Dr. Clay Bernard received his undergraduate and veterinary medical degrees from Louisiana State University and has been practicing small animal medicine since 2005. Having practiced several years in both Las Vegas, NV and Southlake, TX, he has now settled comfortably in Austin, where he has thoroughly enjoyed helping pets and people in the community since 2010.
During his years in private practice, Dr. Bernard has become increasingly amazed at the innate, natural healing tendencies of the animal body, and he has recognized the importance and value of the Holistic approach to treating and managing disease. He began studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) under Dr. Shen Xie at the Chi Institute in Florida and is now certified in veterinary acupuncture, while continuing to study Chinese herbology, food therapy, and Chinese Medical Manipulation (Tui-na).
Dr. Bernard understands the powerful healing effects our animal friends have on our own lives, always reminding us to live in the present moment and to “wag our tail” in all weathers. It is that endearing quality that makes them, too, deserving of a comprehensive wellness plan.
When Dr. Bernard is not traveling the Austin area helping dogs and cats, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, running, and spending time with his two canine compadres, Staley and Baker, at Zilker Park. He also enjoys playing guitar (being careful not to offend anyone by singing), is a frequent spectator at Austin’s live music venues, and he has on his “bucket list” the exploration of all of our National Parks.×
Cindy grew up in East Texas and now finds herself on the East side of Austin… coincidence or fact? Well, its a fact- she is from Whitehouse, TX but has had a love for the hill country that developed from her childhood.
And guess what Aggie fans- we finally got one! She is surrounded by Tigers and Longhorns but is strong with her “Gig ‘em!” pride as she attended A&M for undergrad and vet school. Cindy has a strong and practical sense of traditional medicine and has special interests in internal medicine, FELINE medicine and more than anything, forging long relationships with clientele. Because lets face it, you will see each other out in Austin!
Speaking of, Cindy loves llamas, chickens and goats and is saving money so she can have a small farm but in the meantime she spends time on Barton Creek Greenbelt, hanging at Zilker or shopping with Tippy her 8 yr old border collie mix. She is a member of the TVMA, AVMA, CAVMA and has completed a mission trip to Honduras assisting the locals with basic veterinary medicine.×
Born in the Bluegrass State, this Louisville native began his journey to greatness through a special Labrador retriever named Tyson. Soon as his mom found them that backyard, the human-animal bond began and the animal lover developed through experience.
That special bond pointed Isaac towards Tuskegee University where he earned his Bachelors of Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While studying veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University, he developed a strong interest in reproductive physiology, animal behavior, infectious disease, and rehabilitation. During that time he also became a die-hard fan and supporter of bully breeds. His love for the bully extends from the petite Frenchie to the massive Bull Mastiffs.
As a bully advocate, Isaac has traveled to dog shows from Houston to Atlanta. In sharing common ground with other enthusiasts, he was able to educate them about the importance of animal health, nutrition, and responsible breeding. It did not take him long to be known as “that guy with a bow tie,” which later evolved to “Bowtie bully!”. He is even featured in the 16th edition of The Atomic Dog Magazine”.
Give Isaac some music with some space and watch him do damage on the dance ﬂoor. His witty humor can warm your heart and brighten your spirit. He’s a self proclaimed gym rat, Yogi and proud Uncle of four. He loves his family and hopes to be an inspiration to many! “Animals are not property or things but rather living organisms… worthy of our compassion, respect, friendship, and support”. (Marc Bekoff)×
Dr. Tim Julien was raised in a rural town in the foothills of the Ozark mountains in south central Missouri. From a young age he was pretty sure he wanted to be an engineer/microbiologist working to discover a novel renewable energy source. He was wrong. Turns out he loved animals and helping people with their animals way more than math or laboratories.
