South 40 Veterinary Hospital is a vision that has finally come to fruition over many years. Growing up in Corsicana and the rural parts of Navarro County, my animals provided an escape from the realities of life and filled me with the inner warmth and peace that allowed me to endure. After graduation from high school, I moved to College Station and started volunteering at local veterinary practices. The experience was the birth of my focus on a career in veterinary medicine.
My high school sweetheart, Kristina, and I married just before graduating from Texas A&M, Class of ‘97 and ‘98. We lived on the Presnal Ranch in Wixon Valley, and it was there that my path began to pave. I was accepted into veterinary school, and although it brought challenges, it was sweetened by the arrival of our two oldest children, Jackson and Reagan. It became apparent we would make College Station our permanent home.
After veterinary school, I had the privilege of training and working with great doctors at various hospitals in Texas and Idaho. I will always be grateful for their tutelage. Shortly thereafter, I was drawn back to College Station where I started my own business in 2009. Our new business and the birth of our third child, Carter, solidified our family becoming lifelong members of College Station.
Deeply rooted in the Brazos Valley, we are members of Christ United Methodist Church. We have many organizations that we either support or volunteer for in Brazos County. Some of these include Brazos County Youth Livestock Association, Chamber of Commerce, A&M Consolidated FFA, Brazos County 4-H, and numerous local charities.
All along we envisioned opening a high-quality patient centered neighborhood veterinary hospital, and after many years of searching and planning, we have fulfilled our goals. We have planted our family’s roots here, and we are honored to serve the community that we love and respect dearly.
Growing up in Corsicana and the rural parts of Navarro county, my animals provided an escape from the realities of life and always provided me the inner warmth and peace that allowed me to endure. Unlike most of my colleagues, I didn’t always dream of being a veterinarian, I really thought that my career would be spent as a ranch hand. After graduation from Corsicana High School, I moved to College Station and started volunteering at local veterinary practices. This was the birth of my focus on a career in veterinary medicine.
I found mentorship back home in Corsicana at Carroll & Harper Veterinary Practice, with Dr. Ray and J.D. Carroll and John Harper, all graduates of veterinary school in the 1950s. Of course, I didn’t take the usual route to veterinary school. My high school sweetheart, Kristina, and I married just before graduating from Texas A&M, Class of ’97 and ‘98. We lived on the Presnal Ranch in Wixon Valley, and it was there that my mentor, Dr. Sonny Presnal, started directing my path. With the advent of starting our family, I went to work for CSISD as an Agriculture Science teacher at A&M Consolidated High School. After 2 years into this experience, I was accepted into veterinary school.
The 4 years of professional curriculum would bring challenges, but it was sweetened by our two oldest children, Jackson and Reagan. It soon became obvious that we would make College Station our permanent home. We joined Christ United Methodist Church in 2002, bought a home, and were active in the community. After veterinary school, I went to train at a specialty hospital in Boise Idaho. Upon returning, I went to work in Madisonville for a year, then Crockett, and soon after, started my own practice in College Station. Soon after our third child, Carter, was born it became obvious that we wanted to plant our roots deep in this community. We searched for the right business property for years and, in 2015, we became the owners of the corner at Hwy 40 & Midtown Drive. This was just the beginning of our journey.
I was born and raised in Dallas, TX and spent my younger days playing every sport imaginable and bringing home every stray animal to my very loving and understanding family. My love of animals is something that started at a very young age and was a product of my upbringing. Both of my parents had soft spots in their hearts for all animals, especially those in need. I knew early on that my purpose in life would be to work with animals in some capacity. As soon as I learned what a veterinarian was, my mind was made up.
I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Development. The next stop in my journey was Ft. Collins, CO where I received a second Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science, a Master’s Degree in Toxicology, and my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, all from Colorado State University. Immediately after graduation, my husband and I headed back to Texas to set up shop in College Station.
I worked in a busy mixed animal private practice for several years and then ventured into the world of academia at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. I taught general surgery and primary care to 4th year veterinary students, which was extremely rewarding. However, in 2019, I decided I wanted to get back to my passion; private practice, where I get to form lasting relationships with clients and patients. I’ve been with South 40 Veterinary Hospital since it’s doors opened and I’m so excited to be a part of this extraordinary team!
In my life outside of veterinary medicine, I’m a mother of two beautiful and crazy daughters; Ryan and Dylan. My husband, Robert, and I are welcoming our third child in the Fall of 2020. We live on 20 acres in College Station and are also the proud parents of several dogs, cats, mini horses, a donkey, an Appaloosa horse, a pony, lots of chickens, ducks, a bunny and a toad. Interestingly, my favorite animal is the African elephant. I spent several months in South Africa doing research with African elephants, which was an experience I’ll cherish for eternity. As you can see, my love of animals makes up a large part of my foundation and it is this foundation that allows me to do something I truly enjoy for a living.
Dr. Courtney Smith
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