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The Animal Hospital of Ft Lauderdale opened its doors in December 1987 with two full-time doctors.
We are now a five-doctor practice, occupying a 6,000 square foot state-of-the-art free-standing facility, offering you full diagnostics, internal medicine, surgery, and reproduction services. As a fully computerized hospital, we use our complete in-house lab, digital x-ray, endoscopy, ultrasound, and two surgery suites equipped with CO2 laser to provide the highest quality veterinary medicine available.
As part of the reproduction portion of our practice, our hospital houses its own frozen semen bank and fresh/chilled/frozen shipping facility.
We provide ovulation timing, artificial, transcervical and surgical insemination, c-sections, and assisted whelping services.
Evening, weekend, and holiday emergencies are handled by The Pet Emergency Center, upon referral from our doctor on call.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr Cindi Bossart
Dr Cindi Bossart received her BS in Applied Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a 1978 graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Dr Bossart is the owner and medical director of this hospital. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and surgery. Active in breeding and showing rough collies and smooth fox terriers, Dr Bossart also breeds Hanoverian horses for dressage and three-day eventing. A frequent lecturer, Dr Bossart has presented career day programs for both elementary and high school students, and has lectured at numerous dog clubs on a variety of health related issues. Dr Bossart is the chairperson for the Collie Club of America's health committee, and has co-authored two books, "Himalayans of the 80s" and "The Magnificent Collie."
Dr Stephanie Jones
Dr Stephanie Jones is a native of Arkansas. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M in 1994 and her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida in 1999. Dr Jones moved to Ft. Lauderdale after graduation and joined the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale team in 2000. She has a special interest in surgery, especially soft tissue and reproductive. She also enjoys career day presentations to elementary schools. In her spare time Dr Jones mentors at-risk teens once a week. She hopes that her love for animals and love for her career sparks interest and helps motivate today's youth.
Dr Marilyn Moles-Carlisle
Dr Marilyn Moles-Carlisle received her bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida in 1985. A 1991 graduate from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Moles joined our practice in 1993. A native Floridian, Dr. Moles has a special interest in feline medicine, preventative medicine and client education. A frequent lecturer at career days and local schools, she is active in fundraising for her children's school. Dr Moles has written many health topic articles for local and community newsletters.
Dr Kathleen Bucher
Dr Kathleen Bucher graduated with a bachelor degree in Animal Science in 2007 from the UNiversity of Florida then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2011. A native south Floridian, Dr Bucher completed her preceptorship in Ft. Lauderdale where she developed a special interest in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and ophthalmology. Her love for medicine and sunshine prompted her to stay in Ft. Lauderdale and join our team. Dr Bucher believes compassionate care, high quality medicine, and client education are the key to developing a successful relationship between a veterinarian and a client. In her spare time Dr Bucher enjoys traveling, golfing, and going to the beach with her 12 year old Shi-Tzu, Lucy.
Dr Kim Schneider
Dr Kim Schneider received her BS in Biology with a minor in Microbiology and Animal Science from Virginia Tech in 1985. A 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Schneider joined the practice in 2000. Dr Schneider has a special interest in dermatology and soft tissue surgery. Dr Schneider has presented several career day lectures and is active in fundraising for her children's school.
Meet Our Staff
The dedicated staff at our hospital strive to provide you and your pet with an exceptional experience.
Our front desk greets both you and your pet as you arrive for your appointment. We understand your time is valuable and make every effort to keep on schedule.
Our highly trained nurses will take you from the reception area to an exam room.
Since we are fully computerized, your pet's record can be accessed from the exam room, including all x-rays and lab results. Our doctors and nurses will make sure your pet receives the highest quality veterinary care possible, in a gentle and soothing environment.
Our entire team attends continuing education lectures and monthly staff meetings to provide the best possible care for your pets.
Complete Surgical Facility
Rather than a scalpel blade, the laser uses a beam of light to cut and cauterize vessels and nerves. With the laser, there is less pain, less bleeding, and less swelling to the surgery site. Laser procedures reduce irritation to tissue, improve healing and reduce the time spent in the veterinary hospital.
Our Idexx-DRTM 1417 system delivers unprecedented image clarity and depth in just seconds, taking less time and less radiation exposure than conventional film x-ray. The ability to view fine bone detail and soft tissue on the same x-ray enables the use of fewer x-rays resulting in less exposure for your pet. With our fully computerized hospital, we can access your pet's x-rays immediately after they're taken, anywhere in the hospital.
Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within the body. The images provide valuable information which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. Ultrasound is also an important diagnostic tool to help determine pregnancy.
