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.

    Dr. Lauren Short, DVM

    Dr Lauren Short has been with the practice part time since November of 2020 and also owns a mobile veterinary practice in Las Cruces. She is a 2010 graduate of Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Short was born and raised in the small town of Guthrie Oklahoma and is the oldest of 9 children. She has a passion for small animal dentistry and has attended extensive continuing education to hone her dentistry skills. When she is not at work Dr Short enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and his son hiking, jeeping and taking care of their little farm that includes 12 goats, 5 dogs, 11 turtles, a miniature cow, freshwater fish tank and a miniature donkey!

    Dr. Cassandra Hoisington, DVM

    Dr. Cassandra Hoisington moved down to Las Cruces, NM in May of 2016 shortly after obtaining her DVM from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on the west side of Washington state with her mom and older brother — but does not miss the rain since moving to the desert. Some of Dr. Hoisington’s hobbies include hanging out with her fiancé/kids, fishing, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite place to go during her free time is their cabin in Ruidoso and fishing at the lake. She currently has two pets – a cat named Groot and a large mastiff mix named Gusano (Goose for short).


    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, and a cat. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and shopping.


    Client Relations

    Tina has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since December of 2019. Her first career was as a math teacher at Chaparral Middle School for 22 years. During two summers Tina worked as a tech for the clinic. When she was ready to change careers, she was happy to return to Leslie Animal Clinic to fill a position in client relations. Tina is married to her husband Dale and they have had many German shorthair pointers over the years. They currently have four girls; Abby, Bella, Emma, and Liesl.


    Practice Manager

    A new puppy in one hand and a resume in the other, Cathy’s journey with Leslie Animal Clinic began in October 2003. After graduating from Alamogordo High School, her career started with the USAF where she excelled in Communications and Computer Systems. She pursued the service industry becoming a manager of a hotel and then becoming involved in Dentistry and Orthodontics.

    Growing up with many pets, her love of animals was always close to her heart, so it was a perfect time and fit for this opportunity. Cathy is currently raising a spirited husky “Silver” and a Frisbee-loving Border Collie “Jacky”. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, gardening, and traveling.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Courtney has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since May 2011, coming to us from the West Texas town of Tulia. She definitely still carries that Texas pride wherever she goes! Courtney is passionate about end of like care and does the best she can as a Certified Euthanasia Technician. Courtney is also certified in small animal ultrasound and echocardiogram. She enjoys being outside working in the yard and gardening. She has found the New Mexico weather perfect for running! Her Schnorkie, Kaia, is great company sitting on the porch on those awesome summer nights.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Kristina’s start as a temporary employee during a family emergency has turned out to become full time employment with Leslie Animal Clinic since October 2011. Kristina received her Bachelors in Radiographic Technology and is now qualified to perform Abdominal Ultrasounds. She has decided to stay close to family and now utilizes her skills with the “4-legged furry kind.” Kristina enjoys hiking, concerts and hanging out with friends. Kristina has finally found the BEST hiking buddy ever…a rescued Husky named “Shilo”.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Morgan’s love of animals came at an early age of eight years old. She was a member of 4-H and started out showing goats and through great determination worked her way through lambs and steers. Morgan has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since 2016. She is recently certified in Abdominal ultrasound. She is “country” to the core and is raising Brangus cattle, a red heeler named “Paisley,” and an aussie named “Remi.”


    Veterinary Nurse

    Maggie has been around animals since a young age and has always known she wanted to work with animals. She was always either riding horses, playing with her dogs, or showing animals at the Otero County fair. She has been working at Leslie Animal Clinic for about a year and a half. She just graduated from high school and plans to go to veterinary school in the future.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Daniel has been working at Leslie Animal Clinic for six months. He has been working in the veterinary field from the young age of 15. He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in chemistry. He is currently applying to vet school and hopes to begin in 2022. He has two dogs and two tortoises. He hopes to be getting a snake soon. Daniel enjoys hiking and is a big time nerd with his favorite super hero being “Batman.”


    Veterinary Nurse

    Brenna has been working at Leslie Animal Clinic since March of 2021 but she has been working in the veterinary profession for five years. She is originally from Montana however, her husbands air force career has brought her around the country. She is currently working towards her associate’s degree in Veterinary technology through San Juan College. She has six cats and a golden retriever at home. In her free time she loves to read, play games, crochet, and take care of her plants.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Carise has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since November of 2019. Carise knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field ever since she was three. She saw an episode of Sesame Street that featured a veterinarian and told her mom she knew she wanted to care for animals when she grew up. Fast forward to today, Carise is currently working to achieve her degree through Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program. She can frequently be found singing to her patients and coworkers while trying to provide the best care she can for each and every pet. At home, she and her husband happily parent their one human son, two dogs, four cats, several chickens, and a tarantula.”


    Veterinary Nurse

    Ashley became a part of Leslie Animal Clinic in November of 2020, after arriving in New Mexico earlier that spring. Between small animal practices and livestock facilities, she has over four years of experience in veterinary medicine. After attending college in Oklahoma for television and film production, her passion for animals and their well-being won her over in the end. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program through PennFoster. She is the “mom” to three energetic pups and an ornery horse! On her days off, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors and on the water.


    Veterinary Nurse

    Born and raised in the rural villages of Alaska, Tania has been a lifelong animal lover. When asked what she wanted to be as a child she would say, “an animal Doctor.”
    After moving to Alamogordo in 2012, Tania has had two children and is the parent of a wonderful husky and three kitties. With a couple of years of Veterinary Assistant experience under her belt, Tania is here to give your pet the best care she can while keeping them and you, comfortable.


    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.