Dr. Mary Avalle was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She left for what was going to be only 4 years when she went to college at the University of Georgia and hasn’t made it back yet.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree she went on active duty in the U.S. Army. She was assigned to a base in California and realized this was where she wanted to settle down. Through her association with the armed forces she has lived in and been to exciting places like Honduras, Italy and Louisiana.
After graduate school in Michigan where she obtained a Master of Science degree and after working in research for a few years, she finally got down to the business of veterinary medicine and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2005 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Avalle made it back to California and worked primarily with dairy cows for a few years before making the transition to small animal medicine.
Dr. Barrett received his bachelors in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1997. He then received his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis in 2001 and has been working at Community Veterinary Clinic ever since.
He treats both small animals (dogs and cats) and exotic species (birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, rabbits, etc.)
Dr. Barrett and his wife Tonia, a local photographer, are both from Turlock. They share their house with their son Grayson, their dog, two cats, two chinchillas, two birds, a bearded dragon, and several fish.
Dr. Barrett is involved with teaching Vet Club for local children along with Dr. Santos and is an instructor at MJC teaching, Surgical and Dental Procedures.
You can also visit Dr. Barrett at: www.turlockvet.com
Dr. Villegas was born and raised in a small farm town of Tanhuato, Michoacán, Mexico. His passion for animals began from his exposure helping his father care for the family farm.
Dr. Villegas left Tanhuato at a young age to pursue higher education, which led him to Mexico City. While there he attended College of Science and Humanities to obtain his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.) and completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon completion of his doctorate degree, Dr. Villegas moved to the state of Oaxaca to practice veterinary medicine and work for the federal government coordinating preventative care. Pursuing new opportunities lead him to the state of Chiapas where he worked in an animal diagnostics laboratory and taught microbiology, hygiene, and zootechnics at Autonomous University of Chiapas (U.N.A.C.H.). He obtained his license to practice in the United States through the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates at Oklahoma State University.
Outside of work, Dr. Villegas enjoys spending time with family, running, gardening, and traveling.
Dr. Zack Snable was born and raised in Modesto, and his interest in veterinary medicine started when bringing family pets to Dr. Santos in the 1990’s. He left the Central Valley to attend college at Yale University, then Ross University for veterinary school and the University of Florida for clinical training.
After practicing in Ventura for the last 11 years, he returned to the Central Valley to work with Dr. Santos at MVSAH and raise his young family. His wife Andrea, daughter Emma, son Evan, and their 3 deaf Cavalier King Charles spaniels are happy to now call Turlock home.
When not working, his main passion is saltwater fishing- after living at the coast he is now excited to learn what the Central Valley has to offer for freshwater angling. He also enjoys gardening, fossil hunting and woodworking.