“At Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary care to the cats and dogs in the border regions.”
Our culture is one of respect, kindness, and passion. We appreciate the trust our clients have placed in us. We understand that our client’s pets are family, and we treat them with the dignity they deserve.
We are proud to be a part of the Del Rio community, and we look forward to meeting you and caring for your pets. We invite you to stop by for a tour of our new state of the art facility. We are pleased to accommodate your schedule and welcome 7:00 AM drop-offs to suit your busy schedule.
Stop by for a tour today or call us at (830) 422-2129. See you soon!
Erin Alexander, DVM, Partner
Dr. Alexander enjoys helping people through sharing her love of medicine and animals. Dr. Alexander grew up in Devine and graduated in 1993 from Texas A&M with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science. After graduation, she worked at San Antonio Livestock & Rodeo. She was responsible for compiling show results, writing press releases, and coordinating college interns. After a year in San Antonio, Dr. Alexander returned to Texas A&M and went on to receive her teaching certificate. She taught 8th grade science at Spring Branch Middle School in Houston. After three years of teaching, her love of animals and fascination with medicine could not be denied. Her journey continued from teaching to becoming a veterinary receptionist and then a technician, which served as a great training for her lifelong career choice as a veterinarian.
She graduated from Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and went on to practice in a mixed animal veterinary hospital in Fayetteville, NC. Like all true Texans, Dr. Alexander found her way back to Texas in 2006 and has not left since.
“I’m very much looking forward to settling in Del Rio. I know the city is looking for more veterinarians, and I’m ready to help,” states Dr. Alexander.
When not at the veterinary hospital, Dr. Alexander and her husband, Jay, can be found in Rockport fishing for trout or redfish. Dr. Alexander and her husband, Jay, own four dogs, three hunting dogs and one enthusiastic heeler mix rescue named Rose.
“Talking to pet parents about pet care is so important. I like to take the time to listen and communicate with clients, which they appreciate,” says Dr. Alexander. “Visiting with my clients and solving their pet’s problems is why I’m a veterinarian.”
Clay Whitten, DVM, Partner
In 2005, Dr. Whitten earned his degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Economics from Texas A&M University. After a brief time in the banking industry, “I knew I wanted to go back to my roots which was being with animals. I grew up on a ranch in Eldorado, Texas, and animals were a part of everyday life. I missed it. So in 2009, I went back to Texas A&M as a veterinary student.” After graduation in 2013, Dr. Whitten worked in a mixed animal practice in South Texas.
At DVDH, Dr. Whitten has access to cutting edge veterinary medical equipment. The on-site diagnostic tools allow him to quickly and affordably diagnose and treat his patients. “Getting these animals well and out of pain quickly means a lot. It’s the reason why we are here,” states Dr. Whitten.
Dr. Whitten is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. When not caring for animals, Dr. Whitten enjoys family time with his wife and sons. His hobbies include: hunting, fishing and golf.
“Opening my own veterinary hospital has been a dream of mine,” said Dr. Whitten “and when the opportunity to open a veterinary hospital in Del Rio was presented, I knew it was right.”
Dr. Whitten, his wife Amy, and their three sons, Walker, Barrett, and Reed, look forward to building a life in Del Rio. “Building long-term relationships with the people in Del Rio and the border region is something I look forward to.”
Amy Sieckenius, Veterinary Technician
With over 30 years of experience working as a Veterinary Technician, DVDH feels fortunate to have Amy on its team. Amy has worked in hospitals in San Antonio, Kingsville, and Uvalde. She is a skilled surgical assistant and enjoys nursing critically ill animals back to good health. Amy’s expertise in performing dentals, digital radiology, blood draws, cytology, and in-house laboratory equipment ensure DVDH patients get the best medical treatment available. In addition to Amy’s extensive knowledge, her bright smile and positive attitude make the clients and their pets feel welcome and comfortable. Her passion for animal welfare carries on after hours as well. Amy was twice awarded Volunteer of the Year for Humane Society of Uvalde.
“I love helping animals,” says Amy, “it’s just who I am.” Having previously worked with Dr. Alexander and Dr. Whitten, Amy is proud to be a founding member of DVDH. “Our new state of the art veterinary hospital is an asset to the Del Rio community and the region.”
Amy is the proud mother to three sons, Tyler, Kyle, Dylan. Her four-legged canine family consists of Shelby Lynn, Piper May, and Silly Lilly. Her feline family has an affinity for Texas beer, and they are named Keystone and Lonestar. Amy and Shane, her husband of 25 years, live in Uvalde.
Bri Beck, Veterinary Technician
Bri came to us from New Mexico, and we are lucky to have her!