Endoscopy is the process used to evaluate parts of the body via video. Utilizing a fiber-optic camera, we can view your pet's organs such as the esophagus, stomach, and trachea. Endoscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool to visualize and possibly remove foreign bodies without the invasiveness of surgery. With both rigid and flexible endoscopes, we utilize this technology for a variety of diagnostic possibilities.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical therapy utilizing light energy to increase perfusion (blood flow) to problem areas accelerating tissue repair, reducing pain, and decreasing inflammation. When used with acupuncture, low level laser technology enhances the acupuncture benefits. For older pets with joint and arthritic problems, low level laser therapy has been effective in reducing both pain and inflammation in those problem areas. Low Level Laser therapy Application: Hip dysplasia, Arthritis, Muscle, tendon, ligament injuries, Acral lick dermatitis, Post surgical trauma.
Our hospital specializes in all phases of Canine Reproduction: Canine Ovulation and Timing: Through routine blood test and screening, we will determine the optimum time to breed your bitch. Breed related reproductive medicine: Different breeds may require special surgeries or diagnostic tests when it comes to breeding. We will advise whether your pet will need additional testing to evaluate fertility or help ensure conception. Insemination: Whether your bitch requires artificial, trans-cervical or surgical insemination, we can perform all of these at our hospital. Pre-natal care: During the pregnancy, we monitor your bitch's health and progress. With routing ultrasound we monitor the fetal progress and with x-ray, we determine the number of puppies she will deliver. We utilize WhelpwiseTM when appropriate. Whelping Facility: We have a dedicated whelping room and can provide whelping assistance to you if you choose to whelp your bitch at our facility. In addition, should your bitch require a c-section, our entire staff is trained in all facets of that procedure including revival of the newborn puppies. Neonatal Care: After-care of post partum canines can become very involved and result in high maintenance. We will help you prepare for potential complications of whelping; i.e. poor milk production, inattentive mothers, etc.
Complete in-house lab
Our complete in-house lab equipment allows us the capability to run diagnostic blood work, including CBC, Electrolytes and Blood Chemistry in the hospital during your appointment, aiding in early detection and diagnosis of your pet.
Frozen Semen Bank
We house an AKC certified frozen semen bank at our hospital. We will store your stud dog's semen for future breeding or for shipment throughout the US and to any number of countries that accept frozen semen. Using the pellet system of freezing, your stud dog's breeding units are stored at our facility in liquid nitrogen tanks. We have a variety of shipping tanks and can ship your dog's semen anywhere within the United States and worldwide. Certain foreign countries have strict requirements, so please consult our veterinarians to make sure you will be in compliance.
We are involved in every aspect of dental care for your pet. You will be taught how to properly care for your puppy or kitten's teeth through brushing and proper nutrition. As your pet continues to grow, we will monitor and educate you on any changes that may be needed to ensure proper dental hygiene. When indicated, your pet may need to have a full dental prophylaxis. Under anesthesia, your pet will have teeth scaling, polishing and rinsing with an ultrasonic dental scaling unit. We will then instruct you on proper after care for your pet.
Veterinary Ortho Manipulation (VOM)
Chiropractic is a health care system dealing with the relationship between the nervous system and the spinal column and its symbiotic role in restoring and maintaining health. Signals are sent out on nerves along the spinal cord. When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system does not function properly and can result in an impaired nervous function called subluxation. A subluxation left untreated, can result in bone and joint displacement, spondylosis, or joint fusion. Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulative technique employs the use of an ActivatorTM that acts as a graduated spinal accelerometer. The Activator, firing at a rapid rate of 2-4 milliseconds completes its adjustive thrust before the muscle reflex has time to resist. As such, your pet can be adjusted while standing, sitting, resisting, in muscle spasm and without sedation. The average number of adjustments for young to middle aged dogs is six (6), while cats of the same age tend to complete their cycle in five (5) adjustments. VOM is performed at our hospital by Iqlia Hungerford, A.P., Certified Chiropractioner & Licensed Acupuncturist.
The origin of acupuncture dates back to ancient China. The Chinese regularly practiced acupuncture on horses then gradually tried it on other farm animals and finally dogs, cats and birds. This form of healing work is based around bio-energy or Qi. Acupuncture serves to unblock Qi energy and in so doing boosts the immune system which aids in self-healing. Acupuncture causes the body to release endorphins and hormones while at the same time decreasing inflammation both internally and externally. The Chinese discovered that animals have similar meridians and reflex-points to humans. These meridians are the fields in which Qi energy flows. The meridians are connected with internal organs, muscular and joint structures, and the nervous system. Acupuncture points, which lie on the meridians, are areas of the skin at which the flow of Qi can be affected. When an animal is unhealthy, there is an imbalance or interference with Qi flow. The acupuncturist manipulates the animal's Qi by stimulating specific acupuncture points, which alleviates the blockage or imbalance. In addition to traditional acupuncture, we utilize our low level laser to enhance the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Acupuncture is performed at our hospital by Iqlia Hungerford, A.P., Certified Chiropractioner & Licensed Acupuncturist.