Angelina Animal Hospital

Angelina Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Lufkin, TX. The professional and courteous staff at Angelina Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Angelina Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Lufkin and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today and learn more about our veterinary practice and  find  how Angelina Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
  • 2205 N Timberland Dr.
  • Lufkin,TX 75901
  • Phone: (936) 634-9412
  • Emergency: (936) 634-9413
  • FAX: (936) 634-9417
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  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • After Hours Emergencies: Call (936) 634-9413
  • Lindsay Syler, DVM

    • Owner / Veterinarian

    Dr. Lindsay R. Syler graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2008 after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2004. 

    She joined the Fain & Smathers Veterinary Hospital in Jasper, TX in June of 2008. In December of 2010 she moved back to her home town of Diboll and bought Angelina Animal Hospital from Dr. Daniel Salas DVM, her child-hood veterinarian, mentor, and family friend.

     Dr. Syler recalls working with her grandfather on his farm at a very young age and knew then she wanted to become a veterinarian. 

    That dream was also solidified as she progressed and became very involved with the 4-H program and showing Brangus cattle. She believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping animals that cannot speak for themselves. 

    In her spare time, Dr. Syler enjoys off-road racing with her husband, Clay Gilstrap, riding horses, and fishing. The best thing about her job is doing what she loves every day…..working with, treating, and addressing the needs of animals all day long!  Teaching and assisting the wonderful pet owners is an added plus.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Education:
    Texas A&M Univeristy
    Email:
  • Brittany Walraven, DVM

    • Associate Veterinarian

        Dr. Walraven is an Associate Veterinarian at AAH. She received her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from Louisiana Tech University and Graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine From LSU in 2016.

    Dr. Walravens family played a huge part on her journey to becoming a veterinarian, including her dad and step-mom (Daleon and Kathaleen Walraven), her mom and step-dad (Deidre and Marty Fluegge), Brother (Michael Walraven), Grandmother (Sue Walraven), late grandfather (Robert Walraven) and all of the friends and loved ones that showed their support along the way.

    She became a veterinarian because she wanted to be able to help ensure that her friends, family, and others in the community were given the necessary knowledge and medicine to give their pets the best care possible.  She feels that every animal deserves first class care, and that she could help contribute by becoming a veterinarian.  Her favorite part of her job is giving back to the community, helping patients and pets in need, and educating people about the importance of general wellness and disease prevention in the pet population.  Her time away from the hospital is spent with her family, friends, yellow lab "Remi" and her kitty "Poe" exploring the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

    What Dr. Walraven loves most about Angelina Animal Hospital is our top notch veterinary services, knowledgeable, friendly staff and family atmosphere.  When asked what her most memorable moments at AAH are, her response is, "that amazing memories are constantly being made daily"!



    Years in Practice:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Education:
    Louisiana State University
    Email:
  • Elizabeth Hansen, DVM

    • Associate Veterinarian


        Dr. Hansen is an Associate Veterinarian at AAH.  She received her Bachelors degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University and graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine also from Purdue in 2016.

    Her family has been with her every step of the way.  Her parents have supported her since day one and her sister always pushes her to do her best and is always there to lend an ear when she needs advice.

    Dr. Liz Hansen has wanted to be a vet since she was a young girl.  She grew up loving horses from the time she was old enough to walk and helping animals is all she's dreamed of.  Dr. Hansen loves being a vet because she has the ability to see both small and large cases each day. Each case/patient is always different.  When not treating animals Dr. Hansen spends her time reading, fishing, hiking, riding horses and traveling.  Never far away you will find her sidekicks "Petey" the cat, "Henley" the lab and "Cruizer" her quarter horse.

    Being able to see a variety of small/large/exotic medicine and surgery cases is what Dr. Hansen enjoys about AAH.  Among her favorite things at the hospital are the great therapeutic options we have for treating cases including MLS laser therapy and hydrotherapy swimming pool.  When asked what her most memorable moment at AAH so far has been she says she has had a lot of great moments, but seeing hard work pay off with happy clients and patients makes it all worth while. 



    Years in Practice:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Education:
    Purdue University
    Email:
  • Ms. Linda

    • Field Manager

    Linda loves helping out with the patients and interacting with their owners. She loves to relax by horseback riding, traveling, fishing, gardening and playing with her Brangus Cows.

