Our Careteam

Desiree Peacock

Practice Manager and Lead Veterinary Technician

Although she was born in Austin, Desiree has traveled and lived all over the Pacific Northwest and New England, and even spent time living in Mexico. She has been with Avery Ranch Animal Hospital since 2009, beginning as a Technician and working her way into management. Desiree shares her home with a Black Labrador named Cheese, a Chihuahua named Chorizo, Azul the cat, and a carnivorous goldfish named Wilson. Always interested in the welfare of her community, she is active in her local government, serving on City Council and numerous committees. She loves watching anime and is busy building her custom house. Desiree has a daughter who loves all things princess-y, and her husband has longer hair than all the women in her family!

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Lead Receptionist

Avery Ranch Animal Hospital’s very first employee, Jennifer has been with Dr. Skupin from the beginning. Years of caring for her own special-needs pets has given her insight and the compassion to help patients and owners through difficult illnesses. Her dedication and love for her wonderful family carries over to her work with her extended animal family here at Avery Ranch. She has recently started training her Belgian Malinois Daizie in tracking; one of the phases of Schutzhund in which she hopes to attain a title in one day. Most days she has her German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross Teka behind the front desk with her, she loves coming to work to see all her furry buddies!

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Mae Woods

Veterinary Technician and Receptionist

Mae’s specialty is gluten-free cooking, her and her artistic husband often moonlight as chefs for their friends and family. She grew up in a large family, and trained service dogs when she was in high school. Mae has a passion for dressage horses, the tiny house movement, and cheese quesadillas. At the first chance she gets, she would love to travel to Brazil and other South American countries. Her fur kids include a yellow Labrador names Quinn that does therapy work with kids, a French Bulldog named Franklin that has had only a teeny bit of plastic surgery (I swear!), and an Anglo-Arabian horse named Zoe who is too smart for her own good.  She has become invaluable at the front desk, her past work in non-profit organizations and degree in Communications has benefited Avery Ranch Animal Hospital greatly!

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Ashley Thiel

Veterinary Technician

Ashley is another native Austinite who joined us in August 2017. She has spent the past 6 years in Lubbock earning 2 degrees in agriculture from Texas Tech; go Raiders! She recently moved back to Austin pursue a career that suits her passion for animals. With an in-home zoo consisting of a standard Dachshund named Gus, her cat Persephone, a fancy rat named Calliope, and a crawfish named B-52, it is safe to say that Ashley loves animals of all shapes and sizes!

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Gabby Blue

Veterinary Technician, Kennel Assistant

Gabby has worked with animals ever since she was in high school, and loves caring for pets in need and making a true difference. She moved to Austin in August of 2018 all the way from Asbury Park, New Jersey, and misses her own pets—a dog named Sandy and Minnie the cat—back home very much. Gabby loves Austin so far and especially enjoys discovering great new spots. She likes making art, ice skating, listening to music, and dancing in her free time, and she can’t get enough of Texas barbeque!

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Kayla Jimenez

Veterinary Technician

Kayla is a native of California, and has wanted to be involved in the veterinary field ever since she was five years old. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and also obtained minors in biology and business before settling down in Cedar Park after college, bringing her two Australian Shepherds, Ollie and Mila, with her. Kayla joined the Avery Ranch Animal Hospital team in September of 2018 and helps the area’s pets and animal parents as a Veterinary Technician. Her main interest outside of veterinary care is traveling; she’s been all over the world and has visited Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and many others. Kayla has even started planning her retirement on Lake Como!

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Connor Peralta

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

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Larry Whiteside

Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon!

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