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Calusa Veterinary Center

Calusa Veterinary Center

6900 Congress Ave | Boca Raton, FL 33487

Call 561-922-0169
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24 hour Emergency Care
  • AAHA Accredited
  • Homeopathy/Holistic Center
  • Canine Rehabilitation
  • Pet Resort
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Bird Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

Calusa Veterinary Center is AAHA-Accredited and a Cat Friendly Practice!

Our inviting, state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot facility is unlike any other. We blend modern medicine with time-tested Eastern practices to provide the highest quality veterinary health and wellness care. At Calusa Veterinary Center, we offer medical services, rehabilitation, surgery, triage and emergency care, as well as grooming and luxury boarding.

Partners Dr. Andrew Turkell and Dr. Anthony Krawitz and their medical, technical, and administrative support staff including the pet resort and spa are prepared to serve the total needs of clients and their pets with tender, loving and professional care. Above all, we emphasize the highest quality pet health and wellness, because we believe all animals deserve a better chance to live longer, happier and healthier lives. And, when treating or caring for your pet, we consider everything from environment to disease patterns to his or her relationship with you.

We look at your pet from a holistic viewpoint— medically, psychologically and environmentally. We work every day to earn your loyalty and trust and to build a long-term partnership by maintaining the highest standards of veterinary care through all stages of your pet's life. We make this promise as if your pet were our own because we understand the special and unique bond that you and your pets share.

Treatment plans are developed using a wide range of healing therapies. Our Zen-inspired Center for Holistic Studies is where homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition and herbalism are used to get your adored pet onto the road to recovery. Emergencies can happen at any time, and we know that when your pets are ailing, you suffer, too. So our doctors and technical staff are trained in emergency medicine and critical care and are on-site around the clock ready to deal with any pet emergency - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our clients have access to leading-edge products, services and educational content focused on enhancing the human-animal bond. We also offer canine rehabilitation, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture and homeopathy.