    She has many rescue animals at her house. Her dogs are Floppy, Oscar, Tinka, K.P., Kandi, Susie and Frank. Her cats are B.C. and a new stray that has adopted her she calls "Kitty". Last but not least, she has a  donkey named "Donk".

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Interests:
    Horseback riding, traveling, fishing, gardening and working cattle.
  • Shae

    •  Finance Manager
    • CVA Level I
    • CVA Level II
    •     Shae started at Angelina Animal Hospital in August of 2011. She has held a variety of different positions at the clinic, from kennels to grooming to reception. Shae has now found her way into full time book keeping. She enjoys her days off by spending time with her husband and children, going to the lake and fishing.

    She has two pitbulls named "Cash" and "Rubble" who also enjoy tagging along with her activities.

    She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. -Proverbs 31:25

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Interests:
    Spenidng time with her family and fishing
    Email:
  • Crystle Toler

    • Office Manager
    • CVA level I
    • CVA level II
    • CVA level III
    • ACT Technician Certification
    • ACT Kennel Certification
    • ACT Management Certification
    Crystle is the office manager at AAH and has been with us 6 years. Outside of work she she enjoys spending time with her girls watching them play softball and cheer.When she is off the clock you will most likely find her in a boat or on a river bank fishing.
     She has a small farm at home  with chickens, cattle and her schnauzers "Bella" and "Boone" that  tag along on her many adventures. 

    God is within her, she will not fall. Psalms 46:5
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Interests:
    Church, Boats, Fishing, and her family
  • Lori

    • Internal Human Resource Manager
    • Head Veterinarian Technician
    • CVA Level I
    • CVA Level II
    • CVA Level III


         Lori enjoys the variety of patients seen here at AAH. She has worked with small animals for quite a few years and is currently gaining knowledge in the large animal side of veterinary medicine. Lori enjoys her time outside of the hospital with her family while fishing, camping and horseback riding. She also enjoys taking her kids to zoos and museums.

     At home she has her hands full with 4 dogs of her own, "Benelli" the shorthair pointer, "Bogie" the Aussie, and her Catahoulas "Sargeant" and "Major". 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family camping, fishing, and exploring zoos and museums.
  • Carrli

    • Veterinary Technician
    • Surgery Technician
    • Kennel Manager
    • CVA Level I


         Carrli is one of AAH's awesome vet assistants as well as our lead surgery tech. She enjoys the variety of animals and cases seen at AAH. Carrli also enjoys feeling as though she has helped the animals as well as the owners in our community. When she is not at the hospital she is traveling and spending time with her family.

        Carrli has a full house at home with her dogs; "Gai", "Boe", "Harrison", and "Miley". Her cats; "Jynx", "Squeaks", 'Monroe" and "Cat Von D", as well as her ball python "Leia" 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Interests:
    Traveling and spending time with family.
  • Melissa

    • Groomer
    • CVA Level I
    • Laser Therapy Technician


         Melissa has been with AAH for 6 years now. As our head groomer she does an amazing job giving our clients special treatment and making them beautiful! Working with all the animals that are boarded and groomed here is what she loves. Melissa makes them feel right at home while staying with us. When she is at home herself, she relaxes by reading, sewing, and working in the yard. 

    In addition to all the patients she treats like her babies here at AAH she has two of her own puppies at home named "Trouble" and "Mattie".

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Interests:
    Reading, sewing and gardening
  • Sarah

    •  Receptionist
    • CVA Level 1
    • ACT Receptionist Certification
    • ACT Management Certification
    • ACT Kennel Certification


         Talking to clients and loving on animals is what Sarah does best, which makes her a great asset as a lead receptionist. She enjoys hunting, fishing and outdoor activities with her husband and daughter. 

    Keeping her just as busy at home as she is at work is her barnyard of animals, which includes: Two dogs, "Bobo" the Lab and "Sparkle" the Rottweiler, along with many chickens, a duck and a rooster. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Interests:
    Gardening, fishing, hunting, and farming.
  • Emily

    •  Receptionist

       Emily is one of the smiling faces you will see in the office at the hospital. Her love for animals and experience in the office culminate into a job she loves here at AAH. Emily keeps the AAH Facebook and website up to date as well as her regular duties in the front office. She enjoys meeting all the patients, getting to know the clients and of course loving on all of our new puppies that come through the hospital. On her down time Emily enjoys spending time with her two daughters. They keep her busy with dance, sports and school activities. 

