Our Doctors

Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll

Dr. Vivian Carroll grew up in Humble, Texas. Both of her parents immigrated here from Cuba. (She speaks passable Spanish, but it’s probably best she sticks with English). She started work at a local veterinary clinic at age 15, and ultimately went off to college, leaving her parents with a wide menagerie of pets.

Dr. Carroll did her undergraduate work at Texas A&M, and graduated Cum Laude from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She came to the Animal Medical Center of Plano in 2000. Although she enjoys general practice as a whole, her true clinical passion involves internal medicine patients, particularly the ones that are difficult to diagnose. She is happiest when handling these cases, and can often be found scouring the internet, reading textbooks or speaking with various experts to solve a patient’s particular diagnostic challenge.

Dr. Carroll lives in Allen with her husband Dan, and her two sons: Aidan, and Perry. (Hard to believe that she was kid-free when she started at AMCOP—now she has a high schooler and a middle schooler).

Dr. Carroll has two dogs, Mia and Nixon.

Mia is the Labrador who has tried to kill herself many, many times. If it can be eaten or consumed, she has probably eaten or consumed it. She is a notorious counter surfer, garbage diver and thief, which has resulted in many visits to “mom’s” hospital & various emergency clinics. Aside from these shenanigans, she is a lovely, lovely family dog. Her favorite activities are playing catch and chasing squirrels.  If you ask Dr. C what her favorite dog breed is, she’ll tell you (shedding, destruction, and thievery aside), it’s the Labrador Retriever.

Dr. Carroll’s other dog, “Nixon,” is a rescue of indeterminate lineage (but her personality denotes a hefty amount of terrier). Nixon received her unusual name from the family that fostered her after she was rescued from a hoarding situation (they say it had nothing to do with the president, it just suited her). She is both fearless and a total coward. One of her favorite activities is protecting the yard from invading rabbits. She is very bad at this, but did once bring a live baby rabbit in through the dog door, which resulted in much pandemonium in the Carroll home. Nixon is hilarious and is the world’s greatest lap dog.

In her “free” time (Really, how much free time do moms get?), Dr. Carroll enjoys reading, going to concerts (she happens to be a huge Weezer fan), gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family. She used to hate exercise, but has discovered a deep love of Yoga.

Dr. Carroll also writes a mostly veterinary blog called “The Cone of Uncertainty,” and has written articles for Pet MD, and “SPOTLIght,” a bimonthly publication of the Collin County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Carroll works part-time at AMCOP: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30-2:00 and two Saturdays a month.

Dr. Carroll serves as the Vice President of the Collin County Veterinary Medical Association.

She is a member of:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Texas Veterinary Medical Association
  • Collin County Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice
  • Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society