Dr Gretchen


Gretchen Yost graduated from the Univerisity of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. In a previous career life she worked as an electrical engineer, but decided to go back to school to pursue her childhood dream of  "saving all the sick and unwanted animals."  Upon graduation she moved to northern New Mexico for its wide open spaces.  Her first job was working alongside extraordinarily compassionate vets at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Española.  Eight years later she became the Medical Director at the Española Valley Humane Society where she worked full time for five years.  She was honored, proud and inspired to work with a team who, against all odds, strives tirelessly to save as many homeless animals as possible.



Gretchen & Copernicus


Angel Paws.,


Please visit the Española Humane website to learn more about their life saving work and how you can help.


Today, Gretchen continues to work part time for Española Humane and has also filled in for the great vets at Arroyo Seco Animal Hospital.  She started Angel Paws because it is very difficult for veterinarians to schedule the time to provide this service at home for their clients.  In her experience, euthanasias in the home setting are deeply moving and are an affirmation of the power of the human-animal bond.  She offers this service with deep appreciation of the love you share with your pet and in honor of all of those animals who have never known this kind of love.  For this reason, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to help shelter animals.


Gretchen lives in La Puebla, NM with her husband Norman, their dogs Copernicus and Rio, four cats (Joey, Pinky, Precious and Snorkles) three pet chickens and always a foster animal or two.


She is a proud member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association and World Vets.