Dr. Shayna Whitaker and Pam Trujillo conduct a wellness examination on their first client, Tyrone Nigel Clark 4, inside their mobile veterinary clinic Tuesday morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Dr. Shayna Whitaker and Pam Trujillo with 4-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Tyrone Nigel Clark in front of his White Rock home Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By Carol A. Clark
A new business rolled down the streets of Los Alamos and White Rock this week with a mission not only to care for local pets too terrified to ride in cars but also to help their owners who are home bound, elderly, parents with young children and people working time-consuming jobs.
Otowi Veterinary Mobile Services is owned by local Veterinarian Shayna Whitaker and Veterinarian Technician Pam Trujillo. They previously owned Otowi Veterinary Clinic in White Rock and Zoom-n-Groom mobile grooming in Los Alamos.
Whitaker and Trujillo are now combining the services of the veterinary clinic with the convenience and ease of the mobile grooming business.
They have worked together treating pets for so long that they seem to read each other’s thoughts.
“We both really have a soft spot in our hearts for elderly men who struggle to bring their pet to the vet,” Trujillo said. “I work one day a week at the Santa Fe Animal Emergency Clinic and see so many people from Los Alamos who have to drive down to the clinic at night or on weekends and we wanted to find a way to help them avoid that drive.”
Their goal is to provide high quality compassionate veterinary care at their clients’ home.
“Over the years working in Los Alamos, we have had numerous requests from families for in home euthanasia,” Whitaker said. “There is a certain calm that surrounds the families and the pets, knowing that they are not frightened or anxious because they are at home. We understand how difficult it is to determine when a pet is ready to go. Once you have made that decision we are here to help make it a peaceful, dignified and stress free process. We prefer to perform in home euthanasias after 4 p.m. so that we are not rushed to get to another appointment and can spend as much time as needed with you and your pet.“
Whitaker grew up in Los Alamos and earned her bachelors degree in biology from the University of New Mexico. She continued on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 2001.
Whitaker has worked in the Los Alamos area for most of the last 12 years. After graduating from vet school, she worked at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Pojoaque, where she met Pam Trujillo.
Whitaker and Pam opened Otowi Veterinary Clinic in White Rock in 2002 and Whitaker was the IACUC veterinarian for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for three years.
She closed the clinic in 2005 to do volunteer work in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. After returning to Los Alamos, she and Trujillo went to pet grooming school and opened Zoom-n-Groom mobile pet grooming.
Whitaker began working at Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital in Los Alamos but left in 2011 because she and her husband, Randy Foster, had twin boys and she wanted to spend more time at home with her new family.
Now that her sons are nearly two years old, Otowi Veterinary Mobile Services will allow her to continue doing veterinary work in the community part time while having time to spend with her young boys.
Trujillo has been working in veterinary medicine since 1990 where she started at Smith Veterinary Hospital. In 1996, she went to Valley Veterinary Clinic where she met Whitaker and they decided to open Otowi Veterinary Clinic in White Rock.
Since Otowi Vet closed Pam has been working at the Santa Fe Animal Emergency Clinic where she continues to work part-time.
Some of the services we provide include wellness exams, vaccinations and in home euthanasia. Should your pet require x-rays, surgical care, dental care, or hospital care we recommend Dr. Robert Gruda at Gruda Vet hospital in Santa Fe or Dr. Stephanie Williams at Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital in Los Alamos.
Otowi Veterinary Mobile Services does not provide emergency services but does provide wellness exams, rabies and other shots, Bordetella, euthanasia services and cremation arrangements.
Owners of pets experiencing an emergency should contact their local veterinary hospital or Santa Fe Emergency and Specialty Center, (505) 984-0625, whose emergency room is open 24/7 and all holidays.
To make an appointment with Otowi Veterinary Mobile Services, call 505-695-8456.
Editor’s note: Tyrone Nigel Clark belongs to Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark.