The friendly, professional staff at VCA Augustine Loretto Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.
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Get to know us. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.
Dr. Michelle Cunningham joined VCA Augustine Loretto Animal Hospital as the Medical Director in September 2020. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and came to the Sunshine State to attend the University of South Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies in 2003.
Dr. Cunningham has made a lifelong commitment to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond and prides herself in practicing high quality, compassionate medicine. She enjoys Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Dentistry, and has a special interest in small exotic pets. She has completed several exotic externships at Auburn University and at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. She has also had the unique opportunity to volunteer with Veterinarians at the Clearwater Marine Science Center and at the Buffalo Zoo.
Dr. Cunningham continue to enhance her skills and knowledge through continuing education courses. She has received accreditation for Stem Cell Therapy and is Fear Free Certified. She practices Cat-Friendly and Fear Free Methods so your pet experiences a low stress, calm and happy visit.
She is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Florida and New York. She is also a member of the AVMA.
When she is not caring for your furry four legged or small exotic friends, she enjoys her own wonderful fur-babies. Her fur-babies include Bam Bam-a Yorkshire Terrier, Banana-a very tiny Chihuahua, and 2 sweet kitties named Bella and Precious.
In her spare time, Dr. Cunningham enjoys gardening, baking and decorating cakes, as well as going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Julie joined the clinic in May 2011, with previous experience. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, and has been married since 2010. She has two cats, Dash and Sweetie.
I love taking care of the animals (especially cats!) and working to make sure owners are best informed. Julie