Our vets.

Lauren Albarado

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA

Nathan Bodnar

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

On The Job

Dr. Nathan Bodnar’s special interests include toxicology and endocrine emergencies.

Education
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital, Portland, OR
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Off Duty

Dr. Bodnar enjoys spending time with his wife and kids along with his dogs and cats. He also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and exploring new areas.

Brooke Clark

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
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On The Job

Dr. Brooke Clark enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine. She especially enjoy transfusion medicine and managing coagulation disorders.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off Duty

Dr. Clark enjoys time with her husband, five children and black lab Skiff. She also enjoys fitness, water sports, hiking and attending her family’s large reunions.

Daragh Clifford

MVB

Servicing Locations

On The Job

Dr. Daragh Clifford is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. His interests include soft tissue surgery, wound management and emergency surgery.

Education
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland
Off Duty

Dr. Clifford enjoys rock climbing, hiking, chess and video games. He has a rescue cat named Mose.

Jennifer Cordova

DVM

Emergency Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Jennifer Cordova’s special interests include emergency medicine and critical care because every case is different and provides the opportunity to collaborate and learn something new. She finds emergency surgery gratifying, especially hemoabdomen splenectomies and repairing soft tissue lacerations and wounds.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, TX
  • Clinical Rotation, Texas A&M University, College Station 
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Off Duty

Dr. Cordova enjoys traveling to national parks, trying new restaurants, and laying out by the pool. Her favorite state that she’s visited is Alaska. She has two Siberian huskies (Kaci and June Bug), three cats (Loki, Leela, and Logan), and a Sulcata tortoise (Appa).

Casey Dropkin

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Casey Dropkin enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but finds unusual endocrine conditions, kidney disease, liver disease and feline medicine particularly interesting to treat.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, TX
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Tinton Falls, NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Chemistry, Mathematics, Bates College, Lewiston, ME
Off Duty

Dr. Dropkin enjoys touring cycling, backpacking, painting and mystery novels. She lives with three cats: Orlando, a domestic longhair; Julian, a domestic shorthair; and Antione, a retired national champion American shorthair as well as a chocolate Labrador named Duke.

Publications & Articles

Mike Ficklin

DVM, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Mike Ficklin enjoys all aspects of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He has a special interest in cruciate repair and minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy and laparoscopy.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (BluePearl), Philadelphia PA
  • Internship, Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Charlotte NC
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Texas, Austin
Off Duty

An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Ficklin likes rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, running and skiing. He and his wife have a son, and the family shares their home with two German shorthaired pointers and a golden retriever.

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Canny Fung

DVM

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Canny Fung is an intern in our surgical service. She is most interested in minimally invasive surgeries, orthopedics and skin and trauma reconstruction surgeries.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, Long Island Veterinary Specialist, Plainview, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, City University of New York - Hunter College, Manhattan
Off Duty

Dr. Fung has two pugs and enjoys traveling, bodybuilding, playing sports and visiting all of the Michelin star restaurants.

Publications & Articles

Courtney Gardner

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
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On The Job

Dr. Courtney Gardner enjoys all aspects of emergency & critical care and is especially interested in sepsis/SIRS, transfusion medicine for coagulopathies and/or anemia, traumatic injuries and toxicities.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Off Duty

Outside of work, Dr. Gardner enjoys horseback riding, reading, cooking and crafting. Her family includes her husband, son and miniature schnauzer Ruby.

Megan Harris

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
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On The Job

Dr. Megan Harris’ particular clinical interests include sepsis (a potentially life-threatening condition caused by a body’s response to infection), respiratory diseases and mechanical ventilation.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Las Vegas, NV
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, PA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ
Off Duty

Lucy Gweniveire is Dr. Harris’ feline fur baby.

Laura Hinton

DVM, DACVS
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Laura Hinton is particularly interested in surgical oncology, wound management, reconstruction and orthopedic conditions such as fractures, stifle disease, hip dysplasia and total hip replacements.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Auburn University, AL Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off Duty

Dr. Hinton is a frequent volunteer at her church. She enjoys sports, both playing and watching, gardening, running, cycling and good barbecues. Reading fiction is a secret luxury for her as well as family time with her husband, son and daughter. Family pets include a can and an Australian shepherd.

Codee Hurst

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialist
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University, College Station

Christian Latimer

DVM, CCRP, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Christian Latimer finds emergency surgeries the most gratifying to perform.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Off Duty

Dr. Latimer enjoys running, lifting weights and bass fishing. He and his wife have three rescue dogs.

