Dr. Sam Strauss DVM, Medical Director
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 Steve's House of Karate 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.
Colleen is a avid outdoor adventurer. She grew up enjoying nature and observing animals. This directed her career path into veterinary medicine. She has been gaining experience in all facets of veterinary medicine for the past seven years. She loves assisting in surgery and watching over our patients during anesthetic procedures and recovery. She takes extra special care to make sure our patients are warm, padded and comfortable before, during and after their procedures. Colleen also enjoys working with all types of animals. She is a pet parent to several different species including a dog, cat, and two types of snakes.
Kelsey has worked with all kinds of animals, big and small. She volunteers her time as an animal advocate working with different agencies to help stop animal neglect and abuse. Her slow approach and gentle touch help our patients feel comfortable and safe at each visit. She is continuously working to increase her skill sets as a veterinary technician.
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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.
Chris enjoys opportunities to work hands-on with the patients. He believes that every task has a lesson and enjoys learning. He owns and cares for a variety of reptile species in his spare time and continuously researches conservation issues, best reptile husbandry practices and information on captive animal enrichment.
Latte, Our Best Friend
Born in 1996, Latte is a red-nosed American Pitbull Terrier. Originally adopted as our office guard dog, she was quickly promoted to blood donor. She had a blood type which is transfusable to all dogs of differing blood types. Latte saved numerous dogs in their desperate time of need.
We at Weston Road Animal Hospital as well as the Strauss family were deeply saddened by the loss. Latte will be sorely missed by us and all those who were lucky enough to be touched by her presence.
A sincere thank you from those who were saved by your blood transfusions.
LATTE WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!
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.
Andres is an avid animal lover. He has worked in several other customer service industries, but has always wanted to work with animals. He especially loves small exotic pets and has provided a permanent home for several sugar gliders and a bunny. He loves to greet each patient as they come in the door and loves to see them go home healthy and happy.
Andrea joins us from the pet retail industry. She has always loved animals and wants to gain experience in the veterinary medicine. She loves to engage with clients and listen to stories about their pets. Her favorite part of the job is watching patients arrive with an excited expression and wagging tail and they come through the door. Andrea has one four-legged family member named Pinto, a chihuahua mix.
Kennel & Spa Staff
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 school 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.
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.