Meet Our Team

Raul A. Rivera, DVM - Veterinarian (Certifications: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

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.

Jennifer Seaman, BSPH -  (Certifications: B.S. - Public Health)

Hello. my name is Jennifer. 

Courtney Young, BMSc - Veterinary Receptionist/Technician (B.S. - Biomedical Sciences)

Hello, my name is Courtney. I have worked with Fish Hawk Animal Clinic for several years while attending school. I love animals and currently have four French Bulldogs. I am cross trained and work both as a receptionist and a technician. I 

Stephanie Oldham - Veterinary Receptionist

Hello, my name is Stephanie. 

Sara Wilkinson - Veterinary Receptionist

Hello, my name is Sara. 

Anny Chen, CVT - Veterinary Technician (Certifications: A.S. - Veterinary Technology)

Hi, my name is Anny. I began working at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic in 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!

Carla Gonzalez, CVT - Veterinary Technician (Certifications: A.S. - Veterinary Technology)

Hello, my name is Carla.  

Christopher Nalley - Veterinary Technician (Certifications: Wildlife Rehabilitator)

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.

Julie Gajewski, CPPS - Veterinary Technician (Certifications: Certified Professional Pet Sitter)

Hello, my name is Julie. I have been working at Fish Hawk Animal Clinic since April 2019. I have been a veterinary technician since 1997 along with owning my own pet sitting business. I have known Dr. Rivera for 22 years, working with him at my very first job in the veterinary field. I am currently enrolled in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I live in Brandon, FL with my husband Scottie, our Pug Keisel Bell, and our five cats Jacoby Ellsbury, Fenway Park, Nicola Tesla, Kylo Ren, & Chandra Nalaar. When I am not at the clinic Monday-Friday I enjoy managing my pet sitting business, caring for my house plants, playing Magic the Gathering, watching true crime tv shows, caring for my backyard birds, and spending time with my husband and furry family. Caring for animals has always been my passion and I love knowing the difference I can make in my patient’s and their human’s lives.

Ashley Waters - Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Ashley.

Makayla Collier, CVA - Veterinary Assistant (Certifications: Veterinary Assisting)

Hello, my name is Makayla.

Lyndsey Bentley - Veterinary Assistant 

Hello, my name is Lyndsey.

Allison Miller - Kennel Technician

Hello, my name is Allison. 

Alaysia Miller - Kennel Technician

Hello, my name is Alaysia.  

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