Meet Our Care Team

Our team is passionate about pet care and dedicated to taking the absolute best care of your furry best friend.

Kailee Surratt

Kailee Surratt

Receptionist

Thanks to her mother’s dog and cat allergies, Kailee grew up caring for other types of critters—she was no stranger to chickens, turkeys, and sugar gliders! Early on, she developed a passion for animal care that just wouldn’t quit. Kailee knew that a career in veterinary medicine was the only choice for her.

Kailee is a native of Houston and attended Texas A&M University to earn her degree in wildlife management. Following her internship with a conservation program at the Houston Zoo, she took a job at a family-owned moving and storage company. It wasn’t long before Kailee realized that something was missing: animals! She started volunteering with several wildlife rescue groups, then relocated to Willis and signed on with the Lake Conroe Veterinarians organization. Now, she’s a receptionist here at Lakeway Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic and couldn’t be happier!

Recently, Kailee joined a local wildlife rescue group called Friends of Texas Wildlife and got to help with injured or baby animals’ care needs on a regular basis. When she isn’t giving her time to the organization or caring for pets here at the hospital, Kailee enjoys spending time at home with her own pets. She lives with Butterball, a cat who seeks out belly rubs whenever possible, and a dog named Lilah who prefers soaking up the morning sun by the window.

Anne DeShetler

Anne DeShetler

Veterinary Technician

Anne has felt a special bond with animals ever since she was a young girl. By working as a Veterinary Technician, she’s able to spend time with the pets she loves so much while ultimately bettering the lives of animal owners and their companions!

Anne is originally from Colorado. She began college as an education major but started to consider animal care after hearing fascinating stories from her cousin, who was training to become a veterinarian. Anne eventually secured a job at the clinic where her cousin worked, and before long she was hooked—she decided to change her major to animal science and become a veterinary professional herself! Anne completed her animal science degree in Louisiana, then moved to Texas to expand her career as a Veterinary Technician.

Here at the hospital, Anne is particularly fond of critical-care work and seeing puppies and kittens grow and mature over the years. Most of all, she loves forming lasting relationships with the area’s pet owners and their beloved animal friends.

Outside of her interests in the veterinary world, Anne likes practicing building and landscape photography, spending time with her family, and enjoying the company of her feisty Border collie mix, Miles.

Veronica Aikman

Veronica Aikman

Kennel Technician

Since she was a little girl, Veronica has been interested in the veterinary profession. As soon as she could start taking animal science classes, she dived right in! Now she gets to work with pets every day as a Kennel Technician at Lakeway Animal Medical and Surgical Clinic.

During high school, Veronica discovered a program that would allow her to become a certified Veterinary Assistant before she even graduated. Of course, she jumped at the chance, learning all about biology, principles of agriculture, equine science, small animal management, and veterinary applications. In addition to her classroom studies, she completed 300 credit hours shadowing a veterinarian and received invaluable hands-on training.

Around the clinic, Veronica particularly likes jumping in to help out the doctors and technicians. Some of her favorite things to do include running urinalyses, bloodwork, and skin cytology tests. She also loves talking with clients and getting to hear stories about their personal relationships with their pets.

Like any animal lover, Veronica has a few pets of her own at home. Mayko is a sweet lab who loves napping and cuddling, and Jasmine the cat likes to spend hours playing fetch with hair ties.

Brandi Arning

Brandi Arning

Receptionist, Kennel Tech, Tech Assistant

Brandi was born in Conroe, TX and raised in Willis, TX.

Growing up loving all animals, she’s been in FFA since 9th grade. Once she got in, she entered the fast track program to become a CVA.

Even though her mom said no, she spent her life bringing stray animals home. In 2005, she got her first puppy and was hooked! This was the moment she decided to spend her life dedicated to veterinary medicine. She was intrigued by vaccinations and the veterinary industry in general.

“I enjoy interacting with my clients when they come into the clinic. I love helping team member when I can and learning new things constantly.”

Her dog Shiner was rescued from the side of the road, and she loves her dearly. She also shares a home with her Balinese, Bella, who is 11-years-old.

In her spare time, she loves riding four-wheelers, horseback riding and barrel racing, and dirt track race cars. Sprint cars are her favorite because she used to build and drive them with her dad.

Alyssa DeSisto

Alyssa DeSisto

Bio coming soon.

Olivia Holland

Olivia Holland

Bio coming soon.

Brittany Rankin

Brittany Rankin

Kennel Tech, Receptionist

Originally from Huntsville, TX and the second oldest of a large military family. Brittany grew up raising animals including horses, sheep, and sugar gliders.

Brittany first became interested in the veterinary industry when she was given a Bluetick puppy at the age of four. She was immediately hooked and would always bring home sick or injured animals from the barn. After taking a veterinary course in high school, she decided that was the career for her. She continued her education at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and graduated with an Associate’s of Veterinary Technology in October of 2016. She is still working on a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology.

“I love anything and everything animal, including the scaley ones, but my true passion is large animals.”

Brittany has a five-month-old son that is the joy of her life and greatest accomplishment. She also has a nine-year-old American bulldog named Dom, and crazy bull mastiff puppies Kane and Khaleesi.

Kristen Soule

Kristen Soule

Bio coming soon.

Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart

Kyle began with us as an intern during high school and has continued on since completing his internship. Born in Spring, Texas, he’s spent his life in Willis, Texas, his entire life and has always loved nature.

Animals have always been a huge part of Kyle’s life, and he’s had the privilege of saving many animals and returning them to their natural habitat. He’s rescued baby squirrels, raccoons, birds, kittens, and even a fawn!

Currently in high school, Kyle has completed every course needed for his Vet Tech Certification. After high school, he plans to obtain an Associate’s Degree in biomedical and plans to continue his education in animal sciences and/or veterinary medicine.

His passions within veterinary medicine are prosthetics, internal medicine, and dentistry. He shares his home with three companions, two mini Aussies (Paisley and Ace) and a cat (Kitty).

In his spare time, Kyle loves wakeboarding, camping, and hiking. He’s currently learning to kite surf!

Venus Talavera

Venus Talavera

Bio coming soon.

Chelsey Pool

Chelsey Pool

Bio coming soon.