Dr. Christian Broadhurst,
Senior Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Christian Broadhurst joined the Clay Humane in June of 2004 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Broadhurst worked part-time with our clinic for 8 years prior to completing vet school and was more than welcomed back as a member of our team of compassionate care providers. Dr. Broadhurst is committed to our mission of spaying and neutering and dedicates himself to ensuring humane treatment for all living things. He volunteers his time to several worthwhile animal causes and works tirelessly toward a goal of seeing Clay County as a no-kill county through spay/neuter and adoption efforts. He has a large family that includes not only his three adorable children, but also four dogs, seven cats, koi, saltwater fish, two leopard tortoises and a ball python!
Dr. Jessie Burgess
Dr. Jessie Burgess recently joined Clay Humane in July 2014, and is very excited to be back home in the coastal Jacksonville area. She attended the University of Florida, earning her Bachelors in Animal Sciences and Zoology in 2008, as well as Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and International Veterinary Medicine Certificate in 2012. Dr. Burgess remained at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to complete a one-year specialty internship in Integrative Medicine, including rehabilitation, acupuncture, nutrition and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Throughout her internship, she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture and further training in herbal medicines at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. She is currently enrolled in courses through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT).
Dr. Burgess is excited to provide service through medicine and surgery to the animals of Clay County. Her professional interests include wound management, reconstructive and minimally-invasive surgery, and rehabilitation and improving quality of life for geriatric and neurologic patients. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Burgess’ other passions include being on the water, spending time with her tripod puppy Penelope Grace, running, college football (Go Gators!!), and international travel, with previous veterinary trips to Belize, Zambia, Honduras, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
Dr. Lauren Blackwelder
Dr. Lauren Blackwelder joined the Clay Humane team in June 2014. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with a Certificate in Shelter Medicine in 2013, she spent a year working in Virginia before returning to her home state.
Dr. Blackwelder grew up in south Florida and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Zoology from the University of Florida prior to attending veterinary school. She is passionate about promoting animal welfare through spay/neuter and humane education. Dr. Gray has 3 animals of her own: a dog, Scout, and 2 cats, Montgomery and Otis.
- Dr. Blackwelder featured in Happy Tails News by University of Florida
- Dr. Blackwelder featured on News4Jax Riv-Fur-City Pets
Dr. Jennifer Green
Dr. Jennifer Green joined Clay Humane during the summer of 2014 as a part time/relief veterinarian before transitioning to a full time position in June 2016. Jennifer grew up in Jacksonville and earned a bachelors degree in zoology from the University of Florida. Shortly after, she transferred to Oklahoma State University where she completed her studies in Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Green spent the following year at Best Friends Animal Society providing medical care to both large and small animals. Eventually, Jennifer returned home to Jacksonville and continued to work in the nonprofit field of veterinary medicine until she ultimately found a home at Clay County Humane Society.
Dr Green’s focus is on preventative care medicine, emergency chelonian (turtle/ tortoise) care, and is passionate about working toward a no kill world through spaying and neutering. When not working, she enjoys running, reading, yoga and spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and dog, Lacey.
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