Compassionate Care    (561) 741-4041

Jupiter Pet Emergency & Specialty Center
A New Approach To Emergency Pet Care

Monday - Friday 5PM - 8AM
Saturday & Sunday & Holidays 24 Hours

300 South Central Boulevard, Suite A
Jupiter FL 33458

For appointments with the Specialty Services
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
call 561.741.4041 
Doctors

Dr Rachel Thauberger, DVM


Dr. Rachel Thauberger has been actively practicing emergency medicine and surgery in the area since 1994, first at the clinic she established on Northlake Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens at the current Pet Emergency and Referral Center; then in Stuart on Kanner Highway at the second clinic she established, now the Pet Emergency Clinic of Martin County.  Dr. Thauberger graduated with Distinction (Honors) from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada, in 1987.  She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. before moving to South Florida and starting a family.  She and her husband Leo have two daughters in college, Kathryn and Laura, two Labs, five cats, seven koi and assorted other furred and finned family members.  She and her team of emergency veterinarians and nurses are dedicated to providing emergency medicine and surgery for your furry family members in a manner that provides compassionate care for both pets and their people.


Dr Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists


For Dr. Carmen Colitz, every day is a blessing and an opportunity to use her veterinary skills to improve the lives of animals.

Her passion for helping animals exudes not only from her work as one of the world’s leading veterinary ophthalmologists, but also at her home that she shares with nine pets: three dogs (Tebow, Beanie Wells and Gabrielle Marguerite) and six kitties (Mulch, Lexi, Tiki, Payton, Polly and Cosette).

“My career journey naturally evolved. In vet school, I knew I wanted to practice ophthalmology, and I was inspired by the practice of cataract surgery and the positive outcomes I saw in animals,” she says.  “Since then, I have been singularly focused on improving the eye health of dogs, cats and also of marine mammals through both research and clinical work.”

Dr. Colitz earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. in Comparative and Experimental Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and 1996, respectively.  Her research involved the study of ocular embryology and molecular biology of cancer.  She became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1999. During her residency training, Dr. Colitz completed a one-year post-doctoral research project and successfully competed for a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Eye Institute.  

Dr. Colitz worked for two years at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then spent five years at The Ohio State University’s veterinary teaching hospital as a clinician and researcher.  Dr. Colitz discovered telomerase (a cancer protein) in the normal and cataractous lens, and researched the molecular biology of cataractogenesis and posterior capsular opacification (PCO).  PCO is the leading post-operative complication of cataract surgery and over the past eleven years, her research has centered on molecular approaches to prevent this post-operative complication.  She was also involved in research to evaluate lutein and grapeseed extract as well as other antioxidants in their anti-cataractogenic and anti-PCO effects.  Dr. Colitz’s additional research interests include corneal wound healing, infectious diseases and ocular cancers. Dr Colitz has written or co-written over 60 peer reviewed publications and 19 book chapters and is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
 

 Over the course of her career, Dr. Colitz has worked with numerous animal species and has performed thousands of ophthalmologic surgeries on both companion pets, marine mammals, and other exotic species, including eels.  In 2009, she founded Aquatic Animal Eye Care, LLC. Aquatic Animal Eye Care’s mission is to understand and improve the ocular diseases that affect marine mammals, penguins and fishes both under human care and in the wild. She has performed over 100 cataract extractions in seals and sea lions, allowing them to return to more productive and enriched lives. She has authored or co-authored 7 manuscripts specifically about pinnipeds and their eye problems. Other large-scale multi-facility projects are presently underway and will be published in the near future. Recently, she has also been involved in the formulation of natural supplements to support eye health in both canines and marine mammals.

In 2006, Dr. Colitz began collaborating with Dr. Terri McCalla, a fellow board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and Debby Smith, chemist and compounding pharmacist, in the development of an innovative vision supplement for canines.  The team formed Animal HealthQuest, LLC as a company dedicated to providing unique, high quality nutritional supplements for domestic animals to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners.  In 2010, Animal HealthQuest introduced its first product, Ocu-GLO RxTM, to the market.  Ocu-GLO Rx is the first ocular supplement specifically designed to meet the needs of canine eyes.  It combines 12 different natural antioxidants including grapeseed extract, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids to synergistically support canine eye health and may help slow the progression of degenerative eye diseases. To learn more about Ocu-GLO RxTM, go to www.ocuglo.com.

Dr. Colitz also worked with Dr. Johanna Mejia-Fava in the development of Eye-SEATM, a pharmaceutical grade nutraceutical specifically formulated for marine mammal eye support.  The 10 different antioxidants in Eye-SEATM support all structures of the eye in specific and non-specific ways.

Dr. Carmen Colitz is a Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity, LLC. 



Dr. Federico Latimer, DVM, MS, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Dr. Federico Latimer earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, and he then completed the first of two Master's degrees at Penn State University. He earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1984, and a second Master's Degree in 1984. He then entered private practice in Puerto Rico until 1987. The University of Tennessee recruited him to their faculty and then offered him a residency program in Comparative Surgery that was completed in 1996. He has worked on the surgical faculties at the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, Louisiana State University, and Ohio State University. Dr Latimer has published numerous scientific articles including two evaluating the pharmacokinetics of antifungal agents in horses. In addition, he authored or co-authored numerous book chapters. Dr Latimer continues to collaborate with orthopedic colleagues in order to provide the most up-to-date and modern surgical procedures for his patients. He even recently performed an innovative surgical procedure on a California sea lion. The superstar patient is doing great and is very comfortable on his front flipper!
For more about Dr Latimer and his practice, go to vetsurgicalcenter.com.

Dr. Wendy Lavalle, DVM, Practice Limited to Oncology


Dr. Wendy Lavalle developed a passion for oncology after her own dog, Nickita, a golden retriever, was diagnosed with a cancer called malignant melanoma. At that time, the treatment options available were not as effective as they are today.

After graduating from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, she completed an Oncology Internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Lavalle moved north to train in Medical Oncology Residencies at Animal Cancer & Imaging Center in Michigan and at Animal Medical Center in New York.

As a result of her own experience, Dr Lavalle has developed a wide range of interests and studies that include novel therapeutics with vaccines and small molecular inhibitors, as well as improving on the chemotherapeutic protocols that exist today.
Visit Dr Lavalle's website: http://www.hopeanimalcancerclinic.com/