Dr. Jeff Jones
I decided to become a Veterinarian because I love animals. I can't imagine life without them. Along with my wife Deborah and our children Jenny and Chris, I attended Texas A&M University, and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. We went to Dalhart (the coldest place in Texas) and I worked for my uncle in a mixed animal practice and later owned and operated that clinic until we ALL moved to Central Texas in January of 1996. I have been in small animal only practice since. I purchased Harker Heights Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Aycock in 1998 and in May 2001 merged with Country Trails Animal Hospital to form Pet Medical Center. I love what I do!We get to do everything here from keeping pets healthy with preventive medicine, to rebuilding broken bones, to treating critical medical cases and even chemotherapy for cancer.It is the most challenging and rewarding job I can imagine. It's actually too much fun to call it work!
Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz
I have always had a passion for animals and a strong interest in medicine –thus veterinary medicine was destined to be my career. Being part of a military family, I grew up in many areas in the United States. I received my bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine; but I will always be an Alabama football fan. My fiancé Carlos and I have two dogs: Aiden and Sydney. We are so thrilled to call Texas home and to be a part of Pet Medical Center. I could not think of a more rewarding and fulfilling career!
Dr. Rachel Ramesar
I am a 2000 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation I spent 3 years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. My husband Daren is a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and we have two boys, a golden retriever/border collie named Theodore, and Clark, a tabby cat. I first worked at Pet Medical Center from 2005 to 2009. A few short moves later and we are thrilled to have returned to the Ft. Hood area, and especially to our family at Pet Medical Center. I love working with the staff and our wonderful clients to provide the best care we can for our patients.
I am a graduate of the Parker University Animal Chiropractic Program, and am certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). I also have an interest in acupuncture. I enjoy the ability to use chiropractic care and acupuncture as alternative modalities in caring for my patients!
Dr. Anna Tackett
I have always had a passion for animals and have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I attended Texas A&M University where I earned an Animal Science degree. I then graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with completion of my clinical studies at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. My veterinary interests are physical rehabilitation, preventative medicine, nutrition, and emergency medicine. I enjoy working out, reading and spending time with my husband (Kenny), Shih Tzu (Olsen) and Bengal (Rollie). I am excited to be re-joining my Pet Medical Center family as a doctor after spending my pre-veterinary school years here learning the ropes as a technician.
Dr. Tom Kyzar
I was raised on a cattle, sheep and goat ranch in McCulloch County near Brady, TX. I attended Texas A&M receiving my DVM in 1968. I have a younger brother and a son that are also veterinarians. After graduation from Texas A&M, I served in the US Army for 26 years with overseas assignments in Colombia, Iran, Germany, Panama and the US. I retired at Ft. Lewis, WA in 1994 as a Colonel. I have a Masters Degree in Veterinary Microbiology and am a Diplomate in the College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine with a special interest in blood parasites. My wife, Barbara and I have five children and six grandchildren and live in Lampasas County.
Dr. Kelley Strickland
I moved to America from Germany in 1990. I have been working in the Veterinary Field since 1994 and started at Pet Medical Center in November 1998. I love working here! I share my life with my great husband, Bill, who I married in 1986 and my awesome daughter, Kimberley, her husband, Alex and the best grandson in the world, Logan. We have 2 dogs:"Tank" the Pit Bull and "Kitty" the Chihuahua.
I have the best job! I get to work with nice people, there is something new every day, and you can't top a laundry basket full of puppies at 8 am! After serving in the military,I finally laid down roots in Texas. I have been working at Pet Medical Center since April 2002. I love to mountain bike at high speed and run in Tough Mudders. I live in Harker Heights with two dogs, Mimi and Ted, and two cats, Molly and Mama Cat, and I take care of the clinic iguana, Aggie.
I have been a technician at Pet Medical Center since July of 2006. I have 10 years experience working with animals. I enjoy working with everyone at PMC and of course animals more than anything else! My husband, son, and I moved to Texas in June of 2006. We are originally from Indiana. I have 11 animals, which are all my babies. An 11 year old husky - Koda, 7 year old beagle mix - Bullet, 6 year old doxy - Little Dude, 4 year old pit bull -Keli'i, and a 1 year old Maltese mix - Yoshi. My 6 cats are Fat Cat, Molokai, Iakona, Hershey, Coco and Kauai. I enjoy spending time with friends and taking my babies for walks in the woods and at the lake. I also enjoy spending lots of time with my husband, scrap booking, photography, bowling and going for trips.
