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Melanie

Melanie

Head Veterinary Technician

Melanie believes that everyone is born with a special gift. Hers happens to be communicating and empathizing with animals. She’s always wanted to do everything in her power to connect with the earth’s creatures, especially those in need, and let them know that they have a friend. What better way to do that, she thought, than by becoming a veterinary professional? Melanie is proud to serve as Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital’s Head Veterinary Technician!

Melanie hails from Dripping Springs and was just 16 years old when she signed on as a Kennel Technician at a local animal hospital, and it wasn’t long before she was working as a front-desk receptionist. In 2014, she joined the team at another veterinary clinic, where her career took off—she trained to become a Veterinary Technician there, and she hasn’t looked back since. Melanie had worked with Dr. Metzger at another clinic ever since 2016, and she jumped at the chance to continue helping pets alongside him when he purchased Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital. She’s been the Head Tech since February of 2019.

Around the clinic, Melanie enjoys seeing pets go home happy and healthy every single day, and she loves working around a team of skilled and determined pet-lovers just like herself. Her favorite part of the job, though, is getting to know the area’s pet owners and forming bonds over time.

When she’s not at work, Melanie likes working out, hiking in the great outdoors, and spending quality time with her own menagerie of pets at home. She has two dogs—Rio the Yellow Lab who loves to play fetch, and a rescued dog named Witten who is constantly by Melanie’s side—as well as three cats: Momma Maples and her daughter, Chunk, as well as a foster-fail named Bravo. Melanie also has a ball python named Martian who loves to escape his enclosure and scare Melanie around the house, and a turtle, Nigel, whose favorite pastime is sunbathing on his floating log.

Kayla

Kayla

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

It’s never been lost on Kayla how big of a role animals play in our lives. She’s always known that she wanted to help take care of those that make us feel whole—the animal companions who give us so much unwavering love and loyalty. That’s why she decided to join the veterinary profession! Kayla is a Veterinary Technician and Receptionist here at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital.

Kayla grew up in a military family and settled in Fredericksburg in 2009. She was only 17 years old when she signed on at a local veterinary hospital in 2013, launching her career in veterinary medicine, and then moved to Austin in 2016 and continued her career at a clinic there. After working alongside Dr. John Metzger for six fulfilling years, Kayla decided to join his team once he had purchased Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2019. She’s been here ever since!

As a Tech, Kayla enjoys performing blood draws and placing IV lines. She loves the way her job always keeps her on her toes! Kayla also likes being able to work alongside a team of animal-lovers just like herself in a family-oriented setting.

Away from work, Kayla likes spending time outdoors, trying new things, and listening to music. She’s also fond of traveling, and has particularly fond memories of visiting Hawaii and going island-hopping and sky-diving.

Ivette

Ivette

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Yvette owns pets herself, and she knows just how much they mean to the families of the area. For her, being able to give something back as a member of the veterinary profession is a dream come true! She’s a proud member of Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital’s Veterinary Technician and front-desk teams.

Yvette grew up in Johnson City, Texas and first began her veterinary career at a local clinic in August of 2015. In the fall of the following year, she started working at another hospital, where she would remain for three years. Yvette joined the Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital team in December of 2019 and hasn’t looked back since! She’s especially fond of internal medicine and surgeries, and she also likes the challenge of critical care cases. Most of all, Yvette enjoys interacting one-on-one with the area’s pet owners and getting to meet their loveable companions.

When she’s not at the clinic or completing her coursework—she’s currently studying to become a funeral director!—Yvette likes playing softball in a local adult softball league and spending quality time with her family and pets. Along with her boyfriend and their young daughter, she shares her home with five dogs: Kol, Pup, Lil Pup, Oliver, and Ding-a-Ding.

Ashley

Ashley

Veterinary Technician

Born in northeast Texas, Ashley moved to a ranch in the hill country at the age of nine, and it wasn’t long before she got her very first dog as well as several goats. She’s been caring for animals ever since. For Ashley, bettering the lives of the earth’s creatures has always been a part of life! She’s proud to help pets and animal owners every day as a Veterinary Technician.

Ashley launched her pet-care journey as a weekend Kennel Technician at a local clinic, where she helped pets for two years. Next, she moved to Blanco and joined another hospital, where she started as a Vet Tech Assistant and worked her way up to a Veterinary Technician position after a year. Next, Ashley moved back to Fredericksburg to be closer to family and friends, and worked at a few clinics before accepting a job on a ranch. She loved her work, but found that she missed the veterinary atmosphere—when the opportunity arose for her to join the Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital family, she jumped at the chance!

Ashley joined the hospital team in the spring of 2021 and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a part of the Veterinary Technician team. Her favorite part of her work is chatting with pet owners one-on-one and passing on whatever helpful knowledge she can.

Most of Ashley’s free time away from work is spent with her own animals. She has three loveable dogs—Tiffany, a Chinese Crested; Sasha the Miniature Schnauzer; and a young Pomeranian named Bunny—as well as three goats named Caramel, Bella, and Chief; a pair of sheep who go by Buddy and Cookie; and a gentle alpaca named Freddie Mercury.

Hannah

Hannah

Kennel Technician

Thanks to a Mom who also worked in the industry, Hannah Baker practically grew up in a veterinary practice. To this day, Hannah says there’s no other atmosphere quite like that of a vet clinic. Being surrounded by animals on a daily basis is her absolute “happy place”!

Hannah’s journey technically began when she was a child showing stock animals. During her junior year, she was showing a lamb who became very ill. Drawing off everything she’d learned from her mother and 4-H, Hannah sprang into action, ultimately helping to save his life. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in the animal health care industry. While working as a Kennel Tech at Compassionate Care, Hannah enjoys watching and learning about surgery.

Outside the clinic, Hannah resides with her Mom and sister, each of whom she shares a dog with. These shared furry family members include a smart, spunky blue heeler named Ace and a chubby Chihuahua named Giz. Not surprisingly, his favorite things to do are eat and sleep. The family also has several older pups who are currently enjoying their golden years, including Hannah’s childhood dog, a Dachshund/Yorkie mix named Rascal.

When she’s not busy working, which she loves, Hannah enjoys supporting her sister at her stock shows and dancing. Her greatest achievement was receiving Grand Champion market lamb at her school show. She also won showmanship with her meat goat.

Hunter

Hunter

Intern

Hunter was born in College Station and lived there until his father graduated from veterinary school, when his family moved to Fredericksburg. He’s always been fascinated by the world of animal care and knew that he would like to one day follow in his dad’s footsteps. Hunter hopes to become a veterinarian himself in the future! He couldn’t be happier to gain crucial hands-on experience here at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in the meantime.

Hunter was born in College Station until his father graduated from veterinary school, when the family moved to Fredericksburg. He started working here at Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2018, shortly after his father bought the practice. Hunter has a hand in almost all parts of the clinic’s operations—on any given day, he can be found answering calls at the front desk, taking X-rays, washing out the kennels, or even mowing the grounds! He especially likes observing medical procedures that go on behind-the-scenes and learning as much as he possibly can about the field.

When he’s not at work, Hunter enjoys spending all the time he can outdoors.

Logan

Logan

Intern

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