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North Florida Animal Hospital

North Florida Animal Hospital

2701 N. Monroe Street | Tallahassee, FL 32303

Call 850-290-4362
Monday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 7:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Declawing
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

North Florida Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA certifies veterinay practices adhering to the highest standards of veterinary care. We are pleased and honored to be associated with AAHA.

Mission statement

To provide comprehensive, high-quality veterinary care with an emphasis on exceptional client service and patient care.

General services:

Immunization and wellness care
We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness programs has rewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet and include: comprehensive physical exam; internal parasite testing; heartworm and flea control; vaccination program; spay and neuter package; and specialized blood tests for all life stages.

Dental care
Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Advanced dental care is available, including root canals, caps and braces and full dental radiographs.

Radiology – or x-rays – help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular(cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.

Internal medicine
We cover all areas of internal medicine, including: cardiology; ophthalmology; neurology; dermatology; gastroenterology; orthopedic surgery; oncology; endocrinology; among others.

We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. Surgical services and facilities include: fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; ecg and oxygen saturation monitors; intensive after surgery care and full blood testing.

We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field.

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.

Nutritional counseling
Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our trained and certified staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.

Advanced services:

This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Pregnancy exams are also available.

High-tech fiber optics permits direct visual examination and biopsies of your pet's gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon and even upper intestinal tract disease. Foreign objects can also be removed without the need for surgery.

Ct scan
Computed tomogragphy, ct for short, utilizes x-ray technology and sophisticated computers to create images of cross-section "slices" through the body. Ct exams provide an overview of pathologies and enable rapid analyses and treatment plans.
Outpatient imaging centers have served a very important role in human medicine for many years, aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of human pathologies. We feel the time has come to provide the same high quality, patient-friendly imaging services for veterinary medicine.

Reproductive health
Reproductive health includes breeding management, semen collection, artifical insemination surgery and shipping.

Advances in veterinary medicine have been incredible in the last 20 years. One of the most recent advances has been in the area of physical rehabilitation. The benefits of human physical therapy have been adapted to meet the needs of our cherished companion animals. Research indicates that loss of muscle mass begins 24 hours following surgery or serious injury. When rehabilitation is delayed, stiffening of the joints and loss of muscle tone and control occur. Our goal is to minimize the recovery period of your pet as well as increase mobility and overall quality of life. The hydro treadmill therapy allows the body to bear less weight in the water which reduces the load of painful joints to permit comfortable exercise. Hydroptherapy is also beneficial for weight reduction, arthritis/degenerative joint disease, sporting injuries, spinal conditions, and body conditioning in athletic working dogs.

Orthopedic procedures
We are able to perform the following orthopedic procedures:

Tplo- tibial plateau leveling osteotomy
Tpo- triple plevic osteotomy
Fracture repair
Neurologic surgery

We offer the following procedures:

Hemilaminectomy and ventral slot

Teca- total ear canal ablation
Ear surgery to relieve chronic ear disease.

Soft tissue surgery
Soft tissue surgeries include the following:

Thoracic surgery
Abdomindal surgery
Laryngeal (upper airway) surgery
Oral surgery

Additional services:

Pets are like our children- we feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as brushing and cuddling), and supervised outdoor playtime to keep them happy and active.

Treat your pet to a luxurious bath. Our special cleansing baths remove dirt, debris and that doggie pet odor- your pet will feel fresh and revitalized. If scratching is a problem, our medicated baths contain soothing agents that stop the itching. Services also include a nail trim and ear cleaning.

We have an on-site crematorium.

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Dr. Christy Valentine
Dr. Christy Valentine

Mississippi State University
Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Accreditation: State of Florida and State of Georgia

Activities: A.V.M.A, G.V.M.A, F.V.M.A

Awards: Phi Zeta Honor Society for Veterinary Medicine

Personal: Dr. Valentine recently joined the N.F.A.H team in June of 2010. She was born and raised in Ocean Springs, MS. She worked for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas before going to school for veterinary medicine. She did an internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists and worked at two small animal clinics before moving to Tallahassee, FL.

She is married to Vince and they have twin boys, Joey & Clay. She also has a dog, "Baren", and two cats, "Jezebel" and "Boots".

