About the Clinic
Mid Valley Large Animal Service began in a garage in Denair, CA on December 23, 1992. Founding partner Dr. Mark Brandt merged his client base with that of his vet school classmate Dr. Craig Brooks to form a practice that would provide an intensively personalized service to their clients. By summer of 1993, Mid Valley had grown to 3 vets and was renting a small office in Ceres. Dr. Brooks left with the equine portion of the practice in 1996, leaving Drs. Brandt, Ted Howze, and Bryan Morrett to tend to their ever growing dairy and beef cattle clients. The year 2000 found us in our current office on Taylor Road with 5 vets, a new pharmacy sales program, and full service milk quality laboratory. The 2005 merger with Sierra View Animal Health in Escalon brought 2 more vets and a thriving small ruminant practice. Sadly, cancer took Dr. Morrett from us in 2012. Dr. Howze retired from practice in 2015 allowing the next generation of veterinarians to attain ownership with their fresh ideas and abundant energy. Our team of veterinarians stand ready to address the ever changing service needs of our amazing clients.
Josh Betschart, DVM
A Central Valley native, much of Dr. Betschart's childhood and teenage years were spent growing up at his family’s dairy farm in Manteca, CA. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University in 2000, and spent the next several years teaching Agricultural Education to high school students. He later went on to graduate school and received his DVM from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Upon graduation, Dr. Betschart joined Mid Valley Large Animal and has been part of the staff ever since. He chose veterinary medicine because it enables him to combine his passion for working with animals and teaching to help his clients produce a high quality product for consumers all over the world. He feels extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with what are some of the greatest dairy farms found anywhere in the world. His free time is primarily spent with his family, wife Lisa, and two daughters Brookelyn and Aubree. Outdoor activities and fellowshipping with other family members and friends encompasses a large portion of that time.
Carlos Borges, DVM
Born in the San Joaquin Valley and raised on a dairy, Dr. Borges received his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis. He started at Mid Valley Large Animal Service in July 2007 as an associate veterinarian and became a partner in 2016. His professional interests include improving animal care while increasing efficiency of farms to provide consumers safe and affordable products. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends.
Mark Brandt, DVM
The son of German immigrants, Dr. Mark Brandt was born and raised on a 25 cow dairy on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He received his Doctorate degree from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. The next six years were spent working in a mixed practice in Modesto, CA before founding Mid Valley Large Animal Service in 1992. His special interests include calf raising, milk quality, and teaching. Dr. Brandt has served as adjunct faculty at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and also as clinical faculty for the Western University School of Veterinary Medicine since its inception in 2003. His teaching skills have been recognized by being inducted into the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society in 2017 and being selected as Western University's Preceptor of the Year in 2015. Personal interests include golfing and spending time with wife Garet and cats Smokey and Louis in their home in Bodega Bay, CA.
Adam Costa, DVM
Dr. Costa is a Modesto native who received his bachelors degree in Biology from California State University Long Beach in 2014. He then attended vet school at Ross University on the island of St. Kitts and finished his clinical training at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in the class of 2019. Dr. Costa's professional interests include improving production through cow comfort, reproduction, and small ruminant medicine. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, cycling, and exploring national parks.
Nell Moore, DVM
Dr. Moore hails from upstate New York, where she attended Cornell University to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the Ag school and continued on there to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the veterinary college in 2004. After spending her first year post-graduation as a staff veterinarian for a group of dairies in sunny Florida, she made the move out west and has worked for MVLAS ever since! Her professional interests include bilingual employee training, all things beef cattle (herd health, fetal sexing), small ruminant care, mentoring college and veterinary students and now…branching out into swine work. In her free time, she can be found at the gym, hiking with her three pups, and caring for the retired cattle in her pasture.
Katie Reeder, DVM
Dr. Reeder was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia in 2013. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and joined MVLAS. Her professional interests include small ruminant medicine, all things bovine and a growing interest in camelids. In her free time she can be found running with her two dogs.
Marcos Villaseñor, DVM
Dr. Villaseñor was born and raised in Southern California. He obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Toxicology in 2000, a Master of Science in Comparative Pathology in 2003, and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from the University of California, Davis. He joined Mid Valley Large Animal Service in August of 2008. His professional interests include beef, dairy, and small ruminant herd health medicine. In his free time, he enjoys going out on a jog and hiking in the eastern Sierra foothills.
Bryan Welly, DVM
Dr. Bryan Welly grew up in Southern California during grade school and subsequently in Utah throughout middle school and high school. His passion for livestock was cultivated in his early years on his grandparents beef cattle operation. He pursued his B.S. in Animal Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduating from Cal Poly, he obtained his Master’s degree in Cattle Genomics at UC Davis, where he assembled the genome for the etiologic agent of foothill abortion and also worked on establishing genomic predictions for a vertically-integrated beef operation. He then received his DVM from University of California, Davis with a focus in food animal medicine. Dr. Welly joined the Mid-Valley team after graduation in the summer of 2019. His professional interests are dairy and beef herd health, records analysis, milk quality, genomic selection and advanced reproductive techniques. His free time is primarily spent doing outdoor activities with his wife Rylee and son Harrison.
Milk Quality Lab