New animal hospital to open off Racetrack Road


A new, low-cost small animal facility is opening off Racetrack Road, one mile west of U.S. Route 1, in late August.

Durbin Creek Animal Hospital will offer personalized medicine tailored to the individual needs of pets. The hospital will not offer boarding or grooming initially but can refer patients directly to trusted partners. The hospital is convenient to the neighborhoods of Nocatee, Palm Valley, Bartram Springs and Country Road 210.

Hospital founder Dr. Hugh McClelland grew up locally in Fruit Cove and attended Nease High School, graduating as a National Merit finalist. He first attended Wabash College and later the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with honors in 2010.  Following internship training in South Florida, McClelland spent seven years as a full time ER vet treating thousands of animal emergencies. He has treated animals experiencing black bear attacks, gunshot wounds, swallowed fishing hooks, ingested drugs and poisonous plants, smoke inhalation and car accidents.

McClelland believes quality, decent and affordable veterinary care should be available to every animal. For years he has envisioned a small, friendly local clinic where anyone could bring their pets to see the doctor for reliably honest, compassionate and expert veterinary care.

Follow Durbin Creek Animal Hospital on Facebook for upcoming meet the Doc and Facility Tour events, as well as the grand opening celebration.