Abbe DeGroat, Staff Veterinarian

DVM

Dr. Abbe DeGroat was born in Philadelphia, PA and was raised in upstate New York. She moved to central Florida in 1999, attending the University of Florida. She graduated UF in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science and a Masters in Extension Education in 2006. After having worked with youth in 4—H in Pinellas County, she decided animals were her passion and applied to veterinary school in 2007. She graduated in 2011 with a focus on large animals. After completing an internship at the University of Georgia in 2012, she joined a rural large animal practice in eastern North Carolina. Wanting to be closer to family, she moved to Polk County in 2013 and became the staff veterinarian at Polk County Animal Control. In 2018 she joined VCA Lake Wales Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian. She has been married since 2013 and has 5 dogs, 1 cat, 5 horses, a donkey and 2 goats. She enjoys spending time with her family and her pets.

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