A passionate group of animal lovers who just happen to be exceptionally talented veterinary professionals. We work together to make sure your pet receives the best patient care there is. Now, meet the team at your side.

Doctors

Kate Oliver

DVM, Practice Owner

Dr. Kate Oliver is a 1998 Graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a BS in Veterinary Science. “Being a veterinarian is what I was always meant to be, ” Dr. Oliver says. “Caring for animals just comes naturally to me and knowing that I can be an integral part of a pet’s health over their lifetime is very rewarding.”

She moved to the Austin area after graduating and loves the community, which she says will be her forever home. Dr. Oliver opened the doors of Oliver Animal Hospital in September 2006 and dedicated herself to creating a veterinary hospital that provides excellent patient care while cultivating lasting relationships with clients. “I really enjoy working with my clients and I am very grateful that they have entrusted me with their pet’s healthcare,” she says.” I treat my patients as if they were my own and I consider my clients and their pets as part of my family.

As the practice has grown, Dr. Oliver has invited multiple associates to join her team. ” I believe that my associates are just as dedicated to providing the utmost in veterinary care and client service as I am,” she says. “We collaborate well together and each of us believes in going above and beyond for our clients and their pets.”

Dr. Oliver is married with “two sweet but very energetic boys” that keep her busy when she isn’t at OAH. The family pets are Dotty Marie, a four-year-old Vizsla; a 14-year-old cat named Tinker Bell; and a 16-year-old cat named Kiko. When she is not busy caring for your pets or her own, Dr. Oliver enjoys running and gardening.

Markay Nyquist

DVM

Dr. Nyquist graduated from Texas A& M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Prior to attending veterinary school she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Texas and worked as a veterinary technician and laboratory research assistant. She grew up on the Oregon coast and moved to Texas in 2006.

Dr. Nyquist’s special interests include feline internal medicine, dentistry, radiology, and surgery.

Dr. Nyquist has three cats; Zoe, Nala and Adora, and one dog Layla. In her time off, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, bike riding, yoga, trying new foods, cooking and relaxing with her husband Brian, family and friends.

 

Melena McClure

DVM, MS, MBA

Dr. Melena McClure earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. Matthew’s University in 2014 & completed her clinical training for her veterinary degree at the University of Georgia in 2013-2014.

Dr. McClure also holds an MBA from Davenport University in 2014 as well as a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas A&M University in 2008. While at Texas A&M University, Dr. McClure performed research in the field of feline nutrition.

Dr. McClure enjoys being both an emergency veterinarian as well as a general veterinary practitioner.

Dr. McClure shares her home with her husband and a Snowshoe cat, Beaker. In her free time, Dr. McClure enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling

 

Kristen Ussery

DVM

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 visiting the great city of Austin during her final year of veterinary school she knew this was the place she wanted to live.

Dr. Ussery enjoys keeping her senior patients comfortable and happy as well as internal medicine.

In her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, video games, horseback riding and exploring Austin with her loved ones.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

Care Team

Heather

Receptionist, Technician Assistant

Heather started working in the veterinary field when she was 16, but her passion for animals has been growing since she was 5 years old. Heather graduated from Texas A&M in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and a minor in psychology and is currently studying for her CVA certification. Heather loves spending time with her staffordshire terrier, Moo, and providing exceptional care to all the dogs and cats that walk through the doors at OAH.

Julia

Office Assistant and CSR

From a young age Julia has always had a deep love for animals. She started volunteering at her local shelter in South Texas. She continued that throughout the years working close with independent rescues, fostering, and working adoption events. She has a dog and a snake of her own. In her free time she likes to take her dog for hikes, attend concerts, and cook. After moving to Austin she continues her passion of working with animals as a receptionist here at OAH.

Jordan

CVA-1, Technician, Venipuncture Trainer

I became a CVA during my senior year of high school, after completing an internship at Capital Vet Clinic, and taking my CVA exam. I joined the OAH team 3 months later in the fall of 2017. It has been my goal to work with animals ever since I was a kid. I love aiding in their wellness, recovery from illness, and/or injury. I am continuing my education to earn my LVT license to move forward in my career. I have two cats, Patch and Max, and a goat named Mochi.

Tara Maxson

LVT, CVPM, Practice Coordinator

Tara holds a BS in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Lone Star College. She is a LVT (Licensed Veterinary Technician & a CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice coordinator)

As a technician, Tara has over nineteen years of experience, including four years in emergency medicine. Tara has been the practice coordinator since OAH opened in 2006. In 2014, Tara founded the Austin Veterinary Practice coordinator Group (AVPMG) which now has over 150 active members.

Tara also serves as co-chair of the advisory committee for the Austin Community College Veterinary Technology program. The committee, formed in 2013, promotes a mission to expand and enhance veterinary education in Austin.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys working on creative projects, traveling, and taking direction from “Susie Bruiser” her chatty, Manx tabby cat.

Sarah

CVA-1, Lead Receptionist, Administrative Assistant

Sarah began saving animals at an early age and knew she would someday end up working in animal welfare. In 2009, she began as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic and in 2013 joined the OAH team. After just a few months, Sarah knew she had found the hospital she wanted to be a part of. She is now a certified veterinary assistant and can’t imagine working at any other animal hospital. She aspires to continue learning and thriving at OAH for a long time to come.

Liz

CVA-2, Technician, Kennel Manager & Surgery Coordinator

Elizabeth (Liz) has been with OAH since 2015. She earned her CVA II credentials during that time. Elizabeth is always striving to continue to learn more about Veterinary Medicine in order to better herself and excel in her patient care. She is currently working on earning her CVA III and eventually aims to start the LVT program.

Her personal experience with animal rehabilitation and animal rescues help her to better understand her patients when they are nervous or stressed. She does an excellent job in her abilities to calm her patient which brings comfort to both the owner and their pet. She believes and practices that each animal under her care is treated like one of the family.

Outside of OAH, Elizabeth’s passions include spending time with her two cats (Pangur Ban and Rogue), reading, sewing costumes, riding her horses (Epona and Sleipnir) and training for Medieval sports such as Jousting.

Katherine

CVA-1, Kennel Technician

Katherine is a kennel technician;CVA 1 at Oliver Animal Hospital. She has always had a passion for animals and feels blessed to be able to assist in making them feel better. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in zoology and continues to learn and grow in this field. Outside of work she loves to run and scuba dive.

Jaden

Receptionist, Technician Assistant

Jaden made the transition from Iowa to Texas in 2017 with her Fiance and two dogs Dale & Turbo. She joined the National Guard six years ago but has always had a passion for working with animals. Jaden was first introduced to the veterinary field in high school and continued to work throughout her college years. Joining OAH has been the stepping stone to getting back to doing what she loves the most.

Diane

Technician

Diane moved to Austin from Scranton, PA in October 2019 and joined the OAH team in February 2020. She is a compassionate animal lover that started rescuing animals at a young age. It was this desire to care for animals that led her to the veterinary profession.She has two dogs named Kamber and Smudge. Diane enjoys drawing, photography and the sport of longboarding.

Brooke

Kennel Technician & Technician Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Lisa

Receptionist

Bio Coming Soon!