Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Sanibel Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who make it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to this mission, the hospital team relies on many individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet.

Teamwork is a constant in our daily practice. From the friendly staff at the front desk to the talented and dedicated technicians and doctors, our team works cohesively to create a warm and welcoming experience for both you and your pet.

Our team provides exceptional veterinary care of the highest quality, including the care and dedication that make a difference. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Ashley DeFrancisco
Medical Director
I grew up in Syracuse, NY with multiple rescue cats and pet rats. After high school, I went to Cornell University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in animal science. I took a year off before moving to Champaign, IL for veterinary school to work at a small animal hospital. I graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and then stayed at the university to complete an anatomic pathology residency and a Master of Science in pathobiology. In Champaign, I was also a teaching assistant for the second year veterinary students, and I worked as a relief doctor at multiple veterinary clinics in central Illinois. My family relocated to Florida, so after 10 years in Champaign, IL, I decided it was time to say goodbye to the cold weather to join them! I live with my daughter, 2 geriatric pit bulls, Willie and Dudley, and 2 cats, Little Bit and Trouble!

*I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but it wasn’t until high school that I decided on veterinary versus human medicine. I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless and advocate for both the owned and homeless animals to help as many as possible!
Jennifer Nichols
Hospital Manager

Jennifer graduated from the College of Natural Science in Zoology from Michigan State University and landed on Sanibel Island, Florida. Since 2001, Jennifer has been with VCA Sanibel Animal Hospital where providing friendly customer service and excellent patient care is top priority. This hospital may be small in size, but it has a very big heart for the people and patients it serves in this island community.

When not in the hospital, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her own four legged family and traveling to all parts of the world to experience the animal kingdom throughout.


Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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