Our Careteam

Ronnie McGill

Practice Manager

Ever since he was young, Ronnie has wanted to serve as a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. For him, advocating for animals is a lifelong pursuit! Ronnie is the Practice Manager here at Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital and has now been a veterinary professional for more than 16 years.

Ronnie is originally from Austin, and lived with his family in Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Mississippi before settling back in this area in the late 1980s. He joined the Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital team in October of 2000; within a year and a half, he had become the Practice Manager. Ronnie has been here ever since!

Ronnie and his wife, Kristen, have a beautiful young daughter named Jade. As a family, they enjoy swimming and boating, visiting local parks, and seeing movies. Ronnie also likes to watch football and car-racing whenever he gets the chance.

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Muhammad Sakthi

Veterinary Technician

Muhammad grew up near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where animals were a natural part of life since his earliest days. He always had an innate passion for science and learning, and his mother encouraged him to become a veterinarian. When the opportunity arose for him to study veterinary medicine, Muhammad jumped at the chance. That set in motion a journey that continues to this day—Muhammad is now a Veterinary Technician with the Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital family and will soon be a licensed veterinarian here in the United States!

Muhammad earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. He was one of only five students accepted from foreign countries! There, he was able to study and work with both companion animals and livestock species, further deepening his passion for the world of animal care.

Following his schooling, Muhammad served as an interpreter alongside United States military forces in Torkham, Afghanistan, and also worked with a pair of organizations dedicated to teaching women how to start and operate their own poultry businesses. When it became necessary for Muhammad’s safety and the safety of his family to leave Afghanistan—Taliban forces targeted him in retaliation for assisting United States troops—he resettled in the United States and made his way to Texas.

Muhammad first became connected with Crystal Mountain Animal Hospital when his United States sponsor reached out to the Capital Area Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Vandermause offered him the opportunity for mentorship guidance and to help Muhammad prepare for study and licensing here in the United States—Muhammad gladly accepted, and he’s been caring for the pets of the Austin area ever since! He especially enjoys watching Dr. Vandermause in action, and he likes to assist with surgical work and run laboratory tests in order to further hone his veterinary skillset.

Away from work, Muhammad is an avid soccer fan and enjoys both playing and watching games whenever he can. He and his family—Muhammad is married and has two wonderful young sons—love exploring Austin and enjoying their new lives in the United States, and they hope to add an animal companion to the household in the near future!

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