Our Veterinarians

Treating Newberry and surrounding areas to excellent, compassionate medicine is so much more than a job for our veterinarians. They are dedicated, heart and soul, to the well being and longevity of every pet that comes into their care. In addition, they have a long history of involvement with the community, offering much-needed wellness care to pets in need. With their years of experience, diverse skill sets and a shared commitment to the human-animal bond, our veterinarians truly set us apart.

Veterinarians in Newberry: Dr. Lerman

Dr. Jill Lerman

Dr. Lerman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association.

Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Lerman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1986 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Lerman relocated to Gainesville to practice small animal medicine and surgery and has lived there ever since.

After 13 years in practice as an associate veterinarian in Alachua County, Dr. Lerman, along with Dr. Kathy Vliet, co-founded Jonesville Animal Hospital in 2003. They wanted to create an environment where they could care for their clients and patients with compassion, kindness, and dedication while offering exceptional and personalized veterinary services.

With over 28 years of veterinary practice experience, Dr. Lerman brings to her patients and clients a diverse set of skills and interests including surgery, medicine, dentistry, dermatology, animal behavior, and wellness and senior care.

From a very young age, Dr. Lerman has been following her passion to care for animals. As a veterinarian, this passion has led to a commitment to provide comfort to animals while nurturing the bond between pets and their human families.

When she is not with her patients, Dr. Lerman enjoys spending time with her husband Ray, also a veterinarian, her children, Ryan and Jenna, and the family kitties, TJ and Blaze.

Veterinarians in Newberry: Dr. Vliet

Dr. Kathleen Vliet

Dr. Vliet is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association.

She graduated from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She then completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, New York. The AMC is one of the busiest veterinary hospitals in the world, and a leader in the most advanced technologies in veterinary medicine.

After her internship, Dr. Vliet returned to the Gainesville area to practice small animal medicine and surgery. She is one of a very few veterinarians in Central Florida certified in PennHIP. In 2003, she co-founded Jonesville Animal Hospital with Dr. Jill Lerman. "Dr. Lerman and I had a vision. We wanted to create a hospital environment where the comfort and trust of our patients are as important as offering the highest quality medicine. We hand pick staff members that share our commitment to a gentle and nurturing approach to patient care."

Dr. Vliet is married to Dr. Kent Vliet, a biologist at the University of Florida. She has a keen interest in animal training. Her free time is dedicated to training her horses and dogs. "I love it, and I am always working on doing a better job and learning something new every day. I completely empathize with my clients struggling with training issues. My husband is an animal behaviorist and works primarily with alligators. If he can train an alligator to come when called, training a dog should not be so difficult!"

Veterinarians in Newberry: Dr. Davey

Dr. Bob Davey

Dr. Davey is a member of the American Medical Association (AVMA), the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association.

Born in Reading, England, Dr. Davey grew up in Washington State, attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, and graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. After graduating, Dr. Davey worked in Denver, Colorado until he made the move to Florida in 2016. Dr. Davey has special interests in oncology, pediatric and geriatric medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. In particular, he enjoys working with owners to craft the best possible plans to keep their pets happy and healthy.

When he is not at Jonesville Animal Hospital, Dr. Davey enjoys cooking and baking and exploring the great outdoors. He shares his home with two cats, a ferret, an African pygmy hedgehog, and a crested gecko. Surprisingly, they all get along very well with each other.

I could not love a place of business any more than I do Jonesville Animal Hospital. Both veterinarians are incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and loving towards the animals. The staff has some of the friendliest people I've met, and their professionalism is top-notch. The facility is large, clean, and modern, and the extended hours are fantastic for working professionals. Thank you for being so great to our dog, Charlie!


Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman are awesome! When one of my dogs was afraid of going to the vet, they worked with me to make her visits as stress-free as possible. They go out of their way to make every visit great and the facility is clean and inviting. They know me by name when I come to buy dog food and always offer to bring it to the car for me if I have my two young daughters with me.


I have had the privilege of having Dr. Lerman taking care of our animals for over 20 years.  The compassion, knowledge and attention to detail displayed in the variety of situations we have experienced is truly amazing and appreciated. It is so evident that everyone associated with Jonesville Animal Hospital has a true love of providing quality care for animals.


The staff at Jonesville Animal Hospital is always exceptional! Our beloved Border Collie, Mysti, was a patient there for 10 years, and we always felt as if they loved her as much as we did. Even after her passing they sent our family the most heart felt, loving message to console us. We think the world of the entire team! Now our new puppy, Boo, will enjoy their loving care too.


The Doctors and Staff at Jonesville Animal Hospital are top-notch. They stayed late, performed emergency surgeries after "normal" business hours, and made sure to call and update me of their status even though it was 9PM at night. I feel like they treat each pet as if it were their own, and always have the best interest of the pet in mind.


Jonesville Animal Hospital is simply the best! Our dogs have been patients at Jonesville Animal Hospital ever since it was first opened by Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman. They have cared for our whippet and our two greyhounds. The expert care, knowledge, and compassion shown to us by Drs. Vliet and Lerman and their entire team is outstanding. It is obvious that they love our dogs. 


I have entrusted the care of my three dogs to Drs. Vliet and Lerman for about 10 years and am so pleased with their practice.  I like that I've never had to deal with a waiting room full of animals; they check every patient in quickly and get them into exam rooms to avoid any "doggy personality differences!" Their support staff always make my dogs feel welcomed, non-threatened and their favorite patients of all time! 


The wonderful care provided to our three cats, at Jonesville Animal Hospital, makes me wish that they were my health care providers! Dr. Vliet and Dr. Lerman have given our cats exceptional care at every visit. They've helped us navigate behavior issues and patiently saw us to a resolution. These fine vets have put together an incredible staff, all of whom adore animals! I cannot say enough about JAH, and highly recommend them!


I recently moved to the Gainesville area, and I was thrilled to discover Jonesville Animal Hospital. My 10-year-old Lab suffers from a few health problems and I wanted to find a top-notch local vet for her. Jonesville Animal Hospital has more than exceeded my expectations. This is by far the best service I've ever received from a veterinary hospital.



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