In the summer after sophomore year in high school Tim met his future wife, Christine, at nerd camp (a.k.a. Missouri Scholar’s Academy). He followed her to Washington University in St. Louis. While there he was an All-American distance runner in track and cross-country and confirmed that dogs and cats are way cooler than calculus and petri dishes. After graduation the wedding (foreshadowed above) occurred. Tim went off to the University of Missouri to earn a veterinary degree while Christine worked on her doctorate in computer science.
Tim followed Christine to Austin when she accepted a faculty position at UT. He has practiced high quality medicine in Austin since 2004 with a conscious aim to educate his clients and to provide authentic and approachable choices to facilitate the best decisions possible with regard to the care of their pets.
In his free time, Tim enjoys pick-up basketball, the occasional run, cooking (and eating), traveling the globe with Christine (and eating), and hanging out with his two amazing daughters, Maya and Cora. He has an elderly Lab Border Collie mix named Casey who has just recently started to come out of her “puppy phase”. The Julien family recently returned to Austin after spending a year in northern Italy in support of Christine’s research opportunity. While he will miss Trentino-Alto Adige, he is happy to be home and excited to meet you and your pet.×
Dr. Adam Lassin grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania with a house full of dogs. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 2006 and continued his education at Ross School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Following veterinary school he completed a one-year internship at Bright Heart Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Long Island New York. He is a Certified Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncturist via the prestigious Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Small Animal Acupuncture and is in the process of becoming certified in Veterinary Food Therapy. He enjoys spending time with his wife Jessica and their four furry children; Gianna, Zaria, Charlie, and George.
He approaches medicine from the unique philosophy of integrating both eastern and western medicine as one harmonious tool. An integrative approach allows for a symbiotic relationship between both medicines to help heal patients from the root of the problem outward. He combines various holistic modalities including acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, and food therapy. He has a special interest in arthritis, various skin & dermatology issues, hypothyroidism- endocrine disease, auto-immune issues, seizures, and food intolerance/sensitivities.×
Dr. Kelly Might, DACVS was raised in Bedford, Texas, a town between Dallas and Fort Worth. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate student, earning a bachelors in zoology and a minor in Spanish. He then attended Oklahoma State University for veterinary school. Early in his first year at Oklahoma State, Dr. Might found his calling for veterinary surgery. Dr. Might completed a 1-year rotating internship at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. He then went on to perform a 1-year surgical internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Boulder, Colorado. These experiences were then followed by a three-year surgical residency at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During his training Dr. Might developed a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics. While at Washington State University, Dr. Might published multiple manuscripts and found great interest in orthopedic research. After 9 years away from home, Dr. Might, his wife, and two children returned to Austin, Texas. By teaming up with Dr. Allman and performing mobile specialty surgeries, Dr. Might is able to provide complicated surgical procedures to many pets that would not otherwise be able to receive specialty care. When not at work, Dr. Might enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.×
Born and raised almost literally “in a barn” in Columbia Missouri, Lindsay grew up around a wide variety of animals, both exotic and domestic and still feels most comfortable when surrounded by wild critters and the GREAT outdoors. She has successfully transferred her barn-yard life style to the big city of Austin, and loves that she can run around this town covered in mud and dog slobber and still be accepted. In her free time she is always with her four-legged children, Alfred and Archibald, (two Great Danes). This inseparable trio spends most of their time at the barn with the horse, Boogie, and his side-kicks, a miniature donkey and small goat herd. If not at the barn, then they are hiking around the beautiful hill country or enjoying a dog friendly patio somewhere in town.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Lindsay is a die hard MU Tigers Fan. A highlight in vet school was when she performed anesthesia on a full grown Tiger! Although no longer dabbling in Tiger medicine, she still has a special interest in big pets! Being the parent of Great Danes, she loves working with giant breed dogs and is especially aware of their specific needs, both medically and emotionally.
She believes a happy pet is a healthy pet, and encourages owners to get their four legged family members out and about in this dog friendly city!
