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Dr. James Bray

Dr. James Bray received his B.S. in Animal Science in 1965 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, both from Texas A&M University.  Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.  His first hospital, purchased in 1970, was Voss Road Animal Clinic. Rice Village Animal Hospital was founded on July 4th, 1976, a converted service station that has expanded to the present facility.

Dr. Bray has always been active in organized veterinary medicine, having served on local and state boards and on national committees.  Most recently, he served on the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners after being appointed by former Governor George W. Bush.  Dr. Bray says, "It was always my goal to own an AAHA certified quality hospital, and Rice Village Animal Hospital has allowed me to realize that dream."

Dr. Bray enjoys walking every morning with his French Bulldog “Willis."



Dr. Melinda Luper

Dr. Melinda Luper grew up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 2001.  She practiced in Tulsa for seven years before moving to Houston.  After a brief stint doing relief work, she decided she missed her veterinary family and joined ours.  She says, "I feel like the staff here are very caring and treat every pet as one of their own furry kids."

Dr. Luper enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but loves preventative care and nutrition the best.  She also combines holistic medicine with traditional therapies for a unique approach to veterinary medicine.  She has extensive experience in surgery and internal medicine.

We are now able to welcome exotic patients to our hospital due to Dr. Luper's expertise.  Besides the care she has provided for household avian and small mammal patients, she was also the veterinarian for a large exotic and wildlife sanctuary near Tulsa.  Lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) were under her care, among the many others.

Dr. Luper is certified as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  If you are interested in getting your dog certified, we can set up a time for you.  This is especially helpful for owners wanting to get their dog involved as a therapy dog.  Also, some home insurance policies actually give a discount for certified dogs.

Dr. Luper has three children of her own: Arrow, the German shepherd, goes to Schutzhund training every week and thoroughly enjoys her daily five-mile runs with Dr. Luper and Arrow's new son, Leucian.  Jackie is a blue crowned conure that Dr. Luper has had since she was 14 years old.  Jackie wishes she was an only child.


Dr. Emily Kuo

Dr. Emily Kuo was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Baylor University in 2005 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University in 2009.  She decided to start her career at Rice Village Animal Hospital because of the hospitality of the staff, the availability of state of the art equipment, and the performance of quality of medicine.

Dr. Kuo is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association.  She participated in several externships during her academic career, including the Houston SPCA and other private hospitals, where she gained extensive experience in surgery and internal medicine.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is most interested in preventative care, shelter medicine and feline medicine.

On her time off, Dr. Kuo enjoys traveling, trying international cuisines, bowling, and spending time with family and friends, including the furry ones.  She has three cats:  Bowser, Monkey and MooMoo.

Dr. Courtney Patson

Dr. Courtney Patson was born and raised in Houston, TX.  She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very early age and was blessed with parents that allowed her to bring in any furry, scaly, slithery, and feathery friends she wanted.  She earned her Bachelor degree in Animal Science at Cornell University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University.  After graduating, Dr. Patson completed a small animal rotating internship at South Texas Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Patson became an associate at Rice Village Animal Hospital in 2014 and is excited to be joining the team.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and Harris County Veterinary Medical Association.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a special interest in internal medicine, oncology, and reptile medicine.Dr. Patson also has experience working with birds, rabbits and pocket pets!

When Dr. Patson is not working, she enjoys spending time with her three boys: a border collie mix named Cody, an orange tabby named Milo, and a bearded dragon named Oliver.  She also enjoys rock climbing, hiking, reading, musical theater, and having fun with friends and family. Dr. Patson is featured here with her lovable border collie mix "Cody."

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