Dr. Jennifer Hennessey, DVM, CVJ, CCRP, CVAT, Fear Free® Certified – Hospital Owner

Owner of the Animal ER of Northwest Houston, Dr. Jennifer Hennessey Donaldson has over 25 years of experience in emergency and critical care. Dr. Hennessey’s vision of an emergency practice designed and devoted to the customized care of both families and their pets lead her to develop the Animal ER in 2014.

A 2005 Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hennessey carries additional training as a Certified Veterinary Journalist with the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. Dr. Hennessey is published in numerous magazines and journals, has a column in the Texas Veterinarian magazine, as well as is a frequent guest for Houston’s Fox 26, KPRC 2 News, Houston Life, and Great Day Houston. Her professional interests include prevention of emergency illness, utilization of lipid emulsion for toxin exposure, and management of trauma patients.

Dr. Hennessey serves on the TVMA Public Relations Committee as well as holds memberships with the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary News Network, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT), the International Veterinarian Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association.

*Proud Fear Free Certified Veterinarian*

Off-site, Dr Hennessey is actively involved with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine helping support their local emergency medicine society, and works with vet students onsite at the ER through her externship and mentoring programs; she also serves on the TVMDL Advisory Council. Dr. Hennessey, in 2014, enjoyed time as the Program Director at Pima Medical Institute and helped launch their new Veterinary Technician program. In 2015, Dr. Hennessey was included as a veterinary advisor for a new project evaluating the nutritional care for dogs with cancer at the Keto Pet Sanctuary.

Outside of the ER, Dr. Hennessey is a mother of two amazing kiddos and proud wife of Rob Donaldson. Committed to her own health and well-being, Dr. Hennessey is an International Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB) Professional athlete after winning the NPC Universe National Championship in 2018; she is also a multiple pageant titleholder and is the current reigning Mrs Alaska 2022, American Women of Services pageant queen. Dr Hennessey is licensed as a veterinarian in both Texas and her second home, Alaska.

On a mission to stay connected and serve her local communities, Dr Hennessey has proudly partnered with the City of Houston and Harris County along with Precinct 5 as extension of care for seized animals, volunteering her expertise and services for the Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force.

American Women of Service 2022

  • Animal ER of Northwest Houston
  • 2021 Best Veterinarian Houston Chronicle
  • 2021, 2020 Cypress Business Award
  • 2019 DVM Top500 US Award
  • 2019 NACA Diane Lane Service Award
  • 2019 Business Intelligence Woman of Year
  • 2019 Stevie Business Awards -Community Programs and Public Relations -2x Winner
  • 2018 SBDC Woman Business of the Year
  • 2017 CyFair Chamber Small Business of the Year
  • 2014-2021 CyFair Best Veterinarian Award
  • Harris County Animal Cruelty TaskForce
  • Wonder Pet Rehab & Recovery
  • NeuFit Certified Practitioner
  • Iditarod Veterinary Team
  • TVMA PR Chairwoman
  • TVMDL Advisory Council

Dr Wendy Sobotik

Dr. Wendy Sobotik is from Katy, Texas. She attended Katy High School, where she was very involved in FFA. Some of her favorite activities included showing lambs and Nursery and Landscape judging team. It was also during this time where she obtained her first job as a Kennel Technician at a local veterinary clinic and fell in love with the industry. Following high school, Dr. Sobotik attended Texas A&M University, pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. While completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Sobotik worked as a Student Technician at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. While at Texas A&M, she met her husband, Eric Sobotik, who was actively pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Poultry Nutrition. Following her undergraduate degree, Dr. Sobotik attended Veterinary School at Texas A&M University. While in veterinary school, Dr. Sobotik was an active member of multiple organizations, those of which included Vice President of the Radiology Club, Treasurer of the Student Chapter of Association of Bovine Practitioners, and Treasurer of the Student Chapter of International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Sobotik enjoyed giving back to the community by organizing Teddy Bear Surgery for the annual Texas A&M Veterinary School Open House. During her second year at veterinary school, Dr. Sobotik participated in a study abroad in South Africa. It was there that she got to work on her favorite animal, the rhino. After obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sobotik has worked in several different practices, including small animal, mixed animal, and emergency medicine. These experiences have helped Dr. Sobotik grow her experience in the veterinary field. Together, Dr. Sobotik and her husband own four dogs and two cats. They have 3 senior rescue dogs – Rocket, Maggie, and Winston, and a young French Bulldog named Douglas. Dr. Sobotik is the eldest of seven siblings, and enjoys being part of a large family. While not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Sobotik enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, horseback riding, baking, and watching fightin’ Texas Aggie football with Eric! Dr. Sobotik has professional interest in surgery, internal medicine, reproduction, and emergency medicine. She is currently an active member of the AMA, TVMA, and IVECCs. Dr. Sobotik is very excited to be a part of the Animal ER team!


Kristen Grady , Practice Manager


Courtney Larwa, (CCRA pending) Program Manager


Rachael Shaddox, Executive Assistant


ER Veterinary Staff

  • Jack Ying, DVM, Senior Clinician
  • Wendy Garcia, DVM, Senior Clinician
  • Nikki Brown, DVM
  • Jaswant Dhami, DVM
  • Kenneth Head, DVM
  • Sarah Hodge, DVM
  • Renee Jones, DVM
  • John Mehanni, DVM
  • Jetaime Miller, DVM
  • Leah Myles, DVM
  • Gabriella Nieves, DVM
  • Erum Qayum, DVM
  • Amanda Shotts, DVM
  • Cherese Sullivan, DVM
  • Ashley Van De Steene, DVM
  • Michelle Lynn Brewer Withrow, DVM

Support Staff

  • Alyssa Wagner– Client Service Specialist
  • Paige Fuller– Client Service Specialist
  • Demarcus Caples, ER Technician
  • Frida Christensen, ER Technician
  • Kristen Grady, ER Technician
  • Jasmine McCruse, ER Technician
  • Candice Montalvo, ER Technician
  • Terra Peskey, CVT, ER Technician
  • Kaitlyn Rice, ER Technician
  • Misty Vaughn, ER Technician
  • Antionette Rodriguez, ER Technician
  • Mayra Trevino, ER Technician
  • Anne Palm, ER Relief Technician
  • Ruben Robles, ER Relief Technician
  • Amber Acerra, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician
  • Alexis Craig-Iles, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician
  • Amberly From, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician
  • Gary Jones, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician
  • Sarah Reid, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician
  • Amanda Zapata, ICU/In-Patient Relief Technician