Dr. Deby


Dr. Deby grew up on a farm in Kenton, Ohio, where she was surrounded by cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, and cats from day one. She even converted an outhouse into her very own animal hospital, where she would tend to any creature she could find that needed help. For Dr. Deby, animal care has simply always been a part of life—now, she’s able to care for the area’s pets daily here at Companion Animal Hospital!

After her children were raised, Dr. Deby decided to return to school to follow her childhood passion: animal care. She attended Lake City Community College in 1998 to work on her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees before heading to the University of Florida to finish her undergraduate studies. Dr. Deby remained at the University for veterinary school, graduating with her Doctorate in 2005.

While working at an Orange Park veterinary clinic in 2006, Dr. Deby heard of an opening here at Companion Animal Hospital. She jumped at the opportunity, and first joined the team in March of 2007. By 2008, she was a partner in ownership! Dr. Deby has a special interest in surgery, and also enjoys loving on adorable new pets during puppy and kitten visits.

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the clinic or spending time out on the water, Dr. Deby likes working in her yard, tending to her garden, remodeling her home, and enjoying the company of Meaty, her 80-pound canine companion who likes to think he’s a lap dog.

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Dr. Laura Baldwin


Dr. Laura Baldwin grew up in Winter Haven and Mayo, where she was constantly bringing home injured or stray animals as a child. Her mother always encouraged her to pursue her love of science, and Dr. Baldwin quickly gravitated toward the world of veterinary medicine. Her fascination didn’t quit—she decided to devote herself to animal care and become a licensed veterinarian!

Dr. Baldwin’s veterinary career started at an animal hospital in Vero Beach, Florida, where she was on-call 24 hours a day. After tending to pets there for seven years, she moved back home to Mayo and signed on at the very same clinic where she had completed her internship for veterinary school: Companion Animal Hospital.
Medically, Dr. Baldwin loves ultrasounds, internal medicine, and pain management. Helping to give pets a better quality of life and relieving chronic suffering is the ultimate reward for her!

Dr. Baldwin lives with her elderly Maltese, Tatiana, who enjoys shredding paper and stealing the covers. When she isn’t spending time with her dog or caring for the pets of Live Oak here at the hospital, Dr. Baldwin can be found mentoring youth around the Vero Beach area and staying active in the local theatre community. She gives her time to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, and has even earned two Genie Awards for performance and volunteering.

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Dr. Smith

Associate Veterinarian

From an early age, Dr. Smith felt an innate compassion for all of the earth’s creatures, especially helpless or homeless animals. As she grew older, a natural love of science, biology, and animal husbandry started to develop. It didn’t take long for Dr. Smith to realize that veterinary medicine was the perfect career choice!

A native Floridian, Dr. Smith joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in 1999 on a relief basis, allowing the sole practitioner at the time to get away on weekends. Dr. Smith enjoyed her work so much that she quickly became part-time, then transitioned into full-time work shortly afterward. She’s been here ever since! Dr. Smith is particularly fond of diagnostic work—for her, taking a patient’s health history and giving them a thorough exam is like putting together a challenging yet extremely rewarding puzzle.

At home, Dr. Smith and her family have five cats—Tripod, Cinder, Miracle, Thing 1, and Thing 2—as well as a dog named Ginger. When time permits between work and family life, Dr. Smith enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, and going on missions trips. She’s been to Jamaica six years in a row to lead Vacation Bible School!

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