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. Oliver is a 1998 Graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a BS in Veterinary Science. She is the proud owner of ‘Oscar'(Orange Tabby Cat), ‘Kiko'(White/grey Tabby Cat), ‘TinkerBell’, and ‘Dotty Marie’ (Vizsla).

Dr. Oliver opened OAH in 2006. As OAH has grown over the years she has enjoyed creating lasting relationships with both her patients and clients. Her team of veterinarians is dedicated to providing the utmost in veterinary care and believe in a team approach to their patients. She and her veterinarians are harmonious in striving to create a fear free environment for all OAH patients.

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

 

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

-Anatole France

Care Team

Tracy Tougas

LVT, Practice Manager

Tracy is a native from New England. She has worked in the Veterinary Industry for 22 years. She has experience working in Veterinary Emergency Medicine, Specialty (Veterinary Ophthalmology), Holistic medicine, Homeopathy and Acupuncture. She has worked with avians, exotics, pocket pets, reptiles dogs and cats. She is passionate about animal behavior in both dogs and cats. Tracy is a credentialed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and is working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.

Heather

Receptionist

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.

Brandi

Receptionist

Brandi stumbled into the veterinary field 10 years ago at a small and large animal hospital in her hometown. She learned quickly this was something she had to always be a part of! She found her second home here at Oliver Animal Hospital in 2018 where she appreciates the quality of medicine practiced, and the high standard of pet care this hospital provides.

Julia

Receptionist

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

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.

Gina

CVA-1, Technician

In 2013 Gina started a receptionist position at a non-profit community clinic and quickly moved into a veterinarian assistant position. She fell in love with helping patients, learning new skills and animal medicine. She joined the OAH family in the spring of 2018 where she became a certified veterinary assistant. At OAH she enjoys internal medicine and assisting our doctors in surgery. Her goal is to maintain a fear free, low stress environment for our patients.

Cecilia

Cecilia is a native of Austin and has been in the Veterinary field since 2015.
She is currently working towards becoming a LVT. She shares her home with 2 dogs and 5 ferrets.
She has a special interest in ferrets but also enjoys Camp Gladiator.

Claire

Nurse Assistant

Claire is a current fourth year student at the University of Texas at Austin. It has always been her dream to be a veterinarian and she has recently applied to veterinary school! Claire has worked and volunteered with a wide variety of animals and hopes to practice on both small and exotic animals someday. She joined the OAH team this March and cannot wait to continue growing with us in her journey.

Judee

Kennel Technician & Nurse Assistant

At a young age I have always had a passion for animals, & my love for them has only grown stronger. I am now taking the steps to become a vet myself. Oliver animal hospital has always pushed me to new limits & I am very eager to continue growing.

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

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

Bio Coming Soon!

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.

Christine

CVA-1, Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

Samantha

My name is Samantha, fresh out of Colorado and now living in Austin. I have a true love for helping animals. It is one of my passions. I have worked in one of the biggest animal shelters back East in Massachusetts. I was an Animal Adoption Counselor ensuring homeless animals find the perfect forever homes. OAH has been a wonderful place to land as I my make my transition from shelter medicine into a small animal practice.

Ashley

Hi my name is Ashley. I was born in Irving, TX but have lived in Austin since I can remember! I have been involved in the medical field, both human and veterinary, since 2010 and joined the OAH team in September 2019. My goal is to become cross trained in both reception and technician positions. I have two mix breed dogs, Kumquat and Mocha, and two gerbils, Daniel and Fideo. I love to spend my spare time with my significant other, Chris, along with my family and friends. In the future I do hope to obtain my CVA and will continue learning about everything veterinary medicine has to offer!