Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center Doctors
Tracy Fant Colvin, DVM
Dr. Colvin grew up in Southeast Texas. She boldly announced her plan to become a veterinarian at the early age of 5. She enjoyed spending time with and learning about all types of animals. Her childhood pets included dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, fish, a hamster and anything else she could talk her mother into harboring in her bedroom including an ant farm. She cleaned stalls and fed horses, cattle and goats at a horse boarding stable during college to help pay for her education.
Dr. Colvin attended Texas A&M where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Animal Science in 1992 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998. After graduation she practiced for 4 years in the Cy Fair area of Houston, TX where she served as Secretary for the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association and on the Houston Livestock Show Veterinary Committee from 1998-2004. She had the privilege to work as the Official Veterinarian for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2000 and 2001.
Dr. Colvin moved to Uvalde in 2002 to join the Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center, SWTVMC, partnership. She served on the executive board for Texas Veterinary Medical Association from 2006-2015 and as President in 2014. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners and Texas Equine Veterinary Association. She currently volunteers as the Horse Show Superintendent for the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show.
Today she enjoys working with a wide variety of species including dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and ferrets. Dr. Colvin is the medical director at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center and owns the practice in partnership with her veterinary school classmate, Dr. Jenny Russell.
Dr. Colvin and her husband Jim have four children-Shelby, Tres, Carly Rae and Brazos. Her hobbies include anything horseback, photography and reading. The Colvins share their home with 3 dogs, 8 horses, the cutest pony EVER, 4 house cats, 3 barn cats, 2 donkeys, a herd of goats, a flock of chickens, their son’s roping calves and 2 gerbils.
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Jenny Russell, DVM, MPH
Dr. Russell has a particular fondness for cats and shares her life and home with “The Stink”, a nakkie Sphynx cat, and “Emma Jane”, the pug who accompanies her to work most days.
She believes in education and remaining up to date with current veterinary medical knowledge, techniques, and treatments. She currently serves as President of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice whose members voluntarily agree to complete at least 50 hours of continuing education each year. She also maintains a membership with The Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1994 from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1995 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, both from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Public Health Epidemiology from University of Texas, Health Science Center in 2013.
Dr. Russell is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Medical (TVMA), and the Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Association (STVMA). She serves on the Public Health Committee for Texas Veterinary Medical Association, previously serving on the Disaster Preparedness Committee.
Today, Dr Russell spends the majority of her time managing the administrative affairs of SWTVMVC. Her professional interests are centered around public health and small animal medicine & surgery. In 2015, in order to help SWTVMC continue its tradition of caring for orphaned and injured wildlife, she became licensed to rehabilitate native Texas wildlife.
Her hobbies include continuing education, gardening, physical fitness, and bible study. Dr. Russell attends the First United Methodist Church of Uvalde, is involved in several of the local garden clubs, and is an active member of The Junior League of San Antonio.
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Dr. Benjamin Fox
Dr. Benjamin Fox was raised in Seguin, Texas, where he started working at Conover Veterinary Hospital his freshman year of high school, and quickly developed a passion for veterinary medicine.
Dr. Fox attended Texas A&M University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science in 2011. In May 2015, he graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a technician at a mixed animal practice in Bryan, Texas throughout undergrad and veterinary school, and spent time at other mixed practices throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
After completing veterinary school he worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Lockhart, Texas where he gained experience with both large and small animal patients. He enjoys working with all species, but especially enjoys surgery and food animal medicine. He is a member of both the American and Texas Veterinary Medical Associations.
Dr. Fox and his wife Alyssa enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Ellie and Rocky, as well as grilling, reading, hunting and fishing, and working out.
Dr. Kathleen Morriss
Dr. Morriss is the 5th generation of a ranching family from Junction, Texas and the daughter of veterinarian Dr. Carol Akers. She loves working on all animals with a particular fondness for horses and small ruminants. Her veterinary interests include equine dentistry, podiatry and all large animal reproduction. She also enjoys small animal surgery.
Dr. Morriss earned her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University in in 2011 and her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.
She is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP), Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA) and the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP).
