Our Staff

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.


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38 Years


Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences – University of Florida, Gainesville

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – University of Florida, Gainesville

Judy Case


Judy is the adopted mom of every pet at Dade City Animal Clinic. When she’s away from her work family she enjoys spending time walking at the beach with other friends and family.


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Christina Sawyer

Technology and Large Animal Manager

Christina enjoys Horseback riding, cattle ranching, traveling and reading. When she’s not at work she spends her time on the ranch with her horse, Little Man, Cats, Sausage and Cammie and Dogs, Ofa, Goose and Cheeto and of course the cows.

Christina Evans

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Rachel Johnson

Head Surgical Technician

Rachel graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Animal Science and a minor in marketing & sales in agriculture. Enjoys spending time with her husband Alex and pitbull mix Wade.


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Toni Woodward


Toni enjoys scapbooking and reading when she’s not at work. She also loves spending time with her dogs, Bo and Sunny, cats, O’Malley, Squirt and Munchkin and her horses and cattle.

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Connie Wilkerson

Kennel Manager

When she’s not a work, Connie loves to let loose pitching horseshoes or corn toss with friends. When she’s not hanging out, she enjoys reading with her canine companions Dox and Dixie.


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Christine Duncan

Front Office Manager

When Christine isn’t at work she loves to read and spend time with her family including canine companion, Spirit and Boots the cat.

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Leah Dixon

Veterinary Technician

When Leah isn’t at work she’s headed to the beach, kayaking, or a concert to see her favorite bands play.


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Jenny Hooks

Technician Assistant

When Jenny isn’t working she can be found caring for her rabbits or playing with her 4 dogs, Duke, Sampson, Fred and Sharpie.


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Jess Evenhouse

Veterinary Technician

Has her degree in veterinary technology, Jess enjoys spending time with family & friends and is a big sports fan.


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Courtnie Clark


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Tamela Phillips


Tamela can usually be found at Disney, the beach, or at home spending time with her two dogs Hippo and Winnie and her cats Nismo, Boo, and Violet.


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Becky Widner


When she’s not at work she loves riding four wheelers and playing with her son Cooper.


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Jen Norris

Veterinary Technician/Reception

Jen became a certified veterinary assistant in Feb. 2017 and is working on completing her degree to be a certified veterinary technician.


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