Meet Our Veterinary Team in Pasadena, TX
If you’re looking for veterinarians in Pasadena, TX who truly care about your pet, you found them at Angel Animal Hospital. We’re staffed with a team of experienced veterinarians who are passionate about helping pets down the road to wellness. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (713) 944-2424 or use our online form!
Dr. Brian Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith started as an associate veterinarian with Angel Animal Hospital in April 2022 and became an owner in August 2023. He earned his DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. He has always had an affinity for animals, ever since he was very young. Dr. Smith started by working as a vet tech under doctors that had attended his university, and they helped to guide him on his journey. Saving animals and making their owners happy is truly rewarding to Dr. Smith.
His wife, Dr. Brittany Smith, is also a veterinarian and co-owner of Angel Animal Hospital. Together, they share their home with Charlie, a Goldendoodle. When he isn’t at work, Dr. Smith enjoys fishing, being outdoors, tinkering with cars, and occasionally dabbling in woodworking.
Dr. Brittany Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith started as a relief veterinarian with Angel Animal Hospital in 2020 and became co-owner of the clinic alongside her husband, Dr. Brian Smith, in August 2023. Dr. Smith graduated from Texas A&M in 2007 and earned her DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 6 years old and got her German Shepherd puppy, Vonda. She loves surgery and being able to use her skills and techniques to save and improve her patients’ lives.
Some of Dr. Smith’s most important tips for pet owners include trusting your instincts since you know your pet best and keeping up with prevention (regular checkups, blood work, heartworm prevention, etc.). Medical conditions caught before they happen or in their early stages can give pets the best chance of being healthier and living longer.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Smith loves spending time with her family. She has a wonderful husband and 2 great kids, Jackson and Aria, who are the lights of her life. Together, they share their home with a Goldendoodle named Charlie. She also misses her cat (and best friend), Franklin, who passed away in 2022 after 15 years in her life.
In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys cooking and watching horror movies. She and her husband try to go to the movies at least once a month.
Dr. Susan Potter-Francis, DVM
Dr. Potter started as a relief veterinarian with Angel Animal Hospital in 2014 and became a regular associate veterinarian with the clinic in 2019. She always wanted to go to vet school, but in college, everyone told her how hard it was to get in. And she believed them. She went on to graduate, get married, move to Louisiana… and get very bored. To curb her boredom, she volunteered at a small mixed animal practice and fell in love with all the animals, both sick and well. That’s when she went back to school and graduated from Texas A&M University with her DVM in 1990. Her special interests include internal medicine, geriatrics, dermatology, radiology, and dentistry. Dr. Potter has been a member of many different organizations throughout her career including the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, which she is currently a member of now. In her role as a veterinarian, she most enjoys helping people, pets, and her coworkers. She believes our clients are wonderful and that our staff is simply outstanding! Dr. Potter also loves that the work is never boring, from Mastiffs who swallow their whole bite of ice cream, spoon and all, to cats who play with fish hooks, there’s never a dull moment!
Dr. Potter is married to her husband, Robert, and they have three wonderful adult children, five grand-dogs, and three grand-cats. Their own pets include Trinity, a very sweet Border Collie, an older kitty named Ramona the Pest (or mommy’s little princess) and a red-eared slider named Twirtle. In her spare time, Dr. Potter enjoys sewing and knitting, gardening, being out in the sunshine, reading, traveling, and going to see her kids. Some of her favorite books are James Herriott’s books, My Friend Flicka, The Redhead and the Roan, Champion Dog: Prince Tom, etc.
Dr. Jay L. Gotcher, DVM
Former Owner, Relief Veterinarian
Dr. Gotcher has been a veterinarian at Angel Animal Hospital since 1992 and was the owner of the clinic from 1998 to August 2023. He earned his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1980 and is affiliated with the American Veterinary Medication Association and Texas Veterinary Medical Association. To stay current on the latest trends in veterinary medicine, he enjoys attending yearly continuing education meetings. Throughout his career as veterinarian, he has enjoyed developing professional relationships with his clients. He also especially loves the satisfaction he receives after completing a difficult medical or surgical case.
Dr. Gotcher and his wife Deborah have five children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and genealogy research.