About

Sumter County Animal Hospital

Good vet visits start before you even get in the door. Some pets get anxiety going to the doctor, just like some people. SCAH aims to provide stress free, compassionate care for your pet. We want to make your pets happy to come to the clinic, as this makes an impact in how they respond to our veterinary care.

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Our Mission

SCAH is committed to the highest standards of medical and surgical diagnosis and treatment. We strive for low stress, compassionate care in all interactions with our patients, to foster a sense of safety and trust we want coming to the clinic to be good experience for everyone.

Of course the pet parent's hospital experience is important too! We offer flexibility in scheduling, day boarding/ drop off appointments and more. We aim to make it easy for you to take care of your pet. We want you to be able to forge a lifelong relationship with our caregivers to maximize the well being of your pet. We strive to provide close listening and clear communication with clients, as this is the most beneficial way to ensure the health of our patients.

SCAH understands how much you care about your pet because we feel the same way about our own pets as well as our patients. We cherish the bond we all share with pets. Please celebrate that bond with us on social media and our pet-loving community year round, not just during your annual check up. We aim to make your pet's visit a good experience for everyone.

What Clients Say

Because They Can’t Tell You What’s Wrong
Andrea R.

This is the best animal hospital, everyone is so nice, they actually listen to you, when you call they actually try to find a solution to your question. With or without appointment they waiting time is not so long, Dr. Brown is amazing she is the best, I'm a new mommy to my dog and she always answers all my concerns and makes me understand in a nice way that my dog is fine.

Andrea R.
John N.

I can't say enough about this Animal Hospital. Friendly, professional, reasonable prices and they love animals. Dr. Brown is the best. I have three dogs. Two have been there for surgeries and routine care and the other will be going shortly.

John N. manager
Steven B.

These people took great care of our beloved dog when he passed away. We'll be forever grateful.

Steven B.

Our Team

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Dr. Brown

Veternarian

Dr. Brown grew up in Apopka, Fl. She attended University of Tampa for her Bachelors and Masters. She then received her degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical year at University of Illinois. Dr. Brown then returned to Florida to practice in her home state. Dr. Brown primarily treats canine and feline patients, but also has experience with small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and rodents, as well as reptiles such as bearded dragons, turtles, and tortoises. Her special interests include dermatology, internal medicine, behavior, pain management and dentistry. Outside of work Dr. Brown, her husband RJ, and kids Lorelai and Reagan, have a small farm with dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and a bearded dragon. She enjoys nature and spending time with her family. While Dr. Brown loves all animals, she has a soft spot for quarter horses and Boston terriers.

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Nikki

Receptionist

I am a 4th generation Florida native. My greatest love is my sweet baby girl, Raeleigh. I have always loved children and dogs, I have made it to the perfect place in life.

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Staci

TECHNICIAN

Staci is a 4th generation Florida native who has had a love for furry animals all of her life. Staci grew up with many dogs and once into middle school joined FFA where she began caring for goats and steers of her own and helping the agricultural program with their animals and animal related events. Staci has been a client at SCAH since 1999 and was happy to join the practice in 2016. As a kennel tech her goal is to provide boarders with an experience to make them feel like they are one of her own, by providing play time and lots of cuddles when needed. Her interests outside of the animal hospital include any activity that involves being out on the water, off-roading, and spending time with her fiancé and 5 dogs. Staci has learned much about animal health from working at SCAH and looks forward to learning so much more as well as meeting everyone’s pets!
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Lisa

Technician

Originally from Indiana, Lisa moved to Florida after graduating from Purdue University with the intention of working in wildlife conservation, but ended up working as a veterinary technician. It turned out to be her dream job. Twenty years later she still thinks it’s the best job in the world. She shares her home with two Great Pyraneese, five cats, two gerbils, a tortoise and one very tolerant and understanding husband.

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Missie

Technician

Missie is one of our wonderful technicians at SCAH. She is a Florida native who has had a passion for animals since she was young. She is experienced in both small and large animal medicine. Missie has 1 dog, a pittie named “Demon”. Outside of the hospital she is the CEO of Pretty Paws Pet Sitting service, an in home pet sitting company. She also has a passion for cosmetology and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Melissa

Our Blood Donor Dog

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Joy Smiley

Groomer

After many years in the veterinary industry, filling the roles of veterinary and surgical assistant as well as office manager, Joy decided it was time to pursue her dream as a groomer.

Apprenticing with some of the finest groomers in the Philadelphia area for several years prepared her to open her own salon in 2001.

By combining her innate animal handling skills, understanding of animal behavior and artistic ability, Joy provides an unparalleled grooming experience.

After selling her award-winning salon in Pennsylvania in 2018, Joy relocated to Florida to be near her family. Now a resident of Marion County, she is the mother of two wonderful daughters, Victoria and Francesca and happily married to Warren Smiley, a very accomplished dog trainer in central Florida. They are fortunate to enjoy their 11 spectacular dogs, 10 cats and herd of Spanish Arabian horses on their farm in Ocala, Florida. In her free time, she has been actively involved in the last year in search and rescue with her working German Shepherd, Talon, and watching Criminal Minds.

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Patrick and Christina Mazepink

Groomer

Patrick Mazepink has been showing and training dogs for the conformation ring for 17 years, and started his apprenticeship towards becoming an AKC professional handler 13 years ago. Christina Mazepink has been showing and training dogs in the conformation ring for 15 years, and started apprenticing to become an AKC professional handler 12 years ago.

It was there, studying under some of the top handlers in the country, they honed in on their grooming, training, and conditioning abilities.

The husband and wife team started their own AKC Professional Handling business 5 years ago, and have traveled the country presenting a wide variety of breeds and coat types. They are proficient in hand scissoring and AKC breed trims. Having studied under some of the top terrier people in the country, they also offer hand stripping. Christina competed at her first grooming competition just last year, and both look forward to pursuing that venture in the coming years.

During their time at home, they train dogs in multiple other venues such as obedience, scentwork, rally, agility, bitework, behavioral modification and more. They enjoy spending time with their German Shepherds and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, and continuing their education through seminars and grooming competitions.