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Meet Our Doctors

L. Austin Strauch, DVM

Dr. Strauch graduated from Texas A & M University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. After graduation, he relocated to Dallas to join the animal health care field. In May 1984, he opened a veterinary hospital in the Highland Village area and continued to practice at that until the opening of Animal Medical Center in June 2002. He has practiced small animal medicine in Highland Village for the past 20 years and continues to greatly enjoy working with pet owners to meet their pet health needs.

Paul J. McCullough, DVM

Dr. McCullough graduated from Texas A & M University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. After graduation, he practiced in Plano for 5 years with a multi-clinic group practice. He left Plano in 1991 to open a practice in Highland Village and remained at that location until the opening of Animal Medical Center in June 2002. Dr. McCullough loves people and their pets and the ever changing world of veterinary medicine and surgery.

Lorien Schoelkopf, DVM, MS

Dr. Schoelkopf was raised in the DFW Metroplex. Following her graduation from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson in 2002 with a BS in Biology, she attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She earned a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Parasitology in 2004, and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Schoelkopf continued her education at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University, graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Schoelkopf joined the practice after working in Dallas and Plano for almost a year. When not at work, she is an avid bookworm, and also enjoys time spent with family and friends, or simply relaxing with her chihuahua Leeloo.

Lauren Carnes, DVM


Dr. Carnes grew up in Highland Village where, thanks to her dog, Sadie, she discovered her passion for veterinary medicine at a young age. During high school, she began her career at Animal Medical Center of Highland Village as a kennel technician. Dr. Carnes received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in 2013. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology from Texas A&M University in 2015. In May 2018, after nine great years in Aggieland, Dr. Carnes graduated with honors from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and returned to Highland Village to join Animal Medical Center of Highland Village as an associate veterinarian. Her veterinary interests are internal medicine, dermatology, preventative medicine and surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. 

When Dr. Carnes is not at the clinic she enjoys cooking, swimming, cycling, church, spending time with her nearby family and beloved Golden Retriever, Brady - and of course, watching the Aggies play football on Saturdays.

As a local resident, Dr. Carnes takes the utmost pride in providing the very best veterinary care to her clients, family, friends and neighbors.

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