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About Us

Our Mission

Our pets are our dearest friends and beloved family members, and North Florida Animal Hospital (NFAH) has a long history of helping to ensure they live the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives possible. The doctors and staff of NFAH want to provide the highest quality of comprehensive veterinary care with an emphasis on genuine client service. Our motto is to treat every client as though they are family and every pet as if they were our own.

Our History

The original hospital dates all the way back to its inception in 1955 with Dr Lee who worked as a solo practitioner seeing large and small animals for many years on the outskirts of Tallahassee. In 1988, Dr George Simmons purchased the practice within a very short period of working with Dr Lee. He was grateful for his time with this seasoned veterinarian and like Dr Lee, continued the hospital as a solo practitioner until 1990 when he began adding well-rounded partners every few years. Dr Fullerton, Dr Burkhead and Dr Hagood have helped Dr Simmons mentor over 35 technicians throughout the years who have become veterinarians here and across the country.

The 10 veterinarians working together today are our most valuable asset, ensuring your pet’s care when most needed. It also serves to help provide a diverse range of services, collateral diagnoses and development of a very personalized relationship between you, your pet and practitioners. Whether it is your routine well visit, sick or emergency visit, or difficult end of life decisions, North Florida Animal Hospital guides with care and compassion every client, every patient, every time.

Community Service

NFAH best medicine practices extend beyond the clinic and into the community, by collaborating with a local 501c3 organization Be The Solution, which provides affordable, spays and neuters. Each day, our DVMs perform these surgeries as a commitment to our community to reduce unwanted pregnancies that may land pets in the shelter when pet parents cannot afford them. We are proud to say our DVM’s donate their time and expertise for more than 1000 pets a year.

Pets We Serve

We welcome a variety of animals including:

  • Common Household Pets: Cats & Dogs

  • Exotic Pets: Birds, Ferrets, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hedgehogs, Sugar Gliders, Rodents (rats, hamsters, gerbils, etc.)

  • Reptiles: Snakes, Bearded Dragons, Geckos, Iguanas, Turtles, Tortoise

Not all of our veterinarians see reptiles and exotics. Please call ahead to check availability for exotic and reptile veterinary services.