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At Calusa Veterinary Center’s Dog Grooming Spa, your furry friend can enjoy a full day of relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatments, including haircuts, baths, facials, and paw-dicures! At Calusa Veterinary Center’s Dog Grooming Spa, your furry friend can enjoy a full day of relaxing, rejuvenating spa treatments, including haircuts, baths, facials, and paw-dicures!
Dr. Andrew Turkell, veterinarian and owner of Calusa Veterinary Center, is performing a surgery in our state-of-the-art surgical suite. Dr. Andrew Turkell, veterinarian and owner of Calusa Veterinary Center, is performing a surgery in our state-of-the-art surgical suite.
Calusa Veterinary Center’s in-house laboratory is equipped to return test results quickly and directly. Calusa Veterinary Center’s in-house laboratory is equipped to return test results quickly and directly.
We take great care to assure our patients receive the safest, most comfortable surgery possible. We take great care to assure our patients receive the safest, most comfortable surgery possible.
Calusa Veterinary Center’s in-house pharmacy is stocked with a range of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative products. Calusa Veterinary Center’s in-house pharmacy is stocked with a range of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative products.
At Calusa Veterinary Center’s Pet Resort, we offer canine villas in sizes that are spacious and comfortable for dogs of all sizes. At Calusa Veterinary Center’s Pet Resort, we offer canine villas in sizes that are spacious and comfortable for dogs of all sizes.
Calusa Veterinary Center’s dental suite is equipped to manage all your pet’s dental needs, from routine exams to complex surgical procedures. Calusa Veterinary Center’s dental suite is equipped to manage all your pet’s dental needs, from routine exams to complex surgical procedures.
Calusa Veterinary Center is proud to offer the latest in rehabilitative therapy, including hydrotherapy, which employs the healing benefits of water. Calusa Veterinary Center is proud to offer the latest in rehabilitative therapy, including hydrotherapy, which employs the healing benefits of water.
This adorable bundle of fur is receiving an ultrasound so that the veterinarian can examine his bladder. This adorable bundle of fur is receiving an ultrasound so that the veterinarian can examine his bladder.
Dr. Anthony Krawitz, veterinarian and owner of Calusa, is examining a digital x-ray. Dr. Anthony Krawitz, veterinarian and owner of Calusa, is examining a digital x-ray.
Step into our beautiful lobby! Step into our beautiful lobby!
Calusa Veterinary Center offers luxury boarding in Boca Raton at our Pet Resort! Calusa Veterinary Center offers luxury boarding in Boca Raton at our Pet Resort!
We offer a wide range of veterinary services, including wellness care, surgery, rehabilitative therapy, emergency services, boarding and grooming, and much more. We offer a wide range of veterinary services, including wellness care, surgery, rehabilitative therapy, emergency services, boarding and grooming, and much more.
While you are away, your companion can enjoy a vacation of his own in one of our spacious canine suites. While you are away, your companion can enjoy a vacation of his own in one of our spacious canine suites.
The warmth of the water can lessen pain, increase the flexibility of connective tissue, and increase blood flow, which speeds up recovery. The warmth of the water can lessen pain, increase the flexibility of connective tissue, and increase blood flow, which speeds up recovery.
Calusa Veterinary Center’s treatment area is equipped to handle whatever needs your pet may need, from routine bloodwork to surgery preparation. Calusa Veterinary Center’s treatment area is equipped to handle whatever needs your pet may need, from routine bloodwork to surgery preparation.
We love our feline friends! Our Pet Resort offers the highest level of luxury boarding in our feline townhouses. We love our feline friends! Our Pet Resort offers the highest level of luxury boarding in our feline townhouses.
This is one of our exam rooms, where we perform regular wellness exams. This is one of our exam rooms, where we perform regular wellness exams.
We treat our guests like royalty. Boarding rooms for our small canine guests are equipped with fresh bedding, a balcony with windows, a TV, and a chandelier! We treat our guests like royalty. Boarding rooms for our small canine guests are equipped with fresh bedding, a balcony with windows, a TV, and a chandelier!
Our exam rooms are designed to be comfortable for both pet and owner. Our exam rooms are designed to be comfortable for both pet and owner.
Our aim is to provide high quality veterinary services to pet owners in southern Palm Beach County, including, but not limited to, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach. Our aim is to provide high quality veterinary services to pet owners in southern Palm Beach County, including, but not limited to, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach.
Calusa Veterinary Center’s emergency clinic is available whenever you need it – our hospital has veterinarians on-site 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Calusa Veterinary Center’s emergency clinic is available whenever you need it – our hospital has veterinarians on-site 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
We are proud to be one of the first animal hospitals in the nation to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy among its extensive collection of rehabilitative therapies. We are proud to be one of the first animal hospitals in the nation to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy among its extensive collection of rehabilitative therapies.
The underwater treadmill relies on the therapeutic effects to provide physical rehabilitation, weight loss, agility, exercise, and mental stimulation. The underwater treadmill relies on the therapeutic effects to provide physical rehabilitation, weight loss, agility, exercise, and mental stimulation.
Calusa Veterinary Center is conveniently located in the heart of Boca Raton, FL on Congress Avenue. Calusa Veterinary Center is conveniently located in the heart of Boca Raton, FL on Congress Avenue.
Calusa Veterinary Center is here for your pet 24/7/365. Calusa Veterinary Center is here for your pet 24/7/365.
We carry a wide variety of veterinary-approved pet products. We carry a wide variety of veterinary-approved pet products.
Did you know grooming is a preventative service? Regular grooming gives us an opportunity to detect underlying conditions, skin infections, and parasites. Did you know grooming is a preventative service? Regular grooming gives us an opportunity to detect underlying conditions, skin infections, and parasites.
Dr. Anthony Krawitz greets a happy patient before beginning an annual wellness exam. Dr. Anthony Krawitz greets a happy patient before beginning an annual wellness exam.
Here, Dr. Krawitz checks the teeth and gums for signs of dental disease. Here, Dr. Krawitz checks the teeth and gums for signs of dental disease.
Healthy eyes are clear, white, and bright! Here, Dr. Krawitz uses an otoscope to ensure exceptional eye health. Healthy eyes are clear, white, and bright! Here, Dr. Krawitz uses an otoscope to ensure exceptional eye health.
A healthy pet is a happy pet. A healthy pet is a happy pet.
Here, Dr. Krawitz is palpating a fluffy patient’s abdomen to check for tenderness, weight, and body status. Here, Dr. Krawitz is palpating a fluffy patient’s abdomen to check for tenderness, weight, and body status.
Dr. Turkell keeps this sweet patient happy and comfortable with regular acupuncture treatments, addressing her mobility issues. Dr. Turkell keeps this sweet patient happy and comfortable with regular acupuncture treatments, addressing her mobility issues.
Our entire team is trained in cat-friendly handling techniques. Our entire team is trained in cat-friendly handling techniques.
Did you know we’re a Cat Friendly Practice? This means we take extra steps to ensure your cat has a positive veterinary visit in a stress-free hospital environment. Did you know we’re a Cat Friendly Practice? This means we take extra steps to ensure your cat has a positive veterinary visit in a stress-free hospital environment.
Dr. Cindy Krane is committed to your cat’s complete wellness. Here, she gently examines checks for signs of dental disease. Dr. Cindy Krane is committed to your cat’s complete wellness. Here, she gently examines checks for signs of dental disease.
Electro-muscle stimulation provides accelerated healing and pain relief and improved mobility. Electro-muscle stimulation provides accelerated healing and pain relief and improved mobility.
Routine veterinary visits are just as important for cats as they are for dogs! At Calusa Veterinary Center, we recommend annual or semi-annual wellness visits. Routine veterinary visits are just as important for cats as they are for dogs! At Calusa Veterinary Center, we recommend annual or semi-annual wellness visits.
Calusa Veterinary Center is a premier full service veterinary facility—and it’s beautiful, too! Calusa Veterinary Center is a premier full service veterinary facility—and it’s beautiful, too!
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Andrew Turkell, DVM
Andrew Turkell, DVM

