Tavares Animal Hospital

418 East Alfred Street, Tavares, FL 32778
Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Office: (352) 343-7793 Emergency: (407) 644-4449

About Us

Tavares Animal Hospital opened in October of 1981. We have 3 veterinarians and 17 staff members. Tavares Animal Hospital has voluntarily achieved the high standards of the American Animal Hospital Association, qualifying it as an AAHA accredited practice member. These standards pertain to facilities, equipment, practice methods, and management. The hospital undergoes an intense accreditation process every three years in order to maintain the AAHA certification. We have worked very hard to achieve this high level of care, and we are proud of the fact that we have maintained our AAHA accreditation since 1996.

Meet our Doctors

  • Dr. Casandra Budd

    Dr. Budd of Tavares Animal Hospital

    Casandra moved to Eustis in 2009 to join the team at Tavares Animal Hospital after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of veterinary medicine. Soon after joining the team, she became a partner in the practice. After working closely for several years with Richard and Celia Thompson, her mentors and the original practice owners, she became full owner of Tavares Animal Hospital in October of 2014.
    Casandra’s family at home consists of her husband Michael, her daughter Amelia, and her son Henry.
    Casandra’s pet family is made up of cats, dogs, birds and reptiles. She has extensive personal experience with several exotic species including snakes, tortoises, prairie dogs, veiled chameleons and rabbits. In addition to her personal experience, she has taken many additional educational courses pertaining to these exotics and small mammals. This has allowed her to add a new dimension to the care provided at TAH.

  • Dr. Joshua Huffines

    Dr. Joshua Huffines of Tavares Animal Hospital

    Dr Joshua Monn Huffines is a native of Eustis Florida. He moved to Alabama and attended Tuskegee University where he received his DVM, and met his wife Stephanie, also a native of Lake County.They have a daughter and a son. Joshua has many four legged children including horses, dogs, cats, sheep, pigs, chickens and reptiles.

  • Dr. Jonathan Blackwell

    Dr. Jonathan Blackwell originates from northern West Virginia. He graduated
    from West Virginia University and Tuskegee University School of Veterinary
    Medicine in Alabama. After graduation, he spent three years working as a mixed
    animal practitioner in southern West Virginia. He recently moved to central
    Florida to join the staff of Tavares Animal Hospital.

    Dr. Blackwell and his wife Bethany have three children. Jonathan loves spending time with his family, enjoys activities near the water, and golfing.

Meet our Staff!

  • Paula

    (Business Manager)

  • Jessica

    (Veterinary Technician)

  • Debbie

    (Veterinary Technician)

  • Cheryl


  • Jamie

    (Veterinary Technician/ Kennel Staff)

  • Jennie

    (Reception Team Leader)

  • Amanda

    (Technician Team Leader)

  • Andrea

    (Certified Veterinary Technician)

  • Nancy


  • Johnna


  • Alaina


  • Courtney

    (Technician/ Kennel Staff)

  • Kitty

    (Kennel Staff)

  • Brooke

    (Technician/ Kennel Staff)

  • Mary


  • Tara


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