If your pet is in need of attentive medical care or just a big hug and a kiss, she’ll deliver!×
Dr. Jamie Senthirajah grew up in Oregon City, Oregon, which was the end of the Oregon Trail. In elementary school, he dominated that computer game and never once died of dysentery. For college, he spent eight years in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon where he earned both his Bachelor and Veterinary degrees. Go Beavers!
After veterinary school, he completed a small animal rotating internship at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. He then made the trek south to work to Austin, Texas to work on his tan and your pets at PAZ Veterinary. His professional veterinary interests include small animal internal medicine with an emphasis on hematology, oncology, and toxicology.
Dr. Senthirajah is also a candy and popsicle aficionado on and off-work. He tolerates but does not enjoy exercising. But he does enjoy trying all the culinary delights Austin has to offer.
He has a clingy German Shepherd, Shiloh, who still lives with his parents in Oregon. Yeah, he’s probably never getting Shiloh back. Dr. Senthirajah strives to offer the best medical options to you with the best care to your pet!×
Born in ‘The Natural State’, Arkansas, Dr. Nicholas Vaughan was raised on being both aware and respectful of Mother Nature and how she orchestrates all of our surroundings in harmony. Nicholas has been formally trained in bio-med engineering, veterinary medicine and most recently an MBA (focusing on sustainable business)- at the University of Texas at Austin. The rest of his studies have led him from Baton Rouge to Beijing, Philadelphia, Knoxville and Berkeley. Dr. Vaughan earned his veterinary degree with honors at Louisiana State University.
Nicholas began his career in Cape Cod, MA and then music began to outweigh sailing as far as hobbies so he moved to Austin in 2004 and has been helping progressive pet owners in Austin ever since. Dr. Vaughan currently serves on multiple veterinary school advisory councils helping to formulate innovative ideas for education, pet-wellness and exam room interaction. For the last decade he has been a guest lecturer all over the world offering over 50 hours of continuing education a year on nutrition and preventative medicine. His passion for pet nutrition has earned him the reputation of the “Obesity Sheriff” in the vet community. He has also furthered his training at the University of Tennessee to be certified in Rehab medicine and small animal rehab therapy.
Outside of practicing the art of medicine, Dr. Vaughan focuses his energy on human well-being, nutrition, Yoga, fitness, creative writing, theatre, studying philosophy, motorcycles, music and of course- working tirelessly to get you to laugh and smile. Nicholas is involved in numerous community philanthropies including the development committee for Austin Pets Alive!, Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, Junior Achievement and a founding member of the philanthropic 512 Society. You can always spot him running around Lady Bird Lake or BMX riding with his son Fields while his wife Ashley watches with reserved approval. A self-described music snob and book critic… each visit with Dr. Vaughan will bring you and your pet happiness and most of all, wellness.
Dr. Vaughan is also an advisor at Bond Pet Foods where they ensure optimal pet health by developing natural, minimally processed dog and cat food.×
Dr. Jena Webb was born and raised in Belton, Texas- just a hop, skip and a jump from the great city of Austin. Her love for animals started at an early age and by the first grade, she declared that she would become a veterinarian (But still and Artist at Heart). She attended Texas A&M for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees. After graduation, she moved to the “Land of Enchantment” to complete an internship at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center. Jena’s veterinary interests include internal medicine, ultrasonography, and preventative care. She enjoys educating her clients and taking a unique team approach to determining the best treatment for each individual pet.
