Chester W. Taylor, III, DVM (Dr. Chet)
Owner and operator Dade City Animal Clinic, has been with this practice for over 38 years. From the age of thirteen, he worked as an assistant to his mentor and former Dade City Animal Clinic owner, Dr. H. R. Smalley. Dr. Chet graduated from Pasco High School in 1974 and after attending Pasco-Hernando Community College in 1975, went on the earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences in 1977 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 from the University of Florida, Gainesville. After graduation, he stayed on as an intern at the University of Florida in Rural Animal Medicine for one year. In 1983, Dr. Chet reunited with Dr. Smalley at Dade City Animal Clinic as an associate, specializing in large animal medicine. After over thirty years in the same location and upon Dr. Smalley’s retirement, Dr. Chet bought the practice in 1997.
Dr. Chet is a strong supporter of the surrounding communities. He is the Pasco County Fair Veterinarian, a member of the Pasco County Fair Board, one of the founding members of the Pasco County Fair Dairy Showmanship Competition and a charter member of the Pasco County Fair Dairy Committee. Dr. Chet is an annual steer and pig buyer, a Friend of the Florida State 4-H and supporter of the local high schools’ Future Farmers of America chapters, as well as the annual Little Everglades Steeplechase’s Large Animal and Jack Russell’s Veterinarian. Dr. Chet has lectured in many public venues to include University of Florida in Gainesville, Cattlemen’s Association meetings and various others. With the combined efforts of Chief Dennis Johnson, Webster Florida Police Department, Dr. Chet contributes his time and expertise to an annual rabies clinic at the town’s fire station. Dr. Chet is also sole proprietor of Bar-B-Que by Chet-the-Vet, a BBQ catering company he created to cook benefit dinners and raise money for worthy causes.
Dr. Chet lives in Dade City with his wife, Becky and their four children; Tristan, Becca, Olivia and Lauren.
Years in Practice:
Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences - University of Florida, Gainesville
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – University of Florida, Gainesville