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Bradenton, Anna Maria, Longboat, Palmetto, Ellenton, Sarasota

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Monday: 5pm-8am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3pm-8am

Friday: 5pm-8am

​​Saturday and Sunday: 24 hours

Holidays: 24 hours

(941) 896-9420

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Our Team

Ilonka Ambros, DVM

Dr. Ambros graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2006, and worked as a general practitioner at a day practice in north Sarasota for 3 years.  She then worked as an associate at a local emergency hospital for 2 years.  Most recently, she returned to day practice as a relief veterinarian, helping out at many different clinics from Bradenton to Port Charlotte.  While she enjoyed getting to be part of a day practice again for a while, she is excited to be back in the emergency field, where her passion truly lies.

 Dr. Ambros is originally from Colorado, but has happily traded the snow for the sand in the wintertime!  She enjoys anything outdoors, especially if it involves the ocean.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the local craft breweries and relaxing at home with her lovingly named “reject pet collection” – Champagne Kitty, Mr. Elton Meowzer, Mamma Meow, Squishy John, Sinbad, Eleanor, and Horton Henry - all rescued from situations where no one wanted them.

 

In addition to emergency and critical care medicine, her professional interests include dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Rhiannon Lewis, DVM

Dr. Lewis was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, grew up in the Tampa Bay Area, and attended the University of Florida for both undergrad and Veterinary School (Go Gators!).  After graduating in 2009, she pursued a rotating clinical internship in small animal surgery, internal medicine/cardiology, neurology, and emergency and critical care (her favorite) at California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA (now VCA West LA).  After a hectic internship year, she decided to stay in Los Angeles for "just one more year" when she met her husband, Ethan, and stayed in LA for 4 more years, all while practicing predominantly emergency and critical care medicine.  While she and Ethan loved their life in LA, they were both missing "home" so they packed themselves and their 2 Corgis (Stella and Lucas) up and headed back to the Tampa Bay Area.  Her professional interests include emergency surgery, metabolic emergencies, and fluid therapy.  When not at the hospital, she can be found at the beach, at the pool, or snowboarding back on the West Coast. 

Lisa, Client Liaison

Lisa was raised in the beautiful state of Vermont. From a young girl she loved all animals. Her home life always had dogs, cats and small animals. Lisa started working with animals in 1994 and has never left the field. Lisa has a love for all breeds but Pugs are her favorite! Lisa loves to talk dogs. She lives in Sarasota with her husband, her pack of rescued dogs and cats.

Megan, Technician

Megan is a Bradenton native, born and raised, and has been an animal lover for just as long. She was generally the kid who brought home random animals and said "Can I keep it??" So when the time came to pick a profession, the decision to be a Vet Tech was an easy one.

When she's not working Megan likes to spend a night at the local theaters or a quiet night at home with the family. With the occasional trip to Disney being a must.

Morgan, Technician

Morgan is a Northern transplant, born and raised in the North East. With a well rounded background in general practice and emergency, she prefers the intensity and fast pace of emergency. She enjoys being able to learning new things every day in this field. After working as a relief technician for VEC she decided to join our team full time! When not working Morgan enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, Rye Bread a 1 year old large scruffy mix breed, and Harpers Bazaar a 1 year old mix breed.

Ashley, CVT

Bio coming soon!

Ilonka Ambros, DVM

Dr. Ambros graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2006, and worked as a general practitioner at a day practice in north Sarasota for 3 years.  She then worked as an associate at a local emergency hospital for 2 years.  Most recently, she returned to day practice as a relief veterinarian, helping out at many different clinics from Bradenton to Port Charlotte.  While she enjoyed getting to be part of a day practice again for a while, she is excited to be back in the emergency field, where her passion truly lies.

 Dr. Ambros is originally from Colorado, but has happily traded the snow for the sand in the wintertime!  She enjoys anything outdoors, especially if it involves the ocean.  In her spare time she enjoys going to the local craft breweries and relaxing at home with her lovingly named “reject pet collection” – Champagne Kitty, Mr. Elton Meowzer, Mamma Meow, Squishy John, Sinbad, Eleanor, and Horton Henry - all rescued from situations where no one wanted them.

 

In addition to emergency and critical care medicine, her professional interests include dentistry and soft tissue surgery.

Rhiannon Lewis, DVM

Dr. Lewis was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, grew up in the Tampa Bay Area, and attended the University of Florida for both undergrad and Veterinary School (Go Gators!).  After graduating in 2009, she pursued a rotating clinical internship in small animal surgery, internal medicine/cardiology, neurology, and emergency and critical care (her favorite) at California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA (now VCA West LA).  After a hectic internship year, she decided to stay in Los Angeles for "just one more year" when she met her husband, Ethan, and stayed in LA for 4 more years, all while practicing predominantly emergency and critical care medicine.  While she and Ethan loved their life in LA, they were both missing "home" so they packed themselves and their 2 Corgis (Stella and Lucas) up and headed back to the Tampa Bay Area.  Her professional interests include emergency surgery, metabolic emergencies, and fluid therapy.  When not at the hospital, she can be found at the beach, at the pool, or snowboarding back on the West Coast. 

Lisa, Client Liaison

Lisa was raised in the beautiful state of Vermont. From a young girl she loved all animals. Her home life always had dogs, cats and small animals. Lisa started working with animals in 1994 and has never left the field. Lisa has a love for all breeds but Pugs are her favorite! Lisa loves to talk dogs. She lives in Sarasota with her husband, her pack of rescued dogs and cats.

Megan, Technician

Megan is a Bradenton native, born and raised, and has been an animal lover for just as long. She was generally the kid who brought home random animals and said "Can I keep it??" So when the time came to pick a profession, the decision to be a Vet Tech was an easy one.

When she's not working Megan likes to spend a night at the local theaters or a quiet night at home with the family. With the occasional trip to Disney being a must.

Morgan, Technician

Morgan is a Northern transplant, born and raised in the North East. With a well rounded background in general practice and emergency, she prefers the intensity and fast pace of emergency. She enjoys being able to learning new things every day in this field. After working as a relief technician for VEC she decided to join our team full time! When not working Morgan enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, Rye Bread a 1 year old large scruffy mix breed, and Harpers Bazaar a 1 year old mix breed.

Ashley, CVT

Bio coming soon!

Morgan, Technician

Morgan is a St. Petersburg native, born and raised, and has been working as a technician since 15 years old. After seven years in general practice she had spent the last four at a specialty referral hospital in the Largo area, working emergency and critical care. Having attended continued education lectures since starting emergency medicine, she truly enjoys the always growing and vast knowledge that in necessary in emergency medicine. Having found her calling in Emergency medicine, she joined our team in late 2018 with dreams of growing with the VEC team. 

After a long day of medicine Morgan is most likely to be found with her “pack of pups”- Trooper (German Shepherd), Tank (Labrador), Napoleon (dachshund mixed), Harry (great Dane mix) or Lola (pug), the “pack” also includes three wonderful feline friends (Lebowski, Arya and Church). They typically spend their days hiking in Myakka, on the beach, with family or cuddling on the couch, when not working with their mom at VEC.