Entries by Melissa

Dr. Matthew Simmons

Team Countryside since: 2005 and 2018 Dr. Simmons was of the Countryside technician team for 9 years prior to attending the Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from the University of Florida with his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. He has a special interest in large animals, and during his clinical year at […]

Dr. Courtney Payne

Team Countryside since: 2017 Dr. Payne was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and graduated with honors from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Before vet school she worked with both large and small animals as a technician. As a veterinarian, she worked […]

Canine Influenza Outbreak

There have been several confirmed cases of H3N2 strain of canine influenza at the recent dog show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. We have not diagnosed any cases at our hospital. This virus affects dogs only. Like most flu viruses, canine influenza is a highly contagious airborne pathogen. Symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal […]


Team Countryside since: 2017 Formerly a radiology technician, Shelby joins Countryside after working in doctor’s offices for 3 years after she graduated from Kaiser University. She has always wanted to work with animals and she feels like she it lucky go get a position here with us. Shelby has a strong passion for saving animals […]

No Maybes When It Comes To Rabies

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal. Wild animals in Florida continue to test […]


Team Countryside in 2001, 2012, and 2017 Denise has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She is a certified veterinary technician in Florida and North Carolina. She first worked at Countryside in 2001, returned in 2012, then again in 2017- she may have traveled away, but she always found her way back […]

Camo: A Service Dog’s Story of Love

Camo was chosen for the GSCA (Giant Schnauzer Club of America) Lady Fergie Award, presented to the individual Giant Schnauzer whose actions and outstanding achievement in public and/ or community service has brought recognition and honor to the breed. Recognized for his heroism and dedication to his owner Kevin. Written By Sharon Burns Camouflage or “Camo,” the […]


Team Countryside since: 2016 Jamie joined the Countryside kennel staff and quickly found her niche as a receptionist. She has worked in veterinary clinics for 3 years and she is so happy her path landed her here at Countryside. Jamie has an A.S. in Business Administration from Seminole State College and continues to pursue her […]


Team Countryside since: 2016 Jordan has always had a love for animals and she says her pets have received amazing care at Countryside. She joins the Countryside team as a kennel associate and laboratory assistant, she has enjoyed working with the pets and awesome staff! Jordan worked briefly at Sea World after moving to Deland […]


Team Countryside since: 2016 (previously 2013-2015) Katherine is Countryside’s international jet-setter. She returns as a Countryside receptionist after spending a year teaching in Costa Rica and working as an au pair in Italy. Previously, she has spent time in over 10 countries, including Ireland, England, Scotland, South Korea, and France. Katherine was born and raised in Deland. […]