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Welcome to Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists

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Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists is a multi-disciplinary veterinary hospital which offers the highest quality veterinary care to your pets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


SLVS understands and respects the importance of the bond between you and your companion, and we know how truly special he or she is to you. We are committed not only to excellence in the medical services and care we provide, but also to setting our standards to include the highest level of compassion and integrity as we strive to enhance and extend your pet’s quality of life.

Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists  boasts a truly collaborative effort between specialty services and a fully staffed after-hours emergency service under the same roof. This eliminates the need for transferring ill and critical patients out of the hospital when further care, diagnostics, and advanced monitoring are still required. Our team of dedicated and skilled emergency veterinarians and specialists allows every patient immediate access to the hands-on care of an experienced veterinarian at all times.

Our referral-based specialty practices comprise Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, Surgery, Oncology and a Radioiodine (I-131) Treatment Center. Our board-certified specialists in these fields work as a team in conjunction with your family veterinarian to ensure continuity of care and consistency in addressing your pet’s needs. This unified effort allows for consultation between the various doctors within our hospital in order to tailor a specialized treatment plan unique to your loved companion.

Some of the advanced diagnostic capabilities which allow SLVS to provide the most comprehensive care for your pet include digital radiography, color-flow Doppler ultrasound, high-speed multi-slice CT, a complete in-house laboratory, and the addition of on-site 1.5T MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in Fall 2011. Additionally, our facility includes state-of-the-art surgical suites, two fully-equipped ICUs, and an extensive endoscopic procedure suite. Take a tour here.

Our specialists see patients Monday through Friday, by referral from your family veterinarian, and our emergency practice is available from 6pm to 8am Monday through Thursday, 4pm to 8am Friday and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays. Our facility is located in the heart of Sugar Land, just minutes from downtown Houston.

Thank you for trusting us to be part of your pet’s heathcare team. We look forward to helping you preserve the unique bond that you and your companion share .



Meet Our Skilled Team

  • Emily Davis
    DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

    Dr. Emily Davis joined the staff at SLVS in 2014. She earned her BS in Biology with concentration in Cell Biology/Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her internship at the University of Missouri, she completed a residency in medical and surgical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Her special interests include inflammatory brain diseases and seizure disorders.  Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and college football (War Eagle!).

  • Samantha Kegge
    DVM,DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

    Dr. Kegge joined the Neurology Section of Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2016. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1996. After working as an engineer for 2 years, she realized that veterinary medicine was her passion. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 (Summa cum Laude). She completed an internship at the University of Georgia and her neurology residency training at The Ohio State University and Tufts University. Dr. Kegge has worked at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, in private specialty practice, and as an independent veterinary neurology consultant in Houston.  Outside of Work, Dr. Kegge wrangles three young children and three cats with her lovely husband.

    Memberships:

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  • Dr.
    Loretta Bubenik-Angapen
    DVM, MS, DACVS

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery

    Dr. Bubenik joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining our team, she was a tenured professor in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University from 2002-2008. She has published articles and book chapters on many topics in veterinary surgery including neurologic, orthopedic, minimally invasive and general surgery, as well as topics in pain management and surgical nursing. Throughout her professional career, she has mentored 8 residents, 3 fellows and many interns and students. She has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2002. Outside of work Dr. Bubenik enjoys gardening, participating in community service work both locally and internationally, and spending time with her beautiful children and wonderful husband!

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
    PennHIP Certification
    Christian Veterinary Mission

  • Dr.
    J. Matt Sherwood
    DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

    After completing a bachelor's degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, he went on to receive his DVM from Kansas State University (1999), graduating with honors on both occasions. Following graduation from veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, then worked in general practice in Tomball, Texas enjoying a nearly 11-year career. Dr. Sherwood then went on to complete a three-year surgical residency at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center with completion of this dual program in 2014. During his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree with a clinical prospective study evaluating dextrose prolotherapy for treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Dr. Sherwood completed his surgical residency and began working at VCA Oso Creek in August 2014. He then achieved board certification and Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2016.

