Meet the Team


Meet the Team

Our Doctors

Lauren E. Shores, DVM
Dr. Shores grew up primarily in Michigan and Mississippi as a "vet school brat". Her father, Dr. Andy Shores, is currently a veterinary neurosurgeon and neurologist at Mississippi State University. Throughout her childhood, she lived in various college towns including Auburn, AL, East Lansing, MI, and Starkville, MS, where her father was attending a residency, obtaining a degree, or teaching. Growing up in a learning environment and around animals with her father naturally contributed to her career choice. She attended Auburn University to obtain her undergraduate degree in Zoology and then attended the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with her DVM in 2008. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in the North DFW area ever since.

Always involved in athletics and performing arts, Dr. Shores has been a ballerina, violinist, and softball player. Her interest in the arts has carried over into adulthood, as she has held numerous principal roles in The Nutcracker with The Frisco Ballet and is a professional background vocalist and member of The Fever Band, mainly covering Elvis Presley’s music all over the United States. You may have seen her on stage without even realizing it!

Dr. Shores and her husband Marcus have three dogs and two cats. Devo is a whippet who can sprint to chase a rabbit or squirrel but mainly prefers to stay wrapped up in a blanket 20+ hours a day. Monkey, a Labrador Retriever mix, is a mentally and physically disabled dog to some degree, having been hit by a car at the age of 10 weeks in 2007, causing brain damage. He does just fine, though, walking in circles to the left and loving life. Nellie is a Labrador Retriever/Boxer mix and is absolutely full of energy. Until she recently tore a ligament in her knee, she was widely regarded as indestructible. You'll all be glad to know she is back to playing frisbee! The cats, Prima Ballerina and Mr. Cheese, get along well with the dogs and complete the pack.

Jennifer Whitworth, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Whitworth grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma. She developed her interest in veterinary medicine at a young age while growing up on a small farm with a wide variety of animal friends that she loved and cared for. Her decision to become a veterinarian was made at the early age of four, and it never wavered. She began gaining hands-on experience and knowledge of the profession with her first veterinary assistant job at age fifteen. She continued to work in veterinary clinics while completing high school, undergraduate courses, and her veterinary degree.
In 2002, Dr. Whitworth finished her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. She then went on to receive her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.

Since completion of vet school, she has enjoyed practicing small animal medicine in Oklahoma, California, and Texas. She has been a resident of Little Elm since 2010 when she first met and practiced with Dr. Shores. Dr. Whitworth is excited to be working close to home in her own community.

Outside of work, Dr. Whitworth enjoys spending her time with her husband, Noel, and daughter, Jaylee. On weekends, they love to travel home to Oklahoma to spend time in the country with their cows, donkey, and ducks. They also share their life and home with their beloved four-legged family members: a Bichon Frise named Maizy, a Shih-Tzu mix named Fergie, a Shih-Tzu named KC, a Dachshund named Anna, a Shih-Tzu named Amelia, and two adorable kitties, Layla and Mackenzie.

Our Team


Morgan McLaughlin photo

Morgan McLaughlin

Morgan has been working in the veterinary field for about 9 years now. She started out volunteering at the Denton Animal Shelter in high school, then got a job at a local veterinary clinic. She has been a veterinary technician for 7 years and loves it! Morgan has a 7yr old Black lab named Rocky, who is the cutest dog ever! "I love my dog!" Morgans hobbies include traveling to new places and going to concerts. She also loves fried chicken, and lives for Cane's and Babes!!

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Alyson Bogus

Alyson was born an army brat in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where her family was stationed for five years. She moved to Plano, TX when she was three and has lived in the North Texas area ever since. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015, double majoring in biology and journalism (with a concentration in public relations). Alyson has always loved animals and has worked with numerous rescues and animal day cares since she was young. Currently, she shares her home with a boxer mix named Marley.

Wally  photo

Wally

Wally was found hiding out in the garden center at Wal-Mart. He's an absolute sweetheart and loves everyone he meets!

