Meet Our Veterinarians
L.R. ‘Luke’ Chachere, DVM
Dr. Luke Chachere established Chachere Veterinary Clinic in August of 1984 after completing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Texas A&M University. Born and raised in Dayton, he returned home to serve his community as a veterinarian. His wife, Julie, is also a lifelong Dayton resident and teaches school in Dayton I.S.D. Dr. Luke is the father of 3 children: Lukas, Elizabeth, and Rebecca. He and his family are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Dayton. He is also a seven-term member of the Dayton Independent School District Board of Trustees and a member of the Dayton Rotary Club. Dr. Luke and his son, Dr. Lukas, own L Chachere Cattle, a successful show cattle operation in Dayton. Dr. Luke is an avid supporter of Dayton youth and school functions.
Lukas Chachere, DVM
Dr. Lukas Chachere was born and raised in Dayton, TX. He was very active in the Dayton FFA and exhibited cattle across Texas and the USA. He graduated from Dayton High School in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2010 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014. Dr. Lukas returned home in May 2014 and began practice the following week. He is the eldest of Dr. Luke’s children. He enjoys working on all types of animals as well as with junior livestock exhibitors and staying involved in the community. He is an active board member of the Dayton Community Development Corporation, DCDC. Dr. Lukas received his certification by the American Embryo Transfer Association in 2018. In addition to an expanding veterinary practice, Dr. Lukas and his Father run a successful show cattle operation, L Chachere Cattle, raising registered and crossbred calves. Dr. Lukas is recently engaged and has a variety of pets at home.
Brent D. Hale, DVM
Dr. Brent is a Dayton-native who volunteered and worked at Chachere Veterinary Clinic throughout high school, college, and veterinary school, and decided to return home to use his newly acquired veterinary skills to serve the animals and people of his hometown community. Dr. Brent graduated from Texas A&M University with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018, and with his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in May of 2014. He also graduated from Dayton High School in June of 2010. He is excited to help Drs. Luke and Lukas in caring for your pets! When not at the clinic, Dr. Brent enjoys spending time with his family, reading, raising registered Hereford cattle, and playing with his miniature Red Heeler, Reba. Be sure to stop by and see the newest doctor joining the CVC team!
Meet Our Management Team
Gretchen joined Chachere Veterinary Clinic in April of 2000 as an assistant. She has worked every position in the clinic and now manages the entire team. She is passionate about horses and loves all animals. She has a soft spot for every stray that shows up on their doorstep! Gretchen and her husband have resided in the Huffman area for 20 years. Recently Gretchen and her husband moved away from the area to be closer to their family. Gretchen will not be a daily-face at the clinic anymore but plans to continue as a part-time figure!
Julia re-joined our team after taking some time off to start a family. She plays a large role in our team as our laboratory manager. She is also one of our bilingual employees and aids frequently with our Spanish speaking clients. She has two children and her puppy dog, Cookie. She loves to spend all of her free time with her husband and kids.
Meet Our Reception Team
Stephanie is our most experienced receptionist. With her 19 years of experience working in the veterinary field, she is full of knowledge and wisdom. She always will greet you with a happy face at the reception desk or a friendly voice on the other end of the telephone! She and her husband reside in Dayton with their dogs Finnie, Willow and Maiden.
Robin has been a part of our reception team for three years. She will greet you and your pet with a caring smile and warm voice at the front desk or on the phone. Robin has a soft spot in her heart for all animals large or small and shares her home with several.
Ashley has been part of our veterinary assistant team since August, 2014. Ashley was recently promoted to a reception position. Because Ashley herself is so food motivated, she was compelled to complete the Hill’s Science Diet nutritional course and earned the honors of being Veterinary Nutritional Advocate Certified. She can answer any questions you may have regarding the nutritional needs of your pets and how to feed our full line of Hill’s Science Diet food. She is a graduate of Dayton High School and continues to reside in the Dayton area with her dogs Remmy and Alexandria.
Christian joined our reception team the summer of 2019. She helps admit your pets in and out, also she schedules appointments and helps with any questions you have with your pets or livestock. Christian and family reside in the Tarkington area. Together they have three horses, two dogs, and a barn full of show pigs.
Meet Our Veterinary Technicians
Candice Pifer, LVT
Raised in Dayton, Candice graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, and joined the CVC crew as a licensed veterinary technician in 2017. She is especially passionate about caring for our critical and hospitalized patients, and helping acclimate nervous pets during vet visits. When she is not at work, you can find her swimming, painting, or wrangling her seven dogs, two cats, two lizards, five snakes, and a prairie dog!
Delana Shortt, RVT
Delana graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston in 2013. She has worked with large and small animals, including “pocket” pets, birds and reptiles. Her preference is working with equine and canine. She joined our team in June, 2018. Delana resides near the Dayton area with her two children and their two dogs. Bocephus is an Australian Shepherd and Poppy is an American Bully. When Delana has spare time, she spends it with her family and friends, enjoys dancing, and barrel racing.
Jamie is a graduate of Crosby High School. She recently graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and joined our CVC team. She loves all types of animals and is eager to assist you with all of your pets.
Meet Our Veterinary Assistants
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Jenifer graduated from the PIMA Medical Institute in 2018 and became a certified veterinary assistant. She now works with us as the head large animal technician. She also works with small animals, and serves as relief for our lab manager, Julia. Occasionally, you can find Jen in the reception area helping answer phones, and helping assist our clients. She is bilingual and helps with our Spanish speaking clients. She is newly married and has two dogs of her own. Jen also raises dancing horses with her family.
Angel was an early graduate from Dayton High School in October of 2018. In May of 2019, Angel was hired on as a kennel assistant. She helped everywhere she was needed. Angel has two cute friendly pets. Gus, a Labrador Retriever, and Kitana, a calico cat. In Angel’s free time she loves to skate, draw, and spend time with friends and family.
Cody graduated from Tarkington High School in 2018. Cody started working in the fall of 2019 at the clinic. He helps keep our facility clean and also escorts you and your pets to and from the exam rooms. During his free time, he enjoys working cattle, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Cody also volunteers with the Tarkington Fire Department.
Tayler graduated from Dayton High School in 2017, where she showed pigs and a heifer in FFA. She joined our team in July 2019. She quickly fell in love with the career she plans on pursuing in the near future. In her free time, she enjoys roping on her horse Dollar, going out dancing, and spending time with family and her handsome heeler Cinch.
Matthew is a high school student that dreams of being a veterinarian. He is currently enrolled in the 4-H Veterinary Science Program. Matthew will have his veterinary assistant certification by the time he graduates from high school. In his spare time, he raises Santa Gertrudis cattle and enjoys exhibiting them in the open and junior shows across the state and nationally. Matthew has two Australian Shepherds, Bailey and Ryder. He hopes to attend Texas Tech or Texas A&M upon hight school graduation.