Helotes, TX Veterinarians

James Peterson, DVM

veterinarian in helotes tx Dr. James R. Peterson is a Small Animal Veterinarian who founded Hill Country Animal Hospital in May of 1999.

A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Peterson says he has always had an interest in science and medicine, which helped guide him toward a desire to practice one form of medicine or another. However, as a young boy he was introduced to a wide array of animals. “Growing up in the city we did not have much space for pets, but my dad managed to allow me to have everything from dogs and cats to birds and even flying squirrels,” he says. “I also began working and volunteering for veterinarians in high school.”

Dr. Peterson enrolled in Texas A&M University for his undergraduate studies where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science in 1989. Later that same year, he entered Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Asked what he enjoys most about being a veterinarian, Dr. Peterson says, “I enjoy the variety of veterinary medicine and I enjoy the business of veterinary practice. My job is different every day.”

Dr. Peterson’s areas of professional interest include internal medicine, dermatology and rehabilitation medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He is also a primary sponsor for the Delta Society of San Antonio and Therapy Animals of San Antonio and a sponsor for the Helotes Humane Society.

He and his wife Kelly have two children and provide a home for five dogs, five cats, and two Nigerian Dwarf goats. Dr. Peterson’s interests include tennis, skiing, water skiing, fishing, reading and travel.

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Stephanie Krick, VMD

helotex tx veterinarian Associate Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Krick grew up with vizslas - a sporting dog known as a great and loyal companion - and so she "learned from an early age the important role pets play in contributing to one's happiness and well-being," she said. Dr. Krick grew up in Reading, PA and also served as a veterinary receptionist and assistant, as well as a veterinary technician, for several years prior to attending veterinary school.

Dr. Krick attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania and received her B.S. in Biology in 2002. She was a member of the college Honor's program. She went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 2007. Today, Dr. Krick focuses on feline medicine and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Krick also volunteers her surgical expertise at local spay and neuter clinics.

Dr. Krick said what she most enjoyed about being a veterinarian is "contributing to the happiness of my clients by keeping their four-legged family members healthy. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of diagnosing and treating my patients."

Dr. Krick is married to a veterinarian and they have one dog, Nash, and five adopted cats, Lucy, Jenga, Meadow, Avril and Hopkins. She enjoys road and mountain cycling, hiking and gourmet cooking.

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Jessica Shanne Rooker, DVM

veterinarian in helotes Dr. Jessica Shanne Rooker grew up on a rural dairy farm, where she learned "everything from helping my father milk cows and feeding the calves replacement milk to learning how to drive a tractor and not run through the fence!" The farm was in Manson, North Carolina, and Dr. Rooker was surrounded by "indoor cats, outdoor herding dogs, green snakes and hermit crabs." It was in this environment that she first learned of her love for animals. She has been with us since April of 2012.

Dr. Rooker attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she majored in Biology and Animal Science. She graduated in 2002 as class valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude, and was a member of the women's basketball team and elected as the President of the Biology club. She also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. Dr. Rooker was then accepted at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She is a member of the Radiology Club, the Ruminant Club and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has been a guest lecturer for dog handlers at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Today, she has a special professional interest in internal medicine (ultrasound), dentistry and dermatology.

"No day is ever the same in veterinary medicine," Dr. Rooker said on why she enjoys her job so much. "And of course helping our furry friends and their owners!"

Dr. Rooker shares her home with two cats, Olive Oil and Pearl, and a Jack Russell named Jellybean. She's an outdoor enthusiast, and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding - you name it! On a rainy day, Dr. Rooker will watch a movie or bake some sweet desserts.

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Ana Macias, DVM

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Associate veterinarian Ana Macias joined the team at Hill Country Animal Hospital in April of 2016.

Dr. Macias is a native of Texas and grew up surrounded by animals on her family's farm. "When our veterinarian performed a farm call to pull a calf I knew that's what I wanted to do when I grew up," she says. Dr. Macias appreciates the variety in her work. "Every day is different with different types of cases," she says.

Dr. Macias attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree in biomedical science and graduated cum laude. She went on attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and her professional interests include internal medicine and preventative medicine.

Dr. Macias and her husband Matt share their home with two children and two beagles, Pickles and Gracie Lou. When she's not working, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her family.

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