Dr. Melinda Eyrich, DVM

Dr. Eyrich graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in small animal practice for over 30 years. She completed two years of training in animal ultrasonography and has been performing cardiac and abdominal ultrasound for the last 7 years. She owns Mission Veterinary Clinic, a Fear Free certified veterinary practice, and she is passionate about providing the best possible care for every animal she treats. We are here to serve both our own patients and imaging only referral patients. Photo Coming Soon!


Dr. Aurora Torres, DVM

Dr. Aurora Torres was born and raised here in the Land of Enchantment. She attended undergrad at the University of Dallas as well as New Mexico State University. She then attended Colorado State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After earning her degree, she chose to advance her skill set by completing a competitive rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center here in NM. She became a vet because she loves animals and practicing veterinary medicine enable her to serve both the animal and you the owner, she says it’s a great feeling.



Renee Rael, Clinic Manager

Renee was born and raised in Santa Fe.  She moved to Albuquerque in 2002 where she studied biology at UNM. Renee has worked as a veterinary technician for 20+ years in a variety of specialty departments such as emergency, oncology, ophthalmology, and critical care. She took a turn in her career and became a hospital manager in 2018 and has successfully led several hospitals. Renee loves spending time with her husband and son playing in the park and hiking. In her spare time, she is either in her garden or spending time with her horses.


Esme Eyrich, Technician

Esmé has had a special connection with animals since she was little. Esmé and her family have five animals: two dogs named Vlinder and Puddles, and three cats whose names are Vlad, Arlo, and Lieutenant Pip. She is currently studying to earn a Biochemistry degree at UNM. She intends in the future to apply to vet school. Esmé loves working with the amazing MVC team in the caring of our patients.


Sydney Pawlik, Technician

Sydney works at MVC as a Jane-of-all-Trades. Sometimes you can find her working as a tech in the back, other times answering phones upfront, and always managing social media. She loves spending time in the mountains with her husband and time at home with her two cats. Her favorite things about working at MVC are the awesome staff, the loyal clients, and all the snuggles with our patients.



Kailee Rivas, Technician

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Kailee has been with Mission Veterinary Clinic since July of 2020. She is currently working on her RVT license with an interest in anesthesiology. Kailee spends much of her time with her six animals at home: two dogs named Nina and Fezzik, her cat Ophelia, and her three rats – Glenn Coco, Lucy-fur, and Cheese-wiz Khalifa. Kailee has a fondness for rodents so she’s always happy to talk to you about them if you have any of your own.


Katy Schoen, Office Administrator

Katy started as a technician, continued as a receptionist, and is a newly appointed office administrator. She earnestly working hard to learn all she can! Katy was born in California, raised in Texas, and has been living in the Albuquerque area for over 10 years. She has a chocolate lab named Penny who visits hospitals as a therapy dog, and a little gremlin of a beagle named Mable.


Cassie Roback, Veterinary assistant

Cassie started working at MVC January 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She loves all animals and has had a wide range of pets throughout her life from dog to chinchilla. She recently has adopted one of the kittens that were born at our clinic March 2020. Cassie graduated in 2020 from UNM with a B.A. in Biology and looks forward to applying to veterinary school in the near future.


Michael Desiderio, Technician

I have been in the field for little over 2 years and was led into the field by my love for animals which spans from when I was a kid. As of right now, I have 5 animals, 3 cats and 2 dogs, a German Shepherd/English Mastiff Mix and a German Shepherd/Chihuahua Mix.



Alexis Pacheco, Technician

Alexis is new to the area from Roswell, NM. With her 2 boys, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. Alexis started as a receptionist for 2 years, then made her way of becoming a technician. Alexis likes spending her free time with her 2 boys and her fur babies when given the chance, as well as making people laugh, and just all-around a great time with family and friends.



Desiree Lucero, Receptionist

Desiree has been working as a veterinary receptionist since 2017, joining the MVC team early 2021. She loves all animals but most of all her 6 doggies.



Breonna Camarena, Technician

Breonna has been a technician since 2012. She loves the field and all the pets who come with it. Her love for the field continues to grow after each pet snuggle she receives. At home, she has 6 dogs and 4 daughters, all of which she loves cuddling with. She likes to spend time with her family and traveling.

Jade King, Receptionist

Jade has been working with as a receptionist at Mission since 2021. She grew up on a small farm in Placitas and has always had a love for all sorts of animals. She currently has two dogs, Daisy and Chewey, and a cockatoo named Dulce. On her days off, she spends time with her pets and knits Dulce sweaters. Jade is new to the veterinary field and loves having the opportunity to learn new things and be around animals every day.