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Tequesta Veterinary Clinic

Primary Location
365 Cypress Dr.
Tequesta, FL 33469
Phone: (561) 972-0016
Fax: (561) 300-2362

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
Tuesday9:00am5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am5:00pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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Dr. Sutton’s Bio

Joi Sutton, DVM
365 Cypress Drive
Tequesta, Florida 33469
(561) 972-0016
TequestaVetClinic@yahoo.com

Education:

1993 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University
1989 B.S. Biology, Oregon State University

Work experience:

2013:  Founder and proprietor of Tequesta Veterinary Clinic, LLC

2011 – 2012:   Founder and proprietor of Jupiter Tequesta Veterinary Housecalls, LLC.  

2011 – 2013:   I am proud to be one of the medical advisors for American Diabetes Wholesale.  I write educational articles about pet diabetes and interact with clients on a daily basis.

2011-2013:   I contracted myself out to clinics in North Palm Beach County and South Martin County as a “relief vet”, filling in when their vets are on vacation or short-handed.

I am the Founder of Veterinary Ventures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that brings veterinary care to the less fortunate animals of the world. We travel to 3rd world areas that lack veterinary care and provide large-scale spay/neuter campaigns as well as assist locals in providing sustainable health care for animals. Pictures and details of our campaigns are available at www.veterinaryventures.com. Since 2000 I’ve been on 11 international veterinary campaigns:  5 trips to Cook Islands, one to Bora Bora, two to American Samoa, one to Thailand, one to Peru, one to Mexico.   Our teams might be as many as 20 vets and techs or as few as 4. It is incredibly satisfying work. The host country must provide housing and 2 meals per day for the volunteers in exchange for our efforts. It is the best way to see the world. Vet Ventures campaigns used to span a month, but currently we run shorter campaigns due to the economy.

2007 – 2010:   associate veterinarian at Moreland Veterinary Hospital in Portland, Oregon. During this time I also provided a home euthanasia service in the Portland area. It was a limited housecall practice, giving ill pets a helping hand to heaven.

2001- 2007:   relief  veterinarian in the Portland and Vancouver area (This suited me well as I used to spend 2 months each year doing volunteer veterinary work.)

December, 1995 – December, 2000:   staff veterinarian at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital

May, 1993 – December, 1995:   SE Portland Animal Hospital: staff veterinarian, Founder and Director of the SE Portland Animal Hospital Blood Bank (At the time this was the 5th commercial blood bank in the United States.)

My last non-veterinary job was as a sweeper at Disneyland in 1991.

About me:

I’m the happiest veterinarian I know. I thoroughly enjoy going to work. I believe I enjoy our profession so much because I have been involved in many aspects of medicine. I’ve been an ER/critical care vet, a house call vet, a relief vet, and an international volunteer. I am generally a happy person. Someone once told me that I “won the serotonin lottery”.

My goal as a veterinarian is to be the vet I’d want my mother to encounter with one of her pets. I strive to provide superior customer service. 

I think my experiences out of the country have been some of the most rewarding as most of those animals would have never received medical care had I not started my nonprofit. I’m a little amazed that over the years 50 to 60 veterinarians and vet techs have followed me to foreign lands, but we’ve had a good time and spayed and neutered a lot of animals.

I like trying new things. I regularly take yoga and gym classes. Last year I took belly dancing, zumba and salsa dance classes. Over the years I’ve taken classes in sailing, pottery, paddling, scuba diving, sky diving, ballroom dancing, etc. I love to travel. I have owned 2 boats, a waverunner, a canoe and a kayak. In 2008/2009 I built a dock at my house along the Columbia River in Oregon. I love sunshine and tropical beaches. In late 2010 I moved to the sunshine and tropical beaches of Florida. I enjoy most water activities. I do my best to walk on the beach every morning. Involving myself in activities outside of medicine brings balance to my life. In 2011 I bought a little fixer-upper old Florida home in Tequesta, a town I affectionately call Mayberry. I am actively transforming my new house into the pearl she was meant to be. 

Like most pet owners I believe my pets are the best ever. They are my family. I have 2 wonderful kitties. Both were collected during my travels. Tatoo is from Cook Islands.   Twinkle Toes is from American Samoa. My beloved labrador passed in December of 2009. My kitties had been nagging me to find us another dog, but I often pet sit my friends’s dogs and sometimes even pet sit clients’s dogs in my home.


SUMMER DENTAL SPECIAL!

~~As my practice grows I regret that during season I sometimes don't get to spend as much time with my clients as I like.  I don't like to rush when chatting about a pet's health, and I love the social aspect of interacting with my clients once the exam is over.  Many of my clients are also my dear friends.  The seasonal component of south Florida is tricky for small business!  I need to keep my nurses employed during the slower months.  How can I nudge my year-round clients to have their annual wellness care during the statistically slowest months in south Florida vet clinics?
I will discount dental packages 10% for the months June through September.  That's a savings of $29 to $49! This offers financial incentive to locals to schedule wellness care during the summertime.  I hope to keep our business flow steady for the sake of my amazing nursing staff.  (They need to feed their kids year round!)  And, it will give me more time to spend with each patient.

Joi Sutton, DVM

FREE MICROCHIPS!

~~I want all of my patients to have a microchip, and I’m willing to do it for free. Yep, I pay for the chip and my staff registers it at no cost to our clients.  If a pet is lost, a chip provides the best chance for reuniting the pet with the family.  A client recently told me that one of my free microchips saved his cat.  His indoor cat snuck outside and was gone for 6 weeks.  He was reunited with the family because of the free microchip I implanted.
As my current patients come in for exams or annual check-ups I will scan and implant a chip if needed -- with owner’s consent of course.  Folks do get to pay the regular $55 exam fee (which is pretty much the cost of a chip) and I will examine the pet from nose to toes.
This is a gift to my current and new clients.  If someone goes to another clinic and just wants to come for a chip and continue going to that vet, they can ask their own vet if they will give them a free chip. This is a gift to Tequesta Vet Clinic patients only.  I’d love for all the area clinics to chip patients for free.  Who knows…  I’m hoping I will start a trend, making this a common veterinary practice at other clinics.  Spread the word!

Joi Sutton, DVM

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Tequesta Veterinary Clinic
365 Cypress Dr.
Tequesta, FL 33469
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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday9:00am5:00pm
Tuesday9:00am5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am5:00pm
Thursday9:00am5:00pm
Friday9:00am5:00pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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