Clark Road Animal Clinic

Clark Road Animal Clinic, located at 5728 Clark Road in Sarasota, has been providing quality veterinary services including diagnostics, wellness vaccinations, grooming and treatment of illnesses and injuries to pets of all types since 1986. At Clark Road Animal Clinic, we understand that your pet is more than just an animal - your pet is a part of your family and we are committed to providing them the quality care they deserve and you expect.

Our approach to veterinary medicine is based on our desire to help your pet live a long, healthy life. Your pet is a vital part of your life and we are honored when you entrust us with their care. Our lifelong love of all animals motivates us to keep abreast of the latest advances veterinary medicine has to offer. From our investment in state-of-the-art medical equipment to the caring, compassionate attitude of our entire staff, we strive to always deliver the best possible care for you and your pet.

Whether administering preventative vaccinations, diagnosing an illness or treating an injury, you can trust Clark Road Animal Clinic for all your veterinary needs.


  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:
  • 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Wed & Sat: 8:00 AM- Noon
  • Sun: Closed
  • Thom A. Smith, D.V.M, Practice Owner

    Thom A. Smith was born in Massena, NY, but has lived in Sarasota since 1974.  He earned both his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees from the University of Florida.  After working independently at area vet clinics and hospitals, Dr. Smith purchased Clark Road Animal Clinic in May 2003.  Under his direction, Clark Road Animal Clinic has grown from 1 doctor and 2 employees to 4 doctors and 16 employees.  Dr. Smith's enterprises also include a local pet supply store (Sunrise Pet Supply) which is located next door to the clinic.  Dr. Smith is a member of  the AVMA, FVMA, SWFVMA and the AAFP.

    When not working, Dr. Smith is an avid Florida Gator football fan, he enjoys swimming with his son and playing with the family's Papillon, Lilly.  Dr. Smith and his wife also enjoy walks on the beach and going out for dinner and a movie.

    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 1998
    Education:
    University of Florida
  • Evelyn Andre Hansen, D.V.M

    Evelyn Andre Hansen graduated from the University of Florida in 1992 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.  Dr. Andre immediately pursued a career in small animal medicine in Sarasota while concentrating in general medicine, surgical and wellness care.  Dr. Andre has been working at Clark Road Animal Clinic since 2003.  Dr. Andre finds great satisfaction working directly with the wondering, caring clients and staff of Clark Road Animal Clinic.

    When not at work, Dr. Andre and her husband can be found playing with their two daughters, four dogs and four cats.  She is an active member of local and national veterinary medical associations, which work to establish and maintain quality animal care in the United States.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1992
    Education:
    University of Florida
  • Ian Hannigan, V.M.D

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Richard Funk, D.V.M

    Dr. Richard Funk started his post high school education in his home town of Louisville, KY.  He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science from the University of Louisville.  His dream of being a veterinarian became a reality when he was accepted into Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.  Four years later,  he received his DVM degree.

    After years of practicing classic veterinary medicine, the need became apparent that Dr Funk needed to diversify his treatment modalitites.  He became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).  Additionally, he is certified in spinal manipulation by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Chi Institute in Ocala.

    Dr. Funk serves as an employed teaching assistant and instructor for IVAS and the Chi Institute utilizes Dr. Funk as a teaching assistant as well as a course examiner.  In Sarasota, Dr. Funk treats dogs and cats with traditional medicine and surgery as well as acupuncture and spinal manipulation.  The equine practice is limited to acupuncture and chiropractic.  He is trilled to work at Clark Rd Animal Clinic and feels the doctors, staff and clients provide a stimulating fertile environment for increasing knowledge and thus advancing the quality of veterinary medicine to its highest level.

     
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1984
    Education:
    Auburn University
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  • Vanessa Bevelacqua, Office Manager

    Vanessa Bevelacqua is the office manager for Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She has worked here since 2000 and has remained a vital staff member when ownership was transferred to Dr. Smith in 2003.  Although her primary role is office manager, Vanessa will also serve as a receptionist and veterinary assistant when needed.  Vanessa really enjoys working with animals and finds her role very rewarding.  Her favorite part of working at this clinic is meeting new clients and developing lasting relationships with them and seeing her “other family”.

    Vanessa graduated from Venice High School in 1999 and attended one year at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She and her three sons, Joe, Carter and Jaxson, enjoy going to the beach, boating, baseball, football, bowling and fishing.  Our family also includes, loving and raising, five dogs, Benji, Guinness, Penelope, Lovee, and Nora; and four cats, Phoenix, Liam, Mama Mia and Shelby.  When not working, Vanessa can be found at the baseball fields, transporting kids around, pet sitting, reading, golfing or playing with her family at the beach.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1999
  • Tammy Dreyer, CVT

    Tammy Dreyer is a certified veterinary technician (CVT) at Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She graduated in 1999 from St. Pete College with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  Tammy has been working at Clark Road Animal Clinic since 2004.  She has also worked with Dr. Smith in the Sarasota veterinary community since 1996.  Her favorite part about working at this clinic is the close relationships she has with her co-workers and clients.

