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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
    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 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!

  • Marenda
    Veterinary Technician

    Marenda started at VZACC in 2014 as a technician. 

    She has 3 blue heelers, named Gracie, Remi,  and Harley, and one kitty named Swiper.

    In her free time, she enjoys fishing, playing pool, riding horses, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors.

    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.

  • 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!

  • Jan
    Client Relations

    Jan started as a receptionist in July of 2019.

    She has 4 dogs, a pig, a turtle, birds, a mouse, and 6 horses at home.

    When not at work, she enjoys training wild mustangs and traveling.

    Her favorite movie is 'The Motorcycle Diaries.'

    Her favorite quote is 'Travel makes one modest.  You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.' ~Gustav Flaubert

    When asked what part of veterinary medicine she was passionate about, she replied,' I love Equine medicine and Chiropractic work.'

  • 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. 

  • Kailey Richardson

    Kailey started in March 2019 as our Kennel Technician and has since started her very own grooming business. 

    She has a catahoula named Piper, a husky named Stormie, a lab named Molly, a shepherd mix named Cinch, and two kitties named Jonah and Paisley.

    Her hobbies outside of veterinary medicine include singing, going dancing, and spending time with her family.

    Her favorite movie is 'The Notebook.'

    Her favorite quote is, 'I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me.'  -Phillipians 4:13

    She strives to make your furr babies look and smell their very best!

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