Meet Our Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Long Drive Dog & Cat Hospital in Houston, TX! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 713-643-0633 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr Shelby D.V.M

Dr. John A. Shelby graduated from Texas A & M Veterinary College in 1994 the same year he married his wife Suzanne. He has two daughters, Victoria and Abigail. He has many pets: Dog Sassy, and Cats: Gally, Lily and Louis. He purchased Long Drive Dog and Cat Hospital in July 1996 from Dr. Leo Slatko who established the practice around 1950. He loves practicing Small Animal Medicine with a passion for surgery. He is very fond of the quick pace of Long Drive as it utilizes his skill of multi-tasking. In 2020 Dr Shelby joined forces with BlueRiver Petcare Group. With that partnership, he added a Hospital Administrator and Office Manager to his team!

Dr. Patricia Castro, D.V.M.

Dr. Patricia Castro was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She grew up in a large Peruvian family as the youngest of seven. She has a Bachelors in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and she received her DVM degree from Texas A&M in 2006. Dr.Castro started working at Long Drive Dog & Cat Hospital immediately after graduating. She has a Calico cat named Monkey and a Maltipoo named Oscar. Her special interests include both surgery and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two sons.

Dr. Tiarra Spencer, D.V.M.

Dr. Tiarra Spencer was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a Bachelors and Masters of Biology from Texas Southern University. After graduating, she decided to attend Louisiana State University to complete her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She has two zebra finches (Skye and Uno), multiple dog cousins (Sadie, Max, and Watson), and one horse cousin (Blue Boy). Her interests not only lie in cat and dog medicine, but also in exotic animal medicine. She currently volunteers with the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, and will in the future, re-establish volunteering with the BARC animal shelter. She is very excited to join the Long Drive family and grow with them.

Dr. Elizabeth Gallagher D.V.M.

Dr. Elizabeth Gallagher, grew up in Opelousas, LA where her love of animals began early in life. Her childhood was spent caring for a variety of animals from cats and dogs to tadpoles, rabbits and birds. Following high school, Dr. Gallagher attended Louisiana University where she studied Biology and performed evolutionary DNA research. After graduation, she attended Saint George’s University in Grenada for veterinary medicine. This was followed by one year at University of Tennesse for her clinics where she worked on companion animals as well as tigers and bears. During her time in Grenada, Dr. Gallagher had the opportunity to work with and perform research on sea turtles. During veterinary school she served as the Bayer pharmaceutical representative and continues to teach clients about preventative care. Following veterinary school, she worked doing relief at small animal veterinary clinics, veterinary ER and the shelter.
Dr. Gallagher loves and enjoys working with all types of animals, not just dogs and cats. Her passion extends to the medicine and surgery of all companion animals.
When not at work, Dr. Gallagher can usually be found taking care of her own menagerie of animals which includes a chinchilla, cats, and dogs. She also enjoys scuba diving, skiiing, traveling, cooking, listening to music and just hanging out with family and friends.

Dr. Amy Bevill, D.V.M.

Dr Bevill has been a practicing Veterinarian since 1998 with experience in day practice, shelter medicine and emergency medicine.  She enjoys soft tissue surgery and she’s very interested in helping pets with allergy issues.  Dr Bevill’s primary goal is to improve the pet’s day to day quality of life by addressing causes of malaise as well as alleviating symptoms.  To this end, she welcomes detailed discussions with pet parents, and she strives to provide the best and most pertinent information and client education possible. When Dr Bevill is not working, her hobbies include trail riding, tent camping, science-fiction literature, and grilling.

Dr. Joshua Taylor, D.V.M.
Dr Taylor was born & raised in Franklin, New Jersey.  He worked as a certified veterinary technician (CVT) for 3 years before applying to Vet school.  He received his Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Becker College in Massachusetts. He recently completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University with a clinical year at Purdue University. He has decided to start his veterinary career here at Long Drive Dog & Cat Hospital.  Dr Taylor has major interests in internal medicine, neurology as well as acupuncture which he will help bring into our hospital.  When he’s not being your pet’s doctor, he enjoys volleyball, Netflix, amusement parks and dancing.  Dr Taylor is of course a pet parent himself to his 3-year-old terrier, Brody.
Emily G, Hospital Administrator
Emily joined the Long Drive Team in October of 2020. She was already a part of the Blue River Petcare Group managing a Veterinary Hospital in Phoenix Arizona before making the “long drive” across to Texas. She has an extensive business management background including medical specialty practices(Sleep Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Therapy Services) prior to starting her career in Veterinary Medicine. She has transitioned all this knowledge to the animal world as she has a deep love and admiration for all things furry, scaly, winged and more. EXCEPT Spiders! She will just stay at her desk for those haha! Emily is a mom of a teenage daughter(Hannah) as well as her 3 dogs(Bo, Bella, Celine) and cat(Javier). In her spare time, she is an active sports junkie and participates in Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball, Golf and Hiking. She is a diehard Denver Broncos fan and loves travelling to Denver for football games. She is very excited to be a part of the Long Drive Team and she looks forward to meeting each and every one of your pets day to day.