    Dr. Sherwood particularly enjoys the challenges of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in canine athletes. He has a special interest in both internal and external fixation of fractures, cranial cruciate ligament disease, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, neurosurgery, and minimally invasive orthopedics.

    When not working, Dr. Sherwood enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children as well as attending church, running, cycling, fly-fishing and duck hunting.

    Scientific Publications and Scholarly Works:

    Occurrence and Clinicopathologic Features of Splenic Neoplasia Based on Body Weight: 325 Dogs (2003-2013). J. Matt Sherwood, DVM, MS, April Durant, DVM, DACVS-SA, Emily Klocke, DVM, DACVS-SA, Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, DACVIM, (Oncology), Elizabeth M. Thompson, DVM, Hsin-Yi Weng, BVM, MPH, PhD, Heather A. Towle Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, July/August 2016, Volume 52, Issue 4.

    Prospective Evaluation of Intra-Articular Dextrose Prolotherapy for Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Dogs. J. Matt Sherwood DVM, MS, James K. Roush, DVM, MS, DACVS, Laura J. Armbrust, DVM, DACVR, Walter C. Renberg, DVM, MS, DACVS. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, May/June 2017, Volume 53, Issue 3.

  • Andrew Novosad
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Oncology,  Oncology Section Head

    Dr. Novosad joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining the SLVS team, he spent six years in private referral practice in the Dallas area.  He earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and completed his internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and residency in Medical Oncology, at Animal Medical Center in New York City. His clinical interests include lymphoproliferative disorders, melanoma, and novel anti-cancer agents.  In 2017, Dr. Novosad became the first veterinary oncologist to receive the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Referral and Consultation Award.  Outside of work, Dr. Novosad enjoys college football (Geaux Tigers!!!) and is an avid runner

    Memberships

    Executive Board Member, Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    Scientific Advisory Council, Puccini Foundation
    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS)
    Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG)
    VCS Oncology-Pathology Working Group (OPWG)
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Oncology Group
    Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice
    2007-2010: ACVIM Oncology Residency Training and Credentials Committee

  • Dr.
    Emily Medici
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Emily Medici, DVM, DACVIM came to SLVS in the summer of 2011.  She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and received her DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She practiced in a small animal private practice for two years before entering a small animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University which she completed in 2009.  She practiced for two years in Kansas in a specialty clinic before deciding she missed the South.  Her areas of interest include endocrinology, infectious disease and gastroenterology.

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Outside of work

    Emily lives in Sugar Land with her husband, son and daughter as well as a bulldog, boxer and feisty cat.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time her family, running, and watching sports, especially LSU.

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Garcia
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Dr. Garcia became part of the SLVS Internal team in 2011. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University,  and did her internship in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She brings with her a vast array of experience in the veterinary field, including working in private specialty practices, medical consulting, and medical writing. Her clinical interests include endocrinology, renal and hepatic diseases and endoscopy.

    Memberships

    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Society for Comparative Endocrinology
    American Medical Writers Association

    Outside of work

    Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and working as a medical writer and editor.  Despite the heat and mosquitos, she enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly in the Texas Hill Country whenever possible.

  • Dr.
    Jill Odle
    DVM, ECC
    Chief of Staff

    Dr. Odle is a native Texan who grew up in Pearland. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science in 2002 and her Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007. She has spent the past 7 years practicing in and around Atlanta, GA in small animal general practice and emergency medicine. Deciding to move back to the homeland earlier this year, she has also decided to make emergency medicine her full time career. The best thing she brought back with her from Georgia is her wonderful husband, Aaron. They live in the Westbury area of Houston with their beautiful daughter, 3 dogs and 1 cat. They enjoy traveling, crossfit, anything outdoors with the dogs, and watching college football – GIG ‘EM AGGIES!