In her free time Dr. Morriss enjoys helping run the family ranch in Junction, raising and training American Quarter Horses and reading. In addition to her quarter horses, she has an extensive small animal pet family including her excellent dog, The Emperor Wu and many cats.
Mary Verstuyft- Practice Coordinator
Mary Verstuyft was born in Texas City and raised in Leakey. Mary now resides in Batesville with her husband, Nathan, of Knippa, and their daughter, Claire.
Mary began working at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center in February 2012 as a animal care attendant. In March of 2016, she became one of our lead technicians. Mary completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 this past year.
Mary’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, helping her husband on the farm and spending time with their five furry canines.
Jessica Suarez was born in Del Rio, TX and raised in Uvalde, TX. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 2003.
Jessica comes to Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center from Uvalde Leader-News where she was a staff writer and production assistant. Jessica is a client service coordinator at SWTVMC and enjoys assisting people and their pets.
Jessica and her husband Daniel have a growing family with a 4 year old son, Jonathon Caleb, 1 year old, Isablla Marie and their terrier mix, Roxy recently adopted from the Humane Society of Uvalde.
Jessica’s personal interests include, photography, music, and animals especially dogs. She has recently completed her Animal Care Technology Receptionist Certification.
Thomas Crow was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Bracketville High School. Thomas attended SWTJC where he was a member of their prestigious rodeo team.
Thomas came to work at SWTVMC in January of 2002. His passion for horses made him an excellent candidate for our equine technician position.
He enjoys attending continuing education seminars and learning more about equine medicine and surgery. In 2015 Thomas traveled to Ames Iowa and received his certificate in Coggins lab training given by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories. He is currently studying to become a Certified Equine Technician.
Thomas’s hobbies include team roping and competing in ranch rodeos. He enjoys working with horses and spending time with his wife, Teresa also of Uvalde, and their three beautiful children Briana, Carter, and Trevor.
Dallas Zoeller graduated from The Colony High School in 2011 but grew up in Las Vegas, NV. She moved to Uvalde in 2013 and became a client service coordinator at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center in September of 2014.
She was never able to take home all the animals she wanted and thought working with them would be the next best thing. She started as a client service coordinator and later joined the technician team in April 2015.
She loves to read and spends most of her free time playing with her daughter Addison and dog Sadie. Dallas recently studied and completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 certification.
Charlie Arnim was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to Uvalde when she was 9 years old. Charlie has always had a passion for animals. Her family pets include her beautiful, photogenic cat, Olaf, 3 dogs, ducks, chickens, rabbits and a horse.
She began working at Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center as an animal care attendant in April 2014 and has since become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator through International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and attained her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 certification through Animal Care Technologies. She is currently training to become a veterinary technician.
Charlie enjoys working with animals and plans to continue her education by going to school for veterinary science. Her hobbies include dancing, hiking and bow hunting.
Nieves Martinez grew up in Sabinal, Texas and graduated from Sabinal High School. She currently calls Knippa, TX home.
She joined Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center in February 2015 as a technician. Nieves has a passion for helping and caring for others and making people smile. She loves working with animals, serving clients and learning.
Nieves loves to spend her free time outside with her husband, Sergio, and their two sons, Sergio Jr and Sebastian, beautiful newborn girl, Giselle and their family pet dachshund, Swiper. Nieves also attained her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 certification this past year.
Barbara Rodriguez was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Hondo, Texas and graduated from College of Texas Careers in San Antonio with a certification as a nationally registered medical assistant. She currently resides in Pearsall, TX.
Barbara worked as a medical assistant at Community Health Development for 10 years. She is passionate about leaning. She brought years of medical experience and her kind caring nature with her when she joined SWTVMC as a receptionist in July of 2015. She is currently training to become a technician. She has already earned her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 training certificate and looks forward to earning her Level 3. She enjoys spending time with her two children, playing outdoor sports, reading, and BBQs with friends and family.
Kaylie Hurst was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was home schooled and graduated in January of 2014. Kaylie and her husband, Brady moved to Uvalde in December 2015.
