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  • Dr. Buck Vantrease

     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 Lyons
    Practice Manager

    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 spending time with her family, baking, shooting pistols, and lounging at the lake in the Summer.

    Her favorite movies are “Tombstone” and “A League of Their Own”.

    Her favorite song is 'An Empty Glass' by Gary Stewart.

    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, having happy, well-trained team members. 

  • Chasidy
    Client Relations

    Chasidy started at VZACC in June of 2017 as a receptionist.

    She has two pets at home;  Tilly the turtle and Cricket, a toy Australian shepherd. 

    In her free time, she enjoys working out and 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.'

    Her favorite song is, 'With you I am' by Cody Johnson.

    Chasidy is passionate about making our clients and patients feel at home, and always welcome.  She firmly believes that your pet's comfort and happiness is a top priority!

  • Michelle B
    Client Relations

    Michelle joined our team in January of 2020 as a receptionist.  

    She has a chihuahua named Coco and a dwarf hampster named Lafawnduh at home.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, crafting, and making car freshies.

    Her favorite movies are 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Matilda'.

    Her favorite quote is, 'Never give up on something you can't go a day without thinkin about' ~ Winston Churchill

    When asked what part of veterinary medicine she is passionate about, she replied, ' Creating a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and patients.  Having them comfortable being here, makes any treatments necessary go much smoother.  I like to see the pet's happy when they arrive, and happy when they leave.'  

  • Morgan M.

    Morgan joined our team in 2020 as a technician.

    She has 3 dogs at home (Lucky- a 12 year old basset hound, Lucy, a 5 year old chihuahua, and Mya, a 2 year old spaniel mix) and a 3 year old kitty named Lorretta.

    In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, singing karaoke, and playing pool.

    Her favorite movies are 'Step Brothers' and '8 Seconds'

    Her favorite quote is 'Be yourself; Everybody else is already taken.'

    Morgan is very passionate about educating clients in veterinary medicine.  She also has a deep passion in veterinary dentistry.  

  • Megan
    Veterinary Assistant

    Megan returned to VZACC recently as a veterinary technician.

    She has a pitbull named Scarlett Jo, a Chiwiene names Sassy, a mini aussi named Amos Moses, and a kitty cat named Kit Kat at home.

    Outside of vet medicine, she likes to spend time with her family and cook.

    Her favorite movies are, 'Tombstone', 'The Other Guys', 'Urban Cowboy', and 'Life'.

    Her favorite quote is, 'Tough times never last, but tough people do.'  ~Robert H Schiuller

    When asked what part of vet medicine she is most passionate about, she answered with, 'To me there is nothing more rewarding that seeing a pet overcome an injury/ilness and the joy on the owners face when they come back for a check up.  When there pet is super happy to see us on that second visit, makes it all worth while.'

  • Suzanna
    Kennel Manager

    Suzanna joined the VZACC team in June 2019 as a kennel manager.

    She has 2 dogs at home.  A pit bull named Tigeress, and a lab named Ruby.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and children.

    Her favorite movie is '10 Things I Hate About You.'

    Her favorite quote is, 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.'  ~Joshua 24:15

    Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to give boarding dogs the comfort they need when away from their owners. 

  • Samantha O.
    Kennel Technician

    Samantha (Sam) joined our team in 2020 as a kennel technician.

    She has several pets at home:  Rico the catahoulal,  Mya the chihuahua, Chablis the arabian horse, Leryx the arabian horse, and Jorjjah the arabian/paint horse.

    Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys riding and showing her horses.

    Her favorite movie is 'Divergent'.

    Her favorite quote is 'The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.'  ~Dolly Parton

    When asked what part of veterinary medicine she is passionate about, she replied ' My passion is learning more every day about animals and medications used to help them.'

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