises 2 horses, 4 dogs, cows, chickens, a wild 2-year-old daughter, and has a little one on the way!


Veterinary Nurse
Bernadette joined our team in August. She has been a dog trainer the past 6 years and groomer for 2 years. She has 4 dogs and 4 cats and enjoys competitive dog sports and shows. When she is not competing or showing, she enjoys hiking. We are very excited to have her on our team and she looks forward to providing the best care for your pets.


Veterinary Nurse
Kayla joined our team in October of 2023. She has worked in vet med since 2018. She is an animal lover with plenty of her own such as cows, goats, horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats, and a rabbit. During her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking with her dogs.


Veterinary Nurse
Xandra joined our team in December of 2023. She has always wanted to be in the veterinary field since childhood. She has had prior experience with previous veterinarians. She has 2 cats, Spaghetti and Meatball, that she spoils. In her free time, she enjoys going on motorcycle rides and playing video games.


Veterinary Nurse
April joined our team in January 2024. She is a mother of 4 children and 2 fur babies. She has always had a special place in her heart for animals and now she gets to help take care of them! She is currently attending school to become a registered Veterinary Technician. She is happy to be a part of our team and looks forward to caring for all your pets.


Veterinary Nurse
Ashlynn joined our team in January 2024. Since she was a little girl, she has always dreamed of working in the veterinary field. This is the first clinic she has worked at and so far, it has been a dream come true for her. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling up with her chocolate lab Allie.