Welcome to Tequesta Veterinary Clinic
Your Veterinarian in Tequesta, FL
Call us at (561) 972-0016
Don't be fooled by the "cottage appearance" of our clinic!! Dr Sutton has a weakness for technology and doesn't suffer outdated equipment. We have top end digital xray and digital dental xray machines. We have the same fancy model Phillips PureWave ultrasound unit that 2 of the cardiologists in town use. We have many fluid pumps. We have an oxygen cage. We have end tidal CO machines and most every anesthetic monitoring gadget. (Dr Sutton is very type A about anesthesia.) We have the Cadillac of dental machines. We have a Cutting Edge class 4 therapy laser (the same type that many chiropractors use). We send much of our labwork out to reference labs (to save clients money), but when we have a sick pet we have the same suite of IDEXX laboratory equipment that both the local specialty/ER hospitals have. There may be big hospitals in the area who pay large rent or mortgage, but DR SUTTON OWNS HER BUILDING OUTRIGHT. This gives her the ability to have high end medical equipment and pay her staff well (which has resulted in staff retention and attaining the best nursing team of any general practice in the area). Additionally, her current awesome team of veterinarians has a combined total of 73 "years in practice". She bought the building in 2013 when it was run down (when the Florida commercial real estate market was still "on sale"), and she transformed it into a lovely hospital with fabulous flow. All those years that she would set up veterinary clinics in 3rd world countries gave her an "eye" for this. She saw what great bones the little 2,200 square feet cottage building had back in 2012. It was a sad little building in need of some serious TLC. Today it is a smooth running medical center but maintains it's cottage charm. Ultimately this means to YOU that you aren't paying for a mortgage. When you bring Fluffy to our hospital, you are paying for our experienced staff, the medications and our state of the art medical equipment. When you understand this bigger financial picture, our beloved hospital building becomes very attractive.
Dr Joi Sutton is very proud of Tequesta Veterinary Clinic. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for 26 years and has been in the veterinary business 33 years. After all these years, she still adores her career. She has long thought that she is the happiest veterinarian she knows. She spent her first 8 years as an emergency/critical care vet. She then went into general practice and has cumulatively spent 2 years of her career in various undeveloped countries volunteering her services for less fortunate animals around the globe. After 17 years of practice in Portland, Oregon, she moved to sunny Florida in 2010. She had a house call practice in Tequesta from 2011 until 2013 when she opened Tequesta Veterinary Clinic in the heart of Tequesta. Dr Joi can't imagine doing anything else and is as excited about her career now as ever. She is constantly learning and going to veterinary conferences and challenging herself to be her best. Her goal is to treat every patient as if it were her own pet and to treat every client as well as she would treat her mother. Helping animals is in Dr Joi's DNA. It is what makes her happiest.
Dr Javiera Correa also joined our team this year. She is a Florida native who has traveled the globe but came back to South Florida to raise her family. She has extensive experience as an emergency veterinarian, but now prefers the lifestyle afforded by the hours of general practice. Her charming and upbeat personality is a natural fit at Tequesta Vet Clinic. We are truly tickled to call her our own. She is intelligent, practical and a lot of fun.
Dr Joi is thrilled to announce that Dr Bill Moore is joining our team. He obtained his veterinary degree in 1989 from the University of Tennessee. He comes to our practice after working at the specialty hospital in Naples for the last few years. He is an all around solid doctor, but his special interests include behavior, dermatology, internal medicine, geriatrics and ultrasonography. Our clients will adore him. He will be picking up shifts at TVC over the next few months, but he will officially start full time in December.
We also have several "relief vets" who call our practice home. WE NEARLY ALWAYS HAVE 2 DOCTORS ON DUTY AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND OUR REGULAR RELIEF VETS ARE PART OF OUR TEAM. OUR RELIEF VETS HAVE VARIABLE SCHEDULES PENDING JOI'S TIME AWAY TO BE WITH HER MOTHER. Lately, Dr Joi needs some time away from her clinic as her mother has Alzheimer's back in Oregon where Joi grew up. Joi loves her clients and her practice and most of all her beloved patients, and yet she feels compelled to be there for her mom as her mother declines. She is trying to spend time each month in Oregon as her mom is much happier and aware when Joi is there to stimulate her. She does "age 3 and up" puzzles, cues her mom to shower and dress, helps her mom exercise and read books. Joi never had children but now finds herself with an 85 year old toddler. Joi appreciates her clients' understanding of the situation. Joi also feels blessed to have such amazing doctors help her out in this time of need. She has never been so proud of her doctor staff. Her support staff (nurses and reception staff) is amazing as per usual.
Our newest relief vet is Dr Kerry Milliken Kopp. She is a UC Davis grad from 1995. She is spectacular and had a very interesting career---including Hollywood! She's a hoot! You can read more about her on the About Us tab under her bio. We will be seeing much less of Dr Rebecca Steers who has been a wonderful help during 2019. Dr Steers mostly fills in when Joi is in Oregon. Finally, when one of Joi's best friends isn't traveling the globe with her retired husband she has been known to pull a shift here and there.
