Our Veterinarians

Dr. Tim Skupin

Owner, Veterinarian

Sometimes life takes us to places that we never imagined. For Dr. Skupin, that trip has taken him from a childhood of working in the cotton fields of West Texas, to a career as a software engineer, and finally to a new animal hospital in Avery Ranch.

In 1992, before he had ever considered a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Skupin was traveling in Italy. On a hillside above Florence, he saw a veterinarian working with a colony of feral cats. He was struck both by the compassion she had for her half-wild patients, and the bonds that they had formed – a community that they had carved out for themselves among a jumble of ruined buildings. At that moment, Dr. Skupin knew that he would do whatever it took to be able to experience the same thing.

He climbed back on a plane, returned to Texas, and for the next five years took all the prerequisites for veterinary school at nights, and on the weekends, while still keeping his full-time job as a programmer. In 1998, Dr. Skupin was accepted at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. Four years later, he returned to the Austin area to begin the career that he was meant to have.

After working as an associate veterinarian, an emergency veterinarian, and a relief doctor throughout Travis and Williamson counties, Dr. Skupin opened Avery Ranch Animal Hospital in 2005. Since then, the hospital has grown from a small strip center storefront, into a beautiful new free-standing hospital.

Throughout all these changes, Dr. Skupin has never forgotten his original goal – to live and work in that magical place where human and animal relationships are formed.

Beginning in 2011, Dr. Skupin began using Avery Ranch Animal Hospital as a base to carry out another work that he has become equally passionate about – human and animal health in less-developed counties. Over the past four years, he has begun making trips to Northern India to work with migratory herdsmen in the Himalaya, teaching them how to improve both the health of their livestock, and the well-being of their families. In return, they have taught Dr. Skupin another dimension of the human-animal bond. And as a bonus, he now knows how to deal with a herd of angry water buffalo . . .

Dr. Skupin has been married for 23 years, and has one daughter at Round Rock High School, and another daughter at Brentwood Christian Academy. His household also includes a Great Pyrenees named Max(whose vast drifts of white fur have been the end of more than one vacuum cleaner) and a Border Collie puppy named Tiberius.

Dr. Skupin enjoys both fly fishing, and herding sheep with his constant companion, another Border Collie, named Gaius. He also teaches the junior high school Bible class at his church, and leads training sessions in veterinary ethics at Texas A&M University, for first-year veterinary students.

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Dr. Elizabeth Ashbaugh


Dr. Ashbaugh was born and grew up in Austin, Texas. She attended The University of Texas in Austin where she studied music and chemistry. She then attended Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. While at Texas A&M, she participated in research and publications that focused on the genetics and biological control of the Red Imported Fire Ant in Texas.

After veterinary school, Dr. Ashbaugh moved to Colorado (a state she thought she may like to live) and pursued a small animal internship at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialty Hospital in 2007. She stayed there for a residency program specializing in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, but once completed, she knew she wanted to move back to Texas (shoveling snow is a lot of work!!).

Dr. Ashbaugh practiced as an emergency veterinarian and managed an emergency department for 7 years before being led in a different path. In 2015, she moved into general veterinary medicine. Since that time, she has found a new love for her patients and their humans. Her professional interests include senior wellness care, internal medicine with complex case management and, of course, emergency medicine and surgery. She loves client education and, be careful or she will talk with you for hours. Dr. Ashbaugh has published papers in such topics of Smoke Inhalation in Dogs, Toxicities of Dogs, Intestinal Foreign Bodies and Nasal Disease.

Dr. Ashbaugh is married with one very active little boy. She is active in volunteer work, especially with a group that mentors 4th graders in science. She is passionate about music and has been a musician for over 20 years. She enjoys adventures with her family, especially if they involve wide-open spaces such as Big Bend. Besides a budding small ninja (aka kindergartener), Dr. Ashbaugh has a schnoodle named George and they are all in the service of a demanding, spoiled tabby name Mau Man.

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Dr. Stephanie King


Dr. Stephanie King loves to spend her free time with her own pets, so she knows firsthand how much loyalty, companionship, and joy our animal friends offer. Getting to help others’ pets live the happiest, healthiest lives possible is a dream come true for Dr. King—she’s a proud member of Avery Ranch Animal Hospital’s team of talented veterinarians!

Dr. King received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2006, then practiced in Danville, Illinois for several years. Next, she relocated to Seattle, Washington, practicing at a feline-focused hospital as well as a fear-free and cat-friendly clinic. Dr. King and her family moved to the Lone Star State in April of 2016, and she was thrilled to join the Avery Ranch Animal Hospital family shortly afterward. Dr. King’s veterinary interests include feline medicine, dentistry work, and senior-pet care.

Away from the office, Dr. King can be found spending time with family and friends or working on agility training with her dog. Along with her husband and their two daughters, she shares her home with a pair of super-senior cats, Kaci and Rocky, as well as an energetic German Shorthaired Pointer named Penny.

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