Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Kerrville Veterinary Clinic Ltd in Kerrville! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 830-895-5533 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. David Cardwell

Dr. David Loy Cardwell grew up in Texas in the small town of Pleasanton where his dad had a veterinary practice. Helping his dad in the 1960-70s instilled a love for the practice of veterinary medicine and he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After practicing for 9 years in Corpus Christi, he moved to Kerrville and bought Kerrville Veterinary Clinic. Even after 30 years, he still finds something new and rewarding each day in the practice/art of vet medicine. Since graduating, he has always worked in a mixed practice where “All creatures great and small” are welcome. In his time off, he is usually checking on cows and other creatures at his family ranch near Junction which has been in his family for more than 100 years. His dad grew up there and Dr. Cardwell has deep roots there as well. He also loves visiting the wild country in the mountains of Colorado. He is married to Sheryl Cardwell and has a daughter, two sons, and three grandkids!

Dr. Melanie Vanicek

Dr. Vanicek is a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M and 1989 graduate of University of Texas. She has been here at Kerrville Veterinary Clinic since 2007. She has past experience of working in emergency hospitals for 12 years. Her passions include small animal internal medicine and general care. She lives with her husband, 5 dogs, and 3 cats. She enjoys going for walks, gardening, reading, and spending time with her animals.

Dr. Ashley Stricklin

Dr. Ashley Stricklin is a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in San Antonio where, in 2004, she graduated from O’Connor High School. She then attended Tarleton State University where she received a B.S. in Animal Science in 2008 while working on a show pig farm. She also received a scholarship to be a veterinary intern during the 2012 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo where she was able to work primarily with show animals. Dr. Stricklin was also the show veterinarian for the Bexar County and Walter Gerlach Junior Livestock Shows in 2014. She is very excited to become a part of the Kerrville community and looks forward to meeting all the clients and patients at Kerrville Veterinary Clinic. Her personal interests include reading, hunting, flyball, and spending time with family and friends, which of course, includes her horse, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. She enjoys working with all types of animals, but her passion lies in the show animal industry.

Dr. Richard Grafe

Dr. Grafe received his bachelor science degree in Animal Science in 2009 from Texas A&M University and received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2014 from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Grafe is a Hill Country native who grew up on his family ranch in Boerne. He raised both Angora and Boer goats and showed goats as well as pigs, steers and horses through FFA and 4-H. He is no stranger to Kerrville as he often participated in the Kerrville Livestock show. He takes pride in working with both large and small animals and strives to bring the best care possible to his patients and getting to know owners that make up this great community. He enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his wife Christina and family.

Dr. Kimberly Carter

Dr. Carter grew up in San Antonio and went to high school in Helotes where she was very active in the FFA program. In 2009 she received Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Wildlife Management from Tarleton State University. In 2013 Dr. Carter received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. Since then, she has been in busy practices in Belton and Meridian, Texas. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice including small and large animal medicine and surgery, and also cervid medicine. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Wildlife Disease Association, and American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. She loves spending time with her family, her 2 dogs and hunting with her husband Dave.


Born and raised in Texas, lived in Kerrville for 3 years. Married 23 years with one son, attending Tivy High School. Veterinary technician for 12 years, six of those in Friendswood, Texas and six of those in Strasburg, Colorado. Loved every minute of it. Have a great love for animals and their well-being. Enjoy hanging out with my family, my dog and chickens. Other hobbies include beekeeping, gardening, hunting, fishing and traveling back & forth to Colorado whenever I can.


Ashley is a Kerrville native, she has been a vet tech for 7 years, when she recently joined KVC and now is a receptionist.


My name is Suzette and I am from Adkins, Tx. Moved to Kerrville over 15 years ago. I enjoy kayaking down all the beautiful rivers of the Texas Hill Country!

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Kristian was born and raised in Kerrville, Tx. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years, including emergency services. Outside our clinic she enjoys working with horses, running, and spending time with her twins

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Julia is originally from San Diego, California. She moved to Arizona where she worked for the Pima County Animal Shelter for 3 years. She played hockey for 12 years and still enjoys watching games. Julia also enjoys listening to music.

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Kelsey comes from the small town of Knippa, TX , just outside of Uvalde, TX. She grew up on her grandparents ranch where she fell in love with horses at the age of 3 and her passion for animals began. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her pets.

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She was raised in the Hill Country and was homeschooled from fourth grade on. She likes spending time with her family, friends, her dog Ruger and cat Moonstone. She has been working at the Kerrville Vet Clinic for more than five years, starting as a kennel worker and she currently works as a technician assistant.

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Staci was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. After high school she moved to Arizona where her husband was stationed. This is where she received her certification as a veterinary assistant. She enjoys being back in Kerrville near family and friends. Staci enjoys spending her free time with her husband, daughter, and her pets.

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Kitty came to us from Austin,Tx. where she worked at a Small Animal Hospital since 1980. She recently moved to Kerrville with her beloved family, Joe Perez, Bismarck, Lollipop, Vlad, Tickety Boo and Goldie. When not working she loves gardening, reading, home improvement projects and spending time with family and friends.


I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in El Paso, Texas. I’m married and have a daughter and I’m now a grandma! I’ve always had a special love for animals. My first job experience with animals was as a volunteer docent at the El Paso Zoo. This experience opened doors for me and I went to work for a pet store and eventually my first job at a veterinary clinic. I loved working with animals in a medical environment and I’ve been working in the veterinary field for over twenty years now. When I’m not at the clinic or home spending time with my own furry friends, I also do pet sitting. My life would not be complete without animals to love and take care of. I am blessed to work at such a wonderful place with people who share my special love for animals.

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Born and raised in Minnesota. Graduated from Argosy University, Minnesota in 2004 with an Associate Degree in Animal Science. Then attained Minnesota Certification as a Veterinary Technician. Experience with: Small practice- dogs, cats, pocket-pets, birds, livestock, exotics. Traveled from Chilly Minnesota to “Komfey” Kerrville, TX and plans to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Texas.

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Joe has been in the Small Animal field since 1979 in Austin,Tx. He preps his patients for surgery and assists the surgeons during surgery. His loves are his family, wife Kitty Carr-Perez and his 4 legged sons and daughters. Three Miniature Schnauzers a Maine Coon cat and a Chartreux (looking) cat. When not working he loves fishing and gardening.