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Zona Eastham

Zona has been grooming dogs for 30 years. She first started learning techniques as an apprentice to her neighbor at the age of 12 and never looked back. Starting out in Houston, she moved to Aubrey 15 years later and continued her career in Frisco and Dallas. She loves to work with pets and see how their owners react when they see their freshly groomed pet at the end of the day. Zona has two daughters and a son, as well as four grandchildren. Her daughter Kayla is also a groomer in Houston. Zona has had Boston terriers in the past but loves all dogs. She is excited to meet you and your pets! Call us to make an appointment Monday through Saturday at 940-208-0121.

Zach Jett - Technician photo

Zach Jett - Technician

Zach started in the veterinary field while in high school with an internship, then was hired and a technician in 2011 at the same clinic. He grew up in Independence, Missouri. He then moved to Texas in 2006. Since preschool, he knew that he wanted to work in the veterinary field, and since then his passion has only grown. While in Missouri he enjoyed going to his grandparents’ farm and helping to take care of the cows and all the cats. Now, Zach enjoys spending time with his pack at home, a Staffordshire terrier, Zuko, a Jack Russel mix, Nala, a chihuahua mix, Peanut Von Duke, a domestic shorthair, Za Za, a Bearded dragon, Korbit, and a Rankin’s dragon named Vise. Zach is always looking for a chance to learn new things and teach others what he has learned over the years and a technician.

Jordan Hornsby Receptionist photo

Jordan Hornsby Receptionist

Jordan was born and raised in Fortuna California until the age of 17 until starting her college career at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa California where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She worked for 2 years as a physical therapy assistant and athletic trainer until moving to Florida shortly after graduating. Jordan found herself on another career path working in sales as a logistics coordinator and moving frequently around the United States. After close to a year in Florida her best friend and she decided to move to Kentucky where she met her husband. After 3 years his logistics career transferred them to Crossroads where she came upon VVC. She has worked here since July about 5 months and loves every minute of her time here. Jordan just had a baby and she’s already apart of the VVC family. Jordan's fur baby, Myla, adopted her 3 years ago in Kentucky. She loves chasing ducks and squirrels and playing with little dogs. She also loves coming to the clinic as much as possible to visit her favorite Kennel Tech José, and see all the wonderful employees who show her love.

Sarah Smithers RECEPTIONIST/HOSPITAL ASSISTANT photo

Sarah Smithers RECEPTIONIST/HOSPITAL ASSISTANT

Sarah has lived in Denton her whole life. She graduated from Denton High School and went to Tarleton State University majoring in Animal Sciences. She started her own pet sitting business when she was 9, and learned about AKC dog shows. She began showing at just 11 years old. Sarah got her own dog Cowboy when She was 13 and raised/trained/showed him in AKC conformation dog shows.

Cory Chockley<br/>Technician photo

Cory Chockley
Technician

Cory was born and raised in Plano, TX. He started working in the veterinary field when he was in high school as kennel help and eventually worked his way up to a technician position. He moved to Denton in 2012 and attended the University of North Texas where he received his B.S in Biology, focusing on genetics. When he's not working you can find him playing with his three cats, Momma (dilute tortie), Sealy (Siamese mix) and Steve (black DSH).

Michael Bartlett<br/>Technician photo

Michael Bartlett
Technician

Michael was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He has been working with small animals for 6+ years, with two of the past years working exclusively in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician. In the future, he plans to receive his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then he plans to enroll in a Master of Science in Nursing program to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He shares his home with one Siberian Husky named Sasha, two Russian Blues named Mikoyan and Ilyushin, and a Tabby named Skittles. In his spare time he enjoys reading, going to movies, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends. He looks forward to meeting your furry children!

Village Veterinary Center

11930 U.S. Hwy 380
Cross Roads, TX 76227


Phone: (940) 208-0121

info@villagevetctr.com


After-Hour Emergencies:
Denton County Animal ER
http://dcaer.com/


Hours

Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Closed