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Our Doctors & Support Team at Lakeland Animal Clinic

Our team makes up for its small size with large quantities of skill, work ethic, and heart. Being trusted with your pet’s care is the highest privilege we can think of and we couldn’t see ourselves doing anything else. If you’re new to the area or just new to our practice, we invite you to peruse our bios and get to know us a little better before your first visit! Give us a call today at (863) 688-3338.

Dr. Rachel Pratt Regional Medical Director

Dr. Rachel Pratt received her undergraduate degree in animal biology and first master’s degree in animal nutrition at the University of Florida.  She received an additional master’s degree and advanced to candidacy for her doctorate degree in genetics/proteomics at the University of California-Davis.  Dr. Pratt went to veterinary school at Ross University and did her clinical year at North Carolina State University. She then received an MBA in international business summa cum laude from Louisiana State University- Shreveport and started her own nonprofit merging human and animal medicine while helping those less fortunate to receive proper medical care. Her clinical interests include both feline and canine internal medicine and surgery as well as “pocket pet” exotic species such as rodents, rabbits, reptiles, and birds.  The only animals she will not see are primates.

Dr Pratt lives with her husband and two children.  When she isn’t busy practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Pratt enjoys spending time with her family, participating in triathlons, and traveling around the world.

Dr. Patricia Kyle Veterinarian

Dr. Kyle joined the LAC family in January of 2020. She attended California State University San Bernardino, where she earned her bachelor of science in biology, then later graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Kyle was born in New Hampshire, but spent most of her time in Southern California. In 2017, Dr. Kyle and her family moved to Florida to be closer to her extended family. She enjoys traveling, making crafts, baking, reading, and spending time with family. Dr. Kyle has one silver Bengal cat named Gabby and an Island Mix named Roxy. She enjoys the human-animal bond and being able to make a difference in the lives of her patients.

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Rachel Practice Manager

Rachel joins our team seeking growth and a better opportunity within the vet field to expand her knowledge and career. She is certified in inventory management and OSHA. Rachel is working towards becoming a Certified Practice Manager. When she is not working in the veterinary field, Rachel enjoys crafting, health and wellness, creating epoxy tumblers, inventory management, and traveling. She has 2 dogs and 4 cats.

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Chrissy Veterinary Technician

Chrissy is a true local from Polk City, Florida that loves anything to do with the outdoors. Chrissy fits right in with our animal-loving team with 9 dogs of her own. Chrissy’s calm and caring nature always puts your patients and clients at ease. She loves being challenged every day and is always looking to grow and learn more about animal medicine. Chrissy enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She is also proud Nonny to 7 wonderful grandchildren.

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Laura Veterinary Assistant

Laura loves working with animals and a passionate team! This right here makes Laura a great fit for our veterinary team. Laura came to us with experience working with farm animals. She is also in the middle of pursuing her veterinary technician degree at Hillsborough Community College. Laura is a valuable part of our veterinary team. She’s always jumping in where her team and patients need her. Laura is a pet mom to two cats, Tucker and Angie. Laura and her fiancé Michaell enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

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Jeannie Veterinary Assistant

Jeannie comes to us from Rhode Island. She loves lego building, meditating, painting, and exploring Florida’s sunny beaches, parks, and museums. When she’s not here making a difference in the lives of our pet families, you can find her loving on her own pet Shorkie named Teddy.

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Kinsley Veterinary Assistant

Kinsley is newer to our great state of Florida but not new to the world of caring for animals. Kinsley has always had animals as a part of her life, from working at a boarding facility, to working on a farm, to now caring for your pets here at Lakeland Animal Clinic. Her genuine love for animals and for life comes out in her work and how she treats the people around her. Kinsley joined our practice to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field even more. Kinsley loves being outdoors exploring new places. And of course, like a true lover of animals, Kinsley has three cats, one snake, and a tortoise.
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Kirsten Client Care Specialist

Kirsten is one of the friendly voices you hear when you call our clinic. She is originally from Bradenton and admires the work ethic here at Lakeland Animal Clinic. She graduated from Penn Foster and has her Veterinary Assistant Certification. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys going to the beach, reading, hanging out, and going to Harry Potter world at Universal. She is an animal lover with 2 dogs and 2 cats.

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Heather Client Care Specialist

Heather came to Lakeland by way of Indiana when she was just seven years old. Being in Lakeland most of her life, she definitely qualifies as an official Lakeander. Heather has spent most of her professional career life in childcare but decided to jump into the veterinary field because of her love for all things animal. Heather is excited to continue learning more and more about the veterinary field every day. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her daughters, Payton, Kiley, and Lainey. Now, like a true animal lover, Heather’s house and family is filled with some furry friends. Heather has two Great Danes, two cats, and three grand cats. Heather’s goal is to be the best human she can be and to treat people with kindness.

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Michelle Client Care Specialist

Michelle is another friendly voice you hear when you call our clinic. Born in Chicago but raised in Lakeland, Michelle joins our team for her love of animals and for building relationships with clients. She graduated with a nursing degree from Polk State College. Her passion for animals starts at home where she has a mini Australian Shepherd, 2 calico cats, and a turtle. She wants everyone to know “Cats Rule!”