• Specialty Services
    Boarded specialists in internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, and certified diagnostic imaging technicians who excel in diagnostic ultrasounds, CT, MRI, and advanced radiology techniques.
  • Emergency Veterinary Care
    We have a dedicated staff of emergency and critical care veterinarians and veterinary technicians to care for your sick or injured pet 24/7/365.
  • Your Pet Is Family
    Improving the human-animal bond with advanced veterinary care.
  • I-131 Treatment
    Offering Curative I-131 Treatment for Feline Hyperthyroidism.

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Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists is a multi-disciplinary veterinary hospital which offers the highest quality veterinary care to your pets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Thank you to our clients and pets for voting us #3 on DVM Insider's Vet500 Contest! This is the publication's inaugural list of the best companion animal hospitals in the United States and rankings are determined by online reviews and votes from satisfied clients of the practices. We appreciate you!


Meet Our Skilled Team

  • Dr. Jessica Anderson
    DVM

    Dr. Anderson is a native Houstonian. She attended Texas A&M University graduating with her Bachelors in Animal Science in 2007. She worked in laboratory animal medicine and neuroscience research for several years while completing her Masters of Biological Sciences in 2011 at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in California, graduating in 2017. Ready to be back in Texas with her husband, she completed a small animal internship in Houston and welcomed her first child shortly after. Dr. Anderson loves spending time with her family (including her dog, cats and fish), reading, drawing, spending time outdoors and enjoying diverse Houston culture. 

  • Dr. Michael Villanueva
    ECC Chief of Staff

    Dr. Michael Villanueva remembers when his family dog was hit by a car; he was six years old. The veterinarian made such an impression on him that he decided to become a veterinarian. He worked at a local primary care veterinary clinic in high school and for six years as an emergency and intensive care unit technician at the veterinary hospital at Texas A&M University, an experience that set him on the path to becoming an emergency clinician. He is particularly interested in toxicity and trauma cases. 
    Education
     Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
    Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring TX
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station

    Off Duty 
    Dr. Villanueva spends his free time with his wife and two children Thomas (4 ½) and Teagan (5 months) doing anything that keeps his son busy. The family has four pets: a dachshund named Skeeter, a husky mix named Olaf and two cats, Nemo and Belle.

  • Emily Davis
    DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology.

    Dr. Emily Davis joined the staff at SLVS in 2014. She earned her BS in Biology with concentration in Cell Biology/Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her internship at the University of Missouri, she completed a residency in medical and surgical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Her special interests include inflammatory brain diseases and seizure disorders.  Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening and college football (War Eagle!).

  • Samantha Kegge
    DVM,DACVIM (Neurology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

    Dr. Kegge joined the Neurology Section of Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2016. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1996. After working as an engineer for 2 years, she realized that veterinary medicine was her passion. She graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 (Summa cum Laude). She completed an internship at the University of Georgia and her neurology residency training at The Ohio State University and Tufts University. Dr. Kegge has worked at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, in private specialty practice, and as an independent veterinary neurology consultant in Houston.  Outside of work, Dr. Kegge wrangles three young children, three cats, and one epileptic dog with her lovely husband.

    Memberships:

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  • Dr.
    Loretta Bubenik-Angapen
    DVM, MS, DACVS

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Surgery

    Dr. Bubenik joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining our team, she was a tenured professor in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University from 2002-2008. She has published articles and book chapters on many topics in veterinary surgery including neurologic, orthopedic, minimally invasive and general surgery, as well as topics in pain management and surgical nursing. Throughout her professional career, she has mentored 8 residents, 3 fellows and many interns and students. She has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2002. Outside of work Dr. Bubenik enjoys gardening, participating in community service work both locally and internationally, and spending time with her beautiful children and wonderful husband!

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
    PennHIP Certification
    Christian Veterinary Mission

  • Dr.
    J. Matt Sherwood
    DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

    After completing a bachelor's degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, he went on to receive his DVM from Kansas State University (1999), graduating with honors on both occasions. Following graduation from veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center, then worked in general practice in Tomball, Texas enjoying a nearly 11-year career. Dr. Sherwood then went on to complete a three-year surgical residency at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center with completion of this dual program in 2014. During his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree with a clinical prospective study evaluating dextrose prolotherapy for treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Dr. Sherwood completed his surgical residency and began working at VCA Oso Creek in August 2014. He then achieved board certification and Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2016.

    Dr. Sherwood particularly enjoys the challenges of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in canine athletes. He has a special interest in both internal and external fixation of fractures, cranial cruciate ligament disease, tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, neurosurgery, and minimally invasive orthopedics.

    When not working, Dr. Sherwood enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children as well as attending church, running, cycling, fly-fishing and duck hunting.

    Scientific Publications and Scholarly Works:

    Occurrence and Clinicopathologic Features of Splenic Neoplasia Based on Body Weight: 325 Dogs (2003-2013). J. Matt Sherwood, DVM, MS, April Durant, DVM, DACVS-SA, Emily Klocke, DVM, DACVS-SA, Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, DACVIM, (Oncology), Elizabeth M. Thompson, DVM, Hsin-Yi Weng, BVM, MPH, PhD, Heather A. Towle Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, July/August 2016, Volume 52, Issue 4.

