Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Julie Young Co-Owner photo

Dr. Julie Young Co-Owner

Dr. Young has been practicing since 2004. She is a 3rd generation veterinarian following in the footsteps of her father (1977) and grandfather (1943). She enjoys camping, hiking, working outdoors, singing and spending time with her husband and children. They also have 2 Nigerian Dwarf Goats, 6 chickens, a rooster, 3 cats and 2 dogs.

Dr. Aaron Patrick Co-Owner photo

Dr. Aaron Patrick Co-Owner

Dr. Patrick grew up in Yakima and has been practicing since 2004. He attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated from Oklahoma State of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He has worked at Yakima Valley Vet Clinic since 2009 and became co-owner 2016. Dr. Patrick has always had an interest in animal medicine and surgery. At home he has 5 horses, 7 cats, 2 miniature donkeys’ and 3 dogs. In his spare time he enjoys horseback riding, riding ATVs, camping, and various water activities.

Associate Veterinarians

Dr. Sandi Cok  photo

Dr. Sandi Cok

Dr. Cok graduated from WSU in 1988 and has practiced in Yakima since 1989. She enjoys traveling and photography. Matter of fact, you can see some of her pictures on the walls at the clinic. Each year Dr. Cok is very involved in the Relay for Life which is a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. In her spare time, she loves to white water raft and enjoys working behind the scenes at the warehouse theatre doing light design and stage managing productions.

Office Manager

Prudence  photo


Prudence started working with Dr.Hinz in 2006 as a part time employee. She was a stay at home mom looking for a little something to do for fun and a little extra money. Now with her kids grown and leaving home, she works full time. She considers her job to be making sure all the Doctors, Technicians, Assistants and Receptionists have everything they need including payroll. Her favorite thing at work is seeing new puppies! Prudi’s hobbies are sewing for East Valley Drama Club, gardening, golf, HGTV, being a children leader at BSF and shopping at the Lighthouse. Prudi also has a cat and a bird.


Amy  photo


Amy has been part of our receptionist team since the beginning of 2021. She is a mom of two human son and one fur baby named Handsome who is a maincoon mix. On her days off she loves spending time with her son and making memories by going out and enjoying nature. Her favorite part about working at the clinic is when clients bring in kittens and puppies for their first appointments and the difference in environments from the waiting area to the treatment area. How one area can be so calm while the other can be so rhythmically chaotic all at the same time. She plan to further her education in veterinary medicine and hopes to become a veterinary technician in the near future.

Rachel  photo


Rachel was born and raised in Yakima. She is married with three children, three dogs, and a cat. She has been a receptionist with us since August of 2013. She enjoys helping clients as well as their pets and meeting new people and pets. She has learned a lot since she started working here and has met a lot of different breeds of dogs and cats. When Rachel is not working, she loves inventing new recipes and delicious treats.

Ana  photo


Ana has been with Yakima Valley Veterinary Clinic since November of 2020. She has 2 dogs, a guinea pig, and a bearded dragon. One of Ana’s dogs is a foster fail that Ana got at just 4 weeks old. In her free time she likes hiking, swimming, and binge-watching shows. Ana’s favorite part of working here is learning new things and seeing all the cute patients.

Megan  photo


Megan joined the team right at the end of 2021 and has 2 pups, Teddy & Graham. 

She has always wanted to work around animals from a young age. 

Megan enjoys tending to houseplants, listening to music, and spending time with her boys. 

Her favorite things about working here are learning new information and seeing all the fur babies, especially the dogs with wiggle-butts! 

Chauntae’  photo


Chauntae’ has been part of our team since 2015. Her hobbies include reading, going to concerts with her husband, traveling, and spending time with her two little boys on the weekends. She loves working with the ladies in the receptionist department and seeing all the pups that come through the front door.

Veterinary Technicians

Janie  photo


Janie has been a Veterinary Technician since 1984. She chose this career because of her love for helping animals and their families and enjoys the field of medicine. Janie also loves to spend time with her three children. She has numerous pet members in her family including three dogs, five cats, twenty-four rabbits, and a tortoise.

