Dr. Darryl B. Leslie, DVM
Darryl B. Leslie was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He attended Colorado State University and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine degree in 1991. This added a third veterinarian to the family, as his father and oldest brother, Earl, were also veterinarians. Dr. Leslie joined his father’s practice in June 1991 and purchased the practice from him in 1994. This 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
- Representing the SWVS Board since 2009.
- New Mexico Representative to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the alternate delegate and member New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.
In addition to his community and professional work, he is accredited with NVAP as a Category I veterinarian. This means he is considered a government veterinarian who is able to fulfill pet import and export requirements; that is, inspect import and export pets and issue international health certificates. This is an added credential that is very important to our military friends and clients, those who travel with their families and pets all over the world to keep Americans safe!
Dr. Leslie married his wife in 1990, and they have three children: Caysen, Dara, and Londyn. The Leslie’s also have a high spirited Labradoodle named “Dizzy.” Outside of work, Dr. Leslie’s interests include his family, church (he’s 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 Doctorate of Veterinary 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 2 adult children and several four-legged kiddos as well. In his spare time, Dr. Turner enjoys oil painting, sculpting, and traveling.
June has been with the Leslie Animal Clinic family the longest. She started in September 1995. She has been an animal lover all 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 2 girls, an English Bulldog, a Chiweenie and 2 kitties “Sunshine” and “Kitty Perry”.
June really enjoys being a mom, hanging out with her girls and SHOPPING!
Cathy has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since October 2003. Her family’s military career and her own personal military service took her all over the world, but eventually led her back home to Alamogordo. A new husky pup led her to Leslie Animal Clinic with resume in hand. She left the clinic with a vaccinated pup and a new job. An associate’s degree in computer science comes in handy every now and then, but the patients don’t seem to care about her degree!
Cathy is currently raising her pygmy goat “Norman”, her heeler “Dooley,” and a Feisty feline “Louise”. When spare time allows, she enjoys fishing and gardening.
Courtney has been with Leslie Animal Clinic since May 2011, coming to us from the West Texas town of Tulia. As a child, her parents’ horse arena piqued her love for horses and her interest in veterinary medicine. After attending Wayland Baptist University for a few years, Courtney was anxious to get some hands-on experience. Her best friend living in Alamogordo talked her into moving and Leslie Animal Clinic was lucky enough to grab this “Big-Hearted Texan”. She recently received her Euthanasia technician license allowing a more flexible and compassionate end of life service. Courtney is now qualified to perform Abdominal Ultrasounds. Her latest addition: a Schnorkie named “Kaia” is keeping Courtney very busy these days.
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”.
Tiana has been a part of Leslie Animal Clinic since April 2014. Her love of animals and desire for knowledge in the field has prompted her to start the Veterinary Technician program thru San Juan College. She has also attained her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Tiana’s passion in the field includes obedience issues and anything to do with Shar-peis, as she owns 2 of them. As a single mother, there’s not much time left at the end of the day, but when it allows she enjoys camping with her 8 Kiddos…4-2 legged and 4-4 legged.
Morgan’s love of animals came at the early age of 8 as a Clover Bud with 4H. She started showing boer goats and with great determination worked her way thru lambs, pigs and steers. Morgan is in her 3rd year of college pursuing a degree in Large Animal Medicine. She is “Country” to the Core and is raising a red heeler “Paisley” and an aussie “Remi”.