    Prospective Evaluation of Intra-Articular Dextrose Prolotherapy for Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Dogs. J. Matt Sherwood DVM, MS, James K. Roush, DVM, MS, DACVS, Laura J. Armbrust, DVM, DACVR, Walter C. Renberg, DVM, MS, DACVS. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, May/June 2017, Volume 53, Issue 3.

  • Andrew Novosad
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Oncology,  Oncology Section Head

    Dr. Novosad joined Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in 2008. Prior to joining the SLVS team, he spent six years in private referral practice in the Dallas area.  He earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and completed his internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, and residency in Medical Oncology, at Animal Medical Center in New York City. His clinical interests include lymphoproliferative disorders, melanoma, and novel anti-cancer agents.  In 2017, Dr. Novosad became the first veterinary oncologist to receive the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Referral and Consultation Award.  Outside of work, Dr. Novosad enjoys college football (Geaux Tigers!!!) and is an avid runner

    Memberships

    Executive Board Member, Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    Scientific Advisory Council, Puccini Foundation
    Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS)
    Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG)
    VCS Oncology-Pathology Working Group (OPWG)
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Oncology Group
    Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice
    2007-2010: ACVIM Oncology Residency Training and Credentials Committee

  • Dr.
    Emily Medici
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Emily Medici, DVM, DACVIM came to SLVS in the summer of 2011.  She is originally from Baton Rouge, LA and received her DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She practiced in a small animal private practice for two years before entering a small animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University which she completed in 2009.  She practiced for two years in Kansas in a specialty clinic before deciding she missed the South.  Her areas of interest include endocrinology, infectious disease and gastroenterology.

    Memberships

    Harris County Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

    Outside of work

    Emily lives in Sugar Land with her husband, son and daughter as well as a bulldog, boxer and feisty cat.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time her family, running, and watching sports, especially LSU.

  • Dr.
    Jennifer Garcia
    DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

    Dr. Garcia became part of the SLVS Internal team in 2011. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University,  and did her internship in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She brings with her a vast array of experience in the veterinary field, including working in private specialty practices, medical consulting, and medical writing. Her clinical interests include endocrinology, renal and hepatic diseases and endoscopy.

    Memberships

    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
    Society for Comparative Endocrinology
    American Medical Writers Association

    Outside of work

    Dr. Garcia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and working as a medical writer and editor.  Despite the heat and mosquitos, she enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly in the Texas Hill Country whenever possible.

  • Dr.
    Amanda Shotts
    DVM

    Dr. Amanda Shotts is a native Texan, she was born in Houston and raised in the Fort Worth area. She attended Texas A&M University and earned her Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and Veterinary Degree in 2013. Upon graduation, she completed a rotating Internship in Spring, TX and developed a passion for emergency Medicine. She has practiced in emergency medicine since completing her internship throughout the Houston area. Dr. Shotts met her husband in 2008 during a Microbiology class and they married while attending veterinary school in 2012. They are now both emergency doctors and stay busy with their young daughter, 3 cats, and 1 dog. Dr. Shotts’ hobbies include: reading, running, cycling, and raising a very active toddler.

  • Dr. Kent Oakley
    DVM

    Born and raised in Kansas, Dr. Oakley graduated veterinary school from Kansas State University.  After practicing in the snow and cold Dr. Oakley and his wife Rebekah to California where we lived for 10 years.  We moved to Texas with our cat and four dogs to be closer to family but still be away from the snow. Dr. Oakley join the SLVS Emergency and Critical Care section in late 2013.

  • Dr. Diane McGee
    DVM

    Dr. Diane McGee earned both her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and doctor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. She has practiced Veterinary Emergency Medicine since that time. Since 1994, she has worked alongside veterinary specialists in various emergency medicine and specialty hospitals in New Mexico and Texas. Her past experiences include practicing medicine at El Abrigado Animal hospital in New Mexico, El Paso Animal Emergency and the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. She worked for five years at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where she was an emergency doctor and hospitalist for a 24-hour emergency and critical care facility. There she was responsible for coordinating patient care among multiple specialists, including internists, cardiologists, surgeons, ophthalmologists, and dermatologists. Most recently she provided triage and patient care in the Critical Care Department at another local specialty and emergency hospital. Dr. McGee recently returned to SLVS in 2018 to expand the emergency department to provide daytime emergency care. Her specific areas of interest include toxicology, infectious disease, endocrine disease and gastroenterology.

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    Very knowledgeable and took time to listen and discuss.

    charlesh, Missouri City

    Everyone was very kind when I brought my 15 year old pug in to be put down. They made a tough and painful situation bearable with understanding and patience. The Burial Box they had my little girl in was perfect and made burying are much easier.

    donnaf, Houston

    Excellent care and very attentive staff!

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