Dr. Frank Shuman IV, DVM - Medical Director
Dr. Frank Shuman IV grew up in a small town on the Louisiana Texas border called Orange. He gained experience with animals working at the local mixed animal veterinary practice that served the close knit community.
After high school, he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas. During his time in Austin he was able to visit and enjoy the active lifestyle and entertainment that Central Texas has to offer. These great experiences stuck with him and created a goal in mind to establish deep roots in the area one day.
Dr. Shuman was accepted and completed a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time in College Station he was part of the team working in the Gastrointestinal Lab at Texas A&M that optimized tests for diagnosing multiple diseases. This work has lead to a better understanding of specific diseases that have chronically plagued our companion animals.
Frank’s first position upon graduation was with the Houston SPCA where he quickly ascended to Medical Director. This position afforded him the opportunity to work with companion animals, farm animals, wildlife, and occasionally with large exotic cats. The shelters high case load allowed Dr. Shuman to gain advanced experience with soft tissue and orthopedic surgery and become proficient with managing critical cases. Frank can be seen treating animals that have been severely neglected and abused on Animal Cops Houston which airs on Animal Planet.
In 2013, Dr. Shuman became an adjunct professor for Texas A&M University where he initiated and managed the Shelter Medicine and Animal Welfare rotation for 4th year veterinary students.
This past year Dr. Shuman has been working at South Park Animal Hospital and striving to offer quality medicine to his patients of all species. He has been able to build close relationships and gain trust with pets and their owners.
Frank currently resides in South Austin and enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and their dogs Tucker and Jack. Soccer is still one of his passions as well as the many other outdoor activities Austin has to offer.
Dr. Shuman is looking forward to cultivating a personal relationship with the pets of Dripping Springs community.
Dr. Rachel Wilson, DVM - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Rachel (Grosvenor) Wilson is a native of Dripping Springs, TX. She first gained experience with animals in the veterinary field as a high school student volunteering here at Dripping Springs Animal Hospital. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Wilson studied Biomedical Science at Texas A&M. During her time as an undergraduate student she continued to gain veterinary experience working as a veterinary technician at a busy small animal practice in the College Station area while also managing a large scale horse boarding facility.
Dr. Wilson completed her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 2010. Upon graduation she was selected for a prestigious year long internship position at Austin Equine Hospital where she received specialized training in anesthesia, emergency medicine, sports medicine and equine surgery. After the completion of her internship, she joined Austin Equine Hospital as an associate veterinarian with a particular emphasis in emergency work and anesthesiology. During her time at Austin Equine, Dr. Wilson's work was published in a national veterinary journal detailing an innovative new surgical treatment method for glaucoma in horses.
In addition to her focus on equine medicine, Dr. Wilson remained close friends with her early mentor Dr. Jim Hudson (DSAH founder) and continued to work with him intermittently during her time off from Austin Equine.
In 2015 Dr. Wilson joined Dripping Springs Animal Hospital full time and loves being able to serve the community where she grew up. Away from work she enjoys spending time traveling, horse back riding and spending time with her pets and family.
Erin - Office Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Why Erin chose the Veterinary Industry: “I chose the veterinary industry because I get to go to work everyday and do what I love. As a veterinary technician I get the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners. Now, as Office manager I have been able to also make a difference every day for our team members, doctors and our clients. In my opinion, there’s no better job for me.”
About Erin’s Pets: Erin has two dogs, two cats and two rats. Kerbie and Otto are her terrier mutts who love camping and spending time frolicking about Austin. Erin’s cats, Fargo, and Sam love sleeping and fresh catnip. Spigot and Squeegee love hanging out in their hammock and eating yogurt treats.
Sherry - Lead Client Care Specialist
Why Sherry chose the Veterinary Industry: “I really didn't choose it, it chose me. I left my job and and this was the first job I applied for. I went from working with truck drivers to working with four legged animals and I have never regretted a single minute of it."
About Sherry’s Pets: Sherry and her son have two dogs, a goldfish and a hermit crab. Deuce is Sherry's adorable Jack Russel Terrier/Border Collie mix who is full of energy and dreams of herding livestock. Bindi is a Chihuahua/Miniture Pinscher mix who follows Sherry everywhere and loves to give kisses. Sherry also has a goldfish named Fishy and the newest member of the family is their hermit crab named Mr. Crabs.
Meg - Veterinary Technician, CVA level I
Why Meg Chose the Veterinary Industry: "I love the fact that I have a job that allows me to help pets and their owners on a daily basis. There is so much to learn and discover, and I truly enjoy helping pass that knowledge to our clients!"
Meg got her start at DSAH as a client care specalist but quickly realized that she aspired to be a veterinary technician. She is currently attending Cedar Valley College with the goal of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).
Meg has a cat named Niblet who rules the household. Niblet was brought in by a client when she was still small enough to fit in the palm of her hand. Meg took her in and nursed her back to health. Cupid's arrow hit it's mark and Niblet found her forever home.
Kayla - Veterinary Technician, CVA level I
Why Kayla Chose the Veterinary Industry: "I chose the veterinary industry after my own cat was injured. I realized that if I had known more that I might have been able to prevent her from having an amputation. Now as a veterinary technician I love that I can be on the other side of that experience and share information and knowledge with clients to help them take the best care of their pets.”
Kayla is currently attending San Juan College and working toward an associate’s degree in veterinary technology and earning her LVT title (Licensed Veterinary Technician).
About Kayla’s Pets: Kayla has three lazy kitties at home; Sketch, Jurge and Brown Puss. Jurge was found by a client who saw his mama cat get hit by a car, he was only two weeks old when Kayla began to foster him. Sketch is Kayla’s fiancé’s cat and has been a part of the family for 5 years. Sketch and Jurge didn’t think highly of each other initially but are now inseparable; they snuggle, groom each other and play together. Brown Puss is Kayla’s 5 year old, grumpy, fuzz ball, who’s favorite hobbies are napping on Kayla’s sewing table, playing with string and lying in bed.
Kim - Client Care Specialist
Why Kim Chose the Veterinary Industry: "I needed a change after my husband Mike and I moved here from Minnesota. Although I enjoyed working in the medical field, I always knew deep down there was something missing. Here at DSAH, I am able to apply my medical background, customer service skills and love of animals into a career that I am so lucky to have! I'm so grateful to be able to work with the kindest, most compassionate group of professionals that I call friends."
About Kim's Pets: Kim has a 15 year old tortoise shell cat named Cocoa and two dogs named Buster and Sunny. Sunny is 12 years old and follows Kim everywhere she goes and Buster is a 13 year old "puppy" who loves nothing more than fetching a tennis ball for hours on end.
Kelcey - Veterinary Technician
Why Kelcey Chose the Veterinary Industry: "Ever since I was a little kid I knew I wanted to work with animals. My parents even bought me veterinary text books that I would read and pretend to understand. So, for me, there was no other choice - I knew I had to work in the veterinary industry!"
Kelcey is an Austin native, born and bred! She previously worked at Austin Aquarium where she got to work with large reptiles and birds. In her free time she paints and hikes Austin's many trails.
About Kelcey's Pets: Kelcey has a chihuahua mix named Ban and a bunny named Merlin. Ban loves to run and play and Merlin enjoys cuddles a a good wood chew toy.