Dr. Leigh Samanowitz

Veterinarian - Dr. Leigh Samanowitz - University Animal Clinic

Dr. Samanowitz earned a bachelors of science degree in zoology from the University of Florida before attending and graduating from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she moved back to Florida with her husband Sam and their Sheepdog “Chloe” and cockatiel “Sunny”. Dr. Samanowitz has begun a veterinary student job program that has allowed her to mentor veterinary students across the country gain experience in the hospital setting prior to graduating. Dr. Samanowitz in her spare time loves to do triathlons and mud/obstacle runs, she is also an avid scrapbooker.

Support Staff:

Peg Gaven, Practice ManagerPeg Gaven - University Animal Clinic

I am originally from up North, NY City and Boston, and relocated to the Sarasota area 5 years ago. I have worked in the industry for 10+ years.

I joined the University Animal Clinic in 2015. My passion is knowing that we make a difference in peoples and their pets lives.

I live with my husband, Jim, of 25 years and my 4 legged kiddo, Patsy.

Melinda, ReceptionistMelinda - University Animal Clinic

I was born and raised in Sarasota. I am married to a wonderful man and we have 2 small dogs, Nevaeh and Talon.

I enjoy my job and love seeing all the fur babies that visit our clinic.

Susan, Veterinary AssistantVeterinary Assistant - Susan - University Animal Clinic

I have been with University Animal Clinic for 9 years.

I enjoy taking care of animals, all kinds, 2 legs, 4 legs and no legs! it is truly my passion.

I would be very lonely if I didn’t have animals in my life.

Kasey, Veterinary AssistantVeterinary Assistant - Kasey - University Animal Clinic

I’m Kasey and I am the proud owner of 3 large dogs, 3 chickens and I rabbit.

In addition to being part of a veterinary team, I am a dungeon master and avid hiker with my dogs, Batman and Robin.

Angelina, Veterinary AssistantAngelina, Veterinary Assistant for University Animal Clinic

My name is Angelina, I was born in Sarasota, raised in Los Angeles, CA.
I knew from a very early age I wanted to work in the medical field as well with animals, so I found a fulfilling career that puts me with the best of both worlds. I’m dedicated to the care and compassion to both pets and owners. I am the proud mama to my 4 rescued cats and my stubborn princess pit bull, Milly Moo.

Sara, Veterinary AssistantSara, Veterinary Assistant for University Animal Clinic
My name is Sara, I am 26 years old. I was born in Spokane, WA and raised in Sarasota, Fl. I’ve been working with animals for 16 years, I have a Frenchie named Yeti, and a rescued mix named Phiya. I spend my free time on my farm with my fur babies and horses.

Jessica, Veterinary Assistant Jessica, Veterinary Assistant, University Animal Clinic
I was born and raised in Cranston RI. I am the proud parent of 2 dogs; Dom and Pudge, as well as 4 cats; Claude, Vince, Georgia, and Chloe. In my spare time I enjoy gaming, reading comics, and spending time at emerson point with my dogs.

Stephanie, ReceptionistStephanie Meyer, Receptionist, University Animal Clinic
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I was born and raised in NY long island. I relocated to Florida in the beginning of 2016. I started my own dog walking business back in 2006 and have kept growing to doggie daycares and pet sitting. I have worked in the formal doggie daycare since 2010. I love working with animals and am so glad that I took the step to join the veterinary field. I can’t wait to meet your baby and help you take the best care possible.