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Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

At Hillcrest Animal Hospital, we strive for a warm and friendly relationship with you and your pet. This page highlights the staff – our training, experience and dedication to the field of veterinary medicine!

Please call us at 361-573-6131 so that we may assist you in every way possible with your veterinary questions or concerns!

  • Dr. John Beck, DVM

    Dr. Beck was born and raised in Victoria. He grew up on his family farm on Salem Road where he and his family raised sheep, chickens, cattle, horses, etc. After high school, Dr. Beck went to Texas A&M University for his undergraduate work and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Education.

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  • Chelsie, Veterinary Technician

    Chelsie was raised in Refugio, Texas and graduated from Refugio High School in 2010. She started working at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in May 2011 as a Kennel Technician. Chelsie strived to do more and after completing certification classes online gradually moved her way up to become a Veterinary Technician.

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  • Deanna, Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Deanna is a native Victorian. She graduated from Industrial High School in 2004 and then went on to attend the Vet Tech Institute of Houston where she received an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She began her veterinary career at Hillcrest in July of 2012. She married her high school sweetheart Chris, has a very energetic son named Gavin and numerous fur babies. Her one true hobby is reading and finds nothing more enjoyable or comforting than getting sucked into a great book.

  • Diana, Kennel Manager

    Diana has been with Hillcrest since 2001. She is the Kennel Manager and is very dedicated to her job. Diana is well known for being meticulous and making sure all our patient’s needs are met and exceeded. She was born and raised on a horse ranch in San Diego, California and has been around animals her whole life. She spent some time with FEMA and has a heart for those who need help. If nothing else her list of rescued animals should prove that her heart for animals is tremendous, large or small. Diana’s household consists of dogs, cats, birds, fish and even snakes and geckos. At one point she purchased a mouse to feed her snake, who rejected it and is now best friends with one of her cats!

  • Melissa, Reception

    Melissa was born and raised in Ohio, but now considers herself a “Texan” since she has lived here for over 25 years with her husband and her 4 children. Her family is constantly growing since her children have grown up and are bringing children, four legged and two legged, to the family. Melissa has always been known as the “Pug” lady since most of her furry family consist of pugs. Not only does she have pugs but she also has cats, yorkies, pit bulls and several other mixes in her family. Melissa has been with this hospital since 2006 and works in several areas of the clinic, filling in where ever she is needed. She absolutely loves her job and couldn’t see herself doing anything else.

Office Hours


7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:00 am-5:30 pm


7:00 am-5:30 pm


9:00 am-4:30 pm


9:00 am-4:30 pm

**On Saturday we are open to the public but the vet has limited availability and is not always on site. If your pet needs to be seen by the Veterinarian it may be considered an “emergency call” and a deposit will be required.

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