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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mattie is our teams newest receptionist. She graduated from Dayton High School and is currently attending Sam Houston State University for her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. She has two dogs, one cat and a pot belly pig at home. In Mattie's free time she likes floating the river, hunting and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.
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.
Megan is our newest veterinary technician. She attended school at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and started working at the clinic in August of 2020. Megan has two dogs at home, Chocolate, who is a chihuahua and Diamond, a German Shepard. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going to the gym and reading.
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.
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.
Madi is an early graduate of Brazoswood High School. She has been with the clinic since May 2020 and helps with small and large animals at the clinic. She loves animals and has a husky and kitten at home. In her free time she likes to spend time with friends and family, paint and fish.
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.