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Joan has been in the veterinary field for over 30 years. Joan is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician but for the past few years she has been working as a receptionist. Before dropping down to part time she was a receptionist supervisor at Yakima Valley Vet Clinic. Joan explains that the veterinary profession is unique because we are privileged to support the human and animal bond through great joy and sorrow. Helping families from puppy or kitten hood to end of life staged has many rewards that Joan loves to help families through and to be there for their questions and concerns. Joan is married with two children and they have two dogs and three cats. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, reading, outdoor activities, eating, and visiting wineries.



Rachel was born and raised in Yakima. She is married with two children, two 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. Rachel also adores building relationships with long time clients. She has learned a lot since she started working here and has met a lot of different breeds of dogs and cats. When Rachel’s not working or driving her teenagers around, she loves inventing new recipes and delicious treats.



Hayley has lived in the valley for more than 30 years. She also has worked within the veterinary field for more than 15 years. Hayley is dedicated in helping animals and clients by providing them with excellent customer service and care as a receptionist here at the clinic. She loves spending time with her beautiful daughter and deeply enjoys doing yoga and has recently become a certified yoga instructor.



Chauntaé was born and raised in Yakima. She has been part of our team since fall of 2015. Chauntaé loves helping clients and their companions in anyway she possibly can. Besides helping animals and clients, she is a rock concert fanatic and enjoys spending time with her furry ones at home.


Lead Receptionist



Anthony has been working with us since winter of 2018. There are a plethora of things that he has done that make him who he is today. He was born in Yakima and has spent 30 years being a skateboarder, musician, a scholar, combat sports practitioner, the big brother, a husband. He also, enjoys his family in which he refers to as the wolf pack. He loves to laugh, learn, and push himself past his comfort zones. Anthony applies a philosophical approach to many of life's elements.


Office Manager

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.


Lead Veterinary Technician

April is our lead Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been working with our team for the last 15 years. April grew up on a small family farm in West Valley where she and her husband now have a farm of their own. They have two children they love very much and a large variety of animals including a mini pig named Raisin, who has stolen April’s heart. She also has a deep love for her boxers and enjoys competitively showing them in AKC conformation shows. Besides being involved in the animal community, April has also started and leads the No Kid Hungry program at her church. She also volunteers for a number of local 4H groups as a judge for the pocket pet and cat shows. All of which make April a natural fit here with our team.


Veterinary Technician

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.


Veterinary Technician

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.


Veterinary Technician

Bree has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for us since fall of 2016. Bree initially begun her externship with us while still in school and was offered a job to join the team shortly after. She moved to Yakima and attended Yakima Valley Veterinary Clinic after graduating from the Veterinary Technology Program in 2016. Bree has always had a passion and love for animals even as a little girl. She always knew she wanted to work with both people and animals. Bree now is part time so she can focus on being a new mother to her lovely son. She loves both her jobs as a Veterinary Technician and a mom. She shares her love for animals with her husband, son, and their three rescue dogs Lilo, Rosie, and Koa.


Veterinary Technician

Alexia, was born and raised in East Wenatchee, WA. She moved to Yakima in 2014 to attend YVCC, where she graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program. Alexia enjoys spending time with her husband Taylor, and their Miniature Golden-doodle, Finnegan. She loves getting to know the pets and their owners here at the clinic.


Veterinary Technician

Jessica has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician with us since 2012 and received her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from YVCC in 2011. Jessica has special interest in venipuncture, dentistry, and anesthesia. She enjoys spending her time with her son Samuel, going on hikes, reading, gardening, and her two dogs Gemma and Scuttle.


Veterinary Technician

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. She is newly engaged and very excited to share her future with her fiancé Austin.


Veterinary Technician

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.


Veterinary Technician

Holly is from Spokane, but has been in Yakima for over 10 years now. For as long as she can remember, she dreamt 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.


Pharmacy Technician

Karina has been with us since the spring of 2017. She is our Pharmacy Technician here at the clinic. Karina loves animals of all sizes. She treasures her loved ones and enjoys working at Yakima Valley Veterinary Clinic.


Lead Veterinary Assistant

Suzy Is our lead assistant and has been working with us for 12 years. She has a dog Bella and a cat Corazón. She loves her job because she gets to be a crazy cat lady without having to bring them all home with her. On her days off she likes to spend time with family, plan parties, watch cat videos and do nail design tutorials.


Veterinary Assistant

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.


Veterinary Assistant

Shannon has been working with us since 2015 and enjoys having new experiences here everyday. She has a chocolate Chesapeake Bay Retriever named RaeLeigh, who has an adorable and crazy personality. During her spare time, she loves to hike with her friends and family, playing with RaeLeigh, making new memories with her boyfriend, and dabbling in photography.


Veterinary Assistant

Courtney has been with us since 2015. She is excited to develop bonds with owners and pets as well as caring for and helping animals stay healthy. She also, enjoys learning and developing more skills in the veterinary field. In her spare time, she likes to stay active playing soccer, camping, hiking, traveling and hanging out with friends, family, and her dog Kiko.


Veterinary Assistant

Kacey has been working with us since winter of 2016. She loves her job to be able to work with animals in all different situations and stages of their life. Kacey enjoys gardening, cleaning, and spending time with her son and husband.


Veterinary Assistant

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.


Veterinary Assistant

BreeAnn has worked with us since 2016. She enjoys being able to contribute in the care of many different animals. In her free time she is currently finishing school to be a Veterinary Technician. She has three dogs, a English Mastiff, Chihuahua and a Shih Tzu that keeps BreeAnn and her boyfriend on their toes at all times. Together they love spending time with their fur babies, fishing, camping, and going to the beach as much as possible.


Veterinary Assistant

Mckenzie joined our team in February of 2018 and looks forward to making many new furr-friends. Recently, Mckenzie graduated from Walla Walla Community College and moved to the lower valley in early 2016 to help out on her boyfriend Cody’s family cattle ranch. Together they keep track of a growing 200 plus head of Black Angus Cattle, horses, eight goats, three dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys training horses, traveling, hiking with her dogs and competing at rodeos and jack pots.