She puts pigs on weight-loss plans, ropes and sedates donkeys, treats kangaroos, and bottle-feeds a rhinoceros named Valentino. When it comes to veterinary services, Dr. Ariel Smith can do it all (dogs and cats, too!), and her mobile practice makes it easy for patients of all species, large and small, to get the care and treatment they need in the comfort of their own environment.
A native of Lake Mary and a graduate of Lake Mary High School and the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Smith founded Advanced Mobile Vet to provide her patients and their owners convenient access to a wide range of veterinary services – all from the bed of her white pickup truck.
“I travel with the majority of necessary medications, diagnostic equipment including radiograph and ultrasound, and lab equipment,” Dr. Smith says. “Most importantly, I can perform all exams and diagnostic tests where the animal is most comfortable, whether it be in your home or in the field or stable, eliminating the stress of a traditional veterinary clinic visit.”
This individualized care allows Dr. Smith to establish personal relationships with her clients and deliver compassionate care to their animals and pets.
“Sometimes bringing an animal into a clinic is not in the patient’s or owner’s best interest, especially for fearful, aggressive, or very-sick pets, or in a multi-pet household,” she says. “We also accept emergency after-hours calls for established patients.”
A lifelong, accomplished equestrian, Dr. Smith is passionate about equine care and sports medicine, and she also understands the importance of client education.
“Part of my care plan includes educating clients so they understand the why and how of my treatment recommendations and prescribed medications,” says Dr. Smith. “Educated clients equal healthier patients, and that’s our number-one goal.”
And in the spirit of education, Dr. Smith reminds pet owners that the fall and winter holidays are not a good reason to feed animals treats that may leave them feeling less than jolly.
“We see many pancreatitis episodes from pets ingesting Thanksgiving leftovers or eating chocolate left under the Christmas tree,” Dr. Smith says. “While humans love these delicious treats, they’re not good for our pets.”
To learn more about Advanced Mobile Vet’s services or to schedule an appointment, call 407-404-4714 or visit AdvancedMobileVet.com.