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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. His son graduated from Ole Miss in commercial real-estate, a daughter at Colorado State studying Genetic Counseling and his youngest daughter is at Texas A&M studying Architecture .,  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. “I look forward to being huge supporter and leader in Wills Point & Edgewood. Especially with the students in the schools where he talks, and helps anyone who has aspirations of being a veterinarian.

  • Dr. Will Prachyl

    Dr. Will Prachyl is a graduate of Wills Point HS class of 2002. After high school he went on to become, “The proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2006! Whoop!”  Here he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science, while working as a veterinary technician at a small animal clinic.

    In August of 2006, Dr. Prachyl married his high school sweetheart and fellow Aggie, Robin.  Then just 2 short weeks later started his veterinary training at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2010.

    Following graduation Dr. Prachyl worked as an associate veterinarian in Rusk, Texas at a mixed animal practice, treating  all species from cats, dogs, cows and horses to hedgehogs, snakes, birds, kangaroos, capybara, zebras and camels!

    In August of 2021, Dr. Prachyl joined the team here at Zan Vandt Animal Care Center. He is excited to come back home and serve his community, where he can focus on providing high quality medicine for animals and high quality customer service for their owners.

    Dr. Prachyl and Robin have two kids, Alexis and Granger.  As a family they enjoy being involved in church and serving God in many different areas. They also enjoy playing sports, playing music and traveling from the beach to the mountains.

  • Chasidy S.
    Client Relations

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

    She has 2 Mini Aussie's (Cricket) & (Crue).

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys being a mom to her two teen sons. This includes going to the gym, fishing, basketball and vacationing to the beach as much as possible. 

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

    She welcomes all our clients with a smile and energy that is contagious. Her positive attitude adds greatness to our team! 

  • Crista M.
    Veterinary Technician

    Crista joined the VZVH team in December of 2020 as a Vet Tech.

    She has 2 Great Pyrenees Kyrie and Ruger plus a heeler mix Koe.

    Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her Son who is involved in all sports. 

    Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping the clients and patients feel welcomed and at home. 

  • Bryan Emerson
    Practice Manager

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  • Kelsey M.

    Kelsey joined VZVH in August of 2022 as a receptionist. 

    In 2011 she married her Highschool sweetheart, together they have 3 dogs, 3 cows & a coop full of chickens. 

    She enjoys going to church, being outdoors & spending time with her family & friends.

    Her favorite quote 'Faith can move mountains' - Matthew 17:20

    Her favorite part of VetMed is loving on all of the animals & interacting  with our clients. She brings a warmth to the clinic with her beautiful smile & positive energy. 

  • Nikki O.
    Veterinary Technician

    Nikki has been in the Vet field for 6 years now & joined our team in 2022. She enjoys riding horses & being outside with her boyfriend Adam, 4 year old son Colt & her heeler pups. 

    Her favorite part of VetMed is taking care of the sick & injured animals, small & large.

    Her favorite quote is 'The Lord himself will fight for you, just stay calm.' Exodus 14:14

  • Karley C.
    Technician Assistant

    Karley has been in VetMed for 3 years & joined our team in 2023. She enjoys playing pool & racing motorcycles in her free time. She also has a pointer named Blaze.

    Her favorite part of VetMed is helping animals & getting to see all the furrbabies.

  • Annette T.
    Veterinary Technician

    Annette has been in the Vet field for 28 years & joined our team in 2023. She's married with one son & a granddaughter. In her free time she enjoys reading & being outside with all her farm animals which includes 5 turtles, chickens, goats, 1 axis & a dove. 

  • Rene C.
    Kennel Tech Manager

    Rene joined our team in May of 2023 as Lead Kennel Tech. She is also a registered Vet Tech.

    Outside of Veterinary Medicine she is a Mother of 4 & a Preachers wife. She enjoys cooking, baking, knitting & hanging out with friends & family. 

    Her favorite quote is 'Be still and know that I am God.' Psalm 46:10

    She has a sweet soul & will love your babies like her own while they are boarding with us. 

  • Gayle D.

    Gayle has been in the Vet field for 10 years now and joined our team in 2023. She's married & enjoys being outside with her farm animals in her free time. 

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