Elgin Family Pet Center

Elgin Family Pet Center is a full service, AAHA accredited animal hospital with a Veterinarian team of licensed veterinarians, highly trained and compassionate about treating dogs and cats.  Your pets health and well being are very important to us and we will take every step to give your pet the best possible care in our advanced facility.

Somos un hospital veterinario que ofrece atención integral a perros y gatos.

Caring for animals is a rewarding job, and we take it seriously!
The team at Elgin Family Pet Center is passionate about animals and we love our jobs because we can give the best care possible in our advanced facility.
Our very own, Dr. Leslie Sirmons was awarded the 2013 Texas Veterinary Medical Association Companion Animal Practitioner.
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • (Closed Tue 12pm - 2:30pm)
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • Hablamos Español
  • Dr. Leslie Sirmons, DVM

    Dr. Leslie Sirmons, DVM

    Veterinarian / Owner
    Dr. Leslie Sirmons is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she practiced mixed animal practice in San Angelo, Texas before joining the team at the Elgin Veterinary Hospital (EVH) in 1997--now Elgin Family Pet Center.  In 2013, she was awarded the title of Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

    ​Dr. Sirmons enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and is proud to be a member of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

    On her free time, Dr. Sirmons enjoys endurance sports and has completed several triathlons.  She completed a half marathon while raising over $3500 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.  Dr. Sirmons' proudest accomplishment is her family, especially her daughter Nicole.
  • Dr. Sergio Hernandez, DVM

    Dr. Sergio Hernandez, DVM

    Veterinarian / Owner
    Dr. Sergio Hernandez graduated from the charter class of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Queretaro in Queretaro, Mexico in 1990. While in Mexico, he owned and operated a mixed animal hospital.  In 1997 Dr. Hernandez came to the United States to pursue further studies in Veterinary Medicine.  He fell in love with the opportunities to practice state of the art veterinary medicine, remained in the states and obtained his accreditation through the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  Dr. Hernandez practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Pflugerville and Giddings through 2012 until he and his wife, Dr. Sirmons, purchased EFPC.  He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society. He has special interests in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, and preventative medicine. He enjoys biking, swimming, competitive sports and spending time with his family.​
  • Dr. Sarah Hokanson, DVM

    Dr. Sarah Hokanson, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Hokanson is a graduate of Texas A&M.  She has a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science a Masters in Entomology and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2010.  Dr. Hokanson is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association and Capital Area Veterinary Medical Association.  She has also been published in Veterinary Parasitology.

    Dr. Hokanson has a special interest in internal medicine and exotics. She enjoys horseback riding, blowing glass, hiking, running and socializing with friends and family.
  • Dr. Alex Canfield, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Canfield is a recent graduate from Louisiana State University. She is born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She obtained a degree in Animal Science at the University of Arkansas and a minor in Spanish. She relocated to Baton Rouge for 4 years and completed Veterinary school.

    Dr Canfield is excited to start a new chapter of her life at Elgin Family Pet Center. In her free time she enjoys anything outdoors including hiking, or running with her German Shorthair Pointer, Kate. She also has a senior Great Dane, Max, who enjoys laying on the couch while Dr. Canfield and Kate explore outdoors.
  • Barbara Terway

    Barbara Terway

    Executive Director
    Barbara joined our family in April of 2003 as a Receptionist and Accounts Receivable Specialist. She quickly advanced her knowledge to become one of our skilled Veterinary Technicians. Barbara left us for a brief time 2007 but, returned in 2008 to become our Executive Director.  She played a key role in the successful AAHA accreditation we received in 2009. When Barbara is not busy coordinating the operations of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her three children and her extended canine family.
  • Lola Saucedo

    Lola Saucedo

    Director of Medical Services
    Lola has been a part of the EFPC family since 2007.  She started out in the kennel and worked her way up.   Lola is a Certified Veterinary Assistant I & II.  She has also completed a number of trainings through the Veterinary Practice Solutions (VPS).  Lola always goes above and beyond for pets and their owners.

    Lola is an Elgin native and enjoys spending time with her family, which includes a few four-leggers.
  • Fran Cates

    Fran Cates

    Director of Technical Services / Lead Receptionist
    Fran is the familiar and comforting face many relate to Elgin Family Pet Center.  She has been with Elgin Family Pet Center, previously Elgin Vet Hospital for twelve years.  Her knowledge and warming manner draws many to her.  From keeping Accounts Receivable straight to giving gentle kind words to clients facing loss, she is always there.  Fran was raised in California and has lived overseas and other areas stateside, but fell in love with the Texas weather.  During Fran's free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her many animals.
  • Ali Castro

    Ali Castro

    Lead Technician
    Ali is originally from California and has lived in Texas since 2008.  She attended a Veterinary Technician Program in Aurora, Colorado and graduated in June 2008. Ali holds a certification in Veterinary Assistance Levels 1 and 2.  She has been a part of the EFPC family since 2011.

