The Gulf Coast Animal Hospital (later renamed the Veterinary Hospital of Clearwater) was opened by Dr. Steadman Carr in 1958, in response to a need for a quality, full service veterinary care facility serving the greater Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor area. At that time US 19 and State Road 580 (Main Street) were just two lanes each. There was just an empty field where the Countryside Mall now stands across from our hospital. Dr. Carr's ideals were Top notch veterinary care on the cutting edge in an animal hospital where you are treated like family. Those ideals have continued with Dr. Bendit and our staff. These are just some of the reasons caring pet owners have chosen us since 1958 and why their children continue to make us their family veterinarian.
Dr. Mitchel Bendit
When Dr. Carr retired in 2005, he knew Dr. Mitchel Bendit was the right fit to become the sole practicing doctor at Veterinary Medical Hospital of Clearwater. Dr. Bendit has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of pet care. He takes great pride in cases of dermatology. Dr. Bendit feels that great sense of joy when he helps your family member stop itching and scratching, so they can lead a normal life! He loves the opportunities to meet you and help you make the best health care decisions for your family.
Lisa - Practice Manager
For the majority of Lisa's life she has been dedicated to animal welfare and that's something that is never going to change. Lisa knew she was going to have to work her way from the bottom to the top, which is why she started her career path mucking horse stalls! She went to work for Pratt and Whitney for many years, until she could no longer resist the call of the wild. Lisa followed her heart back to the career path she loved. Years of hard dedicated work helped Lisa acquire the skills and experience needed to maintain any veterinary hospital. We are glad she chose to bring those skills to Veterinary Medical Hospital of Clearwater!
Jacques - Certified Veterinary Technician
Jacques has been at our Head Technician since 2013. He graduated from St. Pete College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011 and became a Certified Technician the same year. Jacques is a lover of all animals but has a special place in his heart for cats. Outside of work he is an avid homebrewer and craft beer snob. Jacques has an eclectic range of musical tastes and loves to see live music. Above all that he is the father of a beautiful little girl that means the world to him.
Shannon - Veterinary Technician
Shannon joined our team in 2014. She has a long history of helping animals. Shannon started out as a Kennel Technician in her small hometown in South Carolina. She then worked her way up to Overnight Tech before joining our staff. She plans to continue her education and pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. Shannon is a proud owner of her dog, Roscoe, and intends to rescue another pitbull in the not so distant future.
Leo - Unofficial Practice Manager
Leo is one of our hospital cats. He believes that he is the Boss and Owner of Veterinary Medical Hospital of Clearwater! The staffs sole purpose is to feed him and brush him as he sees fit. Leo came to us as a kitten, when his family was not able to take care of him after a house fire. We were enlisted to find him a new home. We succeeded in finding him a great home in our hospital! Once you meet him you'll understand why we fell in love with him!
Millie - The Office Cat Rarely Seen
Millie was surrendered to Suncoast Animal League after he owner passed away. While volunteering there Lisa fell into her green eyes and had her heart stolen. We brought her into the hospital because Leo needed a room mate. Millie couldn't be happier living her with her BFF Leo! Unlike Leo, Millie prefers to spend her time sleeping in Dr. Bendit's office rather then be the center of attention.
Our "Feral" Cats
We personally feed 3 "feral" cat colonies with about 30 cats in total. We spay/neuter and vaccinate them. We release any that are not a good fit for adoption. We try to rescue any new kittens and place them in foster care until they can be adopted to a loving family. We work with many local rescue organizations including Suncoast Animal Rescue and Second Chance for Strays.