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Veterinarian

Dr. Samantha Holter
Veterinarian /Owner

Samantha Holter

Dr. Holter grew up in Tomball, Texas. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, after completing her clinical year at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Holter spent 3 years working in emergency medicine, and two years working in The Woodlands at a small animal day practice. In 2020, she decided to open BVAH. Dr. Holter brings her years of experience in surgery, critical care, and general health and wellness care to our furry patients. Dr. Holter strives to make every pet feel comfortable and at home. This includes getting on the ground to play or snuggle with her patients, and giving them lots of treats to make their experience as positive as possible.

Dr. Holter met and married her husband, Dr. Donald Holter, while they were in veterinary school in 2014. They are the proud parents to a very happy on year old son, and a French bulldog named Mowgli. On the weekends you can often find Dr. Holter working on her family's ranch where they raise cattle. 

Dr. Kelly Knappett
Veterinarian

Dr. Kelly Knappett

Dr. Kelly Knappett is very excited to be a part of the team at Brazos Valley Animal Hospital and Pet Resort.  Dr. Knappett grew up in Maryland.  She graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, and she practiced small animal medicine in Maryland for 5 years before moving to Texas.  Dr. Knappett has been practicing small animal medicine in Texas for the past 10 years, most recently at a busy practice in Houston. Dr. Knappett's professional interests include: Cytology, Dermatology, and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Knappett particularly enjoys working with cats of all breeds and ages.  She also loves caring for geriatric animals. 

Dr. Knappett resides in College Station with her husband, 2 children, a dog named Kepler, and 2 cats named Clemens and Fritz.  The Knappett family loves to be outdoors: hiking, camping and going to parks and playgrounds.

Dr. Yi-An Yang
Veterinarian

Yi-An Yang

Dr. Yang is originally from Taiwan and has a strong interest in small animal dermatology. She completed her Bachelor degree and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from National Taiwan University. Following graduation, she earned a Master of Biomedical Science from Michigan State University, and continued her research work as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University. She then moved to Oklahoma with her husband, Dah-Jiun, who is a veterinary pathologist and their orange tabby, Jacky, and finished her PAVE clinical year at Oklahoma State University.

She is now based at College Station, Texas and excited to be apart of the BVAH family! Her focus in the practice is improving client education and providing empathetic patient care. Dr. Yang enjoys yoga, cooking, and relaxing with her loved ones. 

Dr. Donald Holter
Surgeon/ Veterinarian

Donald Holter

Dr. Donald Holter earned his DVM degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduating, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Nashville, TN. He then went on to finish two specialty surgery internships at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and Oklahoma State University. He concluded his studies with a 3-year residency in small animal surgery at Oklahoma State University. 


After completing his residency, Dr. Holter went into private practice at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, and has since gone on to complete advanced coursework in orthopedics, including I-Loc fracture management, and Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). In addition to clinical cases, Dr. Holter is also an orthopedic consultant for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). His areas of clinical interest include orthopedics and surgical oncology cases. He is excited to be able to serve pets in College Station as a MOVES surgeon. 

Staff

Mowgli
Head of Treat Research

Mowgli

Mowgli, also known as the First Lady of BVAH, is a 6 year old French Bulldog. She is known to be an astounding treat sampler and toy inspector, and gives her paw of approval for all snacks left on the counter. She can usually be found in reception and greets her fellow pet companions with a tail wag so intense, her butt wiggles. In her free time, she enjoys long walks, even longer naps, and all the snuggles and love from her friends at BVAH.

Kepler
Clinic Therapist

Kepler

Kepler is Dr. Knappett's 8 year old "Texas Brown Dog."  He was adopted from Urgent Animals of Hearne in July 2016, when he was about a year old. 

Kepler spends most of his work day providing emotional support for the entire clinic staff. 