After graduating from Araneta University in the Philippines in 1979, Dr. Andrew Turkell chose South Florida as the place where he wanted to live and practice. He acquired Lake Worth Animal Hospital in 1980, where he practiced for over 20 years. Realizing the need for high quality/high touch veterinary medicine in other locales, Dr. Turkell opened Boynton Beach Animal Hospital in 1985, followed by Calusa Animal Hospital in Boca Raton in 1990 and Island Animal Hospital in Palm Beach in 1995. In September 2006, Dr. Turkell realized his 25-year dream by opening the Calusa Veterinary Center, a state-of-the-art facility that marks a move and expansion from the former Calusa Animal Hospital, which enjoyed 16 years of continuous growth.

Dr. Turkell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, Council of 100. He has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, exotic animal care and holistic pet health.

Dr. Turkell’s growing interest in holistic and complementary medicine led him to return to class and acquire certification as a veterinary acupuncturist with a side interest in Tui Na, a type of Eastern massage. He has also recently completed course study leading to certification in veterinary rehabilitation.

Dr. Turkell was the host of the W.P.B.R. radio show “Pet Talk” and was the co-producer of the feature-length documentary “Why Do They Treat Them Like Animals?,” a film by Jane Louder.

Dr. Turkell lives in Delray Beach with his wife Penny, an interior designer, whom he credits with making the C.V.C. the beautiful, modern and warm place that it is. Also residing at their Delray Beach home is Charlie Bunny, a red-headed, fun-loving Poodle, who took over son Jaret’s room after he moved to Miami to practice law, a silver red fox, two very large iguanas that live in the palm trees and all the other creatures that make living in old Delray Beach what Dr. Turkell calls “a wonderful nature trip.”

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Anthony Krawitz, DVM
Anthony Krawitz, DVM

Dr. Anthony Krawitz graduated from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, South Africa, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science Degree. He worked in several multiple-doctor practices before building his own hospital in South Africa. Doctor Krawitz earned his Florida license in 1986, and moved to Florida in 1993 where he joined Calusa Animal Hospital, becoming a partner in 1995. In 2000, Dr Krawitz and his family proudly became United States citizens. Together with Dr. Turkell, they realized their dream and built Calusa Veterinary Center, a state-of–the–art facility which opened its doors in September 2006. Dr. Krawitz has broad experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine and general surgery. In the late 1980s, Dr. Krawitz became interested in homeopathy as an alternative way of practicing medicine, which led him to study veterinary homeopathy. In 1997, he became a certified veterinary homeopath after completing the professional course in veterinary homeopathy given by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Dr. Krawitz practices classical homeopathy and for many years served as a member of the homeopathic certification committee of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, a body that certifies veterinarians who have fulfilled professional homeopathy studies. He has given several well-appreciated lectures on different aspects of veterinary homeopathy.

