Gary Hodges, DVM
Gary received a BS & DVM at Texas A & M followed by an equine internship at the University of Georgia in 72’. He owned a private practice in San Angelo from 1973-2014. In 2015, Gary opened the Western Veterinary Hospital, PLLC. He is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of Texas Equine Veterinary Association. He was also president of the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo 2001 & 2002. He’s been married for 40 years to Kathy, and they have one son - Slade Hodges who is an MD in Dallas, TX.
Aloisio (Al) Bueno, MV, MS
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Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS)
Dr. Bueno is a native of Brazil and he received his Veterinary Degree (MV) in 1992 from Unoeste University. He had two year’s experience in equine private practice before completing one year internship in Equine Medicine & Surgery at Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1995. Following his internship, Dr. Bueno completed a Master’s of Science (MS) degree at LSU in 1998. Additionally, he completed one year Large Animal Fellowship at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1999, and immediately after his fellowship Dr. Bueno completed a three year Equine Surgery Residency Program at University of California (UC-Davis) in 2002. Dr. Bueno returned to LSU in 2002 as Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery. He successfully completed his specialty board certification through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2003. Following that Dr. Bueno held a Lecturer position in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville (2005-2007). Additionally, he worked as a staff surgeon at The Morrie Waud Equine Center (MWEC), an equine surgical facility associated with the University of Wisconsin (UW) from 2007-2010. Moreover, Dr. Bueno was a Staff Surgeon at South Shore Equine & Diagnostic Center, a specialty private practice, located in Massachusetts (2011-2013). Furthermore, Dr. Bueno’s was a Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery at Washington State University (WSU), College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA (2013-2015).
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise
Equine & Large Animal General Surgery
Equine Laminitis, Gastrointestinal, and orthopedics
Activities & Interests
Polo, Mountain biking, sporting clays & skeet shooting, horse back riding, jogging/exercise, music, cooking and movies.
Tanna J. Villarreal, DVM
Tanna attended both undergraduate and veterinary school at Texas A&M University. After graduating, she practiced at a rural mixed animal clinic in Big Spring, TX and from there moved to Waxahachie, TX where she practiced at a suburban small animal clinic. Tanna especially loves diagnostic ultrasound and has pursued extra training in this area over the past two years.
She is excited to be back ‘home’ in San Angelo.
Carol H. Akers, DVM
Carol grew up on her family’s ranch northwest of Junction, TX, raising sheep, goats, beef cattle, and horses, and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She worked in private practice in several different states for 20 years and then completed a three-year dental residency at the University of Illinois. She loves to work on the teeth of any species except humans, and has a special interest in maxillofacial and oral surgery and in all aspects of equine dentistry, especially the oral care of geriatric horses.
Cullen Cooper, DVM
I was born in Perryton, Texas and graduated high school in Spearman, Texas. Growing up I spent many hours with my dad and granddad in the tractor and combine. In high school I worked delivering hay to different ranches and feedlots most notably Dixon Creek of the 6666 Ranch. I attended Texas Tech University where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While at Texas Tech I worked as a veterinary technician and completed a summer internship at the 6666 ranch where I was able to learn and grow an interest equine reproduction. As I applied to vet school I decided to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. This allowed me an amazing opportunity to study and see parts of the world that I had never been to before. I will say it is extremely difficult, but I did in fact successfully study on the beach once or twice. I was certified in scuba prior to moving to St. Kitts and obtained my rescue diver certification while on island. I also played golf with a couple friends at times of the year when it is less pleasant to play in West Texas. I completed my clinical training at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where I was able to be a part of and see a diverse case load. Prior to moving to San Angelo I spent an additional time at the 6666 Ranch palpating mares and helping with foal outs. My professional interests include equine reproduction, lameness, surgery, and medicine. My small animal interests include surgery and medicine with plans to attend continuing education in small animal orthopedic surgery. On days off I enjoy being outside, whether its golf, fishing, sporting clays, hiking, floating the river, and snowboarding in the winter time.
Kristen Hicks, DVM
Dr. Kristen Hicks joined the Western Veterinary Hospital team in January of
2021. She graduated from the University of Illinois- College of Veterinary
Medicine in 2011. She had worked as a mixed animal veterinarian at her own
practice in Indiana before her family relocated to Menard, Texas in July of
Dr. Hicks is licensed in Texas, Indiana and Illinois, and is also a USDA
accredited veterinarian. She was raised with companion animals as well as a
herd of horses. She has years of experience with horses, cattle, pigs, goats,
sheep and small animals.
Dr. Hicks and her husband have two little boys who keep them busy. The
family enjoys raising and showing registered Simmental cattle. In their free
time, the Hicks family enjoys spending time outdoors with their horses, dogs