Kepler loves going for walks with his mom, hanging out with his cat friends, sampling all the cheese, soaking up some sunshine, and getting LOTS of belly rubs.  You may find Kepler up front with the receptionists and he will either be napping or begging for treats.

Mallory
Practice Manager / Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mallory

Mallory joined our BVAH family in September of 2021. She has her bachelor’s degree from ATM and her master’s in animal nutrition. Mallory is currently enrolled to become a licensed veterinary technician and plans to graduate in May 2023.

Mallory has a passion for all things animal related. She enjoys getting to watch her baby patients grow up strong and healthy, and loves seeing her ill patients become healthy and get to go home. In Mallory’s free time, her passion is riding horses, reading, hiking, camping, fishing, and caring for her many animals. She has 3 dogs named Leroy, Shiner, and Mia. Along with Barcelona and Ryker her two horses and Tina and Lafonda her llamas!

Milena
Licensed Veterinary Technician/Lead Technician

Milena

Milena graduated from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in May 2019 with an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology. She graduated from Blinn College with degree in animal science. Milena currently goes to Sam Houston State University and is pursing a Bachelor's degree in animal science and equine science. She plans to concentrate on equine medicine and reproductive health in the future. 
 
Milena has a passion for veterinary medicine for small, large, and exotic animals. She loves taking extra time to get to know our clients and patients, and believes that client education is extremely important. 
 
When Milena is not at school or working here with us, she is either spending time with her husband and pets. She has two dogs, a pit bull named Phillip and a border collie mix named Leela. She also has one cat named Mew, who runs her entire household. 

Jilly
Veterinary Technician

Jilly

Jilly is currently studying animal science at ATM. Her ultimate goal is to become a veterinarian. She joined our BVAH family in January of 2023. Jilly has a love for animals. She enjoys meeting the pets and their owners, stating that it is fun getting to know the individual patients and caring for them medically. She has three fur babies that she cares for, Sparkie, her Golden Retriever, and her two cats, Cali and Tortie. She loves learning new skills and educating herself on animals in general. In her free time, Jilly’s passions are Christmas, hiking, camping, and baking.

James
Veterinary Technician

James

James joined our BVAH family in June of 2023. His favorite part of his job is getting to meet and establish patient relations with new clients and their fur-babies. He is currently enrolled at Texas A&M and aspires to be a large animal Veterinarian in the future. He cares for two cuties of his own, Baloo the Boxer, and Holly, a Boston Terrier. His passions are Houston Sports, Whataburger, and ofcourse the delicious Dr. Pepper!

Kara
Veterinary Assistant

Kara joined our BVAH family in August of 2023. She has a love for animals, and enjoys meeting all of the adorable pets. She has two fur babies that she cares for, Colby Jack and Little Bit. She loves playing polo (the horse one), her favorite color is blue, and her favorite person in the world is her husband!

Resort Staff

Jenna
Pet Groomer

Jenna joined the BVAH family as a professional groomer in September of 2022. Jenna has been a professional groomer since 2007. Her favorite part of her job is seeing her regular clients, getting to meet her new clients, and working with such “sweet and knowledgeable people”. She has two furbabies of her own, a pitbull named Fat Daddy, and a Chihuahua named Chicken Wing. Her passions are Italian food, road trips, and Christmas!

Nicki
Pet Groomer

Nicki joined our BVAH family in January of 2023. Her favorite part of her job is advancing her skill set. Her passions are all things food, painting, and celebrating Halloween. She cares for her two pitbulls, Ivy and Gentlemen, and her chihuahua, Angel. 

Jessica
Pet Resort Patient Care Technician

Jessica

Jessica joined the BVAH family in November of 2022, and is currently studying wildlife fishing science and wants to pursue her dream of becoming a zoologist. She enjoys caring for her two Mini Lop Rabbits named Blu and Rookie. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know/learn all of her daycare dog’s personalities. In her free time, Jessica’s passions are eating green enchiladas, drinking iced matcha lattes, and going to bahama bucks!