Courtney Meason-Smith

DVM, PhD

Emergency Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Courtney Meason-Smith has a strong interest in dermatology research, such as skin microbiomes in healthy and allergic dogs and cats and fungal infectious diseases of small animals. She finds laceration repairs and abscess or wound management the most gratifying to treat.

Education
  • Residency, Dermatology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Spring, TX
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Off Duty

Outside of work, Dr. Meason-Smith spends most of her time with her family. Her hobbies include brewing beer, boating on the lake, traveling on camper trips, cooking and gardening.

Publications & Articles

Chris Nguyen

DVM

Emergency Medicine
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Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, Galveston

Alissa Pike

DVM
Resident

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Alissa Pike is a resident in our surgery service. Her special interests include hemilaminectomies, fracture repairs and thoracotomies.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, VCA Animal Specialty & Emergency Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, East Greenwich, RI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science, Pre-Veterinary Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Off Duty

Dr. Pike grew up in Hong Kong, is a big foodie, and loves traveling. She has two pugs, a Frenchie, and a cat who she adopted during her time in Australia.

Zachary Ragland

DVM

Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations

On The Job

Dr. Zachary Ragland is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians and particularly enjoys treating respiratory emergencies.

Education
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture and Animal Science, University of Tennessee, Martin
Off Duty

An outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Ragland especially likes to hike, kayak and camp.

Lindsey Ramirez

MS, DVM

Surgery
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On The Job

Dr. Lindsey Ramirez is an intern in our surgery service. She enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. She finds wound management particularly gratifying and thinks of wounds as a labor of love, much like growing a garden.

Education
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Clearwater, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
  • Master of Science, Marine Biology, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Texas State University, San Marcos
Off Duty

Dr. Ramirez enjoys outdoor jeep adventures, gardening, crafty DIY projects, and spending time with her partner, their Weimaraner named Emmett, and two cats, Moose and Ducky.

Publications & Articles

Brian Saunders

DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

Surgery
Servicing Locations

On The Job

Dr. Brian Saunders is an American College of Veterinary Surgeons founding fellow in minimally invasive surgery. He focuses on orthopedic surgery, and his interests include arthroscopy, fracture repair and total joint replacement. He has been performing total hip replacements since 2009, is an instructor for THR training courses and advises surgical implant manufacturers on THR implant and instrumentation development.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Vascular Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station

Matthew Schmidt

DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)
Board Certified Veterinary Practitioner (Canine & Feline Practice)

Internal Medicine
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On The Job

Dr. Matthew Schmidt’s particular clinical interests include diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, endocrinology and cardiology.

Education
  • Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
Off Duty

Dr. Schmidt has been an active volunteer with a wildlife refuge and enjoys golf, fishing, church and family activities. His family includes his wife, four children and three dogs.

Elizabeth Snyder

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology

Oncology
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On The Job

Dr. Elizabeth Snyder is specifically interested in the use of novel chemotherapeutics, combination chemotherapy and innovative treatments such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy. She finds designing treatment plans for pets and their families especially rewarding.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Medical Oncology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Internship, Oncology Clinical Trials, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Off Duty

Dr. Snyder enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. She has a husband, son, daughter and two dogs.

Publications & Articles

Laurie Stephens

DVM, DACVECC
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care

Critical Care
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On The Job

Dr. Laurie Stephens’ particular clinical interests include sepsis, anaphylaxis, polytrauma, and severe gastrointestinal disease.

Education
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Off Duty

Dr. Stephens enjoys working out, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter. The family has a standard poodle named Frederic and a Rhodesian ridgeback/black mouth cur mix named Dutch.

Nicholas Walsh

DVM

Diagnostic Imaging
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On The Job

Dr. Nicholas Walsh is interested in ultrasound-guided procedures such as fine needle aspirate and Tru-Cut biopsy for abdominal, thoracic and musculoskeletal pathology. He finds it especially gratifying to perform ultrasound and CT for vascular anomalies such as portosystemic shunts as well as CT for trauma patients.

Education
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Animal Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Off Duty

Dr. Walsh is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys cooking (especially perfecting his pizza craft), golfing and watching sports (particularly the NY Rangers and NY Knicks). He has a Great Dane named Gravy who loves naps, a good blankie and marshmallows.

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