Small Animal Primary Care - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Small Animal Primary Care - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Primary Care

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Primary Care

Our Service

Our Primary Care Service provides patients and their owners access to routine medical care including regular preventive evaluations, sick patient care, treatment of minor emergencies, as well as senior patient care.  For many students and families in the Bryan/College Station community, our Primary Care Service serves as their "regular veterinarian" while away from home.  As a core service of the VMTH, our focus is to provide the best and most well-rounded care for your pet combined  with a practical development experience for our dedicated fourth year students.

We offer the ability to drop your pet off for the day as early as 7:30 am. This will enable you to go to work or class or run errands while we take care of your pet. You can use the links below to print out and pre-fill out admission forms to make the drop off as quick and smooth as possible.  We look forward to serving you and your pets!

To schedule a routine appointment, please call                    (979) 845-2351.

Our Team

Our clinical faculty that lead the Primary Care Service are individuals dedicated to the total well-being and care of a pet throughout its lifetime. They are great people, great clinicians, and great educators that work side by side with our 4th-year veterinary students developing their professional skill sets. Their passion for animals and educating allows them to both provide total care for pets all while helping to train the next generation of veterinarians.

Stacy Eckman

Stacy L. Eckman, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Stacy Eckman graduated from Texas A&M College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She practiced in Corpus Christi after graduation and co-owned a hospital there until 2009. In 2009, Dr. Eckman returned to College Station to her present position. She is actively involved in Communication throughout the curriculum, the 1VM mentoring program and is on the Selections Committee for the College.  Dr. Eckman's professional interests include emergency medicine, feline medicine, zoonotic disease and whelping complications. In her free time, Dr. Eckman enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and two children, gardening and reading.

Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett, DVM


Dr. Brad Bennett received his veterinary degree from Texas A&M in 2007.  After completing an internship in small animal medicine in Phoenix, Arizona, he practiced emergency medicine in San Antonio and Houston and general practice in Houston.  He spends most of his time in our Primary Care Service with some time in Emergency Medicine teaching senior veterinary students.  His free time is spent with family, fishing and running.

Michael Ciepluch

Michael Ciepluch, DVM


Dr. Mike Ciepluch received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2013. After completing an internship at the University of Georgia, he and his wife (a small animal surgery resident at TAMU) moved to College Station. He now teaches Primary Care and Emergency Medicine to senior veterinary students. In his free time, he enjoys sports, music, and spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

Sarah C. Griffin, DVM

Sarah C. Griffin, DVM


Dr. Sarah Griffin received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 2002 and her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.  She worked in private practice in Conroe, TX before joining the Texas A&M small animal emergency team.  Dr. Griffin has a special interest in cytology, feline medicine, and neurologic emergencies.  She provides emergency medical care to referral and primary care patients, works with senior veterinary students and interns, and serves as an intermediary between clients, referring veterinarians, and specialty services.
Derek Johnson, DVM

Derek W. Johnson, DVM


Dr. Derek Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  He worked as a general practitioner in Fort Worth for three and a half years before returning to College Station to teach in the Primary Care Service.  Dr. Johnson's professional interests include client communication and preventative medicine.  In his free time, he enjoys watching Aggie sports and spending time with his family.
D’Lisa Ryland

D’Lisa H. Whaley, RVT

Veterinary Technician

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Laura Tomkins

Laura R. Tomkins, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Beci Davis

Beci Davis, RVT

Veterinary Technician