Dr. Loretta A. Ehrlund, D.V.M., Practice Owner
Dr. Loretta A. Ehrlund, D.V.M. is the owner of Heritage Veterinary Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science (1978) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (1979) from Texas A&M University.
As a young girl, Dr. Ehrlund traveled the world as an Air Force brat. She resided all over the United States and made her way through various countries from Taiwan to Portugal. In the 5th grade, Loretta Ehrlund had a mixed breed canine named Smokey. One day her parents decided to take her beloved dog to a local veterinarian for a check up. While there, Smokey was diagnosed with epilepsy. Upset with the diagnosis, a young Loretta was elated to learn that the doctor could help her adored friend. She knew she wanted to grow up and do the same thing that the local veterinarian did for her and Smokey.
After graduating high school, Dr. Ehrlund did research work with sheep and worked closely with a research veterinarian. It was not long after she was accepted into Texas A&M University. While in veterinary school she groomed dogs for extra income, which helped her gain a great respect for groomers. As time passed and her knowledge of veterinary medicine grew, she became a proud graduate of Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and is still active with the university today.
The late Dr. Larry T. Ehrlund and Dr. Loretta Ann Ehrlund opened up the first Heritage Veterinary Clinic in San Antonio after graduating veterinary school together.
Showing horses is a family hobby for Dr. Ehrlund. She is currently active in the Animal Arabian Horse Association. She also volunteers once a year with Freedom Classic that allows our young citizens to show their horses for free.
Dr. Ehrlund is a proud mother of two daughters: Charlotte Ehrlund Potter & Michele Ehrlund Wright.
She is currently a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Aggie Moms, and the Disaster Preparedness Committee, providing a master plan for Texas pets in the event of a disaster. She is on the Board of the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County and is very active in our community, mentoring young people with an interest in Veterinary Medicine and running a summer volunteer program.
Years in Practice: 37
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Rebecca Young, DVM
Dr. Rebecca Young was born into a military family in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She was drawn to caring for animals at an early age. Exposure to companion animals, large animals, and various wildlife on her grandparents' cattle ranch inspired her dream of working with animals and she decided to become a veterinarian when she was 9 years old.
After high school Dr. Young went on to attend college at Texas A&M University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. It was during her time as an undergraduate student that she continued to cultivate her interests in animal medicine by training yearlings, working at the A&M dairy, and by working in the pig farrowing unit at A&M. Her summers were spent working for a small animal veterinary practitioner, as well as with a research veterinarian at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. After college, Dr. Young continued her education at Texas A&M University, where she earned her Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
Dr. Young worked as a mixed animal practitioner during her early career, focusing on dairy herd medicine and reproduction, but treated species ranging from cattle and horses to goats, ferrets, dogs, and cats to name a few. As time went on, she began to focus more on companion/small animals and discovered this was the area in veterinary medicine on which she wanted to focus her passion. Dr. Young has worked as a small animal practitioner in multi doctor practices and as a solo practitioner in veterinary hospitals in Austin and San Antonio.
At home Dr. Young dotes on an Australian Cattle dog mix who she acquired her first year out of vet school when called to treat the young pup as an after hours emergency. Her home has been home to various orphaned and shelter animals, and she feels strongly about the importance of animal adoption and rescue. Dr. Young is highly dedicated to the human animal bond. She feels strongly about keeping your beloved pets healthy from youth, through their geriatric years, with good preventative care. She will always take the time to guide you through important decisions in your pets' care. She feels client education is very important in achieving quality patient care. Her interests are varied but include internal medicine, preventative care, multi-modal pain management, honing her skills in ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Young is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County, and Capitol Area Veterinary Medical Association.
Years in Practice: 13
Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jessica Purkey, DVM
Dr. Jessica Purkey decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian after growing up following her family's local large animal veterinarian while on vacations. When she was an undergraduate student, she worked at San Antonio's Bird of Prey Sanctuary, which solidified her decision. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M in 2012. Her interests focus on pain management and dermatology.
At home, Dr. Purkey enjoys a variety of hobbies when she isn't spending time with her three cats and her dog. She likes to paint, draw, read, and write fiction.
Years in Practice: 5
Education: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine