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Veterinarians

Cliff Honnas, DVM, DACVS
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Nathan Canada, DVM,

MS, DACVS

Elizabeth Harris, DVM

Lauren Underwood, DVM, IVCA

Lauren Nykanen, DVM
Amanda Sarbry, DVM
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Olivia Stricklin, DVM
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Cliff Honnas, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Cliff Honnas, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1984 from Colorado State University. He subsequently completed a one-year internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University, followed by a three-year residency in Equine Surgery at the University of California — Davis, California. In 1988, he relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he taught Equine Surgery at Louisiana State University. While at LSU, he became board certified in Equine Surgery. In 1989, he and his family moved to College Station, Texas to work at Texas A&M University as an Equine Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Honnas practiced at Texas A&M University for 19 years, and was a tenured full professor. Dr. Honnas had a very active clinical practice at the university as well as an active consulting practice throughout the state of Texas.

Dr. Honnas and his wife, Lorie, live in Robertson County and have six children. They both were raised in Christian homes and accepted Jesus as their own personal Savior at early ages. They strived to raise their children in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Their oldest daughter, Audre, and her husband Daniel are both attorneys living in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The couple graduated from the Regent University's School of Law in Virginia with Juris Doctor degrees. They are proud parents of three daughters Kahlan Elise born November 13, 2014 and twin girls, Aralyn Faith and Hadlyn Grace, born October 30, 2018. Mollie is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Master's degree from the Professional Program of Accounting at the Mays Business School, and received a minor in music. She is working as the CFO and CPA for Texas Equine Hospital. Henre graduated from Texas A&M in 2013 with a degree in Forensic Law and was also a member of the Corps of Cadets for four years. In December 2016, he married Lexi and they now reside in London, England where he is attending the Royal Veterinary College. In May 2017, Cheri received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University and is completing a three-year emergency critical care residency at Texas A&M University. Kenny is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in nutrition and will be applying to medical school after graduation. He recently married Kara on May 28, 2019 who is currently working on her nursing degree at Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. Jesse is studying pre-medicine at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and was also recruited to play running back on their football team. Jesse married Abigail on June 14, 2019, who recently received her degree in economics and finance from Centre University in Danville, Kentucky.

Nathan Canada, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Nathan Canada attended Oklahoma State University, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and received his DVM in 2011. After graduating, he completed a one year internship at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. He then traveled to Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center for an additional year of training. During this time, he was selected to enter the equine surgery residency program at KSU. He completed his residency in July of 2016 and received his master’s degree in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. He obtained diplomate status by passing all parts of the ACVS certification examination in February 2017.

Dr. Canada is originally from Yukon, Oklahoma. Growing up, he worked at a mixed animal clinic for over 10 years. In 2008, he married his high school sweetheart, Lauren, and they have been blessed with three beautiful children, daughters, Peighton and Makinley and son Sutton. In his spare time, Dr. Canada enjoys spending time with his family, connecting with others through his local church, and anything that involves being outdoors, especially fishing.

Lauren Underwood, DVM, IVCA

Raised in the heart of Louisiana, Dr. Lauren Underwood's passion for animals began at an early age. Since she was 8 years old, she competed in hunter/jumper events and continued competing throughout college. Owning her horse, Dan, led her to be in close contact with veterinarians which sparked her interest in pursuing a career in the veterinary field. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she obtained her Bachelors in Animal Science degree in December 2013. While in undergrad, she worked at both small animal hospitals and an equine hospital to understand and see the workings of all aspects of veterinary medicine. Equine medicine interested Lauren the most and lead her to concentrate on equine throughout vet school. In August 2014, Lauren began veterinary school at Louisiana State University. She was an active member of AAEP and SFT (society for theriogenology) and graduated with honors in May 2018. All aspects of equine medicine interest Lauren, but she has specific enthusiasm for neonatal care and theriogenology.

In June 2019, Dr. Underwood successfully completed a one year internship at Texas Equine Hospital and was then hired on as an associate veterinarian. In 2018, during her intern year, she also obtained her IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) certification and fulfills all the chiropractic needs of the hospital.

Growing up in Louisiana has given Lauren a love for the outdoors and for delicious food. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with family, friends, her two dogs, and  her horse, Dan. 

Elizabeth Harris, DVM

Raised in central North Carolina, Dr. Harris spent most of her time growing up at a local stable riding, teaching lessons, and competing. She attended NC State University for her undergraduate training and completed her B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience in 2015. Dr. Harris then stayed on to pursue vet school at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time as an undergraduate and veterinary student, she worked as a research assistant in a lab studying stem cell immunology and regenerative therapies in horses. She was also an active member of the NC State student chapter of AAEP and helped to organize educational events for the community. Her clinical experience throughout vet school led her to pursue a career in equine practice after graduation in 2019.

 

After finishing veterinary school, Dr. Harris moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a one year rotating equine medicine and surgery internship at the Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which she completed in June 2020. Her special interests include sports medicine, lameness and surgery.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and hiking with her dog, Niko.

Lauren Nykanen, DVM (Intern)

Dr. Lauren Nykanen graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. Spending most of her childhood in the panhandle of Florida, Dr. Nykanen grew up playing softball, volleyball, and going to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches nearly every week! She attended undergraduate classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience with minors in Biology and Chemistry. It wasn't until her sophomore year of college that she began working at a small animal veterinary clinic and discovered her love of veterinary medicine. In preparation for veterinary school, Dr. Nykanen acquired extensive experience working in both small and large veterinary clinics as well as studying conservation efforts in Costa Rica. 

 

While in veterinary school at the University of Florida, she served as her class president for all four years. Additionally, she was heavily involved in UF's student AAEP chapter and completed a research project evaluating mastitis in dairy cows. When she wasn't busy studying or with extracurriculars, Dr. Nykanen began teaching herself to ride horses by using only youtube videos! She eventually competed in several local Hunter/Jumper shows, which is a hobby she hopes to continue in Texas. To expand her knowledge in equine veterinary medicine, Dr. Nykanen completed externships at prominent equine veterinary clinics in New York, Kentucky, and Georgia. Her special interests include soft-tissue surgery and sports medicine.

 

When not working, Dr. Nykanen enjoys spending time with her miniature schnauzer, Belle, and her two cats, Baloo and Ellie.

Amanda Sarbry, DVM (Intern)

Dr. Amanda Sarbry graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. Born and raised in Florida she knew at a young age she wanted to be a veterinarian. She showed within the APHA and AQHA circuits throughout high school and into college. She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science in 2014. During her undergrad, she competed with the UF equestrian team and worked as a laboratory animal veterinary technician. In 2016 she attended Lincoln Memorial University, where she received a Masters in Business Administration. 

 

During vet school, Amanda spent her time working with local donkeys and exploring the beautiful island of St. Kitts with her classmates. Amanda is also in the process of earning her Equine Acupuncture Certification through the Chi Institute. She spent her clinical year at Oregon State University, where she further developed an interest in large animal surgery. Whenever she has free time, Amanda enjoys hiking with her two rescue mutts, Harley and Molly. She also enjoys restoring and taking road trips with her antique tincan camper trailer. 

Olivia Stricklin, DVM (Intern)

Dr. Olivia Stricklin graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020.  Originally from Missouri, she attended University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences with honors in 2016. While in undergrad, she spent time working on a commercial hog farm, in various research labs, and spent spring breaks at an equine practice that specialized in reproduction, which solidified her interest in theriogenology. During veterinary school, she was president of the Theriogenology club, participated in a research lab studying gene therapies for ALS (also known as “Lou Gehrig's disease”), and was an active member in her AAEP chapter. Her interest in equine medicine was solidified after spending six weeks on an equine surgery, medicine, and ambulatory rotation.

 

During her free time, Dr. Olivia likes to spend time outdoors with her husky, Ozzie, train for CrossFit, and spend time with friends.

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Bryan, Texas  77807

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