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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. 

  • Jonathan S.
    Practice Manager/Lead Veterinary Technician

    grew up in Kaufman County and joined our team in 2021 and with more
    than ten years’ experience in the veterinary field he was selected to become one
    of our veterinary technicians, there is never a dull moment providing medical
    care for animals and you learn something new every day. Shortly after being
    hired on, he was promoted to our lead veterinary technician, overseeing all
    staff and helping facilitate communication between staff and management. Soon
    after he was promoted to Practice Manager.

    has an adventurous side; when he isn't in the clinic helping with our patient
    care and assisting in surgery, he is competing on horseback at rodeos and
    barrel races. He lives in Terrell on a 50-acre horse ranch. He has 7 dogs, 1
    cat, a macaw, a quaker parrot and many horses. 

    His favorite
    quote is 'Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or
    discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9

  • Suzanna T.
    Kennel Manager/ Veterinary Assistant

    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. 

  • Chasidy S.
    Client Relations

    Chasidy joined the VZACC team in June of 2017 as a receptionist. 

    She has a Toy Aussie named Cricket, who she adopted through us and has many chickens at home.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys being a mom to her two teen sons. This includes fishing, basketball and going on as many trips as possible. 

    Her favorite movie is 'Tombstone' and 'Sweet Home Alabama'. 

    Her favorite quote is 'She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.' -Proverbs 31:25

    Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping the clients and patients feel welcomed and at home. Spreading positivity and seeing smiles on everyone's face is her main goal.

  • Bethany H.
    Client Relations

    Bethany joined our team in April of 2021 as receptionist.

    She has two fur babies at home along with a free spirited kid. 

    In her free time she enjoys cooking or sitting on her front porch. 

    Her favorite part of being on our team is getting to spread extra love to fur babies of all kinds.

  • Robin T.
    Veterinary Assistant

    Robin joined the VZACC team in May 2021. She started working the veterinary field in 2011 as a veterinary technician assistant.

    She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 parrots, 2 lovebirds and 11 parakeets. 

    Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys spending time with her husband, 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

    Robin enjoys the outdoors, from working in the yard to relaxing in her hammock. 

    Her favorite part of her job is being able to comfort pets whether they are here for a short visit or all day for surgery. 

    Her favorite movies are 'Where the heart is' and 'Hope Floats'

  • Crista M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon!

  • Lisa C.
    Client Relations

    Bio coming soon!

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