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Richard Kane, DVM | Doctor Emeritus

Dr. Kane is a 1984 honor graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the founder and chief of staff of Care Animal Hospital and the co-founder of Surgi-Care Center for Horses and sits on the board of the Humane Foundation for Animals. Dr. Kane has served as president of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society and as chairman of the Animal Advisory Committee. He has been elected the Business Leader of the Year by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Veterinarian of the Year by the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Kane has been serving over 35 years as a board member of the University of Florida Alumni council. He has been featured numerous times in major newspapers and television programs on his accomplishments in veterinary medicine. Dr. Kane has received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kane believes strongly in higher education and is a huge supporter of the University of Florida Gators athletics.

Stephanie Kane, DVM

Dr. Stephanie Kane graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2008. She went on to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University Of Florida in 2012. Following graduation, she finished a one-year emergency and specialty medicine Internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners of Tampa. Having always endeavored to be a veterinarian, Dr. Stephanie Kane joined her family‘s practice at Care Animal Hospital in 2013 with plans to work alongside her father, Dr. Richard Kane. She also serves on the University of Florida‘s College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Council and is active in the local veterinary community. In 2015, Dr. Stephanie was voted the Best Veterinarian in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area through CL’s Best of The Bay. She enjoys working with all types of animals, including farm animals and exotics, and has a strong professional interest in small animal surgery. She is very comfortable as a veterinary surgeon and helps all kinds of challenges. In her free time, Dr. Kane loves to spend time with her husband and their two Jack Russell Terrier’s, ride her horse, “George”, read a great novel at the beach, and of course, attend Gator Football games!

Everyone is very pleasant, friendly and the care is the best. We have been patients of Care Animal Hospital since it opened (for almost 30 years) and wouldn’t think of going anywhere else.
- Christina Valenta

Jon Rubinstein, DVM

Dr Rubinstein attended the University of Miami for his undergraduate education, then Tufts University for veterinary school. After graduation he practiced mixed animal medicine in Georgia before completing a rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center in Darien, CT.
After two years of overnight emergency and zoo work in New York City Dr. Rubinstein was accepted to a dual residency in avian and reptile/amphibian medicine at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, which he almost completed.
Dr. Rubinstein’s interests include all aspects of avian and exotic animal medicine, soft tissue surgery of all species, and feline medicine.

Chelsea Northam, DVM

Bio coming soon.

Stephanie Diaz, DVM

Dr. Stephanie Diaz graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida in 2011. She then worked as a veterinary technician for 4 years at a small animal practice before attending the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, she had the opportunity to visit South Africa and work with rhinos and several species of antelope. Her professional interests include wildlife, exotic animal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and geriatric pets. When not at work, Dr. Diaz enjoys spending time with her husband Michael, dogs Boomer and Valerie, and cat Batman, as well as spending days at the beach, gardening, or going to amusement parks.

Rachel Shedden, DVM

Dr. Rachel Shedden was born and raised in Orlando, FL with 3 siblings and multiple dogs, cats, and rabbits. Every summer she enjoyed visiting her relatives’ dairy and beef cattle farms in upstate New York. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Animal Biology and a minor in Business Administration. Dr. Shedden later went on to attend UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she grew to love both small and large animal medicine, general surgery, reproduction, and dentistry. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Shedden likes paddle boarding with her dog Lilo, going to the beach, salsa dancing, and cheering on the Gators!

Courtney Brunson, DVM

Dr. Courtney Brunson graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. She then went on to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Courtney moved to Florida, where she has resided since 2015. Her interests within veterinary medicine include surgery, internal medicine cases, and working with a select group of exotic animals. Dr. Brunson volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary, and also serves as the veterinarian for Sarasota Jungle Gardens. She has three dogs, two cats, and a daughter, Charlotte. In her spare time, Dr. Courtney loves to attend Auburn Football games, spend time with her family, and play outdoors. She also loves to go to Disney when she can.

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Appointments, Walk-Ins, House Calls

We accept appointments and walk-ins and provide a house call service as well as a “Pet Taxi” pick-up and delivery service. Many of our clients find the house call services very convenient when they have multiple pets, farm animals, or those highly anxious special pets that refuse to enjoy the car ride to their friendly veterinarian.  We are pleased to serve our patients during extended hours, including lunch hour, for your convenience.

We also offer cat dentist services, cat grooming, cat microchip, cat neutering, cat vaccinations, cat parasite treatment, and cat surgery services. In addition, we have dog neutering, dog surgery, dog vaccinations, dog dentist, dog grooming, dog microchip, dog flea and tick prevention services.

Please feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how our caring animal hospital can help your pets enjoy a long and healthy life.

Care Animal Hospital

511 East Bloomingdale Avenue
Brandon, FL 33511

Hospital Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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