Dr. Krawitz lives in Delray Beach with his wife Jeanette, their animal-loving daughters Shannon and Ashton, 16-year-old doggy Pavel, 3-year-old cat ‘Sweet Boy’, and 30-year-old Cockatiel, Petey. Dr. Krawitz is a sports fanatic and is an avid Miami Dolphins fan, and his hobbies include, astronomy and the universe, and being a handyman.

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Javier Fuentes, DVM
Javier Fuentes, DVM

Dr. Javier M. Fuentes is originally from Colombia. He attended La Salle University in Bogota, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. After graduation, he completed a one year internship in different veterinary specialties in the Colombian Amazon. There he worked mainly with the local community with their small animals and exotic pets. He also worked with large and wild animals and pursued his interest in animal reproduction and surgery. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Fuentes spent the next two years earning his M.B.A. These stepping stones of experience and education helped pave the way in establishing his own veterinary hospital in Bogota with his wife Ana, also a veterinarian. Both of them began diving in, eager to work hand in hand in the fascinating world of small animal medicine. Concurrently, over the next few years, Dr. Fuentes embarked on another special interest which entailed pursuing his dream of reentering academia pursuing a Master of Science in Parasitology and then earned his PhD in the same area. He then went on to become an associate professor in La Salle University, teaching the up and coming classes of veterinarians.

Dr. Fuentes and Ana later decided to move to south Florida searching for a more peaceful, tranquil environment to raise a family. They have two beautiful children, Nicholas and Emily, who share their parents’ love of animals. There are early signs they may be following in their parents’ footsteps. The Fuentes family shares their lives with feline Jeanne Marie, three dogs, Miley, Morgan and Charlie and tropical fish.

Dr. Fuentes has dedicated the last 10 years obtaining special training and a professional interest in small animal dentistry, surgery and exotic animal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Heartworm Association.

In his spare time, he spends a great deal of time with family activities and enjoys volunteering at the Sawgrass Nature Center repairing the shells of injured turtles and tortoises, practicing exotic avian and all other wildlife creatures medicine.

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Cindy Krane, DVM
Cindy Krane, DVM

Dr. Cindy Krane grew up in Montreal, Canada where she graduated from McGill University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Her sincere love for animals motivated her to attend Purdue University where she graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Completing externships at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland and the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., Dr. Krane continued to gain experience and refine her skill set.

Before moving to South Florida in 2003, Dr. Krane began her career in small animal medicine in multi-doctor hospitals in Northern Virginia and later Maryland. In 2006, Dr. Krane joined the team at Calusa’s new state-of-the-art facility. She believes she has found the perfect place to provide informed, compassionate, high-quality health care to every patient she sees. Dr. Krane is also a proud member of the AAFP.

A resident of Boca Raton, Dr. Krane lives with her husband and high school aged children. She has 2 dogs (a 4 lb. Chihuahua and a 140 lb. Neapolitan Mastiff), and 4 1/2 cats. Her other family members include micro mini pigs, giant tortoises, and rescue animal-du-jour.

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Melissa Knieriem, DVM,
Melissa Knieriem, DVM,

Dr. Melissa Knieriem, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, has notable experience and training in the veterinary field. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Dr. Knieriem attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate. Pursuing her passion for animal healthcare, she continued her education at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her degree in 2000. Following graduation, Dr. Knieriem was selected for an internship in internal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital where she started a residency program and continued to practice until 2004. Prior to joining the team at Calusa in 2007, Dr. Knieriem worked at an Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. During this time, she also completed the process of board certification following examinations and a journal publication. From 2009-2015, Dr. Knieriem practiced with the Pet Specialists (formerly Southeast Veterinary Referral Center) at the Animal Cancer Care Clinic before recently rejoining the team at Calusa.



