veterinarian opens Hamlin Animal Hospital | West Orange Times & Observer

Dr. Sarah Soltis has opened a new veterinary practice in Horizon West, and she and her staff are eager to meet and care for dogs and cats in the area. Hamlin Veterinary Hospital opened on June 27.

Soltis said she fell in love with the Orlando area and Walt Disney World — so much so that she and her husband, Justin Moorefield, moved their family to the Hamlin area about five years ago. She was also forced to open her own veterinary practice.

The veterinary hospital offers all preventive care services, such as the usual vaccinations; annual examinations, diagnostics and laboratory work; laser therapy; soft tissue surgical procedures such as sterilization, sterilization, and mass removal; and dentistry.

Soltis has hired an associate, Dr. Lori Gifford, who started on Monday. The two previously worked together at another practice after Soltis graduated from vet school.

A third partner, Dr. Tara Dworek, will join the firm in the fall after graduation. The company also has two technicians, an assistant and a receptionist

Soltis grew up in suburban Chicago and moved to Florida when she was 18 and entered the University of Miami. It was there that she met her future husband.

She was a vet tech for a few years, but aspired to go to vet school. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University.

Soltis said it had been her passion since she was 7, telling people she wanted to be a “doctor for dogs”. She has always loved animals and as a child had dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and “everything I could convince my parents to let me have,” she said.


Soltis shared a number of summer pet tips with residents.

“Be aware of the heat, of course, especially in Florida,” she said. I always tell my patients, if you’re going to be walking outside more than a bathroom break, go early in the morning or late at night. I always say, ‘Put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for their paws.’ »

Monitor the animal’s exposure to the sun. Furry animals are at risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Do not leave pets in the car, even with the window open.

Beware of storms and fireworks and storm anxiety.

“We can try to help them with thunder shirts and medicine that we can give them if they get very anxious during storms,” Soltis said. “And because this is Florida and we have hurricanes, make sure you have enough supplies.”

Microchip and register your pets.

“It’s cheap, and it’s super easy, and we can do it during a visit to the office,” Soltis said.

The company’s website also has a section called the Learning Center, which provides information and training basics for new dog and cat owners, as well as preventative care tips for the home.

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Benjamin M. Yerger