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.
Upon graduation, Dr. Beck began working for the Extension Service of Liberty County where he was very involved in the local 4-H clubs. Two years later, Dr. Beck made the decision to apply for the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was accepted into the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 and graduated in August of 1982.
He returned to Victoria and purchased Hillcrest Animal Hospital from Dr. Phillips. After two years of practicing at the location on Main Street, Dr. Beck moved the practice to its current location on John Stockbauer Drive. He has been successfully growing his practice in this location since 1985. His favorite areas of study are orthopedic surgery, dermatological cases, and exotic animals.
Dr. Beck loves all animals, including wildlife. In his spare time, he likes working on his ranch, where he raises horses and cattle. He has two wonderful children, Laurie and John, and three grandchildren, Jack, Molly, and John W. Beck IV (Liam). He is a board member for the local Rotary Club, a board member for the Victoria Electric Co-Op Board of Directors, and a board member of the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show. He is also a longtime member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Golden Crescent Veterinary Medical Association (GCVMA), Texas Cattleman’s Association, and the Texas Wildlife Management Association.
Dr. Beck is also a member of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, C of C Ambassadors, and Hope of South Texas.
Dr. Beck is a very respected member of the community and strives for excellence in every aspect of his professional and personal life.
BS, RVT-CVPM, Business Manager
Sandy came to Hillcrest Animal Hospital in 2016. She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2005. She received her Registered Veterinary Technician License in 2007 and her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager Certification in 2011. She raised her children in Victoria, moved away, then came back and is very happy with her decision. She enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, Grace, Finnigan, Fionn, Godiva, Kieran and one crazy cat Roswell. She has a passion for adopting shelter pets, training them for assistance dogs, and donating them to someone in need. She is licensed through American Kennel Club as a Certified Therapy/ Assistance Dog Trainer. She also teaches a Veterinary Assistant Course at Victoria College in the summers.
Marcy has lived in Victoria all of her life. She came to Hillcrest Animal Hospital in early 2018. Her love of working with numbers AND animals is the perfect fit for her! She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and decorating & has a passion for animal rescue. Marcy shares her home with her three rescue dogs – Winnie, Bessie & Winston. She leads a simple and serene life with her fur babies…just the way she likes it!
LVT, Lead Technician
Deanna is a native Victorian, graduating 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. Deanna began her veterinary career at Hillcrest in July of 2012. She has two sons, Gavin and Ryder, and numerous fur babies. Her one true hobby is reading and finds nothing more enjoyable or comforting than getting sucked into a great book.
Destani was born and raised in Victoria and is a graduate of Victoria East High School. In 2019 she graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Biology. After graduation, she took a position working at the Internationl Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Ft. Worth, TX. She is now enrolled in the Veterinary Technology course through Penn Foster. She spends her time at home caring for her rescues, Dutchess, Todd and Peaches.
BS- Ag Science-Vet Technology -Veterinary Technician
Just down the road in Hallettsville, Madison grew up on a farm with a vast variety of animals/livestock. Once graduating high school she attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She was admitted into the Veterinary Technology program and obtained a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Sciences-Veterinary Technology and a Minor in Animal Science in 2020. Soon after she joined the Hillcrest team. Madison married in 2021 to a local guy, Jake Wallace. Madison is the proud owner of a variety of livestock and poultry but closest to her heart are her dogs Sky, Benelli Rose, Sky Otis, Rooster, Ace and several cats.
BS- Animal Science, Veterinary Technician
Katlyn is a native to Victoria. She graduated Victoria West HS in 2012, then went to Texas A & M in College Station to pursue her degree in Animal Science. She worked at the Large Animal Hospital at the University while attending college. She will be attending Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2022. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies include riding her horse Major, walking her dogs Aspen and Kayce, and spending time outdoors. Katlyn is truly an asset to HIllcrest and we look forward to knowing Dr. Katlyn Marr.
Tech Asst./Kennel Tech.
She was born in Columbus, TX, and raised in Hallettsville, TX. Allexus completed the Veterinary Technician Assistance course at Victoria College in July of 2019 and obtained a position at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in 2020. She has multiple pets including dogs, cats, ducks, and chickens. In her free time, she likes to relax with a good book or ride horses.
Kim was born in Kansas and moved to Victoria in 2004. She married her husband Brad and has two daughters, Chloe and Olivia. They have a GSD named Xena-Wena and a new puppy named Auri. She enjoys spending her free-time reading and playing outside with the kids and the dogs. Her passion for all animals makes her an awesome fit for our Hillcrest team!
Kennel Tech/Admin. Asst.
Julianna started her career at Hillcrest in 2022. She has three children and dogs Clifford, Chloe, and others. She has had a love for animals since she was a young child. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys fostering pets when she can. Julianna says working at Hillcrest is her “dream job”. We are very happy to have her.
Desiree was born and raised in Victoria where she graduated from Memorial High in 2005. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Desiree spent years in the world of Cosmetology making others beautiful, now she makes Hillcrest beautiful. She has multiple dogs and cats that she loves to spend her down time with.
BS - Animal Science, Business Manager
Darla was raised in Pearland TX, she graduated high school in 2016 and received her Certified Veterinary Assistant. She then went on the Blinn College where she received her Associates degree in Agriculture. She then transferred to Texas A&M University Kingsville where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a minor is business. Darla just recently moved to Victoria and started here in August of 2022. She is the proud owner of three dogs Cali, Gracie, and Rush.