She later joined the SWTVMC team as an animal care attendant in March 2016 and quickly moved to a technician position where she enjoys caring for patients and assisting doctors in all aspects of medical and surgical care of our patients. She has completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 2 training. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brady, their 5 horses and 4 dogs, as well as horseback riding, barrel racing, ranch rodeos and roping. Brady and Kaylie are expecting their first child, a boy, in May of 2017.
Maribelle was born in raised in Uvalde and worked in child care for 15 years before joining the Southwest Texas Vet. team as an animal care attendant.
Maribelle is kind and caring. She enjoys helping others and takes pride in the cleanliness and comfort of the hospital. Maribelle completed her kennel assistant training course this past year.
Maribelle enjoys spending free time with her husband of 26 years, three children and five grandchildren. She enjoys a good Zumba workout, reading, fishing, camping and has a talent and love of decorating for parties.
Crystal was born and raised in Uvalde where she is a graduate of Uvalde High School. She joined our animal care attendant team last year. She cares for our boarders and assists the technicians and doctors. She keeps the hospital clean and comfortable for both our patients and clients. Crystal completed her kennel assistant training course this past year.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel and her three handsome boys- Daniel, Jr., Stephen and Jayden. Her family pets include a Chiweenie, Lollipop, Coco, a Chihuahua and Pit bull, Chase. Crystal relieves her stress with Zumba and is a huge soccer/football Momma.
Mellany grew up in Carrizo Springs and graduated from high school in 2013. She moved to Uvalde to attend Southwest Texas Junior College. She has completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 training and continuing to study for her Level 2 certification.
She enjoys working as part of the veterinary team, meeting new patients and learning.
She loves to spend her free time spinning around the dance floor, fishing out on the lake and enjoying the outdoors with her two fur babies Creed and Jolene. She enjoys church on Sunday morning and Netflix.
Jeana was born in Uvalde and raised in Reagan Wells, where she grew up on the family goat ranch. She graduated from Knippa High School and received an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College. Jeana has completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 training and continuing to study for her Level 2 certification.
She always hoped to work in the veterinary field and is joyful to be serving animals and their people in her current position as a technician in training.
She loves spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, fishing, hunting and camping. Her canine pal Jake, a blue heeler mix, enjoys taking walks around the ranch and playing fetch with his toys.
Becky Garza was born and raised in Uvalde. She graduated from Uvalde High School, where she participated in soccer and powerlifting. She attended Southwest Texas Junior College where she studied criminal justice. She has recently completed her Animal Care Technology Receptionist Certification.
After spending the day with all of the animas at work, Becky goes home to her own 3 year old fur baby Petey, who is a Schnauzer mix. He is super friendly, loves kids and jumps for joy anytime he gets a little attention. He likes to fetch his toys and run around the yard.
Becky is the youngest of 5 siblings, three brothers and a sister. She enjoys spending her free time with her family BBQing, playing volleyball, singing karaoke, and watching football. She also likes spending time at the rivers or beaches in Corpus Christi with her boyfriend Joey.
Becky joined our team as a Client Service Coordinator in December, 2016. She loves working with and helping people along with their animals.
Born in Uvalde and raised on a family ranch north of Uvalde, she participated in 4H where she showed pigs, goats and horses for many years. She also participated in several area rodeo clubs. She is a graduate of Southwest Texas Junior College with degrees in General Studies and Cosmetology. She has recently completed her Animal Care Technology Receptionist Certification.
Elizabeth currently lives in Sabinal, TX. She has 5 children and her youngest 3 attend school in Sabinal. She enjoys dancing, fishing, camping, reading and touring wineries but most importantly being a mother to her children. Her love of animals made her a perfect fit for our client service coordinator position.
Abbey was born in Odessa, TX and moved to Uvalde at the age of 16. She is currently working to complete homeschool courses of James Madison High School. Since joining the SWTVMC team she has completed her Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 training.
She has always had a love for any and all animals which helped her decide to become a veterinary technician. Her family loves and raises a variety of animals including a buffalo herd, goats, chickens, horse, watusis, longhorns as well as dogs and cats. Her favorite family pets are her Blue-heeler Riley and massive Quarter Horse, Raven.
She enjoys spending time with friends and riding her horse. Abbey volunteers as a youth sponsor at First united Methodist Church where she enjoys mentoring junior high members.