Dr. Pat O’Neil, DVM
Dr. Daniel Patrick (Pat) O’Neil was born and raised in Terrell, Texas, the son of two lifetime educators. Dr. O’Neil attended Texas A&M University, where he ran track for the university. After completing three years of undergraduate work at A&M, he was accepted into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program and completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science while simultaneously working toward his veterinary degree. When Dr. O’Neil was not studying, he could be found playing with his new puppy or attending the A&M Methodist Church with his future bride, Amy. Dr. O’Neil graduated from A&M with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1983, and began his career as a veterinarian in Fredericksburg shortly after.
Pedernales Veterinary Center was established a few years later, and has steadily grown into the distinguished practice that it is today. Dr. O’Neil works hard to serve his loyal clients in all areas of animal care. He is extremely skilled at treating an array of animals, however he is most well-known for his expertise in the field of exotic hoofstock and deer immobilization, transport and medicine. He has volunteered with teams of veterinarians in South Africa, utilizing chemical immobilization to treat and relocate such species as Giraffes and White Rhinos. Dr. O’Neil is actively involved in the Exotic Wildlife Association, and also serves on their Board of Directors. In addition to volunteering and raising money for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Dr. O’Neil was a guest speaker at the North American Elk Breeder Association meeting in 2014, where he spoke on the topic of chemical immobilization. Most recently, Dr. O’Neil has been a guest speaker at his alma mater twice this year, both times serving as an authority in the field of wildlife health, disease and immobilization.
Dr. O’Neil has been married to Amy Cardwell O’Neil since 1984. Together they have raised three wonderful children (and many special animals). Their oldest child, Eleanor Madison graduated from Southwestern University and works in Washington, D.C.; their son, Morgan Patrick graduated from Texas A&M University and is currently interning for Space X. Upon completion of his internship, he will resume his work towards obtaining a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at A&M. Jennifer Kay will graduate from Fredericksburg High School in 2016, and looks forward to earning admittance to a college of her choice. Dr. O’Neil is a longtime owner of racing Quarter Horses and enjoys watching them run whenever possible. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, Dr. O’Neil is also a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Quarter Horse Association and Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. John Metzger, DVM
Dr. John Metzger was born and raised in Fredericksburg. He attended St. Mary’s school and FHS where he was active in athletics and FFA judging teams. After high school, he attended Tarleton State University where he played football for the Texans, majored in animal science, and met his future wife, Alysha. After graduating from TSU, he attended veterinary school at the University of Texas A&M, graduating in 2006. He came to PVC straight out of school and has helped build its reputation into what it is today. He is a member of the TVMA and AVMA. His professional interests include small animal internal medicine cases, soft tissue surgery, and bovine herd health. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Alysha, and sons, Hunter and Logan, working outside making improvements to the ranch, raising cattle, coaching youth football and baseball, hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Dr. Juliette Carroll
Dr. Juliette Carroll was born and raised in the beautiful hills of Northwest Connecticut. Dr. Carroll began her college career at a small agricultural college in Pennsylvania, but fell in love with Texas after a winter spent working on Angus seedstock operation in the Texas panhandle. She moved to Texas in 2004 where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Tarleton State University, and later moving to College Station, where she earned her master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology from Texas A&M University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Dr. Carroll developed a strong interest in drug-resistant parasites and tick-borne parasitic diseases, which has carried into her career as a veterinarian. She attended veterinary school at Colorado State University, graduating in 2013 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Upon her graduation, she returned to Texas to complete an internship in advanced equine medicine at Elgin Veterinary Hospital. After completion of her internship, Dr. Carroll worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in San Marcos before joining Pedernales Veterinary Center.
In addition to her strong equine background, Dr. Carroll also enjoys livestock, exotic hoofstock and small animal medicine. She has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, exotic ruminant parasite management, wound care and challenging medical cases. Dr. Carroll is a true mixed-animal practitioner in every sense of the word, and looks forward to caring for your large and small animal patients. When Dr. Carroll is not at work, she enjoys growing succulants; riding cutting horses; hiking with her husband, Corbin, and their cattle dogs, Abby and Hazer; and traveling back to the mountains of Colorado any chance she gets. She is a member of the following organizations: American Association Of Equine Practitioners; Exotic Wildlife Association; American Association Of Bovine Practitioners; Texas Equine Veterinarian Association; American Association Of Veterinary Parasitologists; American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Brittni East
Dr. Brittni East was born and raised in League City, Texas. Her love of animals got an early start on the fairgrounds of Galveston County where she raised and showed livestock.
She began her veterinary career working as a small animal anesthesia technician while she completed her undergraduate education in Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Her love and proficiency of anesthesia stems from those experiences in the small animal clinic. She continued her education at Texas A&M, receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
While in vet school, Dr. East had the opportunity to work with wildlife, companion animals, and production animals around the world. Dr. East has a particular interest in anesthesia, small animal internal medicine, emergency medicine and exotic wildlife. She loves veterinary medicine because of the diversity of animals she gets to work with – small, large, hoofed or clawed – she’s ready to take care of you and your animals. When she’s not working,
Dr. East loves to travel and hike with her boyfriend Iain and their dog Moose. She is a member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Exotic Wildlife Association. She is thrilled to be in the Texas Hill Country and looks forward to building lasting relationships with our clients and their beloved animals.