    She also enjoys fishing, camping, shooting and spending time outside with her Great Dane "Bluebell", Dachshund "Matey" and her newest rescue, a lab mix named "Duckie" 


    "If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it" – Erma Bombeck


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family, camping, Shooting, Reading, Fishing.
  • Marcie

    •  Veterinary Technician
    • ACT Kennel Certification

           Marcie began her journey with us as a kennel assistant and worked hard to move up to her current position as Veterinary Assistant. She enjoys the critters she gets to take care of and helping to educate clients about their pets care and medical needs. When she leaves the hospital she enjoys spending time with her family and friends outdoors hunting, fishing,  wheeler riding, and playing with her pets "Milo" the kitten "Kami" the one eyed cat,  "Sweetie" the Rat Terrier, and "Patches" her mute Calico.




    "What don't hurt you, makes you stronger."


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Interests:
    Fishing, hunting, and riding four wheelers with her family and friends.
  • Jennifer

              
       Jennifer works alongside her husband Joel.  She enjoys everything about her job and doesn't remember ever working at a job she enjoys so much. 
     Her downtime is spent sewing and spending time with her family and dog "Brownie".
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Sewing and spending time with family
  • Joel

                       
       Joel is our right hand man here at AAH.  He loves knowing that he is able to take care of the animals and takes pride in making sure it gets done.  When he isn't tending to the livestock he enjoys his off days riding horses and four-wheelers with his family and dog "Brownie"
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Riding horses and four wheelers with his family
  • Kristina

    • Veterinary Technician
    • CVA Level I 
    • ACT Kennel Certification
    • CPR certified

         Kristina came to AAH as a kennel assistant and put in the time and hard work to be promoted to one of our skilled vet technicians. She loves to be challenged every day with new tasks and new animals to care for. Kristina enjoys the team work that AAH has in every area of the facility. Along with the love she holds for her job, she believes that she is changing the lives of animals just as much as they are changing hers. 

    The outdoors is where she is most comfortable while she is writing, geocaching and of course taking nature walks or spending time with her 2 dogs and 2 cats. 

    "With love there are rewards, with hate there is destruction"


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Bike riding, Geocaching, writing and nature walks.
  • Clara

    • Kennel Assistant
    • CVA Level I
    • ACT Kennel Certification
    • Laser Therapy Certification
    •    Clara came to AAH in the summer of 2016 . She loves her job and the opportunity she has here to live out her dream of working with animals.  Her favorite part is working with the animals and playing an important role in their daily care. 

    After Clara is off the clock she spends her time with her son and family and friends. She also makes sure to make plenty of time for her own fur babies, "Savage" and "Claus" her heelers, "Gaga" the puppy and "Spam" the cat. 


    "Dream big and dare to fail" -Norman Vaughan

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Swimming and spending time with her family and friends.
  • Kathleen

    • Receptionist

       Kathleen joined the AAH family in October of 2016 and is one of the smiling faces that will greet you at our reception desk.  Starting in the kennel area Kathleen quickly excelled and transferred to the office.  She enjoys greeting clients and meeting the many types of critters that come through the doors at the hospital.  When she isn't taking care of clients at AHH she enjoys spending time at home with her four kiddos, being a mom and beach trips.                                                                                            

    At home she has 4 furbabies to keep her busy! "Axel" and "Piper" the Pitbulls, "Wade" the Great Dane, and "Kolbie" the kitten. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Spending tme with family and beach trips.
  • Esme

    • Veterinary Technician
    • CVA Level I
       Esme joined AAH with experience working with animals and has excelled since as a technician. She enjoys the variety of patients seen here in the hospital and enjoys working with all the breeds and species. 
    After hours Esme spends her time running, working out, and hanging out with her husband, her daughter, Dragon "Pete" and Rat Terrier "Chloe Marie".

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family and working out
  • Monica

    • Veterinary Technician
    Monica loves taking care of all the animals that come through hospital and the seeing the joy from the owners when their babies get to go home. Monica likes to spend her free time with her family and playing softball. 
    She also spends a lot of time with her Great Danes "Zoey", "Armani", "Honey", "Kenzie", and her Bully "Michelangelo" 

    "She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 07, 2017
    Interests:
    Family and softball
  • Amelia

    • Kennel Assistant

      Amelia loves being able to work around animals all day and assist in their daily care.. Weekends off Amelia loves being a mother to her little boy, fishing, going to church, and working out.   Her love for animals doesn't stop when she leaves work, at home she has her own pets "Josie Rico" the dog and "Silas" the cat. 

    "You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who cannot repay you." John Bunyan 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Interests:
    Church, Working out and spending time with family
  • Shelbi

    • Veterinary Technician
    Shelbi joined AAH in March of 2017. She loves working at AAH  because she learns alot and is able to be a part of a group that works hard to improve the quality of life for our patients. In her free time she loves yoga, loving on her niece and nephew and playing with her pups "Baby" her 14 year old corgi mix, "Scootie" her 5 year old Australian Shepherd mix, and "Boone" her 2 year old Aussie mix.  
    Shelbi is a big advocate of animal adoption and all of her pets are rescue pups. 


    "Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished."
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family and pups.
  • Jeanna

    • Veterinary Technician
    Jeanna is the technician you are most likely to find in the barn. She likes to spend her days at AAH helping with our large animal patients.
     At home she spends her time with family and her coonhound named "Cinch"
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 09, 2017
    Interests:
    Spending time with family
  • Adriana

    • Veterinary Technician
    Adriana came to us in May of 2017 as one of our veterinary technicians. She enjoys being at AAH and working with the variety of animals that we see everyday. 
    When she is off of work she enjoys hunting and spending time with family and friends. In addition to the attention she gives the animals at the hospital she has "Bella" the Corgi and "Ellie" the Lab at home. 

    "Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."
    Interests:
    Hunting, spending time with family and friends
  • Miranda

    • Kennel Assitant
    • ACT Kennel Certified 
    Miranda joined us at the hospital in May of 2017 to work in our kennels. She loves being around animals so working at a vet clinic is the perfect fit for her! She enjoys spending her spare time hunting, and fishing with friends and family along with "Loretta" her mini Aussie, and "Mimi" and "Dolly" her cats. 


    Interests:
    Hunting, Working out
  • Alisha

    • Veterinary Technician
    Alisha enjoys many things about working at the hospital. Unique interactions with exotic pets and wildlife is by far her favorite. In her down time Alisha enjoys spending time with her children at home . 
    She also spends her free time with her 5 cats: "Henry", "George","Bugg", "Riot", "Riley", and 2 dogs"Luke", and "Charlie"! 
    Interests:
    Spending time with family
  • Trisha

    • Veterinary Technician
    Trisha joined the AAH family in July of 2017. She enjoys working with all the different types of animals that come through the hospital. Outside of the hospital she enjoys riding and training horses, hunting, fishing and traveling. 
    After taking care of animals all day at work Trisha goes home and tends to her 8 horses and 3 dogs. 
    Interests:
    Riding and training horses, fishing and traveling.
  • Jenae

    • Kennel Assistant
    Jenae is one of the newer faces in the kennel and she is loving her job!  She enjoys helping the animals that come through the hospital feel better. Jenae likes to spend her free time with family and friends.
    Her cat "Kitkat", dog "Ellie Mae" and 5 horses also get alot of her extra time and attention. 
    Interests:
    Spending time with family and friends
  • M'Lisa

    • Receptionist
    M'lisa is a fresh face at our front desk. She joined the AAH team for her love of helping animals and people alike. After work M'Lisa enjoys geocaching, watching movies, and reading. 
    She also likes spending time with her Russian Blue named "Church"
    Interests:
    Geocaching, watching movies and reading
  • Amy

    • Receptionist
    Amy is one of our girls that will help you after your visit to the hospital at checkout. She loves helping people and is a great addition to our office staff. Amy enjoys trips to the lake, fishing, riding atv's, and spending time with her family, her three children and two dogs "Bo" and "Duke" 
    Interests:
    Fishing, riding atv's,
  • Jennifer

    • Veterinary Technician
    • CVA Level I
    Jennifer comes to us with 8 years of experience in the veterinary medicine field. She loves working with the Doctors and staff at the hospital and of course all the animals. In her free time seh enjoys fishing, softball, photography, camping, and spending time with her 3 children. 
    Aside from all the furbabies at work she gets to go home and love on her own herd of dogs and cats. "Butter", "Bella", "Milee", "Buster", and "Shadie". 

    "Until one has loved an animal, a part of ones soul remains unawakened."
    Interests:
    Fishing, softball, photography, camping, and spending time with her family