Our History

veterinary care

Specialty Care


Emergency Care

1995 CTVSEH was established in October 1995 by Drs. Stephanie Beardsley, Stephen Kerpsack and Sharon Theisen. The three doctors completed their specialty residencies at the Ohio State University and returned home to Texas.

The hospital was originally located in a 3000sq ft building in south Austin. At the start of the practice, there were more doctors than support staff. Everyone shared in the duties of answering the phones, caring for the patients and maintaining the hospital. As the practice grew, so did the support staff and the hospital.

2000 In October 2000, the hospital moved to the present south location and functions out of a 12,000 sq ft building. Many of our team members (and clients) have been with us for years, watching the practice grow from that 3 doctor, 2 support staff practice to the present 239 total including doctors and hospital staff. 

2010 Our Round Rock location was opened on June 28, 2010. This location is a full service specialty hospital operating out of a brand new state-of-the art 13,000 sq ft building. The surrounding grounds offer a tranquil environment for owners to spend quality time with their sick family members. Several of our senior partners work out of this location along with new associates and team members. Together with CTVSEH south, the Round Rock location works to maintain the CTVSEH purpose and culture.



The Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin (EAHNWA) was created 1985 by a small group of local family veterinarians seeing the need to provide quality after-hour care to their clients. This emergency veterinary hospital was a separate, fully staffed hospital with a team specializing in overnight, weekend and holiday critical and emergency medicine. Dr. Scott Johnson began managing EAHNWA after purchasing the hospital in 1990.



In 1995, EAHNWA opened a second location inside the Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital in south Austin. Dr. Johnson believes that a hands-on approach to management works best. He has an extensive training program for all emergency veterinarians that join the team.

In 2014 the north hospital expanded its services to include a Critical Care, extended care center for pets requiring intensive 24-hour case management and support.



We are Family!

The Emergency Animal Hospital of NW Austin has merged with CTVSEH!!! We feel that together our Hospitals will be stronger and the increased resources will make us more capable of providing superior quality customer service to our patients, clients and veterinary partners.

We are committed to remaining locally owned and operated. It is our hope that joining these two powerful forces together will mean superior, exceptional veterinary medicine for all of Central Texas. With three full service specialty and emergency hospitals located in Round Rock, Northwest and Southwest Austin there is no limit to our ability to help with all your specialty and emergency care needs.

We are looking forward to the exciting benefits this change will offer and to the possibilities this joint effort will bring!