    Ali is partial to the pug breed and owns nine, yes nine, of her own.  She also has two Thoroughbred horses.  In her spare time Ali likes to go fishing and riding with her family.
  • Shanna DeShazo

    Outpatient Technician
    Shanna joined the EFPC family in January 2017 as a Kennel Technician with experience in the pet grooming field and has worked her way up to an Outpatient Technician.

    She has a beautiful daughter and 4 fur-babies at home that keep her busy. She loves art, nature and all animals.
  • Hannah Hoagland

    Surgery Technician
    Hannah joined the EFPC family in 2014. She started in kennel and her way up to surgery technician. She is currently working on her CVA 1 and is looking forward to completing her CVA 2. Her favorite surgeries are spays and neuters. 

    Hannah is originally from California and moved to Texas 15 years ago. She has 3 furbabies- June, pictured above, is a 2yr old long hair chihuahua, Trooper is a 3 month old long hair chihuahua and Faith is 3yr old pit mix. Hannah loves the outdoor, enjoys deep sea fishing, horseback riding and relaxing on the beach.
  • Sterling Ellison

    Kennel Technician
    Sterling joined the EFPC Family in September 2017 as a Kennel Technician. She is currently attending Austin Community College for her Vet. Tech. certification, and is working towards her goal to become a Veterinarian Technician.

    She has a love for Chocolate Labradors. Her fur baby Brady, pictured above, is 7 years old.
  • Crystal Garza

    Kennel Technician
    Crystal joined the EFPC family in August 2017 as a Kennel Technician. She enjoys bathing our furry patients. She has a very calming personality that helps our patients feel at home. Crystal is also our "fixer" and enjoys conquering challenging tasks around the clinic. 

    Crystal is married and has four children, two boys and two girls. She also has two fur babies Bambi and Bella. She loves spending time outdoors, all animals and learning new things.
  • Keely Smith

    ICU Technician
    Keely came to Texas all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska.  She has a very upbeat personality that quickly becomes contagious. Keely joined the EFPC family in July 2017 as a Kennel Technician and quickly worked her way up to ICU Technician. As an ICU Technician she has many responsibilities within the clinic. She loves seeing all the patients and helping care for them even more. 
  • Jessica

    Reception/ External Marketing
    Jessica joined the EFPC family in May 2017 as a receptionist. She now also handles external marketing for the clinic. She loves getting to know our furry patients and their owners. 

    Jessica moved to Elgin from Missouri way back in 2002 and has loved being a part of the Elgin Community ever since. She is married and has one newly adopted fur baby at home. His name is Eeyore -due to his mopey attitude,  and he is a four year old pit. 
  • Desi'Rae Samson

    Outpatient Technician
    Desi'Rae joined the EFPC family in August 2017 as an Outpatient Technician. She loves learning something new everyday, and looks forward to starting her CVA training. 

    Desi'Rae is married and has four fur babies at home, three cats - Johnny Cash, June Ann, Jade Rocket, and one puppy - Joey Joplin. She loves to go  camping and enjoys spending time outdoors.
  • Shian Hildebrand

    Shian is a CVA 1 certified technician. She originally joined the EFPC family in 2015 and left for a short time in 2017. She came back home to us in January of 2018.  She has multiple technician positions with-in the clinic and has been a technician for over 3 years. 
    Shian has 5 furbabies at home all named after different kinds of cheese. She enjoys hiking and loves to travel. 
  • Jessica Hopkins

    Jessica is a CVA 1 veterinary technician certified. She is has multiple technician positions with-in the clinic. Jessica originally joined the clinic in 2014. She left to have her son in 2016. After a couple years away to take care of her family she came back to us in February 2017. 
    She loves spending time with her two kids, friends and family. She also enjoys riding horses and is a social butterfly.
  • Dee Holman

    Dee originally joined the team in 2014 and left to start a family. She returned to us 2017. She has a beautiful son with husband of 4 years.She loves to read sing and anything music related. 

    Dee is most passionate about teaching and training. She loves spending time around around all of the wonderful fur babies here at the hospital and looks forward to getting at least one soft snuggle each day
  • Holly Mcdonald

    Holly is a kennel technician. After high school she to attend Auistin Community College to study animal science and get certified as a veterinary technician. she is a dog mom to two loving fur babies Murphy, a pit-bull mix, and her catahoula Cash.
  • Kelly Spencer

    Kelly joined us in November of 2017. She has multiple technician positions with-in the clinic.Kelly graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and minored in Communication. Her favorite part of work is snuggling with all of our furry patients. 
    Kelly has a love for coffee and her 5 fur babies at home.  She loves taking her fur babies to the park, and also enjoys feeding the stray dogs in her neighborhood. 
    University of New Hampshire