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.


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.

Kristen Ussery


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.

Donnielle Reynolds


Dr. Reynolds grew up in Wildomar, California located in Southern California near Temecula wine country. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from California State University. She then attended Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

While working at busy mixed animal practice in Wyoming, Dr. Reynolds had the opportunity to work with wild horses and mustangs.

While she enjoyed her experience in Wyoming she is thrilled to now call Austin her home. In her free time Dr. Reynolds enjoys reading, crafting, and horseback riding.

She has two sweet fur babies of her own. Sugar is a 12 year old. Chihuahua and Halley is her 5 year old Chihuahua mix.

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

-Anatole France

Care Team

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.


CVA-1, Technician, 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.


CVA-1, Surgery, 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.


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.



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