Meet the friendly staff at Van Zandt Animal Care Center!
Buck VanTrease, D.V.M.
Dr. Buck VanTrease is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University. Post graduation he practiced in Tempe, Arizona in an mixed companion practices that included extensive equine work. In 1987 he founded a practice in Fountain Hills, Arizona predominately small animal medicine and surgery. He consulted and practiced with several large hospitals in Arizona where he started to develop advanced skills in surgery.
In 2003 he purchased a practice in the heart of Austin, Texas. It’s here that Dr. VanTrease, over the next several years, trained with some of the most respected doctors in the country in advanced soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. After 15 years he was asked to develop and train other veterinarians in these areas and thus his travels lead him to San Antonio, Houston and finally to Wills Point, Texas.“ I was raised in a small town and have never forgotten the true benefits that came from that. I truly consider it a blessing that my journey has finally lead to here. I look forward to being very involved in the community at all levels”, he added when asked about moving from a large city to Wills Point.He as three children, a son and two daughters, who have the passion for the outdoors, horses, and helping others especially young kids. He was instrumental in starting an outdoor ministry in Austin for boys who didn’t have a father figure in their lives. Today Kids Outdoor Zone impacts thousands of boys and girls throughout the country. His oldest daughter has caught the bug to follow in her father’s footsteps and plans to go to Texas A&M to become a veterinarian.“I look forward to being huge supporter and leader in Wills Point, both with our schools (Go Tigers!) and from a business point of view, he said.
Jennifer has been with Van Zandt Animal Care Center since June of 2011. She started as a technician, and was recently promoted to Practice Manager in December of 2017.
She is a certified veterinary assistant, with large amounts of continuing education under her belt. Her passion has always been emergency and critical care, and of course veterinary dentistry. She has trained with several board certified veterinary dentists and has assisted in numerous orthopedic surgeries with Dr. Vantrease.
She has 2 dogs, Lane and Merle, at home. Both pets were rescues and are mixed breeds.
She has been married to the love of her life, James, since 2007, and has two daughters at home named Landrie and Leighton.
In her spare time, she enjoys doing Crossfit, shooting pistols, and lounging at the lake in the Summer.
Her favorite movies are “Tombstone” and “A League of Their Own”.
Her favorite quote is, “Practice like you’ve never won, but perform like you’ve never lost.”
Jennifer is very passionate about emergency/critical care, dentistry, and of course, puppy kisses!
Chasidy started at VZACC in June of 2017 as a receptionist.
In her free time, she enjoys being a mom to her two sons. This usually involves fishing, basketball, vacations, and much much more.
Her favorite movies are 'Tombstone' and 'Sweet Home Alabama'.
Her favorite quote is Proverbs 31:25 'She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.'
Chasidy is passionate about getting to know our clients and their pets, getting attached to them, and having them become part of the family. When they are happy, we are happy, and when they hurt, we hurt. We love your pets!
Amber joined our team in 2018 as a receptionist.
She has 3 pets at home: a 9 year old cat named Lissie, a 2 year old German Shepherd named Cinnamon, and a 9 month old pit bull named Rocko.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Amber loves watching movies, spending time with her husband and two daughters, going to the beach, reading, and doing arts & crafts.
Although she is a huge movie buff, and has a lot of favorite movies, her absolute favorite would be 'Dirty Dancing'.
Her favorite quote is, ' I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God.' ~ Grace Wesley
When asked what par of vet medicine she is passionate, her response was, ' I like building relationships with people. I want to get to know our clients and their pets. It's hard to see the fur babies sick and in pain, but to see them completely recover is so satisfying.'
Marenda started at VZACC in 2014 as a technician.
She has an 11 month old blue heeler named Gracie, and a 6 week old yorkie who is still needing a name!
In her free time, she enjoys fishing, playing pool, and spending time with her family.
Her favorite movie is '8 Seconds.'
Her favorite quote is ' To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst.'
Marenda is passionate about all aspects of vet medicine, including surgery, dentistry, client education, and equine medicine.
Kimberley has been a VZACC team member since January of 2017. She is our resident groomer, as well as a veterinary assistant.
She has a pit bull named Wilma, and a bearded dragon named Cujo at home.
In her free time, Kimberley enjoys coaching her kids soccer team, and being a team mom for her daughter's cheerleading squad.
Her favorite quote is 'Live the life you love, and love the life you live.'
She is passionate about equine medicine, and of course, making her fur babies smell and look fabulous through grooming!
Rachael joined our team in July of 2018.
She has one dog at home named Charlie.
In her spare time, she enjoys creating decals and t-shirts, raising her kids, and helping raise cattle.
Her favorite movie is 'Hope Floats'.
Her favorite quote is 'If it isn't something you can change, don't worry about it.' ~Anonymous
Rachael is passionate about the over all care and wellness of animals, with a special interest in canine and equine medicine.
Bryce joined our team in 2018 as our special projects/maintenance coordinator. He has since been promoted to kennel technician, and then again to veterinary assistant.
He has a 1 year old blue heeler at home named Ruger.
His hobbies outside of vet medicine are working out, mountain biking, and camping.
His favorite movie is 'Django Unchained'.
His favorite quote is, 'Merry Chritmas you filthy animal...and a Happy New year!' ~Home Alone movie
Bryce is passionate about large animal care and enjoys taking care of our two horses daily.
Kailey started in March as our Kennel Technician.
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