Meet the friendly staff at Aztec Animal Hospital!

Diego Fernando Florez, DVM

Dr. Diego Fernando Florez was born in Colombia, South America, in his young years he traveled with his father and visited many farms and he becomes very familiar with cattle and horses.

He pursued his love for animals and decided to go to veterinary school as his uncle did previously. Dr. Florez graduated from the University of Caldas in 1994 and then practiced large animal medicine in Colombia for many dairy and beef farms He later moved to New York City and started to learn about small animals and decided to take the national Veterinary boards and obtained his license in Veterinary Medicine.

He entered Purdue University in 1997 to obtain his ECFVG certificate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1998. After completing his studies, he had the opportunity to work at different types of practices from multi-doctor to emergency clinics in New York and Phoenix.

Dr. Florez always wanted to own his own practice, and he had the opportunity to reach that goal when the previous owner of Aztec Animal Hospital offered him to buy his practice. Now Dr. Florez has been at Aztec Animal Hospital since July 2001.

Dr. Florez is happily married to his wife, Crista, and enjoys being a father to his 3 kids, twins, Sophia and Lucas and Emelia. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golfing, polo, traveling and pretty much anything outdoors. He enjoys the company of his Chihuahuas; Pola and Chapulin; and his family and friends.

Debbie Thomas, CVT/Office Manager

Debbie Thomas, CVT/Office Manager, has been with Aztec Animal Hospital since May of 2006.

Debbie’s dedication and love for her job comes through every day in her ability to make every client and pet feel like family. She is an asset to the clinic, staff, and clients. On her off time she spends time with her husband of 22 years, her 2 grown children, Daniel and Sarah, and her grandson Jeremy; step-grand daughter Judzia and their 3 cats and dog, Hettie.

Shaina Anderson, CVT

Shaina Anderson, CVT, has been a loyal member of the Aztec Animal Hospital Family since August of 2007.

She is very dedicated to the profession having graduated at the top of her class from a 2 year technician program. She is an asset to the staff and excels in everything she does. On her down time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, friends and family and caring for her many animals; ranging from dogs and cats to ferrets and reptiles.


Meg’s background is in Assistance Dog Training in the non-profit world.

She has trained and cared for many dogs for service work. She is our new receptionist and is eager to learn all aspects of the field. She is married and shares her home with 3 dogs and 2 cats.