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What Dr. Martinez enjoys most about being a veterinarian: “To be able to help defenseless animals get back to health.”
Dr. Martinez has had many pets throughout the years; from horses, cows, and goats to dogs, cats, and avian. The two pets that have touched his heart the most are his loyal and good friend Pimpon, (a Jack Russell Terrier Mix who passed away in 2010), and his gal pal Maya, a very smart and loving white German Shepherd/Husky mix that he rescued in 2011.
Growing up in a small town in Guanajuato Mexico, and tending for his father’s farm animals, as one of his many childhood responsibilities, Dr. Martinez was inspired to become a Veterinarian. “I saw that there were a lot of large and small animals, getting sick and not enough veterinarians to care for them.”
Dr. Martinez graduated from EMVZ of Universidad Michoacana de San Nicholas de Hidalgo Mexico in 1985. In 2001 he received his Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG Certificate) from Schaumburg Illinois. In 2002 he received his DVM License in the state of Nevada and has been working in the Las Vegas valley in different animal hospitals since. Dr. Martinez purchased Caring Hands Animal Hospital in 2011, where he hopes to grow and stay until he retires. As a family man, he has enjoyed working with his wife Rebeca, as well as his son Mando, and his daughters Samantha, Amanda and Becky; and even his son-in-law Gonzalo; four of whom still work with him today.
His favorite activity as a veterinarian: "Surgeries that are out of the ordinary and have a successful outcome."
Mrs. Martinez is also a pet lover! She has cared for a number of pets from Cockatiels, Finches, and a Canary; to cats and Pomeranians. She definitely has a soft spot for her pet Logan, a kind and noble gray DSH who reciprocates his love and affection for her. Mrs. Martinez supports her husband, Dr. Martinez, by providing the office supply for Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She also has a brilliant sewing talent which she has demonstrated year after year with both her human and pet family with personalized costumes, as well as winter-wear (see image below).
“Ever since I could remember, I have felt a special connection with pets, especially those in need of home or medical attention. I think pets can sense if you are an animal lover and have good intentions."
Samantha grew up with many childhood pets; however Meemo (a loving, serene DLH) will always hold a special place in her heart. Today, she still has her sassy DLH Anastasia; a real trooper who has kicked Leukemia’s butt for over 14 years now!
Along with her father Dr. Martinez, Samantha inaugurated Caring Hands Animal Hospital on Sept. 1st, 2011, under their new management. Samantha has Bachelors Degree in International Business and aims for a Master’s and Doctorate degree (in Logistics and Economics), as soon as her son Noah and daughter Nina begin elementary school. She is currently the Hospital Manager and enjoys finding new ways to continue to help pets. With Dr. Martinez's blessing, she created the that is funded by client and hospital donations, and has helped many families pay for their pets’ medical needs. She has also established a cooperative relationship with A Home for Spot Animal Rescue, the Animal Help Alliance, Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary, and The Animal Foundation. Together they aim to help more and more pets receive the medical attention they require while finding them a loving home.
“My passion for veterinarian medicine began with the love for my childhood pets, Pimpon and Nala, and current pet Figaro. Growing up with my father as a Vet inspired me to pursue this career."
Becky is currently a third year honors undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biology (pre-professional). She began her college experience at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and is currently attending UNLV. Her next step is graduate school, which may be in Oregon, California, or Washington.
Her goal is to work with wildlife around the world before settling down and opening up her own veterinary practice. "There’s nothing better than to witness how a pet’s health has improved from his/her initial visit, and to know that you helped make this possible.”
“I first became interested in the veterinarian field to be able to provide medical care for my pets; I like helping make pets healthy in general.”
Claudia studied in PIMA Medical Institute and completed her course in 2013. Her favorite thing about PIMA: “I like that it has a strong hands-on program; I learned a lot during my internship.” Her outstanding work ethic and wonderful personality granted Claudia a position as Vet Assistant at Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She is currently also the Office Administrator Assistant. Her highlight of the day is working with puppies and kittens, for which she has a soft spot for.
Two Chihuahuas by the name of Gir and Princess, share a home with her kitty Mamas, who is the queen of Claudia’s household.
“Perhaps one day, in the near future I will become a Vet Technician.”
Rebecca aka “Becky,” studied at Pima Medical Institute, graduated in September 2011 as a Licensed Veterinarian Technician, and has been working with Caring Hands Animal Hospital ever since.
“Getting into the Vet field was something I always wanted to do, and after doing a lot of research, I was convinced that being a Vet Tech was perfect for me.”
Becky is a true animal lover; she has had multiple pets ranging from snakes, tarantulas, Basset Hounds, and kitties. She has the sweetest Chihuahua named Daisy, and a cat named Rebel who definitely lives up to his name.
“The best thing about Caring Hands Animal Hospital is the family oriented environment. Working with Dr. Martinez gives me the opportunity to work for someone who truly cares about giving the best to every patient that comes in.”
Becky’s goal as a vet tech is to continue to learn and grow in her chosen field. “My work is my passion.”
“I like working with pets, especially dogs. I especially enjoy running blood work and assisting with any lab work.”
The latter is actually Gonzalo’s area of expertise since he has a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Pharmacology. His goal is to open and run his own laboratory in the near future.
Gonzalo grew up with a charming Chihuahua named “Chaps”and has an Old-English Sheep dog named “Amadeus Jr.,” back home with his father. During his stay in Las Vegas, he has developed a soft spot for Luna, his in-law’s energetic Pomeranian.
“I also like learning about the many pet medications and their effects. I am very grateful for all the learning experience that Dr. Martinez facilitates. I enjoy working with Caring Hands because we all truly work as a team!”
“I enjoy caring for animals; I love meeting new pets and observing how quickly they grow. I also enjoy establishing new relationships with our clients, and helping all pets in need.”
Leonela is studying in the PIMA medical institute to become a Veterinarian Technician and is currently part or our Caring Hands Team as a Veterinarian Assistant/Client Service Coordinator.
Leonela is the proud mother of a young Labrador retriever named Delilah, a loving and very mellow pit-bull named Goliath, and last but certainly not least a goldfish by the name of Nemo.
Her favorite hospital activity is observing and learning from all the complex surgeries that Dr. Martinez performs.
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