Dr. Frank Shuman IV DVM - Medical Director and Owner 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.
Dr. Shuman finally settled in Dripping Springs and has been active in the community through the Chamber of Commerce and participating in this community’s many local events over the last few years. He has been constantly striving to build close relationships people and their pets. You will often see him working on a project around the hospital trying to create a more inviting and stress free environment.
Frank currently resides on the Hays County line 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. 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 Licensed Veterinary Technician, Practice Manager Why did you choose veterinary medicine? I chose veterinary medicine because wanted to spend my life making a difference for pets and their people. Over the last 12 years, how I have been able to make a difference has changed a lot. I began my career as a client care specialist and then trained to be a veterinary technician. I spent some time as an overnight emergency technician and was able to help pets who needed it most. Soon after, I began my leadership journey which has allowed me to make a difference to my team in addition to our patients and clients. I completed my degree in veterinary technology and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2017 and I have been able to use what I have learned to make a difference for Dripping Springs Animal Hospital. As practice manager, I have the opportunity to make a difference by bringing together this group of amazing difference making professionals.
What do you love about your job at DSAH? I love my team! I am so proud of our little work family and everything we have accomplished together. Bringing together this group of passionately compassionate professionals has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I love spending my days working with them to make Dripping Springs Animal Hospital even better. It is because of their hard work and the overwhelming support of our clients that we have been able to rebuild our practice from the ground up and create a truly low stress veterinary hospital. I love our clients and the Dripping Springs community.
Tell me about your pets: I have 2 scruffy terrier mutts, Kerbie and Otto. Kerbie enjoys barking at imaginary things and Otto loves rolling around in the leaves in the backyard. Up until recently, I also had 2 cats, Fargo and Sam. Fargo is a Siamese mix and enjoys serenading the rest of the family regardless of the hour, and Sam has an impressive variety of cat sounds and will carry on a conversation with you if given the opportunity. I had limited myself to 4 pets and for the last 10 years had maintained an even number. Until Linus. Linus was brought to DSAH in a litter of PAWS kittens to be spayed and neutered. He was 10 weeks old, 1.2 lbs and the sweetest kitten I had ever met. Linus never made it back to PAWS that day and he has become the newest member of our family. Shelby Medical Team Lead Why did you choose veterinary medicine? I chose veterinary medicine because I have always loved all animals and I am also very passionate about the science of veterinary medicine. I realized at a very young age that I wanted to be an advocate and a voice for all creatures that we share the earth with that cannot speak for themselves. They deserve to have their voice heard and, in this job, I have the opportunity to be that voice.
What do you love about your job at DSAH? I love so many aspects of my job, including getting to meet everyone’s pets and see first hand how they positively impact their family’s lives. I also love being able to educate clients on their furry friends needs, and at the end of the day I get to work with the most amazing people that have become my family and share the same passion for animals as me.
Tell me about your pets: I have a little boy Boston Terrier named Harley who is 8 years old and the laziest dog I have ever met. I once saw him fall asleep on the porch on his way to the yard, because walking the whole distance is too much work. I also have a 9 year old mutt named Titan that loves to go swimming in the river, but water in the bathtub is very scary. And last but not least, I have a 9 year old kitty named Hercules. He is the loving overlord of the two dogs and rules with a firm, but fair paw. Sherry Client Care Specialist Why did you choose veterinary medicine? I did not choose this job, it chose me. 11 years ago, this was the first application I filled out and I got the job. It works for me because I get to be a part of something as wonderful as being able to help clients and their fur babies.
What do you love about your job at DSAH? I love the interactions I have with our clients and their pets and being able to support them through the good times and the sad times. I love being a part of a team that supports and really cares about each other.
Tell me about your pets: My old man Deuce likes to sit on top of his dog house and chill and his sister Bindi loves her big brother and follows him everywhere. Flash is my very feisty tripod cat who loves to play. When he’s not playing with and chasing my son Dylan around the house, he can be very sweet and likes sleeping in my bed. Ding Dong is the newest addition to our family and he has become Flash’s best bud. They are always together, playing, sleeping and grooming each other. Finally, Meow Meow is our semi feral kitty that has taken up residence under our house and emerges for pets and snacks at dinner time. Megan Veterinary Assistant Why did you choose veterinary medicine? I chose veterinary medicine because ever since I can remember, I have wanted to spend my life around animals. Not only am I helping people’s pets, I am helping people as well, and there is no greater feeling in the world. I was meant to live a life of helping others and there is no better way to do it.
What do you love about your job at DSAH? There are endless amounts of things that I love about my job here at DSAH, but to name a few: The clients are amazing. I have formed relationships with all of our patients and my team members are the most inspiring and compassionate people I have ever met. I have never worked in such an uplifting, positive and caring environment. There truly is no place like Dripping Springs Animal Hospital.
Tell me about your pets: I have a beautiful, brindle, 85 lb. American Bulldog mix who I adopted from APA!, named Finn. He is the world’s biggest mama’s boy and enjoys prancing around outside and playing fetch by himself. At the end of a long day he enjoys curling up and falling asleep with his toys in his mouth. My dog supports me in so many ways and my love for him is ever-lasting. He’s scared of most people and takes a while to warm up, but he loves his fellow furry friends. Mikaela Veterinary Assistant Why did you choose veterinary medicine? I chose veterinary medicine because helping and learning about animals has been my passion since I was kid. I grew up competing in 4H and FFA, showing livestock, and riding in horses shows and rodeo since I was 6 years old. Doing all of that made it very clear that I wanted to spend my life working with animals in any way possible. I have always loved taking care of animals but working in this industry also allows me to help the owners who care just as much for their pets as I do.
What do you love about your job at DSAH? The thing I love the most about working at DSAH is my coworkers. We have an amazing team that is willing to help with anything, is always supportive and cares about each other. This team of amazing doctors, technicians, and client care specialists all work together for one common goal which is to give the best care to our patients and their owners.
Tell me about your pets: I live with my family and 4 dogs. Doc is the oldest. He is a 13-year old Blue Queensland heeler who loves working cows, pigs and is kind of a grumpy old man. Koda, Doc’s son, is 5-years old and also a Blue Queensland heeler. Koda is a high energy, wild dog that loves to play ball and run. Next is Chloe, she is a sassy 8-year old Miniature Pincher that keeps all the boys in check. And finally, we have Scout, the 7-year old Chihuahua mutt, who is very food motivated and spends most of his time begging for whatever you’re eating or sleeping under one of his many blankets.