  • Carissa Blair
    DVM

    Dr. Blair joined SLVS in October of 2016. Prior to joining us, she worked as an emergency clinician at North Houston Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Blair graduated in 2006 and started her veterinary career at as an emergency equine practitioner. She decided to transition to general small animal medicine in 2008. Although she enjoyed general practice, Dr. Blair found the most exciting and challenging part of medicine was healing sick or critically injured pets. In 2013 Dr. Blair became a small animal emergency and critical care clinician. This where she found her true calling by helping pets in their biggest time of need.  In her offtime Dr. Blair likes to spend time with her husband, her three cats named Hurley, Sophie, and Lily, and her dog named Gromit. She also enjoys reading, rug hooking, and watching many sports from football to racing sports including Moto GP, Isle of Man TT, and Formula 1 racing.

    Education:

    Doctorate: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

    Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Suma Cum Laude, Texas A&M Commerce

  • Dr.
    Amanda Shotts
    DVM

    Dr. Amanda Shotts is a native Texan, she was born in Houston and raised in the Fort Worth area. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and Veterinary Degree in 2013. Upon graduation, she completed a rotating Internship in Spring, TX and developed a passion for emergency Medicine. She has practiced in emergency medicine since completing her internship throughout the Houston area. Dr. Shotts met her husband in 2008 during a Microbiology class and they married while attending veterinary school in 2012. They are now both emergency doctors and stay busy with their young daughter, 3 cats, and 1 dog. Dr. Shotts’ hobbies include: reading, running, cycling, and raising a very active toddler.

  • Kent Oakley
    DVM

    Born and raised in Kansas, Dr. Oakley graduated veterinary school from Kansas State University.  After practicing in the snow and cold Dr. Oakley and his wife Rebekah to California where we lived for 10 years.  We moved to Texas with our cat and four dogs to be closer to family but still be away from the snow. Dr. Oakley join the SLVS Emergency and Critical Care section in late 2013.

  • Diane McGee
    DVM

    Dr. Diane McGee earned both her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and doctor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. She has practiced Veterinary Emergency Medicine since that time. Since 1994, she has worked alongside veterinary specialists in various emergency medicine and specialty hospitals in New Mexico and Texas. Her past experiences include practicing medicine at El Abrigado Animal hospital in New Mexico, El Paso Animal Emergency and the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. She worked for five years at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where she was an emergency doctor and hospitalist for a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility. There she was responsible for coordinating patient care among multiple specialists, including internists, cardiologists, surgeons, ophthalmologists, and dermatologists. Most recently she provided triage and patient care in the Critical Care Department at another local specialty and emergency hospital. Dr. McGee recently returned to SLVS in 2018 to expand the emergency department to provide daytime emergency care. Her specific areas of interest include toxicology, infectious disease, endocrine disease and gastroenterology.

  • Leah Taylor
    DVM

    Dr. Taylor was born and raised in South Dakota.  She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Colorado and her Veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota.   After graduation, she practiced in a general practice setting for several years in California before undertaking a year of specialty training in Emergency and Critical Care on the East Coast.   She continued her interest in Emergency Medicine here at SLVS. She currently lives in Houston with her husband, daughter, and 18 year old cat, Simon. In her free time, she enjoys reading, riding her bike, and going to movies.  

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  • "Very knowledgeable and took time to listen and discuss."
    charlesh, Missouri City
  • "Everyone was very kind when I brought my 15 year old pug in to be put down. They made a tough and painful situation bearable with understanding and patience. The Burial Box they had my little girl in was perfect and made burying are much easier."
    donnaf, Houston
  • "Excellent care and very attentive staff!"
    darlad, Fulshear

Location

Specialty Hours

Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Emergency Hours (365 days/year, all holidays)

Monday:

24 Hours

Tuesday:

24 Hours

Wednesday:

24 Hours

Thursday:

24 Hours

Friday:

24 Hours

Saturday:

24 Hours

Sunday:

24 Hours