Jena is owned by a sassy tabby named Piper. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, getting a little crafty, traveling whenever possible, and all of the great food and music Austin has to offer.×
Jeanette is one cool gal who was not only raised in Austin but one of those rarest of the rare, she was born in Austin! She lives on the south side with her husband Willie (named after Willie Nelson) and two big ole dogs; Gunner and Clyde. Jeanette is our angel that walked right in and decided it was time to pursue her dreams of working with animals. She started at PAZ Veterinary as an assistant and has worked hard to become a Senior Technician. When she is not smiling and having a good time with our clients, she is dancing at the Spoke, judging Tex-Mex all over town or working on her taste palette in Wine-Hill Country.×
Jordan is that rare specimen you find in Austin, he was actually born and is continuing to be raised in the Capital of Texas. Jordan is not only whip smart when it comes to EXOTICS but he is also fearless when working with animals that feel fear. As many of our clients know- it takes a special spirit to keep animals at ease when they are in pain and Jordan is the right type of chill vibe you desire when your loved one is feeling bad. His mother and father encouraged him as a young man to be compassionate and he has taken on all kinds of animal relationships from dogs and cats to reptiles and pocket pets. His experience has proven invaluable at ACV and so has his personality. Jordan still loves the outdoors and still has a fancy for observing and examining all kinds of live critters in the wild. You can find Jordan riding bikes, playing any sport at Zilker or rock climbing on the green belt and usually with a loving entourage. He has kept Austin weird for over 20 years and hopes to keep that spirit alive forever.×
Chea has been at Paz Vet from the beginning and she is the technician to talk to if you are interested in holistic medicine and natural remedies! Chea has been a nurse for over 6 years and her love of animals started early when she did her growing up on a farm in upstate New York. She began working in her local humane society as soon as she was old enough and then explored the animal care world by working as a dog groomer, a caretaker at Best Friends Animal Society, managing boarding kennel and she even worked with pit bull rescue! She lives in East Austin with her husband, Angel, her beautiful baby, Xola and her dog, Pachuco. When she’s not working or taking care of her family, she loves to ride her bike, cook for her friends, take and develop film photography and practice yoga.
You are guaranteed to feel comfortable talking with Chea and sharing your own pet experiences with her. Her heart is humongous and she loves to share.×
Kelly is a newbie to our fine city of Austin. She grew up in rural Massachusetts & got her BA in psychology at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. She fell in love with the veterinary world after working at a nonprofit spay/neuter clinic in “Southie” (Affleck loves them apples). She moved to Austin in August 2014 with her boyfriend and cat, Kimba and it did not take her long in Austin to find a new kitty, Linguica. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, baking, making art, and adding to her finely curated VHS collection. She cant get enough “outdoor” Austin, especially all of the creeks/watering holes, the many furry friends, and the smell of craft-beer and BBQ that permeates the air. Kelly loves the hands-on aspect of veterinary medicine and being part of a caring and inspired team. She holds special interest in feline behavior so be sure to ask her about indoor kitty cra-cra×
Jessica started working in the veterinary field in 2011. She is originally from Austin but had to move to California to realize Texas is the best- so she moved back with her husband to be close to family in Central Texas. She has experience as an ICU Critical care technician in specialty medicine and enjoys the aspects of critical care and intense nurturing. She has two dogs Charlie-Brown and George who are buddies with two cats, Gianna and Zaria.×
Toni found Austin via Arizona and exchanged less heat for more humidity. Toni began her “when I grow up career” in the insurance business but her Kansas farm life roots pulled on her heart and led her back to veterinary medicine where she has made a name for herself over the last 3 years.
Toni has one semester remaining before becoming licensed with the AVMA technician program- one of the most prestigious a tech can achieve. She has a special interest in dental hygiene and oral surgery. There is not a chance you will leave the exam room without hearing at least a few tips on how to keep those pearly whites whistle clean… and if not, she’s got your back (or teeth) on our dental unit and oral radiographs.
She lives in South Austin with husband, Scott and their three Dachshunds- Old Man Fritzman, Vinny Bag of Doughnuts, and newly adopted Baby Austin; collectively known as “Team Wien”. In her spare time she can be found riding motorcycles (fast) through the hill country, exploring Austin’s food and music with her husband, adding color to canvas, playing volleyball, or hula-hooping in the sunshine.×
Daniela grew up in Mexico City, a concrete jungle shaped by the fusion of Spanish and indigenous traditions. There, she learned about Aztec animal spirits—the nahualli—and she would often dream that the horse was hers. Her recognition of the connection linking man and animal was born of a dream. Yet over the passage of time, she has realized a lucid passion for veterinary medicine and will be attending the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine this fall. Yeah…she wrote that! Dani is one of our special prizes at Paz Vet.