She has over 10 years of experience in the veterinary industry. She started as a kennel technician and worked her way up to a veterinary technician and reception manager.
She loves “helping animals in critical condition is my favorite aspect about working at Del Rio Vet. It is nice to see them turnaround from being desperate to a happy healthy pet.”
When not at DVDH, Bri loves to hunt, fish and play video games, such as Skyrim and The Forest, with her boyfriend and dogs.
Cassie Mason, Client Relations Specialist
When you call DVDH, and you hear a sweet southern drawl, that’s Cassie. She was born and raised in Georgia, but don’t let that sweet voice fool you. She is tough. Cassie moved to Texas in 2015, the same year she began her rodeo career. By the end of her first season, she and her horse, Reddy Set Go, had earned their first buckle. Cassie has been in the equine industry since 2010 and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge to cats and dogs. Her strong work ethic, organization skills, and ability to multi-task, make her a natural fit at DVHD.
“I’m excited to be working in a veterinary hospital. I love learning new things. Working with the animals and their wonderful owners will be the most rewarding part of my job, and, of course, working with everyone in the hospital.”
Cassie and her husband, Chris, have a daughter named Mackenzlee and a dog named Tank.
Dana Gallegos, Veterinary Technician
A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Dana bounced between Raleigh, North Carolina and Monterrey before deciding to plant her roots in Texas. She attended Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey to study Biology. She is a certified Veterinary Technician through the Animal Behavior College.
Her innate curiosity and cheerful nature make her a perfect fit at Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital.
“Helping animals and educating people is my favorite part of my job,” states Dana. “I understand being a first time pet owner can be difficult, so educating people about their pets brings me a lot of happiness.”
Before becoming a founding member of Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital, Dana worked in the veterinary industry and gained experience in assisting in surgical procedures, performing dentals and conducting wellness exams.
During her spare time, Dana loves spending her time with her loved ones and her furry army, which consists of 5 dogs and 5 cats. Dana habla Español.
Daniel Jimenez, High School Intern
Daniel is the founding member of DVDH’s Pet Care Program. The Pet Care Program is designed to introduce Del Rio High School students to veterinary medicine. Daniel is a member of National Technical Honor Society and is the designer of the high school’s Written Art Magazine. He will be graduating in 2018.
After graduation, Daniel aspires to be a veterinarian.
“My favorite part of working at DVDH is my co-workers. They are good friends and teachers,” says Daniel. “I also like seeing the interesting cases such as dog fights. In these situations, you have to work fast to stop the bleeding and get the dog out of pain.”
When not going to school or working, Daniel is home doing homework. Daniel habla Español.
Gaby Flores, Veterinary Technician
Gabriela “Gabby” Flores grew up in west Texas and is a graduate of Del Rio High School. While growing up, Gabby was exposed to a variety of livestock and wildlife. It was at this very young age that her love for animals and the outdoors began.
Gabby is a great team player that strives for excellence which makes her a perfect fit at Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital. When she is not working, Gabby enjoys playing volleyball, baseball, and kickball. She is the proud mother to a daughter, and a son. At home, Gabby is surrounded by her 2 horses, 5 cats, 2 goats, 5 chickens and 1 rooster. Gabby habla Español.
“Hearing about the Client Relations Specialist opportunity at DVDH was exciting. I knew I wanted to work with animals, and this is a perfect opportunity,” states Gabby. “I am eager to take on the role at DVDH and meet new people and their pets.”
Garrett Hollingsworth, Kennel Assistant
Born and raised in Del Rio, Garrett is a 2016 graduate of Del Rio High School. He is responsible for keeping our patients comfortable before and after their procedures and surgeries.
Garrett grew up around animals. As a member of Del Rio 4-H, he showed goats and sheep at the Val Verde, San Angelo, Houston, Kerrville, and San Antonio stock shows.
“I like working at DVDH because of all the interesting cases. I see things that I couldn’t imagine could happen to animals. I enjoy watching the surgeries; they are really cool.”
On his time off, Garrett enjoys spending time with friends fishing at Lake Amistad. His family has a lot of dogs; however, Aly, the Great Pyrenees, is his favorite.
Janet Zuniga, Veterinary Technician
As a 2010 graduate of Del Rio High School, Janet is excited to be a founding member of Del Rio Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital. Since she could remember, Janet has always wanted to work with animals. She earned her degree in Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science at Palo Alto College in 2014. After graduation, she worked in a veterinary hospital in San Antonio where she realized her passion for surgery.
Janet’s kind and calm demeanor make both people and animals feel comfortable and safe. Janet and her husband, Saul, are the proud parents of their son, Noah, and three cats, Tom, Nala, and Jett. Janet habla Español.