I started working at Pet Medical Center in February 2007. I started as a kennel tech then trained until I was made a veterinary technician. For as long as I can remember, I have loved being around animals and learning about them. Caring for pets and making them feel secure gives me great joy. I am proud knowing that they will be well taken care of from the great doctors that I have the privilege to work with. I live with my husband Joe and our daughters Chloe and Hazel. We also live with some of the greatest cats you'll ever meet starting with Simba, Tigger, Angel, Spirit, Lovey, Tipsy, Patches, and Tears. We also have one awesome dog; Pearl (pit bull). I love spending time with my family, friends and our furry babies.
After meeting my wonderful husband in 2003, we moved to Texas in 2011. It was my first time here and I feel in love with everything. I started working and retail and then joined Pet Medical Center in July 2014. I am so happy to be working here because it is the perfect mix of working with people and pets. I grew up with animals and could not imagine my life without them. I'm the proud mom of two babies: Leo our pure mix breed and Bella, our Black Lab/Weimaraner mix.
I was born and raised in Texas. I volunteered at this wonderful facility for a year while I was in high school and the following summer I was blessed with a job to work here with all these amazing people. I have a passion for animals and I love to be a part of the reason they feel better. I have a cockapoo named Oreo, a chiweenie named Theo who I rescued, a pit bull named Ares who I also rescued, and a pet snake.
I joined this fabulous staff in July 2015 and enjoy working with everyone as a team. I began working with animals in 2012 after becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant. I have been married to my husband since 2008 and have 2 daughters, Brook and Bailey, who love animals just as much as I do! We have 2 cats, Tex Whiskers and Hobbs, and a Yorkie named Mustache. I truly love animals!
Like all of my co-workers, I've been "animal crazy" my whole life, often rescuing and rehabilitating animals nobody wanted. In August 2014, God answered my prayers with a call saying I had the job at Pet Medical Center. This is truly the best job I've ever had. When I'm not taking care of people's fur babies at work, I'm home with my husband of 25 years and our zoo. I have 3 mixed breed dogs; Solomon, Lexi, and Claude, 1 cat; Promise, and 2 horses; Ranger and Buckshot. We have 3 adult children and 2 amazing grandbabies.
I have always loved animals! It started with horses and riding lessons and before long I was volunteering at the barn. In 2005 I moved from England to the United States and spent time working in a therapeutic riding barn where we harnessed the power of the human animal bond and used horse riding to help adults and children with special needs and disabilities. I first started working in the veterinary field in 2008 and have worked in shelter medicine, emergency and general practice clinics. I am currently a full time student working on my degree in Veterinary Technology and hope to eventually further my studies in the areas of canine massage and rehabilitation. I recently completed my Fear Free Certification and love to make clinic visits a happy time for our patients! I live with my husband and our 2 Boxers and when I’m not studying, I like to catch up on snuggle time with my boys and travel. I love working with the amazing staff at Pet Medical Center and feel truly blessed to be part of the family.
I have lived in Texas for eleven years, and grew up with various types of animals as pets. I currently live on a miniature farm with more animals than I can count, with more being added regularly. It was a deep love of animals that made me jump at the chance to work at Pet Medical Center!
I've had the great opportunity of volunteering at Pet Medical Center since October 2014 and soon became a Certified Veterinary Assistant. I got hired in September 2016 as a kennel technician and absolutely love working with animals and working with an amazing group of people that have the same passion as I do! I have three fur babies: a toy poodle named Curly, a chihuahua name Paco, and a dachsund mix named Oscar.
I am in charge of the entire clinic and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I like to sit in the windows up front and greet people and watch the cars go by. My other favorite past times include lying on the receptionist's desk, teasing Tank while he lays under the desk. I also have the important job of showing our clients who have to face the tough decision of having one of their pets' eyes removed that their pet can still be happy and gorgeous with only one eye. It doesn't slow me down a bit!
I am the clinic iguana. If you want to see what those tiny lizards in the pet store can grow into, come check me out! I like to sleep on top of my light where it is warm. I might seem lazy, but I can move when it is time to eat!