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Dr. Daniel A. Nowland has been a small animal practitioner and owner of Springtown Veterinary Hospital since 1991.
Dr. Nowland says that his earliest influence guiding him toward a veterinary career was his grandfather who owned a farm in Clifton, Texas, as well as watching the local veterinarian work on the cattle and dogs at the farm. "Growing up I spent a lot of time at my grandfather's farm and helped with the cattle," he says. "I also spent a lot of time while growing up in Pflugerville at friends' farms helping with the livestock. I also raised hogs in high school for FFA and then started working at a small animal hospital in Austin when I was 16."
After having practiced since 1984, Dr. Nowland says that he still enjoys the variety of the work. "One minute you are a surgeon, the next a dermatologist, the next a radiologist, and the next an orthopedist. I especially enjoy the reward of making animals well and their owners happy."
Dr. Nowland attended Texas A&M University and George Mason University in Virginia for his undergraduate studies. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 1981, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Nowland attended Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. His areas of special professional focus include emergency medicine and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice and Comal County Veterinary Medical Association. He also has been in the Rotary Club for more than 20 years, 15 of those as a member of the board of directors.
Dr. Nowland has two daughters, Jennifer and Janie. He has two dogs, Vienna, a dachshund, and Javier, a chihuahua.
Dr. Nowland's interests include running, biking, triathlons, watching his daughters play tennis, watching Aggie sporting events, and any and all baseball.
Dr. Cherry Seaton is a Small Animal Practitioner who has been with Springtown Veterinary Hospital since 1988.
"Even as a small child my ambition was to one day become a veterinarian," she says. "I grew up in a family of animal lovers, with three brothers and one sister. My parents were very tolerant of our longing for oodles of pets. We had a large variety, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and even a pet raccoon. The first pet I remember having was a Guinea pig. My father was a medical doctor and, along with my love for animals, he became my inspiration early on to become a doctor for animals."
Now that she is a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Seaton says the day-to-day challenges and variety keeps her interests peaked. "You never know what is going to walk, crawl or be carried through the front door," she says. "No two days are alike. My patients can’t speak for themselves and I take pride in being a patient advocate by providing the highest quality care possible. I work with a compassionate, well trained healthcare team in a modern, progressive hospital. We all understand the strong bond that our clients have with their pets, and realize they are part of the family."
For her undergraduate studies Dr. Seaton first attended Eastfield College and then Texas A&M University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 1976. Later that same year she entered Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1979.
Dr. Seaton's areas of special professional interest include surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, video otoscopy, ultrasonography, wound management and dentistry. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association. She also holds certification in abdominal ultrasound, otoscopy, and laser surgery.
Dr. Seaton is the proud parent of her son Christopher, who has earned a 4.0 GPA at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he is studying for an MBA. She also provides a home to a black Lab named Trooper, a female cat named Crookshanks, and an orange tabby named Weasley.
Dr. Seaton's interests include organic and vegan cooking, bicycling, exercising as much as possible, and organic gardening.
Dr. Kelsey Smith is a recent graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Springtown Veterinary Hospital in June
Dr. Smith is a native of Georgetown, Texas. Growing up in her father's veterinary clinic in Round Rock inspired her dream to become a veterinarian. Dr. Smith received a scholarship to play basketball at Oklahoma Christian University, then transferred to Texas A&M to pursue veterinary medicine.
Dr. Smith lives with her husband, Michael, a fellow Aggie graduate, and their two dogs, Bentley, an English Springer Spaniel, and Brody, a shelter rescue mix.
In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with family, doing anything outdoors, and being active within the local community. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and her interests include dermatology, preventative medicine, dentistry, internal medicine, and pocket pets.