Our Staff

Chester, 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 and a member of the Pasco County Fair Board. 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.

Dr. Chet lives in Dade City with his wife, Becky and their four children; Tristan, Becca, Olivia and Lauren.

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Years in Practice:

38 Years

Education:

Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences – University of Florida, Gainesville

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – University of Florida, Gainesville


Amy Alston, DVM

Dr. Amy Alston was raised in Clearwater Florida. From a young age she always had a passion for animals. Throughout her high school years she showed hunter/jumper horses and decided she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. During her undergraduate at The University of Florida, she continued to expand her knowledge in Animal Sciences and Agriculture where she met her husband, Dade City native, Leland. She competed on the collegiate western riding team and at home team penned and learned to work cattle. Dr. Alston completed her veterinary medicine degree at The University of Florida in 2019 and her veterinary acupuncture certification at The Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. She is now a mixed animal practitioner treating both small animal and equine patients here at Dade City Animal Clinic.

Dr. Amy

Year Employed:
2019

Christina

EIA Laboratory Director, Large Animal, Technology, and Pharmacy Manager

Christina came to Dade City animal clinic after 8 years in the Marines. She currently runs our in-house USDA Certified Coggins Test Lab. Christina enjoys horseback riding, cattle ranching, traveling and reading. When she’s not at work she spends her time on the ranch with partner Bert and her horses – Little Man and Roxanne, Cats – Cammie and Bad Tax and Dogs – Mossy, Sister, Peanut, and Roanie, and of course the cows.

Christina Evans

Year Employed:
2005

Connie

Kennel Staff

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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Year Employed:
2007

Christine

Reception

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

Year Employed:
2009

Leah

Veterinary Technician

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

Leah

Year Employed:
2010

Courtnie

Veterinary Technician

Courtnie

Year Employed:
2014

Becky

Technician

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

Becky

Year Employed:
2016

Jen

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.

Jen

Year Employed:
2017