Dr. Lark Behrens, D.V.M.

Dr. Lark Behrens started working at Cañada del Oro Pet Clinic when she first moved to Tucson in 1985. She worked here for several years as a Certified Veterinary Technician. During this time, she returned to finish her degree at the University of Arizona, in Animal Science. She then attended veterinary school at Oregon State University. After graduating from veterinary school in 1995, she returned to Tucson. She worked emergency at Animal Medical Center of Tucson for 4 years, then returned to work at Canada del Oro Pet Clinic.

She worked relief for one year at Cañada Hills Veterinary Clinic, then worked at Sahuaro Vista Veterinary Clinic for four years, and most recently VCA Animal Medical Center of Tucson for over six years. She was the Medical Director at her last position. Dr. Behrens then purchased Cañada del Oro Pet Clinic on November 1st, 2012.

Dr. Behrens was married for 26 years to her husband Mark, who died from a heart attack in July of 2011. She is now a single parent with two daughters, Alex and, Dani. Alex now goes to the U of A where she is in the sign language interpretation program. She was in the color guard with the band and still plays the clarinet. Dani is now driving and has a pickup truck. She enjoys hunting and fishing and got her first elk in Wyoming in 2016.  They have two dogs and two cats. They enjoy cooking and baking, as well as swimming.


Debbie Sanders, C.V.T.

Debbie Sanders graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a veterinary assistant in 1995. She has been working full time at Cañada del Oro Pet Clinic since, and earned her C.V.T. (Certified Veterinary Technician) in August of 1998. She is a also a Veterinary Healthcare Advisor II, and has received certification in Veterinary Dermatology and Behavior Modification.

Debbie and her husband Troy have been married since July of 1974 and they have three children – Matthew, Jeremy, who is married to Barbara. with two children, Haley and Hunter, and Stephanie, who has three children, Kaitlyn, Nathan and Lilly. All five grandchildren are Grandma & Grandpa pride and joy. Debbie’s favorite past time is to spending time playing, loving and spoiling grandkids. Debbie fells she is truly blessed with a loving family, friends and a career that she loves!

The Sanders pets include Buddy, a canine mix, and one cat, Levi, an orange tabby.


Alexandra Gotay, C.V.T.

Alexandra Gotay was born and raised in Puerto Rico. While growing up, her family had dogs, birds, rabbits, and a pot-belly pig. She enjoys the open water and has been SCUBA certified since she was 15 years old. She has a bachelor’s degree in general biology, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration.

She moved to Tucson in 2017 and obtained her veterinary technician degree from Pima Medical Institute, obtaining her veterinary technician license in AZ (CVT) in 2019. She has become “Fear Free – Level 2” certified, providing patients with a stress-free experience. She is also certified to provide Class IV laser therapy treatments. She joined Cañada del Oro Pet Clinic in July of 2019.

Alex has 2 dogs: Mafalda the Rottie and mix, and Yunque the little bit of everything mixed breed.