Daryl Neans is a Central Texas native – he grew up just a few miles from where Central Texas Animal Hospital stands today. He completed his undergraduate work at Southwest Texas State University (now TSU) and at Texas A&M. He graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and then began his practice in Pflugerville.
In “the old days,” it was just Dr. Neans and one assistant working from a small space in downtown Pflugerville (where the tax service is today.) He treated small and large animals which took him to farm duty – emergency calls at all hours of the day or night.
Now, Dr. Neans focuses on the care of cats and dogs and has surrounded himself with the best doctors and staff with whom to practice. This has given him a little more time to do some of the other things he loves – fishing, hunting and training his dogs. He is the consummate outdoorsman, preferring to spend his time traveling to quiet wilderness destinations.
At the age of 12, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. While working my way through undergraduate and vet school, I held a wide variety of interesting jobs which reinforced my decision to have no other career but veterinary medicine:
- Milk testing at dairies (at 4 am!).
- Exercise horses at a paint horse farm.
- Refueling airplanes at the municipal airport.
- Teaching Assistant at Astronomy lab.
- Analyzing grass samples in a Range Science lab.
Both my undergraduate (Ranch Management) and Veterinary School years were spent at Texas A&M. Gig ‘EM!
Following stints as a practice co-owner and as a relief vet, I have worked at Central Texas Animal Hospital since 1998.
I met my husband, Jon, in high school. We married 3 weeks after graduation and are celebrating our 25th Anniversary. Our daughter, Chloe, is an active, busy student at The University of Texas.
Dr. Julien joined the Central Texas Animal Hospital team in June of 2005. He grew up in Dixon, a rural town of 1,600 residents in southern Missouri. He completed his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2004.
Dr. Julien has been happily married since 2000 to his wonderful wife, Christine, who is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT. They are the proud parents of Maya, who was born in May 2007.
In college, Dr. Julien was an All-American distance runner and ran the Chicago Marathon four consecutive years while in Veterinary school. In his free time, he enjoys trying to muster the willpower to get back in shape. He also enjoys good books and trying new restaurants. Tim, Christine, and their daughter Maya love traveling.
Dr. Ussery grew up in northwest Arkansas. As a child she knew that she wanted to work with animals. She received a Bachelors in Biology and minored in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Central Arkansas. During undergrad she worked at a busy mixed animal practice where she grew to appreciate the problem solving aspect of medicine. Dr. Ussery then attended The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she moved to Austin and worked at a mixed animal practice outside of the city. She is now happy to call CTAH her new home away from home. In her free time she enjoys yoga, reading, horseback riding and exploring Austin with her husband, Bryce, and her dog, Becka.