Cats are purring and dogs are barking to welcome veterinarian Dr.
Jan Nicol, Certified Veterinary Technician Tami Young, surgical
technician Molly Hendricks and receptionist Shelly Capps at the
newly opened Valley Verde Veterinarians in Green Valley

Though the office is new in town, the four have worked together for
years and their bond is a reflection of the care they give to pet
owners and their furry family members. 

Nicol received her Master’s of Science degree from Rutgers
University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

She is experienced working in small and large emergency animal
facilities and was part of the Merck (pharmaceutical) AgVet
Technical Services team that introduced the first monthly heartworm
preventative in the U.S. in the late 1980s. She went on to join
Merck Research Laboratories and worked in clinical trials and
registration of new animal drugs in Canada and Europe. 

“We are a small, friendly, compassionate and affordable clinic with
a special emphasis on preventative medicine,” Nicol said.

She lives in Green Valley with her husband and pack of rescue

Young earned her Associate of Science degree in Veterinary
Technology from the University of Maine. She worked as a veterinary
technician in Maine for 10 years before moving to Tucson in 1999,
where she met and began working with Nicol. 

Young’s family includes her husband, three children, four horses,
three dogs and one cat. 

Hendricks is a Certified Veterinary Technician and earned her
Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science from the
University of Arizona. She lives in Sahuarita with seven dogs and
two horses.

Capps focuses on making everyone’s visit as pleasant as possible
even in stressful circumstances when a dog or cat is sick or
injured. She lives in Tubac with her husband, who also works in
animal health, and dog, Rubicon.

Valley Verde Veterinarians occupies about 2,100 square feet in the
former location of the Green Valley News office. The
clinic’s front door faces the parking lot near Camilot

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 to 5; Tuesday and
Thursday, 5 to 7 by appointment; and Saturday 8 to 3. The phone
number is 520-393-PETS (7387). 


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