Dani is excellent in almost everything she attempts and has been a critical cog in the small living being that is Paz Vet. Of course she speaks fluent Spanish but she also has a charm and calming energy that lets all of our clients feel at ease when discussing difficult medical issues. Dani is very deserving of her invite to Texas A&M and continues to make the East Side shine bright!×
Miranda is also one of those rare true Austinites. She grew up in North Austin for her elementary and middle school years playing outside in the Walnut Creek greenbelt. She moved to South Austin during high school and has been a southside resident ever since. You can still find her exploring her favorite parts of Austin including Twin and Sculpture Falls, eating BBQ, enjoying the live music scene and starting dance parties wherever possible.
Having an animal-loving spirit from the beginning, she was always surrounded by rescue pets (most brought home herself without parental permission usually) ranging from dogs, cats and birds to hamsters, hermit crabs, and fish. Her mother lovingly and jokingly called them the “food chain gang.” Miranda’s love for animals helped direct her into the veterinary field early on, allowing her to participate as an intern in a small animal veterinary clinic in high school. She calls herself a nerd with a huge passion for always learning. After graduation, she dabbled in various majors in college (including music which allowed her to be a member of the Longhorn Marching Band for 4 years) but ultimately came full circle back to animal care. She is currently a student at ACC and The University of Texas working hard towards completing her BA degree in Biology/pre-vet.×
Born in Missouri and raised in the Deep South, Dru has dedicated most of her life to working with animals both large and small. From training farm dogs and horses during her free range childhood in the woodlands of Mississippi, to earning her Bachelors Degree in Equine Science in the Midwest, to fostering and adopting Retired Racing Greyhounds in Seattle, she has always found joy in the practice of compassionate care.
After a 12 year career as a horse trainer and instructor in the Pacific Northwest, Dru made her way to Austin, Texas, where she turned her talents to pet grooming for the next few years. It was through grooming for a Animal Hospital that she discovered an interest in becoming a veterinary technician and thus began the next chapter in her life of assisting Critters and their People. She loves helping pet owners become informed and empowered in the care of their animal companions. All those doggie kisses and kitty purrs are icing on the cake.
Dru shares her home life with a little old lady cat named Elspeth, aka the Dowager Cattess. She is a committed Practitioner of Yoga, an enthusiastic Fiber-Crafter/Yarn-aholic, and a mindful Nature Lover with a camping addiction. Dru also has a bit of a fox obsession — mostly because it’s her Totem Animal. If you want to make her happy, show her something with a fox on it!
Barb hails from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and called it home for 25 years until the “american Dream” became reality and Austin was the conduit. In her words its the perfect city because it is “everything I love: Peaceful, cheerful, young and alternative”. Sometimes she go by Dr. Babs because she did finish her veterinary degree at Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and is going through the process of being a vet in the U.S. In the meantime, she is the fanciest vet-tech you will ever meet… and one of the most decisive as she graduated, got married and moved to Austin in the span of 40 days.