    Tammy spends her time balancing the responsibilities of work and home life.  Home life is busy with her children and her animal family, which seems to grow by four legs a week.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 30, 2004
  • Serissa Thompson, Veterinary Technician

    Serissa Thompson is a veterinary technician for Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She has worked at this clinic since 2007.  She has also worked with Dr. Smith in the Sarasota veterinary community since 1997.  Her favorite aspect of working at this clinic is the strong €œfamily-like€ bond that has developed among the staff members.

    Serissa earned her AA in business from Manatee Community College in 2010 and her Law Enforcement Certification from Sarasota County Technical Institute in 2008 and her AS in Veterinary Technology in 2016.  Having been raised on a farm in Sarasota, Serissa engenders a deep love of animals.  When not at work, Serissa can be found riding her horses, playing softball with her husband or at one of the many sporting events for her son, step-daughter or step-son.  Family is a very important aspect of Serissa's life and any free moments are spent with them.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1997
  • Janine Rocca, Veterinary Technician

    Janine Rocca is a veterinary technician at Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 and at Clark Road Animal Clinic since 2008.  Her experience includes internal medicine and oncology.  Janine is also interested in the areas of dentistry, surgery and oncology.  Janine feels Clark Road Animal Clinic is a “home away from home.”  Her favorite element of working at this clinic is how the doctors and staff work as “one” to go above and beyond the needs and expectations of their patients and clients.

    Originally from New York, Janine has lived most of her life in Sarasota.  She earned her BA in Communication and Science Disorders from the University of South Florida in 2004.  Janine recently married her partner of four years, Samantha, in January of 2015.  Together they have six cats and two dogs.  When not working, Janine likes to spend time with her family, travel and go to the most magical place on earth - Disney World!           
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
  • Lori Wilson, Receptionist

    Lori Wilson is a receptionist for Clark Road Animal Clinic.  Lori joined the team in 2011 and brings over 31 years of experience to her role.  Lori has also worked intermittently with Dr. Smith in the veterinary community since 1984.  Her favorite aspect of working at the clinic is the family atmosphere.

    When not working, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years, hertwo children, and two grandchildren.  She has two labs and both dogs are certified therapy dogs.  Lori rounds out her animal family with 3 cats, 3 horses and 2 cows.  Lori is actively involved in the community as a 4-H leader, having worked with youths for more then 18 years.

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 1979
  • Leanne Nelson, CVT

    Leanne Nelson is a certified veterinary technician (CVT) at Clark Road Animal Clinic. She has been in the veterinary field since 2006 and with this clinic since 2009.  Leanne graduated from St. Pete College in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  She especially enjoys the areas of dentistry, internal medicine, surgery and client education.  The team-player environment is Leanne’s favorite part about coming to work each day.

    When not at work, Leanne and her husband can be found enjoying the company of their two dogs, Reese and Brie.  Leanne also likes to play volleyball, watch movies and read good books.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2006
  • Sarah Reeser, CVT

    Sarah Reeser is a certified veterinary technician (CVT) at Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She earned her AS in Veterinary Technology in 1996 from St. Pete Community College.  She also holds an AS in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe Community College and a BA in Early Child Education from the University of South Florida.  Sarah has worked at Clark Road Animal Clinic since 2004.  She has also worked with Dr. Smith in the Sarasota veterinary community since 1997.  Sarah’s favorite aspects of her job are coming to work with her “family” every day and caring for animals.

    When not at work, Sarah and her husband enjoy spending time with their four cats, Tiki, Badger, Skinny Pete and Todd and exploring the restaurant scene in Sarasota.  Sarah is also a member of the local veterinary medical association.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 07, 2004
  • Lauren Bridgeman, Receptionist

    Lauren Bridgeman is a receptionist for Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She has worked with the clinic since 1999.  Initially employed as a full time veterinary assitant, Lauren now works part time as a receptionist.  Lauren's favorite part of working at the clinic is her family-like bond with the clinic staff, clients, and animals.

    Lauren graduated in 1996 from American High School, and earned her veterinary assistant certification in 1999 through Harcourt Learning Direct correspondence program.  When not working, Lauren can be found spending time with her husband of 14yrs, their two daughters, and their dog, cat, and rabbit.  She loves to read, going out to dinner and a movie, and rollerskating.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 02, 1999
  • Janeen Korman, Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Janeen Korman is a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) at Clark Road Animal Clinic.  She has been working in the Veterinary field since 2013.  Janeen's interests include laser therapy treatment, client education and surgical procedures here at the clinic.  Janeen enjoys the "team" based atmosphere at Clark Road Animal Clinic.

    Janeen and her husband live in Venice with their five cats and a dog.  She is dedicated to saving and caring for all animals.  When not working, Janeen enjoys gardening, cooking, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    SCTI