Her training is truly impressive as she specializes in complex cases such as, but not limited to, kidney failure, liver disease, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, blood disorders, respiratory disorders and infectious diseases. Highly skilled, with experience ranging across the United States- and even Canada- Dr. Knieriem treats patients with acute emergencies, transfers to intensive care and by appointment for chronic conditions. Some examples of chronic conditions include: renal failure, inflammatory bowel disease, blood disorders, liver disease, pancreatitis, asthma or bronchitis, difficult to regulate diabetics and Cushing’s disease. Often times, she is sought out to assist patients with multiple diseases in finding a balance with their conditions.



When she is not treating animals, Dr. Knieriem enjoys relaxing on the beach, yoga, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. At home, she is a loving wife and mother of two children, two canines- Molly and Princess- and one feline, Timmay

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Ed Marion, DVM
Ed Marion, DVM

Dr. Ed Marion grew up in Providence, Rhode Island before earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After graduation, Dr. Marion gained professional experience in small-animal medicine by completing an internship at North Carolina State University. Since, he continues to provide his patients with the highest quality services in general practice and emergency care. At home, Dr. Marion has a loving shih-tzu named Mike Wazowski. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, participating in triathlons, and watching movies and baseball.

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Bridget Dermott, DVM
Bridget Dermott, DVM

Dr. Bridget Dermott graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with Cum Laude honors. She also received education in clinical veterinary medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Dermott is working towards becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (C.C.C.R.T.) and has professional interests in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, acupuncture, and general practice medicine.

Dr. Dermott is grateful to work with a team of supportive and skilled veterinary professionals with the common goal to keep pets happy and healthy. When Dr. Dermott is not caring for pets at Calusa Veterinary Center, she enjoys painting and photography. Dachshund is her favorite breed. Dr. Dermott’s first pet was a Dachshund named Jeepers, and she currently has a Dachshund named Bella, who is a great-niece to Jeepers!

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Nadrea Sookhoo, DVM
Nadrea Sookhoo, DVM

Dr. Nadrea Sookhoo is originally from Toronto, Canada. After completing her honors bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto she started veterinary school at the University of the West Indies graduating with honors in 2006. She received a scholarship in 2006 to attend a course in wildlife rehabilitation and utilization in South Africa affiliated with The University of Pretoria.

After graduation Dr. Sookhoo worked for 2 years as a general practitioner in New York and Florida. She then moved to California to complete a small animal medicine/surgery and emergency internship at Animal Emergency Specialty Center in Torrance. Dr. Sookhoo has a passion for ophthalmology and has spent over 3 years in this specialty field completing internships and courses. She completed an ophthalmology externship and internship in Canada and another ophthalmology/emergency medicine internship at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Michigan.

Dr. Sookhoo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is a co-author for a review article published in Compendium Veterinary Journal about Sago Palm Toxicity in Dogs. She is an avid learner and is continually completing continuing education courses online and at conferences.

With over 10 years in practice and working in many different states, Dr. Sookhoo and her husband, along with their new baby girl, have decided to make Florida their home. Dr. Sookhoo joined Calusa Veterinary Center in June 2018. She is very excited about starting at such a progressive practice as Calusa Veterinary Center and is dedicated at providing the best medical care and compassion to her sunshine state patients!

Dr. Sookhoo’s four-legged family at home consists of two toy poodles, “Bella” and “Jasmine”, “Bun Bun’’ the bunny, “Baby” the Tortoise, and “Godzilla”and “Lizardo” the Leopard Geckos. Her 2-legged family consists of her Michigan native husband and their daughter.

In her spare time Dr. Sookhoo loves to dance and enjoys singing. She plays the piano and recently has been learning to scuba dive to enjoy the waters off the Florida coast.

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Sid Ranade, DVM
Sid Ranade, DVM

In 1996, Dr. Siddharth Ranade earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Fergusson College, University of Poona in India. He then continued with graduate studies at the Bryamjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College and Sassoon General Hospitals, Poona, India.

Relocating to the United States in 1998, Dr. Ranade attended Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine as a PhD candidate in Biomedical Sciences prior to enrolling in Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. His extensive educational background truly paid off in 2005 once he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University. While attending Ross University, Dr. Ranade completed his clinical year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a course in wildlife rehabilitation and relocation in South Africa with Dr. Cobus Raath (2004).