Barbara loves interaction with the animals of course, but she gets more pleasure in meeting great animal owners in Austin and it also gives her a chance to speak Spanish, Portuguese, French and her fourth language- English. Austin has given the Boechat family no shortage of things to experience so Barbara, the hubby and the “perro” make it out often to see all the city has to offer! Obviously, “futbol” remains central to their life so Atletico Mineiro is their team but they are trying hard to accept the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans as this is Texas, home of “real football”.×
Chris began his life in a military family and thus spent his first few years on the east coast and even as far away as Italy. With the family finally settling in West Texas, he found a love for animals in dogs, cats and horses. Not yet realizing his passion for veterinary medicine, Chris enlisted in the Army at 17 to become a combat medic with the airborne infantry. Through jumping out of planes and an extended vacation to Afghanistan, he was met with his first veterinary experiences while working on several wounded dogs–including a military bomb-dog. The fire for veterinary medicine was lit and could not be extinguished. Upon returning to Texas, Chris craved a change and moved to Austin where he began his formal Veterinary Nursing career. From beginning as a fledgling at an alternative practice focusing primarily on acupuncture, Chinese herbs and homeopathy to working as the overnight nurse at an emergency animal hospital, Chris continues his hunger for knowledge and the ability to impact the lives of animals and their owners.×
LJ is another in the migration from California making it here in the third surge in 2011. After a couple of migrations back and forth following jobs and dream, she decided to being the Vet-Tech program at ACC in the fall of 2016, shortly after beginning her career at Paz Vet. LJ is all things pop-culture and a quick thinker and loves to understand the “how”. Come check out her skills!×
Patrick is a current student at Texas State working on a degree in Economics and Finance. His formal education is setting him up for a career in commercial real estate but he always has a big heart that needs to be filled with puppy and kitty love. He has the All-American dog, a black lab named Jet and takes him on many adventures of fly fishing, backpacking and any sport they can jump into. He joined the Vet world 6 years ago and quickly learned there is a lot more to it than juggling puppies all day but he certainly relishes when that occurs. Patrick sports a quiet and calm demeanor which is sure to bring your anxious pet to a level of comfort.×
Clara was born and raised here in Austin! As a third generation Longhorn it only seemed fitting to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas. She began her degree focused on nursing and not before long realized that she rather focus her attention on the nursing of animals. Clara’s expertise includes shelter medicine work, clinical experience and microbiology. During those moments of freedom, she hits the greenbelt with her red healer, Dodger and then refreshments at any and all food trailers. Like all good Austonians, Clara goes out seeking the live music act to fit her mood.×
Victoria is from a little town called McAllen, TX but she fell in love with Austin’s diverse city and outdoor life and decided to make it home 5 years ago. Victoria’s love for animals stems from when she was a young child, as she grew up with 3 cocker spaniels. She has dreamed of being a veterinarian since her junior high days, and has been a veterinary technician for 2 years, while sharing time to prep for Veterinary College. When she is not enjoying craft beers with friends or reading on the weekends, her free time is spent volunteering at Austin Pets Alive, where she worked for a year prior to PAZ Veterinary. Animal philanthropy is held very dear to Victoria and she developed a love for bully breeds at the shelter very quickly. She even found her very own pit bull there, Regis, and it was love at first wag. Victoria is sure to make you feel welcome and at home at ACV with her laid-back attitude and warm smile.×
Anna was born and raised in sunny southern California and began her love for animals at a very young age adopting the caretaker role for her grandparents multiple dogs, cats and birds. She then transplanted to Dallas TX where she continued her passion in healing animals including work with exotic small mammals, reptiles and several species of birds. She has spent the last eight years exploring multiple jobs in the veterinary field- kennel keeper, customer service extraordinaire and now veterinary technician. Anna loves to spend her free time hiking/swimming on the Greenbelt, thrifting, indulging in vegan junk food and cuddling with her Corgi/Shiba mix Bazil. Anna’s love for animals grows everyday and she plans to carry that out forever here in her favorite city, Austin TX.×
Ciara was raised in the same neighborhood as Buddy Holly, and where Waylon Jennings made his name, Lubbock. She has a strong belief in holistic medicine, healing from within and applying a plant based lifestyle. Ciara began her journey in Animal Care five years ago, at her local wildlife center working in wildlife rehabilitation. She then became known as the possum mama, and started in falconry training (her pics are amazing). A few years later, she began work in veterinary medicine as a technician. Prior to joining PAZ Animal Collective, she was active as an official for multiple Animal Rights organizations. She has worked with fur and feathers, and everything in between!×
Born in New York, raised in Miami and having spent her summers in the Dominican Republic with her family, Ali grew up immersing herself in two…no three, very different cultures. She believes the best part about living in Austin is how easily it fuels her passion for connecting with nature as well as fellow humans and their pets. Ali relocated to Austin after graduating from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with her BA in Psychology and minors in Latin American studies and Brazilian Portuguese. She found her way into our hearts and will have a hard time breaking out.
