Meet Our Team


Raul A. Rivera - DVM

Certifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Hills Certified Veterinary Nutritional Advocate

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera attended Mississippi State University where he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. He then moved to the Brandon area where he practiced at Brandon Veterinary Hospital and at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Brandon.  In 1999, Dr. Rivera became the owner of Fish Hawk Animal Clinic and has been serving our area since. His dedication, and true loving care for the animals have earned him nominations as Best Veterinarian In America by the Morris Animal Health foundation in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Rivera is committed to making sure your "baby" gets the most complete and personalized care in a special way so that his work makes a difference in your pet's and your life.

Fred A. Smith - DVM

Certifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Smith, along with his wife Brittany own a mobile veterinary clinic (Pet Friendly Veterinary Services). Dr. Smith works for Fish Hawk Animal Clinic as a relief veterinarian. He can be found working most Thursdays and on days Dr. Rivera is out of town or unavailable. Dr. Smith has been working with Dr. Rivera as a relief veterinarian for over 11 years and has been practicing veterinary medicine since graduating in 1993. 

Brittany Smith - CVT

Certifications: A.S. - Veterinary Technology 

Brittany, along with her husband Dr. Fred Smith own a mobile veterinary clinic. Brittany works at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic as a relief veterinary technician and can be found working most Thursdays. Brittany has been working as a technician since 2010 after graduating from HCC. She has been working at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic since 2014. Brittany has always loved animals and has a genuine passion for giving them the most compassionate care.

Corie Meadows - CVT

Certifications: A.S. - Veterinary Technology 

Hello! My name is Corie and I am a certified veterinary technician. I have 10 years experience working as a veterinary technician. I just joined Fish Hawk team in April 2016 and I am very happy I did. I come from a family of animal lovers and have over 20 years personal experience with everything from farm animals to exotics. I can’t wait to meet you and your furry family members! Let me help you keep them happy and healthy.

Anny Chen - CVT

Certifications: A.S. - Veterinary Technology 

Hi, my name is Anny. I recently began working at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic in January 2017. I spent two years volunteering as I did clinicals with the practice while attending St. Petersburg College for veterinary technology. I loved the compassion and care Dr. Rivera and his staff provided and knew I wanted to be part of that type of team. I love animals and have always had the desire to do the best and provide exceptional care. I live at home with a pack of yorkies who I love unconditionally. I know when you bring your fur babies to our clinic you will see how they are all treated like part of our family, because that is what they are!

Christopher Nalley - Veterinary Assistant

Certifications: Wildlife Rehabilitator, Hills Certified Veterinary Nutritional Advocate

Hello, my name is Christopher (Chris for short). I work at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant. I began working for Dr. Rivera about eighteen years ago, and had volunteered several years prior to that. I usually can be found working Monday through Friday. I know the inseparable bond that is formed between you and your pets, as I own several different animals of my own. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, I also have several that I care for until they can be released back into the wild. I love my job and all the animals and families I help on a daily basis. I am looking forward to caring for your pet and building a lasting relationship.

Courtney - Veterinary Assistant

Certifications: N/A

Hello, my name is Courtney. I have worked with Dr. Rivera for several years. I am finishing my bachelors and plan on attending veterinary school to obtain my DVM when complete. I currently work at the clinic part time during the week. I love veterinary medicine and the opportunity it gives me to provide excellent care for your family.

Elizabeth Bohannon - Veterinary Assistant

Certifications: N/A

Hi, I am Elizabeth. I joined the clinic in June of 2016. At that time I was finishing my pre-requisites for veterinary school while working in a field I love. I work part time three to five days a week at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic and volunteer at Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Wimauma two days a week. I live at home with two dogs and one cat, and have one traveling fur baby (a ruffed lemur) that visits occasionally, but spends most her time at Elmira’s with her best friends. I am very passionate about what I do and want to provide the best care to you and your fur children. 

Emily G. - Veterinary Assistant

Certifications: N/A

Hello, my name is Emily. I have worked part time at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic for two years. I participate in FFA and want to become a veterinarian some day. I love animals and am passionate about veterinary medicine. I can't wait to meet you and your pets.

Brittney S. - Receptionist

Certifications: N/A

Hi, my name is Brittney. I have work as a receptionist for Fish Hawk Animal Clinic. I have always had a passion for animals and have six years of experience in the veterinary field. I joined Fish Hawk Animal Clinic because I had previously worked with Dr. Rivera via another clinic, and loved how he treated his clients and patients. I knew he was the best; and I wanted to be part of that. I have four dogs and one cat at home that along with my fiancé, are the loves of my life! I cannot wait to meet you and your pets (who I am sure are the loves of your life!). 

Briana Kelly - Receptionist

Certifications: N/A

Hi, my name is Briana. I have worked as a receptionist for Fish Hawk Animal Clinic since July 2018. I love animals and share my home with three cats and one dog. I am passionate about making a difference for your four legged babies and helping to keep them healthy. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

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