Veterinary clinic | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355

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Animal hospital | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Dr. Traci Holder - VMD
Dr. Holder grew up in Southern Indiana.  She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in biology and received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.   She began practicing small animal medicine after moving to Florida in 2001. She lives with her husband, Ian, and their family includes two collies named Maverick and Jagger, and two cats, Quinn and Pandora.

She calls the South Shore area her home.


Spaying and neutering | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Betty Roman- Practice Manager

I had worked in the medical insurance claims field for almost twenty years when one particularly “bad” work day set off a chain reaction to a new job, new career, and new life. We opened Big Bend in June of 2005, and I discovered a new world in South Shore.

The area was growing, and we grew along with it. Our clientele is great. Most of our owners are very compliant and will do most anything for their fur babies. I am also very proud of the people I work alongside with. They are very compassionate about what they do and truly treat our patients as if they were their own. Speaking of our own…..I started working here with only one dog in the family, and am up to four dogs, and three cats who I love with all my heart.


Surgery | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Connie Smaldone- Receptionist

I have worked in the Veterinary field for 21 years, beginning in Emergency Medicine. I’ve been a receptionist, veterinary assistant, and a hospital administrator, and have enjoyed every minute of it.  I think my favorite part has been participating in the rehabbing of many animals over the years, although I do like working with clients as well.

Connie has been the “Big Bend Greeter” since 2010.


Pet dental care | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Jill East- Receptionist

I came to Florida some thirty odd years ago from London, England. I was born in Plymouth, England which is where the Mayflower sailed from. I have lived in Sarasota, Orlando,  and now south of Sun City Center. I got my first job at a veterinary hospital while living in Orlando and fell in love with it. I’ve been at Big Bend for the last five and a half years, and have enjoyed every single year doing what I love to do best. We have good days and bad (usually when we have to say goodbye to a loved pet), but on the whole, it is the best job ever.

Jill provides an accent that Big Bend clients love to hear over the phone, and specializes in sharing hugs when they need them the most.


Flea control | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Ashlee Carver- Veterinary Technician

My name is Ashlee and I have been working at Big Bend Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician for 6 years.  I grew up on a small farm here in central Florida and from the time I was very young I have always loved caring for animals. I have been around all types and sizes of various animals and loved every minute of it. I worked more with large animals through high school and started my first job with small animals in 2003.  I will soon be finishing my certification through the Veterinary Technician Program from Saint Petersburg College. I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I love everyday.

Ashlee is the stickler for questions and details at Big Bend, and we couldn’t think of a better trait to have when she is the nurse responsible for our patients’ health and well being.

Advantix | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Sarah Flanagan- Veterinary Assistant/ Kennel Tech

I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in 2004, joining the Big Bend family in 2007.

I have two pets of my own: a dog, Piper, who is eight years old, and a cat, Nani, who is four years old.  In addition to regular veterinary medicine, I also enjoy emergency veterinary medicine as well.

Sarah is our boarding/ bather guru. She adds all the extra touches and knows exactly what the pets like: high kennel or low kennel, who doesn’t like their paws touched vs. who doesn’t mind, who enjoys what treats or massage or laser, etc. She even remembers each and everyone’s name.


Hill's Science & Prescription Diet  | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355	Dalton Hoffman- Kennel Assistant

I have worked here for a little over two years. I am a senior at Newsome High School, and I plan on attending USF or FGCU to study animal science and possibly becoming a teacher.

Dalton is the “baby” of our Big Bend family, but her attitude and work ethic is very grown up. She also has a great aptitude for learning, is a great cleaner, and only has to be shown how to do things once. Her boarders absolutely love her.


Frontline | Riverview, FL | Big Bend Animal Hospital | 813-672-1355

Mr. Big Bend

Mr. Big is our spoiled 8 year old clinic cat. He has been here since he was found by one of our technicians abandoned by his mother in an orange grove at 3 weeks of age. He is too smart for his own good, and we suspect she knew this and that’s why she left him.
He sleeps during the day, but has the run of the clinic at night, opens every door in the clinic, and gets into all sorts of mischief.
“Big”, as he is called, has his own fan club consisting of children from the day care next door who come by to visit with him and whom he absolutely loves. He has saved lives by donating blood on two occasions, and is an avid Tampa Bay Rays and Bucs fan.


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