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
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.
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.
Head Surgical Technician
When she’s not working, Rachel is walking or riding horses through pastures, taking care of her cattle, fishing or spending time with friends and family, including dog, Bella and cat, Annie.
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.
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.
Front Desk 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.
When Leah isn’t at work she’s headed to the beach for some kayaking or a concert to see her favorite bands play. When she’s at home she enjoys reading snuggled up to her dogs Rah and Sophie.
Jenny loves spending time riding horses or being with friends and family playing with her dogs, Sharpie, Fred, Diamond and Sampson and her adorable rabbits, Thumper, Jade and Dakota.
Jess enjoys hanging out with friends and family, including her dog Luke. When she’s not at work you’ll find her playing golf, going to the beach, playing corn toss or kicking back watching movies or a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game.