Meet Our Talented Team of Veterinarians
Linda M. Hankins, DVM
Dr. Hankins joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in 1997. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Texas A&M University in 1994. After graduating, she spent three years at the Animal Clinic in Galveston. Dr. Hankins grew up wanting to become a veterinarian, applying for her first job when she was eight years old, only to be told to come back when she was sixteen. At fifteen, Dr. Hankins started her career at a veterinary practice.
Veterinary practice allows one to utilize the love of animals and problem solving while building long lasting relationships with the pets and their families. It also allows for a variety of experiences including education of owners, internal medicine, radiology, anesthesiology, and surgery.
Dr. Hankins enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and playing cards. She shares her home with Haynie the cat, Dexter, a Jack Russell Terrier, and she has small herds of cows, goats and black antelope that she shares with her brother Kelly and sister-in-law Lizzy.
Dr. Hankins is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the North Central Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and is a Board Member of After Hours Veterinary Services. She is also involved in the community through Foundation United Methodist Church.
Suzanne Brown, DVM
Dr. Suzanne M. Brown joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in the fall of 2011. Originally from the Houston area, she spent 8 years as an associate veterinarian in Temple. She has the unique distinction of being both a Longhorn and an Aggie, with an undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her professional interests include internal medicine, anesthesiology, feline medicine, and diagnostic ultrasound. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the North Central Texas District Veterinary Medical Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton.
Dr. Brown enjoys international travel and is fluent in Spanish. She recently moved to town with her husband Craig and their three young daughters, twins Anna and Grace, and the youngest Claire. They share their home with their cats, Pirate and Charlotte.
Dana Tedesco, DVM
Dr. Tedesco joined the Belton Small Animal Clinic in 2013. Born and raised a Michigan Wolverine, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Michigan and her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas for a rigorous internship in small animal emergency medicine and surgery. She spent a year as a wildlife veterinarian in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, working with local wildlife including black bears and bald eagles, before finding her way back to Central Texas.
Dr. Tedesco’s professional interests include emerging infectious diseases and wound management. She shares her North Austin home with a kitty named Rental and a husband named James. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, vegetarian cooking, and curling up with a good book. Dr. Tedesco just welcomed a new baby to her family, Michael Charles, and he is a cutie.
Kasandra Hill, DVM
Dr. Hill joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in August 2014. She grew up in a small town in Southwest Kansas and spent many summers at her grandparents' farm in the panhandle of Oklahoma. Dr. Hill gained a lot of experience working side-by-side with her grandpa while raising cattle and harvesting wheat.
Dr. Hill attended Clarendon College for one year to play volleyball and then transferred to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). Here, she continued to play volleyball and graduated with a degree in Biology. SWOSU is also where she met her wonderful future husband, Jason. After graduation, Jason returned to Arlington to start his career in coaching/teaching and Hill attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Hill joined her husband in Arlington. After two years in Arlington, Jason transferred to Moody High School, where he is coaching football, and Kasandra joined BSAC.
Dr. Hill's special interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. The Hills have a Border Collie mix named Molly Bean and they just added Dexter Dog, a Lab mix who was abandoned, to their family. Dr. Hill and her husband have one son, Augustus Roy, and just welcomed daughter, Charlotte Rose, to their family.
Dr. Hill enjoys being outdoors, going to the lake, and watching her husband coach at the high school football games.
Meagan Sims, DVM
Dr. Meagan Sims joined Belton Small Animal Clinic in May 2016. She grew up in Midland, TX on a small hobby farm. From Midland, she went to College Station and obtained her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Sims continued at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016.
Dr. Sims professional interests include dermatology, preventative care for all life stages, and orthopedic disease. She is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
When not at the clinic, newlyweds, Dr. Sims and Josh, can be found with their three dogs. Her hobbies include hiking and watching vintage science fiction movies.