Dr. Michal Anne Harris grew up in Toledo, Ohio, where she started volunteering at a local veterinary hospital at the age of 12. During the sixth grade she nearly drove her parents nuts, because when she wasn’t dragging home every stray in the neighborhood she was begging to go to the library to write letters to veterinary colleges asking what it would take to become a vet!
She completed her undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson College. After getting married and moving to Florida in 1991, she graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Dr. Harris was the Valedictorian of her graduating veterinary class and the winner of the Merck Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Harris (we call her Dr. Mike) began working as a technician at Wells Road Vet in 1991. After graduation from veterinary school, she worked as the associate veterinarian here for 12 years. In May of 2008 Dr. Mike purchased the practice from her long time mentor Dr. Shelton. Dr. Mike and Dr. Shelton also founded Saint Francis Animal Hospital several years ago. Saint Francis is a not for profit veterinary clinic with the ultimate goal of providing veterinary care to pets regardless of their owner’s ability to pay.
Dr. Mike's professional interests include cancer treatment and chemotherapy, internal medicine, and critical care, although one of her favorite things is just meeting and seeing everyone’s pets.
She and her husband Dave live in Jacksonville and are serious auto racing fans. Dave does high-performance automotive work for a living. Dave owns a 1986 Buick Grand National that he uses as a show car and sportsman drag car, and they often travel to attend NHRA national drag racing events. Dr. Mike and Dave are also big time Jaguar fans and proud season ticket holders since 1997, so look for them at the games!
The Harris family dogs are Weimaraners Cyclone, Tsunami, and Mo-Jo. Tsunami came from Weimaraner rescue as a 4 month old puppy, and Cyclone was a rescue from a local home at 8 weeks. Mo-Jo is the most recent addition, and was named after the Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Tsu, Cy, and Mo-Jo are sometimes spotted hanging out at the clinic, although they usually prefer to relax at home on the couch these days while Mom works hard at the office! As far as cats go, Dr. Mike has her hands full taking care of Guiness at the office. For those of you who have met him, you know he is a personality larger than life.
Dr. Susan Shelton grew up in Jacksonville. She began undergraduate studies at Jacksonville University. She completed her bachelors degree at the University of Florida. Dr. Shelton graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She had opened Wells Road Veterinary Medical Center in 1990. She obtained Board Certification in Canine and Feline Practice from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 2000. This accomplishment for companion animals recognizes excellence and awards "specialist" status to those who pass. Dr. Shelton's greatest interest lies in pet dentistry including endodontics (such as root canals), periodontics (treatment of gum disease), oral surgery, and even some orthodontics. Dr. Susie first became involved in animal welfare issues when she was concerned about conditions at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Control (ACC) following media coverage of the situation in the year 2000. She was invited to participate on Mayor Delaney's Task Force to investigate the problem in January 2001. She then served as Senior Veterinarian for Animal Control from January, 2002, until July, 2002. After July, 2002, until April, 2003, Dr. Shelton and Wells Road Vet continued providing limited on site medical and surgical services for ACC. Dr. Susie and Dr. Mike formed Saint Francis Animal Hospital, a not for profit veterinary clinic in Jacksonville with the ultimate goal of providing veterinary care to pets regardless of their owner’s ability to pay.Dr. Susie lives in Jacksonville with her husband Scott Setser and her two wonderful boys, Blake and Lucas. Even though she is semi-retired from general practice, she continues to serve as the leading force behind Saint Francis, and you may even spot her working occasional surgery days at Wells Road! She is an avid runner and a devout member of the Catholic Church. Her family pets include Autumn, a rescue dog from her days at Animal Control, and her two cats Baby Mel and Gonzo.
Michele grew up in Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi and finally settled in Jacksonville, FL in 1996. She's had a lifelong love of animals, and as a teenager Michele worked with horses at a summer camp and began the journey of becoming a professional vet tech.
Once Michele relocated to Jacksonville, she began working for Wells Road Vet. In 2001 she transitioned to working for Duval County Animal Care and Control to be the vet tech supervisor as well as the coordinator for the rescue, foster, and adoption program. In 2008 things turned full-circle with Michele returning to Wells Rd Vet as our head receptionist.
She has a passion for special-needs animals and shares her home with five dogs ranging from a 130 lbs. St Bernard mix, to a 3 lbs. Chihuahua. Michele also has what she calls a "herd" of special-needs cats and continues to occasionally take in foster and rescue animals that need extra attention. Because Michele has been able to build solid relationships with many of the foster and rescue groups in our community, she’s a great resource helping our friends and clients find pets to suit their families. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help when considering a new four-legged family member! Chances are Michele will have the special someone you’re looking for, or know of someone that does.
Michele plays a vital role in keeping our office operations flowing. Her friendly, reliable nature, strong multitasking and organizational skills, and in depth knowledge of animals, Michele is an asset not only to our staff, but more importantly, our clients.
Barbara, aka “BJ”, was raised in Lawtey, Florida. She grew up on a farm with dogs, horses, and her childhood cat. She grew up wanting to go to college to become a vet. In high school she got to shadow her local vet, and she was later offered a job within that practice.
Barbara has been with Wells Road Vet since August 2008, but has been a technician since 2002. By the time she graduated High School she realized how much time and dedication Vets have to give their work. So, she started college with an undecided major.