Upon graduation, Dr. Ranade completed an internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan, New York City, studying small animal medicine, emergency critical care, and surgery. In 2013, Dr. Ranade completed an additional year of specialty training with a Small Animal Surgery and Critical Care internship at the Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, where he had the opportunity to work as a primary surgeon. This internship was focused on emergency critical care medicine, emergency surgery and advanced elective orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Ranade has rounded out his career with several practices in Manhattan, the Bronx, as well as in Florida on the west coast between 2007-2012.

Dr. Ranade donates his time by working as a remote consultant for several veterinary hospitals in Poona, India. During his trips back to India he consults with the hospital and patients directly, practicing small animal medicine, general, orthopedic and trauma surgery.

Dr. Ranade is Licensed in New York and Florida and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has been published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. He keeps up with his continued education and recently attended advanced orthopedic stabilization procedures of the knee joint with Arthrex and the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Conference in Washington D.C. (2015).

Dr. Ranade began working at Calusa Veterinary Center in September of 2013. He enjoys his work and looks forward to continuing his practice at Calusa Veterinary Center. Personal client interaction, communication, and compassionate care are the driving forces in Dr. Ranade’s work, which provides further stability in practice and empathy for patients.

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Marco Ruffato, DVM, DACVAA, cVMA Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management
Marco Ruffato, DVM, DACVAA, cVMA Specialist in Veterinary Anesthesia and Pain Management

Born and raised in Italy, Dr. Marco Ruffato earned his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Padua in 2003. He completed internships in London and Canada. Dr. Ruffato has practiced all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and the United States. Early in his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Ruffato was passionate about equine medicine and became a skilled equine orthopedic surgeon. In 2009, he completed a residency in anesthesia and analgesia at Tufts University. In 2013, Dr. Ruffato established Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia Specialists (V.A.A.S). Since, he has used his expertise in intensive care medicine, anesthesia for critical care patients, and pain management to aid pets. In addition, he is Certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Ruffato also practices at Southeast Veterinary Referral Center in Miami. In his free time, Dr. Ruffato savors time cooking, fishing, snowboarding, and traveling.

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Dr. Aileen Martinez
Dr. Aileen Martinez

Dr. Aileen Martinez is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida State University (Go Noles!), and received her master's degree in Public Health with a focus on environmental epidemiology from Florida A&M University. Dr. Martinez attended Western University of Health Sciences in California for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Upon receiving her degree in veterinary medicine, Dr. Martinez completed an accelerated, emergency and intensive care internship right here at Calusa Veterinary Center.

Dr. Martinez has professional interests in emergency and critical care, as well as soft-tissue surgery. She thoroughly enjoys client education, and makes sure all her clients leave with a personalized experience and all their questions answered, despite the fast pace of ER medicine. Dr. Martinez is very energetic and always enthusiastic to receive new and complicated cases.

When not reading or practicing emergency procedures, Dr. Martinez loves to go hiking, kayaking, running, and cooking with her husband Javier, who is her high school sweetheart! She also enjoys traveling, when she is not spending quality time with the crew at home. Dr. Martinez and her husband recently moved from the Pacific Northwest, escaping the cold with their four dogs: Toby, Odie, Frankie and Baloo; and two cats: Mr. Don Draper Boots and Taga.

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Dr. Joy Carter
Dr. Joy Carter

Dr. Joy Carter grew up in Swainsboro, a charming small town in southeast Georgia. Back in 2004, Dr. Carter's love of animals and passion for the medical field inspired her to become a Veterinary Technician. She attended Oklahoma State University for her clinical year, and in 2009 earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Carter's areas of professional interest include emergency medicine and surgery, and she continues to pursue advanced training in these areas.

Currently living in Ft. Lauderdale, Dr. Carter shares a home with her two rescue cats, QT and Marlee, Munson the English Bulldog, and Gidget the Pomeranian, who loves dancing for treats. She is active with CrossFit, loves to travel and was once featured in a fitness documentary on Netflix.

Dr. Carter is the overnight associate Veterinarian at Calusa Veterinary Center. She says the best part of working in the veterinary field is the unconditional love and joy animals give us.

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