Our Team



Dr. Neil Van Stavern has been practicing veterinary medicine in College Station for 36 years. After years of instructing at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, he opened his private practice in 1982. Dr. Van Stavern is no longer seeing patients, however he is still present at the hospital daily to consult on cases,oversee the inner workings of the hospital, and deliver his fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.


Dr. Laura Bay-Williams graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in May 1999. She has been practicing at Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital since 2001. Dr. Bay has a special interest in surgery, feline and canine preventative medicine, dentistry and ultrasound.


We are happy to announce the addition of Dr. Joseph Swartz to our veterinary team. Dr. Joseph Swartz graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. He started as a veterinary assistant at Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital in 2010, and has returned to join the Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital team as a veterinarian. Dr. Swartz has a special interest in dentistry, surgery, canine and feline preventative medicine, and feline nutrition. In his free time he enjoys movie nights, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and two cats, Aces and Hobbes. Dr. Swartz and our veterinary staff look forward to seeing you and your pets in the future.


Lori has been our devoted practice manager since 1999. When Lori is away from the office you will find her spending time with her family or playing soccer with friends. She has two spoiled rotten dogs; Duo a husky mix and Maggie an Australian shepherd. As well as three domestic shorthairs named Smudge, Foster, and Raven.


Jenna has been working at our hospital since June 2016 and is a valued member of our front office team She graduated from Texas A&M in 2017 and is now devoting her detail oriented skills to managing the front office staff. Outside of the office Jenna works with a local rescue organization to help foster animals and find them homes. Her animal crew includes Tallulah (a schnauzer mix), Teva and Mia (Labrador mixes) and well as many, many more that live with her parents.


Lisa works with our practice manager, Lori, and Dr. Van Stavern to assist in the hiring process and employee relations. She also assists our bookkeeper with invoicing, accounts receivable and manages payroll. Outside of the office Lisa enjoys volunteering, spending time with her family and loving on her handsome boxer named Jim Bob and a surly orange tabby named Queso.


Sarah has been working with Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital since May of 2013. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and is currently taking classes with AAHA Cedar Valley College to become a licensed veterinary technician. Sarah is also the trusted pet sitter of many of our clients. When she is not working at the hospital she is on the road working as a pet sitter for her own company Love’em N Leave’em Pet Sitting. Sarah is the loving mom of her schnauzer mix Henry and her two adorable kitties
Charlie and Push Pop.


Diorella graduated from A&M in 2001 with a degree in Animal Science. Diorella previously worked at Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital in 2000 and started working with us again in October of 2006. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Diorella has a boxer named Harper, a german shepherd named Hugo and two cats named Sissy and 


Leslie is a graduate from Blinn’s Veterinary Technology Program and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since September 2013. Leslie has a passion for rescuing animals. She has two cats and a dog; Rowan- who was abandoned at 5 days old, and Lt. Dan Taylor- a sweet three-legged kitty, and Chance- a shepherd/lab mix. When Leslie isn’t hard at work she enjoys volunteering with SIRE, a therapeutic horseback riding program as well as maintaining a 55 gallon tropical fish aquarium.


Renee is a a licensed veterinary technician and has been a major asset to our technician team. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2009 and has worked in Colorado and Germany before her time here at Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital. Renee enjoys running and spending time with her family, but her baking skills are what we love the most!


Kim is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has been working with us since March. She has worked as a veterinary assistant in Victoria and Dickinson, Texas previously and we are so happy that she has joined our team. Kim is one of the hardest workers we know and is always willing and ready to help wherever she is needed.


Alisha is a dedicated member of the Van Stavern Team. She is a Texas A&M
13' graduate and has made College Station her home. Alisha's sunny disposition and passion for animals has lead her to this career and her pursuit to becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine. In her free time she enjoys early morning runs with her dog Reggie and spending time with her family.

Stacey, Veterinary Assistant


Stacey is a valuable asset to our practice. She not only loves and cares for our pets and clients, but she also helps take care of our inventory. When she is away from the office she enjoys reading, video games and playing with her adorable dogs Ginger (the feisty one) and Nia (the playful one).


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Our Regular Schedule

Van Stavern Small Animal Hospital


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8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


Boarding Pickup/Drop Off 8:00am - 8:30am

Boarding Pickup/Drop Off 3:00pm - 3:30pm


Boarding Pickup/Drop Off 8:00am - 8:30am

Boarding Pickup/Drop Off 3:00pm - 3:30pm