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 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.

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 10 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


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. 


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. 


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. 

Latte, Our Best Friend

Latte , American Pitbull Terrier

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.

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.


Bio coming soon. 

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 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. 


Marissa returns to us from a hiatus in North Carolina. She began her veterinary path as a receptionist and has re-joined our team in a more "hands-on" role as a Kennel attendant. She loves being around the animals and spending time with them outdoors. Marissa helps out wherever she is needed and she loves learning the medical aspects of our industry.