Our Veterinarians

Our Team in Muncie, Indiana: Dr. Desiree Avila

Dr. Desiree Avila

Start Date: May 2016

Hometown: Aibonito, Puerto Rico

Education: Biology Degree – University of Puerto Rico

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Michigan State University

Hobbies: Crocheting, playing cards, and spending time with my daughters

Fun Fact: Bilingual in Spanish and English

Pets: Oliver - Cat

What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian? Diagnosing and treating complicated cases and being able to watch the pets turn around after starting treatment is the most rewarding feeling. Also, seeing puppies and kittens all day isn’t so bad!

Our Team in Muncie, Indiana: Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown

Start Date: July 1997

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Education: Bachelors in Animal Science – Kansas State University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Kansas State University

Hobbies: Biking, woodworking, and traveling

Fun Fact: I competed in the 2021 WA360 sailing race with my high school best friends.

Pets: Tarlee – Australian Shepherd; Roma – Australian Shepherd; Tortilla – Cat; Snuggles - Cat

Why did you become a veterinarian? I was too short for the NBA.

Our Team in Muncie, Indiana: Dr. Matthew Hobson

Dr. Matthew Hobson

Start Date: June 2003

Hometown: Parker, Kansas

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Kansas State University

Hobbies: Spending time with family, biking, fishing

Fun Fact: I can juggle

Pets: None currently – we are trying to fix this!

Why did you become a vet? I became a vet because I have always loved animals and science. I spent most of my summers in high school interning here at Care Animal and I just knew this is what I wanted to do.

Dr. burns

Dr. Burns

Hometown: Gaston, Indiana

Education: Bachelors in Agricultural Biotechnology - University of Kentucky

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Purdue University

Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking and traveling with my husband.

Fun Fact: I have traveled to four different continents!

Pets: I have two dogs, a boxer named Bourbon and a German Shepherd named Boiler, one cat, Navle, three horses, Slate, Blackjack and Dinny, and 5 chickens!

What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian? I really enjoy interacting with pet owners and bettering pets lives through client education. Puppies and kitten visits are also a definite perk of the job!