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AA, BS, DVM
Dr. Patrick A. Kelly is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico where he lived for the first 10 years of his life and where he became fluent in Spanish. Dr. Kelly knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he could pronounce the word. He was raised on a 200 acre tropical paradise family compound. His parents were animal lovers and his family shared shared their compound with all sorts of animals, from dogs and cats, to horses and monkeys. Dr. Kelly’s parents shared with him an early memory when they walked into the kitchen and found 2 year old Patrick on his hands and knees gathered around the dog food bowl, sharing the meal with his canine brothers and sisters.
Dr. Kelly has always had a way with animals. One of the most interesting childhood experiences occurred when a male baboon escaped a traveling circus and ended up in his front yard. He befriended the dogs, wrestling with them just like he was one of them. His mother took videos of 6 year old Patrick showing no fear and walking up to and hand feeding the full grown baboon. The videos survive to this day and Dr. Kelly has shown his 4 kids the origins of his love of animals and the sparks of his veterinary career.
Veterinary medicine is the ONLY career that Dr. Kelly has ever wanted. The day Dr. Kelly received his acceptance letter to the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine was one of the happiest days of his life, trailing only his marriage to his beautiful wife Carolynn, and the birth of his 4 children. He is passionate about helping animals. He donates his time and money treating wildlife and gets a tremendous amount of satisfaction when a previously injured wild animal that he has cared for is released into the wild. Dr. Kelly, even after over 30 years in practice, still pinches himself every morning that he is privileged to be in a profession he was truly destined to do.
He then moved to Milford, Massachusetts where he lived for 8 years. He attended Milford High School, before moving to Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1976. He attended Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce where he earned an Associate in Arts degree in 1978. He went to the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1981. He attended the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He has practiced in Port St. Lucie since his graduation.
Dr. Kelly’s areas of interest are small animal and wildlife medicine and surgery.
Dr. Kelly has been happily married since 1990 to the former Carolynn Wheat and they have 4 children, William, Christopher, Katherine, and Mikaela. They are the proud grandparents of 2 beautiful granddaughters. They live on 23.5 acres in Fort Pierce with their 4 dogs, 7 cats, 4 parrots, 8 horses, 1 goat, a lamb, 5 pigs, and a sulcata tortoise. His hobbies include spending time with his family, horticulture, music, horseback riding, and sports. He is a level 4.5 tennis player.
DVM, MBA, CVA
Craig Stanton, Veterinarian
I simply LOVE animals! But I also really enjoy helping clients, improving my patients’ lives, and problem-solving in a curious, thorough, and passionate way. I have a special interest and abilities in small animal surgery, anesthesia safety, and pain management. I treat every patient as if they were one of my family’s beloved pets and I take pride in having a spotless anesthesia safety record. I enjoy teaching anesthesia techniques and tricks to my assistants and always aim to advance the art of patient care.
Married to a veterinarian, my family is all about pets – my daughter’s favorite pillow has always been a big hairy Great Pyrenes. We have 5 cats, a Pyrenes, and a leopard gecko named Firefly. From Colorado, I am not thrilled about the heat of Florida but I’m loving how plants and my Bonsai trees grow down here. I love surfing, woodworking, generally fixing things that are broken, and anything involving nature, pets, or family. I’m happy to be a member of this team and am excited to bring my skill set to the pets in this area.
I am passionate about optimizing the patient experience by minimizing fear, stress, and pain however possible. I practice “multimodal pain management”, which means we implement multiple medications and strategies to maximize pain prevention while minimizing the side effects of any one medication. I regularly employ pain management techniques such as epidurals, regional nerve blocks, wound soaker catheters, laser therapy, electroacupuncture, and topical analgesics.
In the near future at Kelly’s, I hope we can utilize my experience in endoscopic surgery as this technology minimizes surgical trauma and simplifies the procedures minimizing anesthesia time. When we operate through very small incisions we not only have greater visibility, improved access to the surgical site, and much less tissue trauma – but we don’t need as many post-operative limits or medications and we usually don’t need an Elizabethan collar/aka the dreaded “Cone of Shame”!
DVM Colorado State University 2007, MBA Colorado State University 2005, Certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture 2007, Laparoscopic surgical training 2007-2010, Small animal dentistry and oral surgery training 2010, Emergency & Critical Care full time 2014-2021, Surgical focus 2009-2014 and 2021-current.