Dr. Richard E. Hoekstra
Veterinarian / Owner
Dr. Hoekstra was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and attended East Central High School. He attended Texas A&M University from 1980 to 1988, where he received his biomedical science, veterinary science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Upon graduation from veterinary school, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and opened Animal House Veterinary Clinic. He remained in Dallas until 2006, at which time he sold the practice and moved permanently to the League City area. He married Traci (Animal House’s business manager) in October 2009, and between them they we have four sons and a daughter. They have three exuberant dogs—a Dorkie (Dachshund/Yorkie mix), a Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle mix), and a Papillon.
- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, Cum Laude
- Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, Magna Cum Laude
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Texas Veterinary Medical Association
- American Animal Hospital Association
- Sailing—Dr. H is an avid sailor and has been sailing for 35 years.
- Fishing and camping—He enjoys fishing and camping trips, especially with his sons and his father.
- Gardening—Dr. H has a green thumb and enjoys making things grow. His yard is always a work in progress.
- Woodworking and home repair—Dr. H enjoys fixing things and was the general contractor on Animal House Veterinary Hospital. He really sees it as his own creation. Home improvement stores love him.
The Office Staff
Business manager and Dr. Hoekstra’s wife, Traci is an East Texas girl who attended Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked for many years in the legal field, but being a lifelong animal lover, was thrilled to leave the corporate world behind and join Dr. H in building and running Animal House Veterinary Hospital. Little did she know what was in store for her! Like Dr. Hoekstra, Traci is very proud of Animal House Veterinary Hospital and their wonderful staff.
Traci is an avid gardener and “do-it-yourself” person, and when they aren’t at work, she and Dr. H are always working on some sort of project. She is also an artist from way back. When at the office, their dogs can usually be found under her desk.
The Reception Staff
Front Office Supervisor
Roxie was born in New York but raised in Texas. She married a New Yorker in 2004 who has earned his right to be called a Texan. She and Todd have three beagles (Jaxson, Molly, and Trinity). Molly and Trinity can often be seen helping out at work, greeting as many people as possible if they aren’t too busy napping. Roxie has been in the veterinary business since 2007. She enjoys all of the furry creatures. They don’t ask for much, except to get a little love, get some food, play tug of war, get some cuddling, eat some house plants, (did we mention more food?), eat a pair of eyeglasses, steal your cell phone and hide it in pieces in the yard… and so on. “The unconditional love that my pets give me is what keeps me in this field; I can see it in the people and pets that come in every day.”
Mel was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but spent most of her life in Texas. She graduated high school in 2006 and immediately joined the Veterinary field in June of 2006. She has two children, Jesse and Emily and three dogs; a 2-year-old Chihuahua, a 6-year-old Chihuahua/Min Pin mix, and an 8-year-old Pit Bull mix. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and of course football!
Jamie joined our team in May 2016. She has worked in the veterinary field for many years. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their three children; Haylee, Trenton, and Bella. She also enjoys playing with their fur babies Lexi, Browning, Hank, and Chloe. Some of her more exciting times have been spent shark fishing with her husband. He is an avid fisher and especially enjoys the thrill of shark fishing. Jamie also grew up around horses and has participated in competitions for several years.
The Veterinary Technicians
Kate was born in Alabama and moved to Texas when she was 12 years old when her father was transferred to this area due to his job. When she was younger, Kate wanted to become a veterinarian. Kate has been a technician for four years now, while attending college. She has two dogs, Lily and Delilah, and two cats, Daisy and Dodger. Kate loves the beach, water activities, and any outdoor activity with friends and family.
William was born and raised in Texas. He graduated from Alvin High School and then joined the Army as a Veterinary Technician. He has provided care to pets and animals in Kosova, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Germany. After serving for 22 years, he came home to Texas. He has two pugs, Miss Emme and Little Rascal Flatts that he rescued, In his free time, he likes to sing, dance, and fish.
The Veterinary Assistants
Jason joined the Animal House team in January 2018. He was born in Galveston, Texas and raised in Alvin, Texas where he graduated high school in 1997. Jason holds an Associates of Science degree from Houston Community College and is currnetly attending classes in the Veterinary Technology program at Lone Star College - Tomball where he is anticipated to graduate in December 2018. He has a beautiful wife named Candice that is a nurse practitioner, and a baby boy named Wyatt born December 17, 2017.
Adriana (Ed) grew up between Mexico and the United States. She is fluent in Spanish. She joined our Animal House family in the fall of 2011. She's lived in our area for about 6 years but did move away for a short time to Oahu, Hawaii. We missed her when she was in Hawaii; but are so glad that she is back home. Her mother also lives in our area and cared for Ed's fur babies while she was away. Ed is the proud mother of 2 Dobermans, Luna and Calvin. She recently had to say goodbye to her childhood friend, Bobby. He was her 15-year-old dachshund. We all miss him, as well. Some of Ed's hobbies include surfing, being in the water, photography, and loving animals.
Brittany was born in Galveston Texas and has lived here almost her entire life. She has always had a special place in her heart for animals. A few years ago, she had the opportunity to work with small and exotic animals, and she took on the challenge. She had been a veterinary assistant for over 5 years now. Brittany has 3 dogs; a Morkie named Miley Mae Whoviea, and two Pugs, Stanlee and Stella. She loves taking Miley with her to work everyday.
The Kennel Staff
Krystal Mundell has lived in various places throughout her life. She was bord in Santa Clara, California; however has lived in Texas for the last 7 years, and moving a lot has made her very close with her family. She is an undergraduate at the University of House - Clear Lake for a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences with a Biotechnology Certification and research background in Microbiology. Her research background is towards studies on microbial communities. She may be new in the vet field; however, she has always had a love for animals. Krystal has two dogs, a cocker spaniel and a corgi, and three cats. She has always been a caretaker for small animals. She dreams to pursue veterinary medicine for small animals with a background in disease. In her free time, she enjoys to practice swing dancing and other types of dance, watching movies, hiking and camping outside of Austin, biking and spending time outdoors. She has a passions to help and serve animals!
Trisha is a true Texan. She was born in Kingwood, raised in Houston, and settled down in League City. Although new to the veterinary field, she has a special love for animals and has worked with both small and large animals her entire life. Trisha is the proud owner of 3 dogs: June, a Treeing Walker Coonhound; Bear, a Terrier mix; and Buck, a German Shephard/Lab mix; 3 cats: Maverick, Shadow, and Yoda and lots of pet fish in her 2 fish tanks! She enjoys spending time with her family and furbabies. In her free time, Trisha loves outdoor activities, especially fishing and swimming.
Nikki was born and raised in South Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma for studio art. In 2012, she moved to Texas to be closer to family. Nikki has always loved animals and has worked at various veterinary clinics in both Oklahoma and Texas. She currently owns two dogs; Loki, a Westie; Icarus, a Dachshund mix, a Hedgehog named Quinn, a Bearded Dragon named Ozzy, a Crested Gecko named Rugee, and a California King Snake named V. In her spare time, she likes to go walking with her dogs, listen to music, and paint.
On any given day, you may find several of the staff and doctors’ pets at the clinic. A short list includes Wilbur, Rudder, and Poppy (Dr. and Mrs. Hoekstra); Lily (Kate); Trinity and Molly (Roxie); Bear (Trisha); and many others.