She’s all about adding a personalized touch to your experience at Paz Vet and making you feel like you’re right at home, hangin’ out with a friend! Her favorite thing about this job, after all, is relating to clients and their pets and generally appreciating the intricacies and nuance that make us all different but remind us we are very similar. When she’s not making or drinking coffee at Paz Vet, you might run into this animal-loving thrill seeker hiking with her pups, mountain biking, at a sports’ bar, or trying out a new restaurant around town.×
Having been born in Texas into a military family, Troy has had the joy of living throughout this country and even abroad but Austin remains home. Time and place hold no boundaries in Troy’s wanderlust of veterinary and animal care. He has been immersed in this career for over 285 full moons (23 years) and enjoyed each one of them with great admiration
Troy claims the force of the Universe is what delivered him to PAZ Veterinary and he reminds people daily of his gratitude on finding a place where he can put his passion and experience to the call of animal stewardship. He has been able to combine his own philosophy of animal care with his desire to serve others, all while fitting in with an eclectic group at ACV.
Troy’s first foray into animal care was in 1989 – right after the San Fran quake shook the city to shambles including the lives of the dogs and cats. The SF Humane Society quickly put his talents to use and his experience with giving was amplified through the eyes of animals. His natural curiosity led him to practice manager positions but he still thrived in treatment of sick animals, whether holistic medicine, as a chemo-tech, critical care and emergency tech, no job was too tough for Troy.
He has been able to call on experience from different regions of the US and they have all been paired well with technical duties. He remains worldly in his compassion and brave with his guidance and has become a great father figure for dealing with emotional clients as well as emotional employees. PAZ Veterinary is thankful to have kind and patient leadership through Troy and his love of veterinary medicine.
Troy finds so much rhythm in the mantra below-
“Love and care for the animals…but…
never forget to do the same for the people.”×
A self-proclaimed science nerd, Gemma has earned dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her knowledge and experience lend well to her desire to serve both people and animals. By witnessing her mom’s never-ending philanthropic dedication to helping animals through rescue, Gemma developed a love and respect for those other beings with which we share the world. At a young age, she became her mom’s nurse and together they fostered countless animals in need of compassion. Moving to Austin, Gemma has found a new accomplice in her husband, Will; together they have two spoiled French bulldogs and room for other animals in need of a home.
Gemma’s background has prepared her to understand your needs as a patient and the grief you feel when your baby is not well. A perfect complement to our medical team, Ms. Deloney will be by your side in wellness.×
Born and raised in San Antonio, this Texas girl has been in the beautiful city of Austin for 4 years now, and loving every minute of it. Initially attracted by the booming live music scene, she decided to lay her roots here when she started acquiring rescued fur babies. Her count is totaled at 3 right now and would have more if her apartments allowed it! She’s a weiner dog fanatic, with 2 of her own, “Oscar” and “Bubby”, plus a spunky Chihuahua named “Rogue.” When she’s not vibing at a local show, she’s probably curled up with a good book and her fur babies.
