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 married to Makenna who is an agriculture teacher with Dayton I.S.D. They have a variety of pets at home.
Meet Our Management Team
Rebecca was born and raised in Dayton, TX. She is Dr. Lukes youngest daughter. She grew up playing and working at the clinic and is now back full time as practice manager. Rebecca has worked the past four years in the medical field as a radiologic technologist. She decided to move back to her hometown of Dayton with her husband, Tyler, and re-join the family practice. She loves all animals and has two labrador retrievers of her own.
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.
Chelsie will greet you and your pet with a smile when you walk in the door! She enjoys spending time with her family and has a few pets of her own. She has a turtle, betta fish and a labrador retriever. In her free time she enjoys hunting and fishing.
Kayla is currently one of our receptionists but is training in all aspects of the clinic. She has a bachelors degree from Sam Houston State University. Kayla is a mother of three and a bonus mom of two. She has two German Shorthaired Pointers. When she's not at work she enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
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.
Cierra Allen, LVT
Cierra graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and is a licensed veterinary technician. She has been in the veterinary field for the past seven years. Cierra has two mixed breed dogs, Shadow and Scruffy, and one cat, Twitch, at home. Outside of work Cierra likes to spend time with her very large family, friends and 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.
Certified Veterinary Assistant
Elianna is one of our veterinary assistants. You may see her outside assisting with large animals or inside with our small animal clients. She has one dog at home, Khloe. In her free time she likes to take Khloe to the dog park and try new things.
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.
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.
Peyton has been with the clinic since June 2020 and assists with large animals. She has a variety of animals at home including dogs, cats, pigs, a horse, rabbit, and most importantly her service dog, Waylon. In her free time she likes to go to rodeos, bow fish, hunt and dance.
Kaytlyn is a veterinary assistant. She assists our veterinarians in the room with you and your pets. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2020 and is currently attending Lee College. Kaytlyn has two dogs at home, Ivie who is a Catahoula and Molley, an australlian shepperd.