Daryl Neans is a Central Texas native – he grew up just a few miles from where Central Texas Animal Hospital stands today. He completed his undergraduate work at Southwest Texas State University (now TSU) and at Texas A&M. He graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and then began his practice in Pflugerville.
In “the old days,” it was just Dr. Neans and one assistant working from a small space in downtown Pflugerville (where the tax service is today.) He treated small and large animals which took him to farm duty – emergency calls at all hours of the day or night.
Now, Dr. Neans focuses on the care of cats and dogs and has surrounded himself with the best doctors and staff with whom to practice. This has given him a little more time to do some of the other things he loves – fishing, hunting and training his dogs. He is the consummate outdoorsman, preferring to spend his time traveling to quiet wilderness destinations.
At the age of 12, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. While working my way through undergraduate and vet school, I held a wide variety of interesting jobs which reinforced my decision to have no other career but veterinary medicine:
- Milk testing at dairies (at 4 am!).
- Exercise horses at a paint horse farm.
- Refueling airplanes at the municipal airport.
- Teaching Assistant at Astronomy lab.
- Analyzing grass samples in a Range Science lab.
Both my undergraduate (Ranch Management) and Veterinary School years were spent at Texas A&M. Gig ‘EM!
Following stints as a practice co-owner and as a relief vet, I have worked at Central Texas Animal Hospital since 1998.
I met my husband Jon, in high school. We married 3 weeks after graduation – over 25 years ago! Our lovely daughter Chloe is a UT graduate.
Dr. Ussery grew up in northwest Arkansas. As a child she knew that she wanted to work with animals. She received a Bachelors in Biology and minored in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Central Arkansas. During undergrad she worked at a busy mixed animal practice where she grew to appreciate the problem solving aspect of medicine. Dr. Ussery then attended The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she moved to Austin and worked at a mixed animal practice outside of the city. She is now happy to call CTAH her new home away from home. In her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, horseback riding and exploring Austin with her husband, Bryce, and her dog, Becka.
Dr. Hill has always loved pets and has been surrounded by them her whole life. She grew up in Phoenix, AZ with lots of dogs, a few notorious neighborhood cats, and many fish. While she was obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Physiology from Arizona State University, Dr. Hill found that the field of Veterinary Medicine combined her love for animals and her academic interests. She worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 years before veterinary school and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2006. Dr. Hill spent the first 7 years of her career working with a busy group of animal hospitals in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Hill’s hobbies include cycling, gardening, and home improvement. She has two adorable dogs, Scrappy and Jem, and the coolest cat ever, Venus. Dr. Hill joined the amazing team at Central Texas Animal Hospital in 2015. Some of Dr. Hill’s professional interests are soft tissue surgery, feline medicine and dentistry for both cats and dogs.