April’s love of animals and creating relationships with people has made her a key piece of the puzzle that is the Paz Vet team. She started off as a client and liked the vibe so much, she became part of the family right away. You’re bound to overhear someone mention how she looks familiar, and that’s because she also lends her sweet smile, infectious energy and killer customer service to East Side’s Grizzly Hall.×
Hailing from Austin, TX, Ashley the Queen Bee had early aspirations of becoming a cowgirl, riding horses and working a ranch. She also deeply admired the veterinarian profession and had dreams of becoming (or marrying) a vet one day. One wish down and one to go as she is the better half to Dr. Nicholas and proud mother of the two kinetic babies you see around Paz Vet, Redding and Fields Vaughan
Ashley grew up with a deep love and fascination of all living creatures and frequently brought home stray kitties, birdies, and anything that was looking for love. A passion to nurture was cultivated by her mother, who is a labor and delivery nurse, and whom also instilled an education of care and responsible medicine. Ashley loves to be around all furry friends and believes their unconditional love is one of the worlds greatest gifts and is necessary for those seeking a fulfilled life. Paz Vet has also been a creative outlet for Ashley as she has had the opportunity to work with some of Austin’s greatest minds (VUKA-Impact HUB-Seeds Interiors) in creating an environment where you can feel like you are home when you bring your loved one to see our amazing staff!×
Jerome didn’t waste any time after graduating from Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2014. After narrowly escaping a Boston winter that would eventually boast 5 blizzards, Jerome found refuge in sunny Austin. Attracted to the city’s live music, food, and art scenes, he has had no trouble fitting in here. Whether he’s taking pictures at a fellow musician’s show, working as a security guard at one of Austin’s many venues, or performing original music on guitar and voice, Jerome stays an active participant in Austin’s nightlife. In his down time, he enjoys listening to old vinyl, rock climbing, kayaking, practicing guitar, and trying new food trucks. Jerome is a founding member of the classic rock-inspired powerhouse Lip, which landed on the scene in 2016. He also loves to draw, edit photography and video, and explore live shows around town.
Jerome enjoys going out of his way to make sure every client is treated with the utmost respect and hospitality. He loves dogs and cats of all kinds, and is thrilled to work with animals and their friendly owners every day.×
Heather grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, and moved to Florida to go to school for Meteorology. Upon graduation, she began working as a Meteorological Data Specialist with Computer Science Raytheon. There, she would collect meteorological data (both surface and upper air) in support of the US Air Force 45th space wing and NASA’s shuttle program. When the shuttle program ended she was laid off, and with it being the peak of the recession, jobs for new STEM grads were few and far between. She found work part-time at a veterinary clinic until she could find a job related to her degree. Shortly thereafter, a love interest/husband and job offer in environmental consulting brought her to Austin, TX. Despite finally having steady work again, she continued to work in the veterinary field and picked up shifts at the Emergency Clinic on the weekends since she enjoyed helping pets & their humans. Four years and a few big decisions later, Heather came to the realization that she enjoys working in the medical field so much that she decided to go back to school to be a radiologic technician. She continues to work relief shifts at the Emergency Clinic and is excited to be part of the Paz Vet family.
She and her husband, who also works in the veterinary field, have three spoiled cats and a happy scruffy dog at home. In her spare time, Heather goes by the name “Hailey Storm” and plays roller derby with Rockin’ City Rollergirls. Her other hobbies include stargazing, yarncrafting, and video games.×
Austin’s pops was a military man so he had the luxury of a global childhood- California, Kentucky, Germany, Korea- a wide range to say the least. Landing in San Antonio to finish up High School, he explored the metros of Texas with final destination- sweet sweet Austin. There he got his start in the Veterinary world as a Tech assistant while pursuing a degree in Wildlife Biology. After a couple years, the travel bug stung again and he spent five months living out of his car, traveling from one state to the next, trying to backpack across all the national parks. He landed back in Austin and was happy to find PAZ Animal Collective where he now gets to hang out up front, spending his days meeting new people and scratching as many pets as the phones will allow. When not doing that, you can usually find him kayaking on Lake Travis, sunbathing with his dogs, or hammock napping on the green belt.×
2400 East Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
2613 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
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