Learn about MVSTM and Our Team
Mobile Veterinary SpecialistTM
Mobile Veterinary SpecialistTM (MVSTM) is a new name when it comes to veterinary care in the Austin metropolitan area. Established by Dr. David Allman, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, MVSTM is designed to bridge the gap between primary veterinary care and referral veterinary hospitals. Currently, if a pet requires advanced surgery it is very likely the pet owner has one option of where to go for that surgery, a referral veterinary hospital. One of the benefits of MVSTM is that the pet can now receive state of the art care in the comfort of their familiar primary care facility. In combination with the comfort and convenience, MVSTM uses board-certified veterinary surgeons trained to perform advanced surgical techniques. Our primary goals are to provide excellent patient care through state of the art instruments and training, maintain continuity between the pet and their veterinarian, and serve as an affordable alternative to those who wish to provide the best for their pets.
Meet Dr. David Allman. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate student before heading off to Aggieland for veterinary school. During his 4 years at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Allman realized his passion for veterinary surgery and committed to pursuing surgical specialization. After veterinary school Dr. Allman was accepted into a 1 year internship program at the University of Georgia. With the goal of becoming a surgeon still at the forefront Dr. Allman then completed a 1 year surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. This strong foundation paved the way for his acceptance as a surgical resident at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The 3 years of residency training seemed to go by fast and included high volume exposure to state of the art orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. Dr. Allman found a unique interest in minimally invasive surgery and canine sports medicine throughout his training. After completion of the residency program Dr. Allman was appointed as an assistant professor and moderated the main surgery course for veterinary students at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Allman loves teaching and working with veterinary students, but his love of family and Austin, Texas, called him home in August of 2012. By starting a mobile specialty surgery practice here in Austin, Texas, Dr. Allman is able to provide complicated surgical procedures to many pets that would not otherwise be able to receive specialty care. Outside of the operating room Dr. Allman can be found enjoying the great outdoors, and exploring Austin with his wife Summer. Occasionally, Dr. Allman is able to participate in the sport of golf where his patience and precision are tested before heading back to the surgical suite on Monday.
Dr. Kelly Might, DACVS was raised in Bedford, Texas, a town between Dallas and Fort Worth. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate student, earning a bachelors in zoology and a minor in Spanish. He then attended Oklahoma State University for veterinary school. Early in his first year at Oklahoma State, Dr. Might found his calling for veterinary surgery. Dr. Might completed a 1-year rotating internship at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. He then went on to perform a 1-year surgical internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Boulder, Colorado. These experiences were then followed by a three-year surgical residency at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During his training, Dr. Might developed a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics. While at Washington State University, Dr. Might published multiple manuscripts and found great interest in orthopedic research. After 9 years away from home, Dr. Might, his wife, and two children returned to Austin, Texas. By teaming up with Dr. Allman and performing mobile specialty surgeries, Dr. Might is able to provide complicated surgical procedures to many pets that would not otherwise be able to receive specialty care. When not at work, Dr. Might enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.
Dr. Chase Key attended Abilene Christian University for his undergraduate degree in 2013, then received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University School of Medicine in 2017. Followed by a 1-year large animal surgical internship in Elgin, Texas, Dr. Key transitioned into private practice with a focus on general and advanced surgery. The next few years were spent practicing in Lubbock, Texas focusing on advanced orthopedic procedures with a special interest in fracture repair. With a drive to immerse himself in specialist surgery and expand his procedural breadth, he joined the MVS team in early 2022. Alongside Dr. Allman, he continues to expand into more complex orthopedics and specialist soft tissue surgeries. Dr. Key loves spending time outdoors and at the lake with his family and friends.
Kelly was born and raised in Houston Texas and grew up spending most of her free time with horses. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in advertising and journalism. Kelly has lived in Central Texas since 1997 and has remained passionate about animals throughout her education. She worked at a primary care veterinary hospital in the past but joined Dr. Allman from the beginning of MVS as his primary surgical assistant and technician. She now also assists to lead the team as a mobile unit coordinator and helps facilitate training. Kelly has a daughter and one dog and still pursues her passion for horses through riding, showing, and volunteering at a therapeutic riding center. She also enjoys jogging her dog on the trails around town and spending time at the coast.
Chelsea grew up in the Kansas City area and attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a B.S. in Biology in 2004. After working in environmental education on the east coast and then moving to California, she began working at her local Humane Society in 2008. During her 8 years there, Chelsea worked closely with the shelter veterinarians and loved learning about animal medical conditions and their treatments, and being able to contribute to some amazing success stories as supervisor of the Animal Care department. In late 2015, Chelsea and her husband moved to Austin. Shortly thereafter, she began working with Dr. Allman at MVS, learning a new set of skills in surgical assisting. After enrolling in Cedar Valley College’s Veterinary Technology program, Chelsea started working at North Austin Animal Hospital part-time to keep developing her technical skills and work towards becoming a licensed vet tech. In her free time, you can find Chelsea exploring the parks and trails of Austin with her two scruffy little dogs!
Nathan was born in Indiana, raised in Minnesota, and moved to Texas to attend college. He has a BFA from Sam Houston State University in Performing Arts, and is currently enrolled in a Veterinary Technician Program through Penn Foster. He started with MVS in 2014, midway through the year, and has loved being a part of the team. He loves to see the improvements patients make after surgery and is honored that he was able to assist in that process. In his free time, Nathan enjoys spending days with his wife, daughter, and three “fur babies”–taking trips to the park, going on family walks, and reading comic books.
Lauren Neal was born and raised in Louisiana. After graduating from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a concentration in Animal Science, she moved to Austin, Texas. She has been in the veterinary field for 5 years, including time in equine sports medicine and small animal general practice. Lauren has an interest in orthopedics and she continues to further her education in the veterinary field. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and dancing two-step and swing.
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"The surgery went smoothly, with Dr. Might calling me throughout the day with detailed updates. Within 48 hours, the bandages & pain were gone. Now he is moving around better than he was pre-TPLO!"
"It's Comforting to know that our pets can get specialty care at a familiar place and for a more affordable cost."
"Our 9-year-old Lab-Pit mix underwent TPLO surgery and she did not suffer at all. Whatever you are doing, keep it up! She is doing great!"