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Terry E. Ford, DVM

Growing up in the Dallas neighborhood of Lake Highlands, Terry was always collecting animals: horses, cows, raccoons, roosters and dogs. He constantly built and disassembled items, marveling at the internal mechanics and physics. He worked in the kennel for White Rock Animal Clinic from the time he was fourteen, given responsibilities and privileges beyond the scope of his job. His love of horses led him to join the high school rodeo team and to work as a wrangler at summer camps and on cattle ranches. He was never without a dog by his side.

Intending to study engineering at Texas A&M University, in 1976, he decided to answer the call of veterinary medicine and enrolled in Animal Sciences instead.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude, he was accepted by Texas A&M Veterinary School into the class of 1984. Upon graduation, he married and began to practice in Carrollton where he honed his surgical skills, combining his love of engineering and animal experience. Four years later he founded North Dallas Veterinary Hospital.

After hours, Terry enjoys tennis, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons. Coincidentally, while both sons attend Texas A&M, one son is majoring in engineering while the other is pursuing a degree in Animal Sciences!


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Denise Hudson, DVM

Dr. Hudson grew up in DeSoto, just south of Dallas. She attended Texas A&M University for both undergraduate and veterinary school; so she is a true Aggie! Dr. Hudson graduated vet school in 2003 and has been a team member at North Dallas Vet ever since.

She is a wife and mother to 2 wonderful young children as well as a pet parent to Elsa, a wonder mutt.

Dr. Hudson has a special medical interest in soft tissue surgery and neurology.


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Dave F. Washatka, DVM

Dr. Washatka was born and raised in Cadott, Wisconsin (population 1,247-no really!!). He attended the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and graduated from Texas A & M Veterinary in 2000. Dr. Washatka lives with his cat Pandora in sunny East Dallas.

When asked about his special medical interests, Dr. Washatka responded “Internal medicine is fun, but there is nothing like a nice case of chronic diarrhea”.

In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement, brewing beer, running, motorcycling, skiing, and even a little Scuba diving.


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Dr. Sara Nichols

Dr. Nichols grew up in Mesquite, TX before attending the University of Texas at Dallas for undergraduate school and Texas A&M University for a veterinary school where she graduated in 2014. She has enjoyed the busy lifestyle of an emergency medicine veterinarian near Philadelphia, PA, but she is so excited to return home to the great state of Texas! Dr. Nichols’s special interests include emergency medicine and feline medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, crafting, and spending time with her wonderful husband, Blake, her mixed-breed dog, Peanut, and mischievous kitties, Leah and Xena.


Dr. Tracy Hughes

Dr. Hughes grew up across North Texas in Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Plano. Her love of showing goats in high school led her to attend Tarleton State University for a degree in Animal Science. She graduated from veterinary school at Texas A&M University in 2017.

Dr. Hughes has a special interest in theriogenology (reproduction). In her spare time, she enjoys reading and long hikes with her two German Shepherds, Jasper and Lina.


Kaitlyn N. Caraway

Dr. Caraway grew up in Atmore, Alabama and Northwest Florida on a small family farm. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors at Auburn University after three years with an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences. She loved Auburn so much that she went on to graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. While she almost pursued a PhD in parasitology after graduation, she decided to follow her heart to general practice and found a love of surgery (soft tissue & orthopedic) and dentistry.

She lives in Richardson with her fiancé, Grant, and two spoiled dogs, Baileigh and Isabelle. In their free time, they love visiting the lake, hanging out by the pool, watching football (War Eagle & Go Cowboys!), and spending time with family and friends.