She graduated from Santa Fe Community College in May 2006 with an AA degree in premed. She continued with her education there and graduated with as AS degree in Radiology June 2008. Even with this degree she realized her passion was in Veterinary Medicine. She keeps her Radiology license current, but enjoys her home at Wells Road Vet.
BJ currently has six dogs; DOG, Trixi, Dixie, Fred, Barney, and her newest puppy Clutch (who she rescued from hookworm anemia at 2 weeks old.) She has 2 horses; Budweiser and Ricki, who gives her great pleasure barrel racing. BJ is currently living near the beaches, but can’t wait to get back out to the farm late this year.
BJ recently married her best friend Gabe. They plan on starting a family soon. For now, the spend most their weeks working and their weekends riding horses, motorcycles, and spending time with friends and family.
Megan Cooper was born in Akron, Ohio, and later grew up in the small town of Garrettsville, Ohio. Since she was young she's had a great love for animal, scaly and furry. At 17, Megan's High School Sweetheart, Brian, adopted their first rescue dog Louie. It was love at first site. Since then her fur family has grown. She now has two other dogs, Murphy & Sydney, as well as two beautiful cats, Brodie Bruce & Muggsy. Being greeted by them when she arrives home is the best part of her day.
After high school Megan pursued her passion for art and enrolled herself into Kent State University to study Visual Communications & Design. Her passion was put on hold when she and her High School Sweetheart Brian married. Shortly after marrying Brian he received orders to NAS JAX. Jacksonville has been their home ever since.
Soon after Megan arrived in Jacksonville she sought out a job where she could express her creative side while working with animals. That's when she decided to start a career in dog grooming. She went to Petsmart's Master Grooming Academy and became a certified Professional Pet Stylist. She later left Petsmart to work for us here at Wells Road Vet, first as a Groomer, then later as a member of our regular staff.
Wendy - I began my life in Jacksonville Fl. in October 1970 at the NAS Jacksonville Hospital. My father was career Navy. This gave us many opportunities to live in many areas of the United States. We moved from Florida in 1971 to Tenn., to Whidbey Island Wa., then to Ga. Whidbey Island was a beautiful place to live and we often visited Canada. We had great times going floundering and clamming. The aquarium in Seattle was a great place to visit, especially seeing the otters. The outdoors in the Northwest was really a great sight. Georgia was my favorite state to live in. Stone Mountain Ga. was another one of my favorite places. I loved the different seasons of the year, especially winter. My father retired from the Navy in Atlanta, Ga. We moved to Middleburg, Fl. where I graduated from Middleburg High in 1988. Upon graduation I worked in retail, as a bank teller, and as an attorney's office assistant. After obtaining my massage therapist license I worked in a doctor's office and a spa. Because of my passion for animals I decided to become a dog groomer. It is very fulfilling to help a dog look good and feel well.
I have always loved and cared for animals. I even tried to save a baby bird when I was six years old. We had friends in Washington State who had a farm and I really enjoyed the visits with the sheep, rabbits, cows, and ducks. My parents and brother also loved animals of all types. Animals have always been a part of my life. Currently our home is occupied with three great dogs, Dixie, a brindle Pit Bull/Boxer mix, Keona, a German Shepherd/Lab mix, and Zoe, a black Pomeranian.
Guiness came to us in June of 2009. He was an outside neighborhood cat and the one family that had been feeding him was moving. They brought him in to our clinic to put him to sleep because he had a large wound on his head and they were worried that no one would care for him. Despite having lived a tough life on the street, his tolerant loving nature quickly won over the staff, and Dr. Harris decided to keep and fix him. By the time his wound had healed and he had been neutered, he had made a place for himself in the clinic. Dr. Harris decided to let him stay as our resident blood donor since Latte had "retired" due to medical issues.
Guinness quickly picked his favorite spot, right in the middle of the front desk and all the action. Most days he can be found checking out the furry patients, giving a sniff to cats and making sure no dogs come too close to his bed. He loves attention and to be pet and sometimes gives a love bite in return. He has also established himself as a lap kitty, and can often be found in the receptionist laps. He has donated blood several times and has helped save the lives of several cats and kittens.
We love him dearly and are glad he is part of our office.
Latte "My name is Latte, and I am also called Tater. I love working here. It is so much fun and I get to do whatever I want! Dr. Mike does get mad at me when I help myself by opening a bag of expensive prescription food off the shelf, but I’m just trying to help out so they don’t have to feed me! I love other cats and dogs, but people are my favorite. Just look at how many come to visit me every day! Don’t be surprised if I hop into your cat’s carrier when I find it empty, I like to check out everyone else’s accommodations!
I have lived at Wells Road Veterinary Clinic for a long time now since being abandoned. I was left on the door step at the previous location back in 1997 when I was a kitten. I’ve lived the good life ever since! One interesting thing about me is that I was diagnosed with Diabetes in April of 2008 and I take insulin shots twice a day and eat a special diet. (I guess I opened up a few too many bags of food and got a little bit too fat!) I just wanted to let you know that if your cat ever is diagnosed with Diabetes you don’t have to worry, he can keep being happy and healthy."
Monday, Tuesday and Friday:
8:30 am - 6 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
7:30 am - 6 pm
8 am - 1 pm