Our Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Hill Country Veterinary Hospital in Cedar Park! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 512-219-7774 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

K. Benet Sandell, D.V.M.
Practice Owner

I graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and started my veterinary career here at Hill Country Veterinary Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Alton Smith. I purchased the practice in January of 2000. It has been my pleasure and privilege to continue in Dr. Smith’s footsteps by providing quality veterinary care to all the families that have been faithful and loyal clients of this practice for so many years. It is this very trait that drew me to this practice, the family oriented atmosphere and the personable staff. I feel these qualities are what make this practice special and unique.

I have had a passion for this field since I was five years of age, and I continue to enjoy all the different aspects presented to me in the practice of veterinary medicine. My interests lie strongly in the field of surgery, both soft tissue and orthopedic, but I am constantly challenged and intrigued by my internal medicine cases. I continue to strive to improve both my knowledge and skills so that I might always provide the best service to my clients and their loved ones.

I am supported at home by my husband, Dean and my son, Zachary. When not working, I am usually spending time with family and that time usually involves some type of water activity. Swimming, skiing, boating or just hanging out at the lake, is what my family loves to do. I have always had a love for Sight hounds and currently our house is blessed by our Whippet Jake and our very independent cat Sage.

Judith Golden, D.V.M
Associate Veterinarian

I have wanted to become a veterinarian since I was a young child and am so glad to have the opportunity to live this dream in the presence of a team of compassionate people who also love to help animals and their families. I graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. My professional interests include internal medicine, feline medicine and preventative care. I have truly valued my time working with Dr. Sandell and the rest of the caring team here at Hill Country Veterinary Hospital.

I see continuing education as a crucial aspect of providing the best possible care to our pets. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, is advancing very rapidly. I enjoy staying at the forefront of knowledge through membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association and Capital Area Veterinary Medical Association. I also like to consult the Veterinary Information Network online forums to learn about new diagnostic and treatment methods.

My time outside of the clinic is spent with my husband, Kelsey, and children Leah, David and Esther. I also enjoy bird watching , reading, nature and attending various events around town. We have two cats, Growly and Arla, and one dog, Nelson. We also listen to constant chatter from our two parakeets, Angel and Cloudy.

Lauren King
Head Technician Morning

I was raised in Asheboro, North Carolina and have been living in Texas since 2005. An avid animal lover from a young age, I have always wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine. Before finding a permanent home with HCVH in July of 2007, I had worked as an adoption counselor for the Humane Society and volunteered with both the SPCA of Manhattan and the NC Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

I love working in the veterinary field because it is always evolving. Each day presents a different challenge and the opportunity to increase, expand, and build upon the knowledge and training from the previous day. There is nothing more rewarding or satisfying than being able to play a part in helping an animal. My own personal pets include 2 dogs, 2 cats and a dwarf rabbit. When not at work, I enjoy relaxing with my critters, going to the theater, reading and traveling.

Tyler Valenzuela
Head Technician Afternoon

I have just recently joined the team here at Hill Country Vet Hospital. I have been in veterinary medicine for 6 years. My favorite part of being in this field is the ability to assist in providing quality medicine to all of our patients. In my spare time I hang out with my dog Layla, whom I love very much. I enjoy hockey, fantasy football, and comedy.

Greg Morgan

I’ve been in the veterinary field for 3 years. I absolutely love taking care of animals and seeing them healthy. Nothing in life gives me a better feeing than working with animals. I have two German Shepherds named Apollo and Athena, two snakes and a tarantula.

Hillary Pack

I have recently joined HCAH after deciding to pursue a career I am truly passionate about – working with animals. I found Hill Country Veterinary Hospital after volunteering with several shelters and rescues and finding myself inspired to learn more about the medical side of caring for animals. In my search for a clinic to volunteer with, I met with Dr. Sandell who graciously offered me the opportunity to shadow the techs and Doctors. I am now delighted to be a full-time member of the HCVH team.

Lisa Ramos
Head Receptionist

I have been in the veterinary field since 2008 and I absolutely love my job! I have been a receptionist at Hill Country Veterinary Hospital since 2010 and I have to say, we have the very best clients in the entire hill country! I love getting to know our clients and their beloved pets and helping them to the best of my ability. Excellent customer service is my passion and getting to spend the day with dogs and cats is just a bonus!

I am married to my best friend and we have a son named Daniel. We share our home with a Border Collie named Sookie, a Poodle named Bones, and a long haired cat named Manny.

Whitney Ethridge

I have been at this amazing clinic for 3 months. I have been working in the medical field for 6 years, and was lucky enough to join the veterinary field in February 2016. This has been an exciting change, as I love working with animals and pet owners! I have two kitties at home along with a 7 year old daughter.

Nicholas V. Boze
Kennel Technician

Nick has been with our team since April 2015. He takes the best care of our boarding pets. He not only bathes, feeds, and walks the pets staying with us at the clinic, but he provides care and love to them as well. Cassie and Atticus sit by the door and wait for him to come in every day.

Cassandra “Cassie”
Clinic Pet / Cute / Feisty

I am the clinic cat. I got lost from my mother as a kitten and a nice man brought me to HCVH, where I have stayed ever since. I am my own boss and usually do whatever strikes my fancy. My favorite activities include running laps around the treatment area and attacking house plants in Dr. Sandell’s office. I also love to spy on the pets in the reception area and plan how I might hunt birds that I see through the window. My aspirations include finding additional treats and accumulating a larger cache of mouse toys under Dr. Golden’s desk.


Demanding attention from everyone when they are trying to work!

Clinic Pet / Feisty

I am a pretty feisty boy! I roam about the clinic at my leisure, and demand attention from everyone. I am such a sweet boy though, and am happy to call this clinic home. You are most likely to find me stealing the receptionist chair for a mid day nap!


Darting from room to room.