Weston Road Animal Hospital

4585 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331





Dr. Sam Strauss DVM, Medical Director

Sam Strauss, DVM

A native of New York, Dr. Strauss attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, then completed his veterinary degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. Since then, he has been practicing small animal and exotic medicine in the city of Pembroke Pines.

In 1986, he opened Pembroke Lakes Animal Hospital, where he was the owner and medical director. In December 2005, he relocated the office to a larger facility at the current location, and renamed the office Weston Road Animal Hospital.

Dr. Strauss is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Broward County VMA, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. His primary areas of interest include internal medicine, exotic animal medicine, and animal behavioral problems.

Dr Strauss's wife Judy, is an operating room nurse. He has two daughters the elder, Jamie, earned a Masters as a Physicians Assistant in Anesthesia from Emory University College of Medicine and works at multiple hospitals across south Florida. The younger, Melanie, attended the University of South Florida and is currently the proud owner and head instructor of Kicks Martial Arts in Cooper City where she teaches martial arts and self-defense. The Strauss family shares a home with three dogs, an African grey parrot, and an indeterminate number of orchids.

Practice Manager

Amy Barron, CVT

Amy began her career in the animal industry at age 19 working with exotic animals in a sanctuary setting. Her intense love and devotion to caring for these beautiful creatures and educating others about animals fueled her passion toward veterinary medicine. She has been in the veterinary field for over 14 years. Her educational background includes a degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a degree in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College. Amy has held various management positions in a variety of customer service oriented industries. In her spare time she maintains a household of rescued exotic animals and enjoys educating the public about her animals with an emphasis on responsible pet ownership. 

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants


Melissa joins us from the Dominican Republic where she worked as a veterinarian. She is currently working to become licensed to practice in the United States. Melissa loves working with all types of animals and enjoys learning new techniques and therapies for her patients. She loves to heal and help animals get back to living their best life. 


Chris joins us in the summertime and around holidays to maintain his skill sets during breaks from college. He is studying to be a veterinarian and working with us to gain experience as he continues his learning path. Chris is quiet and gentle with all of our patients. 


Janette has recently transitioned to the veterinary industry from a corporate office environment. She hopes to gain knowledge of the veterinary industry and animal husbandry to help animals in need through rescue work in the future. She loves to spend time with patients to give them extra love and attention during their time in the hospital with us. She plans on enrolling in veterinary technology courses to continue gaining skills as a veterinary technician. 


Jessica has been in the veterinary industry for 3 years. She loves all animals and  hopes to become a licensed veterinarian working with companion and exotic species. She also has an interest in alternative medicine. Her favorite part about the industry is the variety of cases and continued opportunities to learn everyday. 

Our Emotional Support Team

Vita, Holly, Puff, and Hippo are available when needed to provide emotional support to our team members and clients. They can be seen around the hospital in random places providing cuddles, kisses, rubs and tail wags.

Client Services Staff


Margarita loves animals and has been working in the veterinary industry for the past 15 years. She was born in Colombia and raised in Miami. She shares her home with her family and 3 four-legged children. Amya is an amazing 17 year old Miniature Pinscher. She is also the proud pet mom to Mia, a poodle and Chapo, a Shih-tzu. In her spare time she likes to take pictures with her camera and spend time with her four-legged children.

Amy H.

Amy joins us from Texas, where she had worked in the veterinary field for 3 years before taking time off for her family. Her favorite part about working in the field is watching the puppies grow up. Amy loves the outdoors. In her spare time, she goes off-roading or “jeeping”, kayaking, hiking and running. She enjoys taking on new challenges in the workplace and improving her skill sets.


Dina loves to connect with our clients. Her genuine care and concern for our patients and their owners is expressed through every interaction. She always makes sure our clients needs are met and their pets have everything they need. 

Kennel  & Spa Staff

Andrew, Groomer

Andrew has been working in the Veterinary field for 15+ years. He has worked in multiple job positions at different hospitals and truly enjoys spending time with the patients. He helps out wherever he is needed, but most frequently is found with a pair of scissors or clippers in his hands. His patience, gentle nature and creativity give his grooming clientele a "spa" like experience. 


Julia has always loved being around animals. She is currently working toward going to college for a degree in Veterinary Medicine. She joined our team to get more hands-on experience with a variety of animal species and learn about basic husbandry. Julia is very attentive to our kennel occupants. She frequently takes extra walks with them and gives them extra attention and play time. 


Meigen graduated from a veterinary assistant program through her high school and is currently exploring her options in the veterinary industry. She loves the 'hands on" interactions with caring for our patients in the kennel. She provides individual attention and extra play time for all our boarders. Meigen treats every patient as if they are her family. 


 Stephanie started with us as a volunteer through the West Broward Veterinary Program. Her exceptional work ethic and care for the animals led us to hire her as a part time staff member as she continues to pursue her studies. Stephanie loves spending time with our boarding pets. She is also willing to jump in and help the technician team whenever necessary.