Our Caring Doctors

Dr. Ann Kivney

Pets: Cash (Lab mix), Brooke (German Shepherd mix), and Mac (Airedale Terrier)

Dr. Kivney is a proud graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in Friendswood since 1990.  She opened Heritage Animal Hospital at its original location in Heritage Park in 1995 and moved to this location in 2007. Dr. Kivney always puts her clients and patients first and treats every pet like her own. In her spare time, she loves to babysit her grandson and granddaughter!!

Dr Ashley Maxey

Pets: Dog – Zoe (Golden Retriever) and Cats – Fitzwilliam, Gnar, 99, Sister, Darcy, and Yeti
Joined the Heritage Family: January 2018

Dr. Maxey has been working with animals ever since her very first job as a veterinary assistant at 14 years old. She has a lifelong passion for animal science, and it shows through in every patient interaction. Dr. Maxey graduated from Ross University in 2014, after which she spent a year doing further clinical studies at Purdue. She loves diagnostics, and especially loves being able to solve problems and provide pet parents with answers. She also works in an emergency clinic a few weekends a month, and enjoys the fast pace and variety of patients she gets to work with. In her free time, Dr. Maxey enjoys horseback riding, baking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband and her young daughter.

Practice Manager


Pets: Dogs – Camden (Dachshund mix), Lola (Frenchie), and Rigby (Boxer)
Joined the Heritage Family: April 2018

Brittany comes to the Heritage family after over a decade of working in the corporate technology industry as an IT and Operations manager. She wanted a change from the corporate office environment, and absolutely loves getting to put her experience and knowledge to work in a place where she can meet and cuddle so many beautiful fur babies. She is very excited to be a part of a team that is so passionate about providing the very best veterinary care possible. In addition to her passion for pets, Brittany also enjoys biking, attending concerts, and playing board and card games with her friends and family.

Our Welcoming Front Desk Staff


Pet: Beatrice “BB” cat aka BB Rex
Joined the Heritage family: August 2012

Samantha loves animals. She has a son who is fun and happy. She lives in Friendswood and enjoys taking her son to the park. She loves coloring, shopping, hanging with her family, and taking care of her sweet older cat. She LOVES a Starbucks frappuccino daily, to help her be a morning person :). She also loves working with the public!


Pets: Dogs – Astro (Pit Bull), Muffin (ShiPoo) and Cat – Coco Chanel
Joined the Heritage Family: June 2017

Heritage is the first foray into the animal care industry for Val, and she loves getting to meet so many adorable fur babies and their parents. A native of the area, Val spent many years as an active mom and homemaker before joining our front desk team in 2017. On the weekends, Val likes to hang out with her husband and children, preferably going to the beach or catching the latest movie. She also likes to relax by spending some time gardening or baking some tasty treats! Val is passionate about animal health and is excited to be a member of the Heritage family!


Pets: Dog – Frio and Cats – Bagheera, Maurice
Joined the Heritage family: January 2012

Brittany adores animals! They are her life. Outside of her 3 fur babies she also enjoys all kinds of watersports like wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Brittany also loves sports and grew up playing all kinds. When she was young, she started playing softball and fell in love with it. She played until the varsity level during high school. Brittany recently graduated from UHCL with a business degree, but decided to go back to school to become a teacher. She loves her Heritage family and all the dogs and cats she gets to see every day!

Veterinary Technicians


Pets: 3 Dogs – Coconut, Snorkel, LooLoo
Joined the Heritage family: August 2008

Margaret is very serious about what she does and takes every single patient to heart. For her, it is such a joy, every single day, to interact and care for these animals. Her job is not just a job, but her life’s passion! Margaret’s other interests and passions include music, art, fitness and running, gardening and cooking. Oh, and of course, her four furry friends; Coconut, Snorkel and LooLoo, and her precious grandchildren, Kayla, Megan, Andrew, Isaac and Avery.


Pets: Dog – Kadynn.  Cat – Tristan. Fish – Hennessy
Joined the Heritage family: July 2013

Kaysie has a sweet baby girl named Miss Presleigh. Kaysie loves all animals and is passionate about helping animals and keeping them healthy.


Pets: Dog – Evie and Cats – Edgar, Crystal, Vegas, Cynarah, and Fiona
Joined the Heritage Family: January 2018

A native of the Houston area, Ashley has worked as a veterinary technician since 2001. She says still enjoys learning new things, and is always striving to provide the best care possible for each and every patient. She especially loves dentals, and seeing the positive impact that good oral hygiene can make for our patients. Besides her love for fur babies, Ashley enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming, surfing, and gardening. When she’s ready for some downtime, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage son and making jewelry.

Veterinary Assistants


Pets: Dogs – Rose (Husky), Robyn (Husky), and Kylo (Poodle).
Joined the Heritage family: February 2013

Jessica loves her job and working with animals. She is currently a college student. Jessica enjoys drawing in her free time, and you can often find her AMAZING doodles around the clinic. She loves food, especially chocolate, and fashion. She looks forward to weekly visits at her grandparents’ house.


Pets: Dogs – Sydney (a miniature schnauzer and her best friend), Xochitl and Xitlalic
Joined the Heritage family: August 2015

Bianca is a very happy person almost all the time. She enjoys working at our small animal practice but would also like to gain experience working with other species like the exotic types! Bianca loves animals and really enjoys the time she spends with each animal here at Heritage, but nothing could ever compare to the love she has for her baby (her dog), Sydney. Sydney is her best friend and she just loves her to death!


Pets: Cat – Mr. No No and Fish – LD
Joined the Heritage Family: April 2017

A recent high school graduate, Faythe started with Heritage as a kennel assistant while still in her junior year. Over a year later, she is now working at Heritage full time while she pursues a degree in Marine Biology. Faythe has always had a passion for animals, and loves being able to make a difference in the lives of our patients. She especially loves assisting during exams and getting to know the pet parents. When she’s not working or studying, Faythe loves to shop, go to the beach, paint, and eat sushi.


Pets: Dog – Rosie (Dachshund) and Cats – Sonny & Cher, Sammy, and Bucky
Joined the Heritage Family: August 2017

Valerie says her favorite thing about her job is being able to make a real difference in the lives of pets and pet parents. She is passionate about animals and loves being able to meet so many different fur babies and develop lasting relationships with their parents. In her free time, you may find her at the beach or a local concert, or maybe even at a vintage record shop looking for a new addition to her vinyl record collection. She also frequently visits her ranch to relax and tend to her horse and miniature donkey.