“Learning to advance my diagnostic skills at DVDH is so complimentary to advancing my surgical skills,” says Janet. “Without proper diagnosis, its difficult to determine the type or extent of surgery needed. Having our on-site CT available allows us to know right away whether the patient is viable for surgery or not. It’s amazing.”
Josh Molano, Veterinary Technician
Josh was raised in Del Rio and is a 2010 graduate of Del Rio High School. After graduation, Josh earned his electricians apprentice license and worked for Time Warner installing cable.
Because of his love of technology and animals, Josh was drawn to veterinary medicine.
“I’m excited to be a part of DVDH, I look forward to learning more about the diagnostic equipment, especially the x-ray and CT. These tools can give pet owners a solid answer and peace of mind when making the medical decisions for their pets.”
Josh’s hobbies include hiking and camping at Garner State Park and other areas of the Texas Hill Country. He is the proud papa of a Border Collie named Loki. Josh habla Español.
Leah Thompson, Client Relations Specialist
Leah joined DVDH in May of 2017 as a Client Relations Specialist. She is originally from Decatur, Georgia.
This is Leah’s first time working in a veterinary hospital and hopes to makes veterinary medicine her career.
Before joining us, Leah was a preschool teacher in Acworth, Georgia. However, since she was a young girl, Leah has wanted to work with animals.
“I’m so happy to be working here,” says Leah, “I see the strong love and compassion that the people in Del Rio have towards their animals and it makes me love living here even more.”
When Leah is not at DVDH she enjoys playing any kind of sport, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs with her husband Jeffrey, and riding horses. She admits she is “mildly obsessed” with football and macaroni and cheese (Kraft).
Megan Donovan, Veterinary Intern
“I’ve had a passion for dogs and horses since I can remember,” Megan says with a smile. Megan has been training dogs and riding horses since she was seven years old.
“My goal is to become an accomplished veterinary surgeon and diagnostician. DVDH is my first veterinary position, and I’m lucky to call it home.”
She is also the founder of Pets on the Patio, a pet therapy program which brings dogs to, La Vida Serena, a local assisted living home.
Megan graduated valedictorian from AESA Prep Academy in Austin. She attended Trinity University with a focus in Philosophy and is now at Sul Ross in Alpine earning her degree in Animal Science. In 2018 Megan will begin her doctorate program for her degree in veterinary medicine.
When not working or going to school, Megan enjoys training her two dogs Kindle and Ryder. Megan habla Español.
Melissa Espinoza, Client Relations Specialist
A native of Del Rio, Melissa graduated from Del Rio High School in 2014 where she played volleyball for three years.
Melissa joined DVDH in November of 2017 as a Client Relations Specialist, which is her first position in a veterinary hospital. It is not, however, her first time working in the medical field.
Her friendly demeanor, attention to detail, and commitment to quality care make her the perfect fit to grace the front desk of DVDH.
“I love meeting all the animals that come through our doors,” says Melissa, “I especially have a thing for daschunds because I have one at home.”
Melissa enjoys dancing, specifically two stepping, playing and watching sports, and doing anything adventurous with her boyfriend Juan “Cowboy” and dog Curtis.
Nancy Soria, Client Relations Specialist
Born in Katy, Texas, Nancy has lived in Del Rio for the last 24 years. She graduated from Del Rio High School in 2010, completed her EMT course in 2012, and went on to work for Del Rio Ambulance LLC as office manager for 5 years.
She joined the DVDH team in September of 2017 as a Client Relations Specialist, her first time working in a veterinary hospital.
“I grew up around livestock my whole life. I love learning the different aspects of pet medicine because they’re so similar to humans, they have a lot of the same problems. I also love the care and compassion the pet parents show towards their animals,” says Nancy of her experience at DVDH.
In her personal time, Nancy can be found spending time with her wife Ellssee and family, who are everything to her.
Rebekah Garcia, Veterinary Technician
If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine at DVDH, look for Rebekah Garcia.
A 2014 graduate of Del Rio High School, Rebekah attended SWTJC as a business major until she felt called into the veterinary medicine field.
She completed her veterinary technician training in January of 2017 and officially joined DVDH that same month.
When asked her favorite part of working at the clinic, Rebekah responded, “I enjoy bringing new life into the world when I’m able to help Dr. Alexander deliver puppies. I just love educating the people of Del Rio about how to keep their pets healthy and helping them do so.”
When not working on her college courses or brightening everyone’s day at DVDH, Rebekah enjoys working out, playing volleyball, hunting, and spending time with her loved ones.