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Jessy Barnes, Veterinary Technician (CVT)
I relocated to Florida from West Virginia in June 2017 after spending nine years in veterinary medicine; over seven of which were as an emergency hospital administrator. After many years in retail management, she decided to pursue her passion for animal welfare and became lead technician and hospital administrator of Animal Veterinary Emergency Treatment in Parkersburg WV. Jessy has also been a highly sought after fill in assistant with several local veterinary clinics in the Parkersburg area. Moving to the beach with her husband, two young children, three cats and her dog has been an absolute dream come true and she is excited to be part of SARVEC team here in St Augustine.

Staff Veterinarians

Hugh McClelland, DVM
Dr. McClelland joined SARVEC in May 2014 as a full time emergency veterinarian. A resident of St. Johns County since elementary school, he survived the December blizzard of 1989 and remembers when the Jaguars were actually pretty good. He graduated from Nease High School in 1997 and received his veterinary degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After a rigorous yearlong internship in South Florida and three years as an emergency vet in Gainesville, he is happy to finally be back in “The 904” with his wife Terri, daughter Picchu, son Hamilton and their two cats, Cedar and Zambrano.

Iva Pokorny, DVM
Dr. Pokorny relocated her 2 dogs (George and Fred), cat (Garlic), and 2 turtles (Parsley and Cilantro) to beautiful St. Augustine from New York City for the beach life and to be closer to her newly retired parents. Born in the Czech Republic, she emigrated with her parents to the Bronx at age 8, where she attended high school and eventually went to New York University to study Biochemistry. She was on the track toward medical school, even working at a gynecology/obstetrics practice for 6 years, but decided her love of animals needed to be a part of her career. Her biggest influence, mom, was a zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo for the past 20 years. The house was always full of animals and she spent most of her time exploring outdoors, which created a natural love of all creatures. Dr. Pokorny graduated Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, after which she travelled Europe for 2 months before taking a position at a small animal clinic in Queens, NY. While working at this extremely high volume fast paced clinic, she lived in Brooklyn, NY in a small shoebox apartment with a great view. Although exciting, the city environment became overwhelming, and she yearned for the peaceful sunny beaches of St. Augustine, a city she once fell in love with during a road trip south. Dr. Pokorny enjoys traveling, exploring, hiking, recently long walks on the beach with her dogs, national geographic magazines, and painting.


Staff Technicians

Colleen, Veterinary Technician (non-certified)
Colleen joined the U.S. Coast Guard fresh out of high school. She then moved into the private sector where she worked her way up the proverbial ladder of success from an entry level secretary to a Senior Desktop Publisher specializing in federal government proposals. She left proposal work after 18 years and was introduced to the veterinary world through volunteering with the Washington Animal Rescue League's medical department. She fell in love with veterinary work and feels that this is where she should have been all along. Colleen has been married to Michael Smith for 15 years, and together they dote over their beautiful, and very spoiled babies...Oliver, Max, Alura, and Ari El (AKA: Psycho Kitty).

Melissa, Certified Veterinary Technician
Melissa is a true native...born in Jacksonville and raised in St. Augustine. She earned her bachelor of science degree in health from the University of North Florida in 2012. She currently works in the health care industry doing health and fitness testing on first responders on the first coast and around Florida. When she isn't helping the first responders she is helping the clients and patients of SARVEC. She started her veterinary career In 1992 working at a local veterinary hospital where she worked her way from the kennels up to being the Administrative Assistant and all the jobs in between. She enjoyed every aspect of a veterinary hospital, however, assisting in surgery topped the list of her favorite job. After working for the practice for 12 years, Melissa went on to do veterinary sales for 5 1/2 years. She started work at St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center in October of 2013 and currently works as a veterinary technician. She brings with her years of knowledge, experience, and compassion to the patients and clients that come to our facility.

Dianne, Certified Veterinary Technician
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Jolene, Veterinary Technician
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Tiffany, Veterinary Technician
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Brittany, Certified Veterinary Technician
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Natasha, Certified Veterinary Technician
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Relief Technicians
Jenny, Veterinary Technician
Jenny has been working in the veterinary field since early 2008. Although her career started in Virginia, she moved to St. Augustine in late 2012 and has been an employee at SARVEC since early 2013. Her passion for animals has always shown throughout her life.

Teresa, Veterinary Technician
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