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Thomas Schotman, Staff Veterinarian


Dr. Thomas Schotman was born in the Netherlands. The family immigrated to America in 1960 and made Florida their home. The childhood experiences of camping, scouting, fishing, sailing and an interest in herpetology resulted in an early decision to become a veterinarian. After graduation from Satellite High School, the trek to the University of Florida resulted in a Bachelors degree in Animal Science and a Masters degree in Virology. This perseverance finally paid off in a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.

After a year working for a mixed (mostly large animal and dairy) practice in north Florida, he moved to Lake Wales and joined the VCA Lake Wales Animal Hospital. The practice included large and small animals and soon added exotics and wildlife. The initial experience at Circus World evolved into helping a multitude of species from elephants to mice. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and even insects are on the list. While elephants are his favorite, he enjoys the daily experience of helping clients with their pets and helping wildlife.

He enjoys time with his children, Hannah and Wyatt. Fishing, boating and outdoor activities take up any free time.

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