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Dr. Jim Antunano


Our Founder

Our Founder, Dr. Antunano, “Dr. A” as he is known by both clients and the AMC team alike, started the clinic in a small storefront in 1988. His vision was to create a state-of-the-art practice that would incorporate the most up to date technology to compliment his vast veterinary knowledge and experience and make that available to all of our clients and their pets. His vision was realized when he relocated to a larger, modern facility where he was able to incorporate such things as Laser Surgery, Ultrasonography, Digital Radiography and more. The clinic has since relocated to a modern, 4000 square-foot location which has enabled us to continue in the tradition on which his vision was founded.

Originally from New York City, he began his collegiate career at Herbert Lehman College before attending veterinary school. Upon graduating, he worked as an Associate Veterinarian for several years in high-volume practices, as well as serving as the Medical Director and lead veterinarian for an Emergency and Critical Care facility in New York. Dr. A eventually decided to open his own veterinary hospital in the Brandon-Valrico area. 

Dr. A was a pioneer in laser surgery and was president of the Veterinary Laser Surgical Society in 2007. He was also a member of several veterinary associations including the AVMA, AAHA and the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society. Dr A. has always had a strong passion wildlife care and has even treated lions, tigers, and bears!

He has since retired, but Dr. A’s presence will forever be felt here as we strive to continue with the tradition of providing the highest quality of care to our clients and their pets. His caring and dedication to the veterinary profession has made a lasting impression on our clients, pets and especially our staff. 


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