About Dr. Joi Sutton

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”. Starting Tequesta Vet Clinic is the pinnacle of my achievements.

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

I’ve spent most of my life in veterinary clinics – since I was 18 years old.  I love what I do!  I study more than any vet I know.  Vet med is ever-changing and I never want to be the dummy in the room.

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 do yoga, and I swim almost daily during the warmer weather. I love sunshine and tropical beaches. In late 2010 I moved from Oregon to the sunshine state. I enjoy most water activities. I enjoy walking on the beach. I usually have a garden in the ground and tend to my trees. Involving myself in activities outside of medicine brings balance to my life. Twinkle (my kitty) and I have an old Florida home in Tequesta, the village I affectionately call Mayberry.

During the pandemic (since we were social distancing) I took an in depth dental course by the International Veterinary Dental Institute.  That was fun, and I learned some nifty new tricks at dentistry.  I’ve long had a “knack” at dentistry, but now I can say with some confidence that I’m pretty darned good.  Of course, I’m not a board certified veterinary dentist.  THESE DAYS I LIMIT MY PRACTICE TO DENTISTRY.  Sometimes clients think I’m not working.  I still work too much, but I’m the old lady in the back doing dentals and some surgeries.

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