After serving her county for three years in the U.S. Army, and then serving as a civilian veterinarian at Fort Bliss Veterinarian Treatment Facility, Dr. Amy Starr decided she wanted to start her own business. She had an idea to start a unique veterinary clinic that was regional and could serve many pet owners, a mobile veterinary clinic.
Dr. Starr could envision the success of her idea but required the funding to make her dream become a reality. This is when she called on United Bank of Paso Del Norte, an often recognized SBA top lender in El Paso. She presented her plan and as a veteran, she was able to obtain an SBA Patriot Express guaranteed loan from United Bank.
Patriot Express Loans targets those in the military community who want to establish or expand a small business. Those who are eligible include veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members eligible for the military’s transition assistance program, Reservists and National Guard members, current spouses of any of the above and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability.
With the funding in hand, Paws-n-Hooves Veterinarian Clinic started operations in 2008 with the purpose of offering quality, affordable medical care. Her business has nine employees that are comprised of two small animal clinics. It has a fixed based clinic and a mobile veterinary clinic rotating to different parts of the city. Dr. Starr’s special interests are small animal surgery and equine dentistry.
Dr. Starr serves as an instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for a veterinary assistant course. She is actively involved in the community, every three months her team travels to rural Pecos, Texas to examine, vaccinate and spay/neuter as many animals as they can gather through The Pecos Humane Society Spay and Neuter Marathon project. She participates in the Chinese Café Spay and Neuter Program, a free neuter and spay service to pet owners who cannot afford it. In addition, the mobile clinic travels to Las Cruces, Dona Ana, Deming and Silver City, New Mexico spay and neuter marathons that are grant and donation funded.
Dr. Starr assists in the efforts of rescued animals and was featured on the television show Animal Planet on January 4, 2011 on an animal hoarding episode. Dr. Starr and her technician made two visits to spay and neuter the cats and also collected donations to cover the cost of materials and medications.