We allot 45 minutes for our new patient exams because we want time to get to know you and your pet. Please show up 15 min early to fill out new client paperwork. We strongly encourage you to help us get prior records to us (or let us call your prior veterinarian) so we don't duplicate medical care. Gathering records prior to the appointment is appreciated so we can review then before ahead of time. Some clinics take a day or longer to get us a pet's medical records.
Dr Sutton has a real knack for dentals, so of course we have DIGITAL DENTAL XRAY! This is the same xray that your own dentist uses in your dental practice.Since it is digital we have images in mere seconds. No more guessing if a root is sound. Tequesta Vet Clinic is the home of the affordable dental and we pride ourselves in quality dental care. Digital dental xrays are included in the dental packages. See our price list for details.
We offer FREE MICROCHIPS to our patients. We recently saw an invoice from a nearby clinic who charges $68 to implant a microchip.We do it for free. This is one of Dr Sutton's gifts to her clients. We live in hurricane county and she wants all if her patients to have a chip. Perhaps our greatest gift to clients is our reasonable prices. Our price list is right on this website. We are the home of the economical pet dental. Dr Sutton excels at veterinary dentistry.
Our doctors and vet nurses at Tequesta Vet Clinic all use our high quality ultrasound. We have variable skill set, but we use it all day long. In April of 2019 she upgraded her "nice" ultrasound to what could be described as the "racecar" of ultrasound units. Dr Sutton bought her first ultrasound in January, 2014. We are clearly not internists nor radiologists, but we can often identify diseases in our practice without having to send you to a specialist. Sometimes we can identify enough to know that we should refer you to a specialist! We typically charge between $50 (for simple focused exams) up to $100 (for Global FAST scans) in our clinic. We are still "learning to drive", but we have the "racecar" of ultrasound units which challenges us to continue to improve our skills. Our in house ultrasound scans may direct us to send you to a specialist for a formal ultrasound, or we may just make the diagnosis ourselves. We use our ultrasound all day long for simple things such as collecting urine to more advanced looks such as during triage of an ill pet.
Dr Sutton is "Fear Free" certified. We do our best to make veterinary visits low stress for your pet. We have pheromone diffusers throughout the hospital to help calm your fur babies. Additionally, for particularly anxious pets we will send a few doses of trazodone or gabapentin out the door for free. Owners can give these medications several hours prior to the examination to lower the pet's stress. Our staff typically offers treats throughout the pet's visit to make the vet clinic a better experience for pets.
We open our doors each weekday at 8:15 am. Dr Sutton usually gets to work by 8am. Examinations are by appointment. If there is an urgent “walk in” we will try our best to accommodate the pet, but scheduled exams take priority (unless the “walk in” is a true emergency). It is best to call us for an appointment. We understand that some clients will choose other hospitals because we don't have Saturday hours, but our nurses wish to be home with their children on the weekends. We are closed on the weekends for our staff to spend quality time with family and loved ones and for Dr Sutton to write her educational articles—for her other job! If there is a hospitalized pet over the weekend, Dr Sutton may continue to care for the pet over the weekend unless it necessitates referral to a critical care facility. There are several excellent emergency clinics nearby in case of emergencies.
We pride ourselves on a clean hospital. Dr Sutton and her staff blend technology with old fashioned caring. She brags about her nursing staff all the time. In 26 years of practice (and 33 year in this business) she has never come across such an amazing staff as her own.
Dr Sutton really wants this website to be a resource for her clients.Please take some time to peruse our website. You will find some wonderful client educational opportunities. You can read about our practice philosophy and even order pet food and meds that can be delivered to your front door! For our snowbird clients, this website is very handy! Our online store is through Vets First Choice which is known for great customer service and great prices. If you don’t like to order online, go ahead and call! Phone orders are just fine. It is very convenient to have pet food and meds DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME! That’s very cool. Besides, Dr Sutton isn't really a fan of selling pet food. She'd rather her amazing staff spend their time helping your pets rather than moving around bags or cans of pet food. If you need help setting up an account, Dr Sutton and her staff are happy to help you. When you place an order, we are alerted by an email and can authorize the medication much faster than if you use a different online pharmacy. Again, this home delivery option is extremely useful for our snowbird clients who escape the Florida heat during the summertime.
Dr Sutton wants you be involved in your pet’s vaccination choices! Surprisingly, some local clinics still vaccinate for everything every year. We follow vaccine protocols set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. If your pet’s lifestyle doesn’t warrant a vaccine, we won’t give it. We also try to spread out vaccinations to minimize adverse events from vaccinations.
Finally, when it is time to say good bye to your beloved pet, we now offer a home euthanasia service. Pet euthanasia is an unfortunate part of our profession, but we do our very best to make it go smoothly.
Please enjoy our website. Or better yet, stop by our clinic for a tour.
Blending technology with good old fashioned caring.
Dr. Joi Sutton
Tequesta Veterinarian | Tequesta Veterinary Clinic | (561) 972-0016
365 Cypress Dr.
Tequesta, FL 33469