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Dr. Heather Terhune
Dr. Heather Terhune


Auburn University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Accreditation: State of Florida, Alabama and Georgia

Activities: Athens Area Walk to Emmaus, College and young single Sunday school teacher, Women's bible study leader, A.V.M.A, G.V.M.A

Personal: Dr. Terhune grew up in the mountains of North Alabama, where her family still resides. After graduating from Auburn in 2001 she married Theron Terhune. She previously worked in Athens, Georgia while her husband finished his doctorate at U.G.A. He is now working on his post-doctorate at Tall Timbers Research Station in quail management. Dr. Terhune enjoys being outside: backpacking, jumping on the trampoline, riding her Vespa and playing with her two dogs. "Dunebuggy" is a rambunctious Boston Terrier and "Dribbles" is a loving English Bulldog. When it rains Dr. Terhune enjoys being inside reading her favorite book cuddled up with one or all of her four cats.
Her veterinary interests are ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. She looks forward to discovering the rich outdoor life North Florida has to offer.

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Dr. Lynn Hagood
Dr. Lynn Hagood


Auburn University
Bachelor of Science- Animal and Dairy Science
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Master of Science- Pathobiology

Activities: Alabama Veterinary Medical Association- Executive Committee, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association- Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Wildwood Presbyterian Church- Elder

Awards: Phi Zeta Honor Society for Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University President's Award, Service Recognition- Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, Certificate of Appreciation from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry, Appreciation Award for Service to People of Northwest Alabama

Personal: Dr. Hagood is married to Hallie and they have three wonderful children- Hannah, L.T., and Hank. They have two dogs- "Hammer" and "Dexter" and four horses- "PD", "Drifter" "Cody" and "Loper". Dr. Hagood owned and operated a veterinary practice in Tuscumbia, Alabama before returning to Auburn to further his education in the areas of pathobiology and epidemiology. While at Auburn, he worked with the Alabama State Veterinarian's office in the animal disease diagnostics and control department. After completing his M.S., Dr. Hagood joined North Florida Animal Hospital. In his spare time, Dr. Hagood enjoys camping, riding horses, fishing, and hunting.

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Dr. Shane Burkhead
Dr. Shane Burkhead


Auburn University
Bachelor of Science- Animal Science
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Accreditation: State of Florida and State of Alabama

Awards: Amerian Society of Animal Science Scholarship Award

Volunteer Work: Ambassador for Father Flannigan's Girls and Boys Town

Personal: Dr. Burkhead is married to Michelle and they have three gorgeous children: Emma, Hannah, and Seth. They have a yellow lab- "Purl" and a terrier mix "Lilly" and two cats- "Clem" and "Eugene". On his days off, Dr. Burkhead enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and fishing.

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Dr. Randy Fullerton
Dr. Randy Fullerton


California Polytechnic University-Pomona

Auburn University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Accreditation: State of Florida

Activities: American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Former President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Current member of the Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association, Tall Timbers, C.C.A, I.G.F.A, Blood Drive Coordinator

Personal: Dr. Fullerton was born and raised in California. He is married to Cristina and they have two beautiful children- Cara and George. Their family also includes lots of pets. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time at the coast.

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Dr. George W. Simmons
Dr. George W. Simmons

Education: University of Georgia Bachelor of Science- Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Studies Auburn University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Accreditation: State of Florida and State of Georgia

Activities: Kappa Alpha, Alpha Zeta, U.G.A Mortorboard, U.G.A College Bowl Team, A.V.E.S.S. Chairman of the Board, U.G.A Representative, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Big Bend Veterinary Medical Association- Past President, Allied Veterinary Emergency-Board of Directors, Leon County Animal Control Board, Cotillion Club, Gentry Club, Exchange Club, Tall Timbers, Christ Presbyterian Church- Deacon

Awards: Gold Star Award- F.V.M.A, Young Achievers Award- Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine 1998, Cum Laude, Mortorboard, Tommy Smith Scholastic Award, Science Award, Honor Council, Eagle Scout (Silver Palm), and Order of the Arrow

Personal: Dr. Simmons is married to Lindi and they have three handsome children- John, Sam, and Jack. He also has three dogs- "Ellie Mae", "Lola" and "Kat" and two cats- "Tex" and "Stretch". In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, bird hunting, and playing the guitar.

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