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Meet Our Team


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. Taylor Krueger

Dr. Taylor Krueger


Dr. Taylor Krueger is a native Houstonian. He was drawn to veterinary medicine after volunteering at a local animal shelter. Caring for his beloved first dog, Riley, during undergrad then led Dr. Krueger to pursue his education at  Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the West Indies. While there, he enjoyed island life and built a vast network of colleagues across the U.S. Keeping in regular contact with his peers challenges him to strive for excellence in veterinary medicine. Dr. Krueger finished his clinical year at Texas A&M and graduated from Ross in 2014. 

Since receiving his DVM, Dr. Krueger has practiced in Houston and Sugar Land. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, preventative medicine, shelter medicine, and education.

His personal interests include hanging out with his dog Brody (13-year-old Australian Kelpie), camping, hiking, fishing, cooking/grilling, traveling, and enjoying the amazing food in the Houston area with family and friends.

Dr. Rita Jou

Dr. Rita Jou


Dr. Rita Jou grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She left Texas to complete her undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she studied Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Upon graduating from MIT in 2004, she worked in the field of human neuroscience research in Boston and New York City, until she found her passion for veterinary medicine.

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.



Veterinary Technician

Austen began working with animals as a volunteer at a rescue in South Texas in 2012. She then began her career as a Veterinary Technician in 2014 and decided to move to Houston 2 years later where a bigger and better opportunity became available. She was able to attend the Veterinary Technician Institute to become a licensed Veterinary Technician.

Austen is a mom to 2 beautiful daughters, Kaylee and Tegan and owns many pets which include 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 rats, 2 turtles and 1 snake. Austen and her family enjoy watching anime at home, fishing, hiking and camping and will take her fur babies with them every chance she can get. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the patients she works with, but for their owners as well.

Anita Martinez

Anita Martinez

Practice Manager

Anita started her career in veterinary medicine in 2006. She was the Director of Pet Nursing/Veterinary Technician in her previous job and currently works as Lead Veterinary Technician/Assitant Practice Manager-in-training and is the supervisor of the kennel technicians. She is also our Safety Coordinator. Anita is a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level II. She has participated in an Emergency First Aid for Pets course, with an emphasis on CPR for animals.

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.”

Julia Rodriguez

Julia Rodriguez

Lead Client Service Representative

Julia is our lead client service representative. She is an animal mom of 4 dogs, a cat, and 2 rats. She loves spending her time doing anything outdoors. In her free time, she is a textile artist and participates in local markets. She started rescue work during COVID and has found her passion for helping animals.

Brandi Barragan

Brandi Barragan

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

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.

How can we help you?

Our Address

2348 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
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Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat - Sun: Closed
Doctor's Hours by Appointment and Drop-Off Services Welcome


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