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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!

  • Chasidy
    Client Relations

    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!

  • Haley Saunders

    Haley started here at VZACC in July of 2018 as a receptionist.  

    She has 3 dogs:  Zippy and Cheechi are both maltese's, and 2Tone the pitbull.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and fur babies.  She also enjoys shooting guns and fishing.  She will be welcoming her first child in September of 2018.

    Her favorite movie is 'The Green Mile.'

    Her favorite quote is ' I have found the one whom my soul loves.' ~ Song of Solomon 3:4

    Haley is passionate about seeing animals happy and well taken care of, as well as seeing an injured animal progressing and getting better through veterinary care.

  • Marenda
    Veterinary Technician

    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.

  • Adrianne
    Veterinary Technician

    Adrianne started back with VZACC in July of 2017, although she worked here several years before as a veterinary technician as well.

    She has several pets at home:  Casey, an 8 year old lab, Oliver, a 2.5 year old mixed breed dog, Scout, a 2 year old Anitolian Shepherd, and Pickles, a 1.5 year old grey kitty.

    In her free time, she enjoys riding motorcycles, reading, and watching her kids play sports.

    Her favorite movies are all of the 'Star Wars' movies.

    Her favorite quote is 'You have to pass all of life's little pop quizzes before you can go on to life's final test'

    Adrianne is passionate about surgery and sick/injured pets going home well.

  • Kimberley
    Groomer/Veterinary Assistant

    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!

  • Amber
    Veterinary Assistant

    Amber started at VZACC in May of 2017 as a kennel technician, and was recently promoted to Veterinary Assistant.

    In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Her favorite movies are Stephen King's 'It' and all of the 'Underworld' movies.

    Her favorite quote is 'The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been.'  

    Amber is passionate about surgery, and can often be seen in the surgery suite assisting her technicians and doctor.

  • Rachael Brasher
    Veterinary Assistant

    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.

  • Kennedy
    Kennel Technician

    Kennedy joined the team at VZACC in February of 2018 as the kennel technician.

    She can be seen taking care of all of your boarding babies!

    In her spare time, she likes to go mudding, hunting, and shoot clay pigeons.  She also loves spending time with her family and friends.

    She doesn't have a favorite movie, but loves all movies that are inspirational.

    Her favorite quote is 'God shook his head the day he built her...But you know he smiled.'

    She is very passionate about all aspects of vet medicine, especially seeing happy clients and pets after their treatments.

  • J.D.
    Special Projects/Maintenance

    J.D. has been with VZACC since October of 2016 as our Maintenance Supervisor.  

    He has 2 pets at home:  Hope, a 3 year old pit bull, and Fish Bait, a 2 year old cat.

    In his free time, J.D. enjoys hunting and fishing, particularly noodling.

    His favorite movies are 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Wrath of the Titans'

    His favorite quote is 'Live like you were dying.'

    J.D. enjoys working in the veterinary environment because there is always something different coming in to the clinic to be treated.

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