St Johns Veterinary Hospital and Cat Clinic

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Our Hospital

A 10,000 square foot Veterinary Center

State of the Art

Diagnostics provide answers because pets can't tell us whats wrong.


We understand the bond you have with your pet.

Full Service for Pets

Playcare, Boarding, Grooming.

Our Promise to Wildlife

Veterinary care to wildlife at no cost.

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and Cat Clinic       904-824-8123


  • Please join us in welcoming Dr. Heidi Abrecht to our veterinary hospital!   For appointments call 904-824-8123
  • The pool is open! It's a great time to bring your dog to have fun, cool off and socialize at playcare!

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Veterinarian examining young girls rabbit

Dogs, Cats, Exotics


Specialized care for your dog, cat and exotic pet.

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Advanced Technology


Endoscopy, Acupuncture, Digital Dental Radiography, Ultrasound

Veterinarian performing surgery

Medical, Surgical


From routine vaccinations to advanced surgical care our team is there for you and your pet.


What's New

Cat holding a tooth brush in his paws

Pets need dental care too! 


80% of dogs and 70%

of cats have some form

of periodontal disease by

the age of 3.


Routine dental cleaning

removes plaque and tarter

from pet's teeth.

The procedure is performed

under general anesthesia

without any pain or discomfort

to the pet.



We Care


 Mother and son with their pet in the intensive care unit

If your pet becomes ill, our veterinarians are experienced in critical care.

If your pet needs surgery


Dr. Burkhalter holding a white cat 

Four staff veterinary surgeons provide a wide range of complex and routine procedures. 

Surgical and anesthetic protocols are individualized specifically for your pet.

About Us


Management Team:

Kimberly Cales Colee-Hospital Manager:

Kimberly directs hospital and staff operations.  She draws upon twenty years of experience at the veterinary hospital to insure a caring experience for pets and their owners.
carol balducci Carol Balducci-Patient Coordinator:

Carol manages all aspects of the patient experience. Her mission is to ensure that pets and their pet parents are compassionately cared for. With over 10 years experience at our veterinary hospital Carol oversees all animal care operations.

samantha Samantha Scibelli-Purchasing Manager:

Sam manages all hospital inventory. Her behind the scenes work ensures, for example, that hospitalized pets have all the medications they require. Sam is instrumental in making veterinary care as affordable as possible for our clients.

Picture of Kristen Washington  Kristen Washington-Animal Care Manager:

Kristen oversees boarding and playcare operations. She is a lifelong animal lover and takes meticulous care of our clients pets. Kristen is innovative and makes playcare a fun filled experience.

Picture of Karen Lane  Karen Lane-Hospital Community Coordinator:

Karen coordinates outreach to the pet loving community in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Her experience as a veterinary technician and a logistics specialist makes her well suited to represent our hospital in the community.

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Hope and dog


Debbie and goat Dr. Wihbey and new 			puppy

Team Members:

    Teresa Turner-Veterinary Technician-Senior Surgery/Denta Technician-Endoscopy Team Member
    Vicki Jenkins-Veterinary Technician-Laboratory, Surgical and Nursing Care
    Hope Mast-Groomer, Animal Care
    Tom Holland-
  • Client Services
    Janice Manford-Client Services
    Deborah Tripp-Groomer
    Lizzy Murray-Client Services
    Veronica Genet-Veterinary Technician-Surgery Technician-Intensive Care Nursing-Endoscopy Team Member
    Sara Grim-Veterinary Technician- Surgery Technician-Intensive Care Nursing-Endoscopy Team Member
    Laura Norton-Veterinary Technician-Intensive Care Nursing, Surgery Technician
    Ashleigh Atkinson-Veterinary Technician-Intensive Care Nursing, Surgery Technician
    Andrea Dickie-Veterinary Technician-Laboratory, Intensive Care Nursing
    Heather Wetzel-Animal Care
    Rhonda Wheeler-Veterinary Technician-Laboratory, Intensive Care Nursing
    Randi Padgett-Animal Care
    Sabrina Nash-Veterinary Technician-Laboratory, Preventive Health Care
    Vicki Quanah-Client Services
    Crystal Allen-Client Services
    Colleen Brady-Veterinary Technician-Intensive Care Nursing
    Siobhan Feehan-Veterinary Technician, Preventive Health Care
    Teresa Sebring-Client Services
    Sydney Palesotti-Animal Care
    Karen Vanderpool-Veterinary Technician, Preventive Health Care
    Christina Vazquez-Veterinary Technician, Preventive Health Care

St. Johns Veterinary Hospital

  Veterinary hospital builidng   The practice was founded in 1980 by Dr. Jack Shuler. He started the veterinary hospital in a small house on the current location. The practice quickly outgrew the house requiring the construction of a new 5000 square foot hospital on the site.

     Drs. Quelch and Gendzier purchased the veterinary practice and hospital from Dr. Shuler in 1991. Dr. Gendzier and Dr. Quelch met and married while in veterinary college at the University of Florida.   Veterinarians conducting rounds discussion

     The veterinary hospital continues to grow with a philosophy of academic excellence for the veterinary team. All the veterinarians strive to stay current with the latest information and procedures.

     At our weekly rounds discussion, our practice of medicine and surgery is constantly updated to reflect the newest information in order to provide the best possible care for pets.

     The hospital itself has been doubled in size to 10,000 square feet and has been remodeled to provide a state of the art intensive care area.


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