We’re dedicated to your pet’s care.
The veterinarians and care team at Rice Village Animal Hospital works tirelessly to provide compassionate care for your pet.
Dr. Rita Jou
Dr. Jou attended the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts where she obtained both her Masters and Doctoral degrees. She practiced as a small animal veterinarian for several years in Boston prior to her move to Texas in 2018. Dr. Jou’s clinical interests lie in preventative health, nutrition, and behavior.
In her time away from the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, which include her husband, two young children, two dogs, and an elderly cat.
Dr. Alan Herron
Since 2013 he has worked as a part time relief clinical veterinarian in Houston and is now joining the staff of The Rice Village Animal Hospital as a part time associate veterinarian. He enjoys routine veterinary clinical practice and the medical management of pet animals and wellness management. On a limited basis he can review histopathology through his lab at Baylor College of Medicine.
Alan and his wife Helena enjoy watching movies on the big screen, gardening, travel, eating authentic Chinese food and spending time with their two Silky Terriers.
She enjoys spending time with her family, most importantly her young daughter Selene. She is so excited to watch her grow! She is also going to school to obtain an Associates Degree in Animal Sciences. Anita has three pets: “Lacy,” a Pitbull Terrier; “Jasmine,” a chocolate Lab mix; and a cat named “Duncan.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, kickboxing and outdoor activities.
Anita says, “I love animals and get satisfaction when helping pets. I like to have the opportunity to make a difference in any way possible!” Here she is pictured with a regular patient “Bella.”
Client Service Representative
Client Service Representative/Receptionist
Ashley was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She moved to Houston last year to pursue her career further, not only in animal medicine but also in human medicine. Ashley has always had a love and passion for animals and has dreamed of having a career combining the two. Rice Village Animal Hospital has helped her begin this journey.
Ashley is CVA certified and is currently enrolled to obtain her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her loved ones, and keeping in touch with her family back home. She is a happy fur mom to her 4-legged pets: Tina, her playful Pitbull, and Tinker, a tabby cat.
Monica was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Since she was a child she loved helping animals She moved to Houston in 2014 and began working in the veterinary field as soon as she had the opportunity. She is passionate about the well being of all her patients. Monica always looks forward to coming to work and enjoys every moment of it and the Journey it will take her on. She always strives to provide a Fear Free visit for all of our patients to ensure that they feel safe and have a positive experience. When not at work she spends her free time with her 2 children and her own fur babies.
Our newest Pet Stylist, Nicole, joined RVAH in May 2020! A Houston native while also having grown up in Louisiana, she began her career with animals in 2010 and a grooming career in 2012. She takes pride in her work and believes in the quality of not only her grooms but the time spent with her fur clients!
In her spare time, she enjoys all things outdoors and traveling. She’s a “mom” to her rescue dog Gus – her best buddy and sometimes, traveling partner!
Kennel Supervisor and Veterinary Assistant
Necole was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She worked in retail most of her life but decided she needed to make a change, one that would bring her joy. Her love for animals led her to Rice Village Animal Hospital in 2019. Her favorite part of being a Kennel Technician is bringing the animals joy during their stay and giving their owners peace of mind while they are gone. In her spare time, Necole spends time with her children exploring nature.
Kennel Technician and Client Service Representative
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two pets; Lucy, a cute little dog adopted from BARC, and Hazel, a sweet little cat who was adopted at the ASPCA. She also enjoys listening to music and catching up with her close friends.
We’ve been serving Houston since 1976.
The team at Rice Village Animal Hospital has been your preferred Houston veterinary hospital for a long time, and we know how important your pet is to your family. Please contact us with anything you may need, big or small.
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Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun: 5 pm - 6 pm Boarding Check-in and Pick-ups
Doctor's Hours by Appointment, Walk-ins, and Drop-Off Services Welcome
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