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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. 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.

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.”

Nancy Quinteros

Nancy Quinteros

Client Service Representative

Nancy was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After working in retail for some time she decided to join the RVAH team. Nancy has found a great deal of joy in working with our furry friends and their owners. Every day she looks forward to being able to help our clients and to see our patients, welcoming them with a smiling face and providing compassion and care. Nancy’s love for all animals has just continued to grow since joining our team.
Edith Escobar

Edith Escobar

Kennel Technician and Client Service Representative

Edith was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After her first year at Texas State University, she decided to extend her knowledge of the veterinary field by joining RVAH. Since joining the team her love for animals has only grown. Edith recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and continues to expand her knowledge with the help of everyone at RVAH.

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.

How can we help you?

Our Address

2348 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
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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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