Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a veterinarian. My first career day in school my mom made me a medical kit and used index cards to make me business cards to hand out. I was lucky at 16 years old to start working at a small animal clinic in the kennel and worked my way up to veterinary technician. I attended Florida Atlantic University and received my degree in Ecology and Organismic Biology. I then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed my clinic year at University of Florida. I worked as a general practitioner and completed my rehabilitation certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2014. After years of seeing senior and mobility challenged patients that could benefit from comprehensive care not provided in a traditional veterinary hospital the idea for Treasure Coast Animal Rehab developed. After opening TCAR during a pandemic it became apparent that senior pets play an important role in the family. With TCAR we are bridging the gap between general care and comprehensive senior and geriatric centered medicine. Having the ability to provide owners and pets with the skills and knowledge to keep their furry family member moving, pain free and happy is the goal I wake up with every morning.
Elizabeth Fletcher, CVT, CCRP grew up in New Jersey before pursuing her Marine Science degree in San Diego, California. After graduation, she worked for the Navy-Marine Mammal Program for 6 years, training, conducting research, and working closely with the veterinary staff for the program's dolphins and sea lions. Distance from family brought Elizabeth and her husband back to NJ, which transitioned her from marine mammals to small animals. Elizabeth became a certified veterinary technician, and quickly found her love for specialty veterinary medicine. After several years of running anesthesia for neurological and orthopedic cases, she focused on pain management and got her Canine Rehabilitation Certification from the University of Tennessee. She is currently pursuing her certification to become a certified veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP).
Elizabeth and her husband recently relocated to Florida, where they plan to set their roots. They currently share their home with a 6-year-old Australian White's Tree frog name Parker. Elizabeth is a lover of all animals, with a special place in her heart for huskies. When Elizabeth is not working you can most likely find her outside stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, biking, swimming at the beach, running, boating, hiking .... being active in some way. She also cherishes time spent with her husband, family, and friends.
I am a South Florida native who spent many years in the Northeast before moving back to the “no snow zone”. After 20+ years in human healthcare, I decided to focus on the more technical aspects of care and graduated from Indian River State College with an associate degree in electronics engineering technology, including biomedical electronics and photonics (the science of light). Fast forward a few years, and the experience of nursing several of my dogs through various illnesses and end of life care led me to change focus from providing human care to animal care. Along the way I have obtained training in companion animal laser therapy, canine Hospice and Palliative Care, Pet First Aid, and CPR. I enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors with my husband and our 2 “grey muzzles”, Ralphie & Lola.