Veterinarians / Owners
Dr. Mark Gochenour
Education: TAMU class of 1977
TAMU class of 1977, Dr. Gochenour started WHVMA 30 years ago. According to his mom, (read about her under Public Relations) Mark always wanted to be a veterinarian, saving the local wildlife and strays growing up. His vision of the future of veterinary medicine in prevention and wellness care makes him our leader in continuing to improve the quality of life for our patients through Comprehensive Age Related Evaluations (C.A.R.E.) He regularly attends continuing education meetings and ultrasound seminars, and performs most of our ultrasound and echocardiogram diagnostics. If your pet needs any of these procedures, you can observe through the glass walls of the special procedures room, and even see what’s going on at the same time through our second monitor! He has 2 dogs, Spotty Brutus and rescued Sheltie, Precious; 3 cats, E.R, Sox and Smokey; and a Cockatiel named Scooby Doo. Dr. Gochenour enjoys multiple sports activities;from baseball and basketball to cycling. He has two sons; Jordan who is 12 years old, keeping he and his wife Ruth busy just trying to keep up, and Chase, a recent graduate of UT in San Antonio.
Dr. Randy Tonking
Education: Class of 1981
Aggie through and through, our Dr. Tonking graduated class of 1981, and is our other owner of WHVMA. The outpatient area is a buzz with the high energy “Dr. T” emits while seeing our patients and taking care of their families. He always has a smile on his face and a greeting for our clients and their pet family members. Extending the quality of life for our canine and feline friends has always been at the forefront for Dr. Tonking, and he enjoys taking time with his clients as well as their pets. When not enjoying the latest Aggie football game with his girlfriend Lynette, Dr T also enjoys working in his yard, running, and spending gym time with his younger son Reid, who is joining the Marines this year. Frequently on weekends, he is found in Annapolis visiting his older son Blaine at the Naval Academy a graduating senior this year. Dr. Tonking is very proud of both his sons serving their country.
You can see Dr. T pictured here with his family dogs Orion, Hank, and Nina. Dr. Tonking recently adopted an abused stray, Nala, who has since worked into the mix wonderfully and is enjoying the spoiled life she deserves. Also starring his home are his 2 cats: Dale and Sunny.
Dr. Emily Taylor
Education: University of South Florida, Michigan State University
Dr. Taylor joined WHVMA in 2007 as our associate veterinarian. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at University of South Florida and received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2006. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan Veterinary Specialists Dr. Taylor moved to Houston and is glad to be back to some warmer weather. Her veterinary interests include a special interest in all things cat, including feline internal medicine and behavioral issues, as well as emergency medicine, and alternative medicine. She is also working toward becoming a certified veterinary acupuncturist and board certified in feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP.) Her other interests include traveling, gardening, reading and swimming. Dr. Taylor has traveled to India and Africa as part of her vet education and looks forward to additional exciting travels! Dr. Taylor enjoys practicing at WHVMA because she enjoys the team approach to medicine as well as the excellent quality of medicine practiced here. She is impressed with the degree of compassion shown to the patients and the concern for clients. Visit her veterinary blog at msucatvet.blogspot.com.
Cindy is one of our veterinary nurses, and joined WHVMA in Sept 2001. Cindy is always ready to help anyone out, and will lend a hand with patient care in any aspect of our hospital. She shares her home with an 11-year-old rescued Miniature Pinscher named Cricket and a 4-year-old Boxer mix, Oreo, who was abandoned at 3 weeks of age. With Cindy’s good care and kindness, Oreo is now a permanent member of the family and couldn’t be happier! Outside of work, Cindy is kept busy with her teenage daughter Nikki, camping, tubing in the Guadalupe river and playing pool. Always one to have fun, Cindy loves to make people laugh and she’s sure to brighten your day as well.
Angie is a member of our customer service specialist team and it’s her friendly face you’re sure to see when you walk in the door. Angie has been working here at West Houston since 2005 and she enjoys getting to know everyone’s fur-families. An avid Astro’s fan, Angie has fun following the season with friends and family. At home, Angie enjoys spending time with her 12-year-old cat “Daisy” and her dog Brandy a 9-year-old chihuahua. You can always count on being greeted with a genuine smile when Angie is at the receptionist desk.
Our Public Relations department begins with Sue Gochenour. Recognize the last name? That’s right, it’s Dr. Gochenour’s mom. Sue was “initiated” into the world of veterinary medicine when Dr. G needed some help in the office when first starting out, “just for a few weeks”. Well 26 years later, here she is, still taking care of our clients, giving tours and being everything from an ear to listen to a shoulder to cry on. Need a grandmother? Sue can fill in with the brownie troupe or daycare tour, or take care of the little ones while you are in the exam room with Fluffy. Sue has her own grandmother duties when not at work, with 3 grandsons of her own that she enjoys watching play baseball, basketball and football. She and her husband Don share their home with Pita the cat, a 12-year-old kitty dropped off here with a broken leg. Sadly the Gochenours just recently lost their beloved Golden Retriever, Buddy, but his memory will always live strong in their hearts. Sue and Don like to travel and spend time in Galveston relaxing at their bay house.
Tim has been with WHVMA since November of 1999 and is our kennel manager, and don’t let him fool you: under that exterior is a heart of gold! His mild manner and great smile keep us laughing, and his love of pets shows through in every aspect of animal care. Ask Tim about any of his dogs, who are at least as spoiled as any patient we see. Tim is looking forward to spoiling someone else soon! He and his fiancée Crystal are expecting a baby girl in September. Tim and Mike, our Kennel Associate, keep our pet resort running smoothly, making our patients stay as much like home as possible. Need to check on your pet while he’s boarding with us? You can call and speak to Tim personally and get the news on how your pet is doing.
Cherry is our Pet Stylist and has been at WHVMA since June of 2000. Cherry makes our dogs and cats look great, either with styling or haircuts! Cherry is a native of the Philippines, and loves to share stories from back home! Cherry also loves helping our neighborhood animal pets in need. She has been rescuing and adopting local pets for the past 4 years and although it takes a great amount of time, she enjoys it as a labor of love. When not spending time making your pets look fabulous and with her vast four legged family at home, she enjoys visiting her family all over the U.S. If you have toured the clinic and have seen a small brown dog statue in the grooming area-wait! It moved! It’s her dog Lucky, adopted from the SPCA who comes to work with her almost every day.