Dr. Jackie Steele - Partner Veterinarian, Medical Director
Dr. Jackie Steele grew up in Edinburg, Texas, where she enjoyed the company of all family pets, from the traditional dogs and cats to turtles, lizards, tarantulas, and snakes.
The older she got, the more her interests in medicine and science started to grow. For Dr. Steele, a career in veterinary medicine was simply the perfect fit!
Dr. Steele's first foray into the world of animal care came when she started shadowing her family veterinarian in her hometown of Edinburg; she discovered quickly that small-animal and exotic medicine was her favorite area of veterinary care. Dr. Steele attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate studies—she gained hands-on experience as a Technician at a clinic in Pharr, Texas during her first summer back home, and secured a position at another clinic in Bryan during the school year—before gaining acceptance into the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to become a licensed veterinarian. Immediately after graduation in 2012, Dr. Steele joined the team here at Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic and has been serving the pets and animal owners of the area ever since!
Dr. Steele loves performing ultrasound scans to solve complex medical puzzles, and she also likes the challenge of treating exotic pet species. Most of all, Dr. Steele loves to spend one-on-one time with the pet owners of the area and develop close relationships with their beloved companions.
Dr. Steele enjoys singing, listening to music, attending concerts, and tending to her garden during her time away from the clinic. She and her daughter share their home with a number of adorable animal companions. They have a pair of Sphynx cats named Olive and Tini who act more like dogs than cats; a spunky Cornish Rex cat named Rico and Alice the Ball Python. Dr. Steele shares her office with Queen Octavia, a beautiful Pink Toe Tarantula.