When looking for the perfect place to care for your fur babies, it’s not just about the convenience and cost but even more, it is the kind staff who greets you at the door and the knowledge, experience & compassion of the veterinarians that make all the difference. Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns offers all of this and more with a philosophy centered on pet health with heart!
For veterinarians Dawn Stewart and Lisa Hill, pets are all in the family. Dr. Stewart and her husband, who is also a veterinarian, have a house full of eight adorable dogs (2 on the cover of SJM) and one “very patient” cat. Dr. Hill and her family have two dogs, three cats (one of whom is a sphynx) and a hamster that needed a home.
They both view their patients as family pets, too. “We’re passionate about treating our patients as if they’re our own pets,” says Dr. Stewart.
“We give personalized attention to each and every animal,” adds Dr. Hill, “and we strive to provide the utmost compassion and highest quality, most advanced medical care. Communication with pet parents is the most important aspect of my job. I always try to make sure they understand the diagnosis and treatment of their pets in partnership with myself and our team.”
Animal Medical Clinic offers a wide range of services, including pet wellness and nutrition, diagnostic internal medicine, dental care, urgent care, health certification, microchipping and even therapeutic pain management using multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy.
“MLS laser therapy helps treat and control acute and chronic pain in animals,” explains Dr. Stewart. “It quickly relieves pain and reduces inflammation, and it can be beneficial for post-surgical healing, chronic arthritis, and inflamed or infected ears. Laser therapy is a fast, pain-free and non-invasive treatment to help pets return to their favorite activities.”
Because they care so much about providing the best care for their patients, the veterinarians also use a laser instead of a scalpel to minimize bleeding and pain for all surgical procedures.
Dr. Hill has long been a proponent of this type of approach. From a very early age, she looked out for animals and had their best interests at heart. “We used to go fishing as a family growing up,” she recalls. “I was always the one to remove the fish from the hook to release it. I wanted to make sure the fish were not harmed. I would also search for turtles along the lakes and remove any hooks that were stuck in their mouths. It’s surprising how many turtles would have hooks stuck in them, but I felt I could make a difference in the lives of the turtles I found.”
Both doctors truly have a heart for animals and the families they’re part of, which is why they also offer boarding services. “We like giving our pet parents peace of mind while they’re away,” says Dr. Stewart. “We already have a personal relationship with the pets and know all their medical history and individual needs. Hopefully not, but if any medical problems arise during their stay, we’ll be the ones who take care of them.”
Regardless of the scenario, Dr. Stewart loves educating pet parents on the best care for their pets. Originally from West Virginia, she graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She opened Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns in 2002 and has been practicing in the area for 17 years.
Dr. Hill received her education from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and has been living and serving pet parents in St. Johns County for 14 years. “I love the St. Johns area and feel it’s a wonderful place to raise our two children. I really enjoy bumping into clients at the supermarket and am very tied to this community.”
Animal Medical Clinic at St. Johns is located at 2245 County Road 210, Suite 102, Saint Johns, FL 32259.
For more information about please call 904-201-1437 or visit www.animalmedicalclinicstjohns.com
St. Johns Magazine