Alana Velazquez, DVMDr. Velázquez joined Westminster Veterinary Hospital as Chief of Staff in February 2013. She grew up in south Florida and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her first ten years practicing small and exotic animal medicine and surgery in West Palm Beach and then became Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of the Veterinary Technology Program at Miami-Dade College. Prior to joining our practice, Dr. Velázquez practiced medicine and surgery at a "cats only" veterinary hospital in Montgomery County and enjoyed honing her skills at geriatric feline medicine.

Dr. V, as she is fondly referred to by clients, especially enjoys meeting people with their pets and promoting the human-animal bond. One of her favorite role models of this century, Dr. Leo Bustad, a renowned veterinary expert on the human/animal bond, and president of the Delta Society which promotes this connection, says, "A dog can be a wonderful cheerleader. It can buoy our spirits and help banish depressing thoughts. It can distract us from our worries, make us feel more secure and motivate us to exercise. Most importantly, pets are a great source of fun and laughter, and many studies have shown that humor is a powerful tool in reducing stress and promoting healing."

Dr. V's current "laughter-inducers and stress-relievers" consist of Lizzie the Labrador, P.D. (short for Pablo Diego) the Chihuahua, Maya the Husky, and Smudge the cat.