Torri  photo


Torri, was born and raised in Yakima, WA. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program in June 2017. Torri enjoys working with animals and taking care of them when they are in the clinic. She loves spending time with her two dogs and two cats. In her free time, she likes to visit with friends and family. Torri also enjoys music and art as well. In the summer she likes to take part in water activities and going up to the mountains.

Clara  photo


Clara has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2011. She loves animals including the 7 of her own. Clara enjoys outdoor adventures, serving at church, spending time with her two kids and 4 furry legged ones. She feels very blessed and we too are happy to have Clara part of our team.

Eli  photo


Eli was born and raised in Yakima, WA. She graduated from the Technology Program at Yakima Valley Veterinary Clinic in 2014. Eli has experience handling small animals and exotics too. She also worked with a wildlife habilitation center. Eli enjoys spending time with her 3 fish and helping all the animals and clients that come into the clinic.

Holly  photo


Holly is from Spokane, but has been in Yakima for over 10 years now. For as long as she can remember, she dreamed of a career working with animals. Holly graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Yakima Valley Community College in 2002. She has been working as a technician for over 15 years and her love for animals has never wavered. Currently she is pursuing a career in Elementary Education and works during the day at Apple Valley Elementary and continues to work as a technician part time in the evenings. In the event of her having spare time, she stays busy keeping up with her 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

Shannon  photo


Shannon has worked in the veterinary field since high school and obtained her veterinary technician license in 2007. She has been working part-time only so she could focus on her family while still enjoying working with animals and their owners. She's been married for 18 years and is a mom of two kids. She is an active part of her church and also serves in other ministries in Yakima as well as in her kids’ schools. Shannon and her family have lived in the Yakima area since 2010. She has 2 dogs, a cat, a rabbit, 2 goats, chickens, fish, a hamster and 2 mice.

Pharmacy Technician

Lesley  photo


Lesley started as an assistant in 2017. She helped in reception for a while and is now the pharmacy tech. She has a dog named Roxy. Two cats named Padme & Sailor. She likes to foster kittens for a local rescue. The best part of why she loves working here is seeing all kinds of animals that come in. On her free time she enjoys hiking, playing video games, growing plants and terrariums.

Veterinary Assistants

Suzy</br> Lead Veterinary Assistant photo

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Suzy Is our back staff manager and has been working with us since 2007. She has a dog named Bella and a cat named Corazón. Best part of her job is she gets to be a crazy cat lady without having to bring them all home. She enjoys taking family trips and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Liz  photo


Liz has been working in the veterinary field for 18 years. She has two dogs and four cats (three of which only have one eye). She enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters and husband, playing video games and taking road trips.

Andrea  photo


Andrea grew up in the small town of Sequim , where her love of animals started from an early age. She started showing her dog in 4-h and still enjoys doing dog sports with her dogs today. She loves working in the animal field and getting to meet new critters every day. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, four dogs and soon to be husband.

Ana  photo


Ana has been with us since 2017. Early intuition had Ana knowing that animals were a passion of hers, one that grows each and every day that passes. She enjoys spending time with her best bud Dante, loves The Legend of Zelda video games, and pandas. She strives to become the best at what she does and never has a limit when it comes to giving a helping hand.

Kayla  photo


Kayla had been with us since 2021. She was born and raised in Yakima, Wa. She has 3 cats (all being tabby with white toes). Her favorite part of working in the animal field is loving on every single cat that comes in. She enjoys spending her free time in the gym, going camping with her family and playing roller derby. 

Maggie  photo


Maggie has been with us since 2022. She was raised in Southern California and has only been in Yakima for 1 year. She has always had a love for animals. She has 2 dogs of her own as well as a bunny. She loves being outdoors in the mountains and exploring new places as well as spending time with her family and friends.

Jaiden  photo


Jaiden is a high school student and has been working with us since April 2022. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and in the future she wants to be a veterinarian. Outside of work she is still involved in veterinary medicine as she competes on a vet science team for her high school. Some of her favorite hobbies are horseback riding, vet science practice and spending time with her friends and family.

Yakima Valley Veterinary Clinic

1213 S 40TH Ave

Yakima, WA 98908

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(Extended hours
some evenings)
Sat: By Appt Only

Monday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed