Elizabeth Falk, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Falk is a full time associate veterinarian. She has been practicing at Northwest Animal Clinic and Hospital in Albuquerque since 2005. Dr. Falk has a special interest in Feline practice. She enjoys working with her clients to develop the best care and treatment choices for their families.


Dr. Falk graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1987.
She practiced full time small animal medicine and surgery at two different AAHA accredited clinics in Vancouver, Canada until starting her family in 1997.

After a break for family duties and a move to New Mexico, Dr. Falk resumed small animal practice. She is thoroughly enjoying the clientele and excellent staff at NWAC.

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Lewis Hanks, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Hanks grew up in North Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hanks is a board-certified veterinary Dog and Cat specialist with an interest in helping older pets enjoy their "golden years". The high desert climate, the panoramic sunsets and the limitless golf courses to play are a few of the reasons our doctor loves New Mexico. 

In Memoriam

Michael H. Riegger, DVM

   (August 12, 1949- October 9, 2021)

Dr. Michael Riegger was the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Clinician at the Northwest Animal Clinic and Hospital in Albquerque, New Mexico. He founded the clinic in 1974 and was the owner until his passing on October 9, 2021. 


In addition to the practice of veterinary medicine, he was recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in all aspects of veterinary practice management. He held numerous postions in veterinary professional organizations and serves on the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council in Arizona.

Dr. Riegger has authored over 1000 articles and four text books, made more than 400 presentations, serves as an on-line consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, and is a columnist for DVM News Magazine. He has received numerous awards and honors, including New Mexico Veterinarian of the Year and ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award. He was currently an adjunct professor and hosts a practice management course at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

He graduated with his DVM from Iowa State University magna cum laude and was a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He has provided the future endowed Michael H. Riegger Leadership Scholarship Fund to annually recognize a third and forth year student displaying academic prowess and community service leadership. Both of these qualities are highly valued and demonstrated by Dr. Riegger in his life and career.