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About Us

Established in the late 1970's, Central Animal Hospital has been serving the St. Petersburg and greater Tampa Bay community for more than 30 years. In 1979, Mark Brown began working at Central Animal Hospital as an animal caregiver in the kennel. He soon worked his way up to veterinary technician.

In 1981, Mark Brown left Central Animal Hospital to pursue his undergraduate education and his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Auburn University. Dr. Brown returned to Central Animal Hospital in 1990 as an associate veterinarian. After eight years as an associate, Dr. Brown assumed ownership on June 1, 1998. Dr. Brown and his staff are committed to promoting and providing the very best possible health care for pets, educating the community on responsible pet care and enhancing the human-animal bond.

Our Philosophy

To be an animal hospital leader that provides exemplary animal healthcare with a high degree of integrity, sensitivity, and innovation in an enjoyable, friendly environment; and to meet the needs of the local community while exceeding the expectations of our clients and positively contributing to the wellbeing of all animals under our care.

Our Mission

To promote and provide superior veterinary services in an effort to exceed client expectations in a fun, friendly atmosphere by being caring, compassionate and professional while enhancing and honoring the human-animal bond; and by maintaining a clean, attractive, state-of-the-art facility to support our mission.

Our Professional Affiliations

Central Animal Hospital is an ACCREDITED HOSPITAL MEMBER of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). To achieve this distinction, we voluntarily participated in a comprehensive evaluation by AAHA. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of a hospital's facility, medical equipment, practice methods, and pet health care management. Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary facilities in the United States are accredited hospital members of AAHA.

Click here to visit AAHA's website, While you're there, be sure to check out their Pet Care Library.


Dr. Mark Brown, Medical Director and Owner

Dr. Mark Brown and Central Animal Hospital enjoy a long and happy history together. Born and raised in Florida, Dr. Brown began working in the Central Animal Hospital kennel in 1979 and quickly worked his way up to a veterinary technician position. He then left to earn his undergraduate and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Auburn University, after which Central Animal Hospital welcomed him back as an associate veterinarian. After eight years as an associate, Dr. Brown purchased the practice in 1998.

At age 18, Dr. Brown was inspired to become a veterinarian by the care and compassion displayed by his family's veterinarian when his beloved pet beagle with whom he'd shared his childhood had to be euthanized. Dr. Brown now strives to treat his patients and clients with the same concern and empathy he experienced as a client years ago. His special interests lie in surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic), advanced dentistry, diagnostic medicine, and canine rehabilitation. In December 2005, he completed the education and examination requirements at University of Tennesse College of Veterinary Medicine's Canine Rehabilitation program and become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. In an effort to bring Central Animal Hospital's clients the most up-to-date surgical techniques to increase recovery time with the least amount of pain, Dr. Brown is now certified in an advanced procedure called TTA which is a surgical correction of an injured cranial cruciate ligament in dogs. He is also the first general practitioner in Pinellas County who performs laparoscopic surgery, a less invasive surgical technique performed for spays, ovariectomies, gastropexies, biopsies, and other procedures where rigid endoscopy can be used. He also is permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a wildlife rehabilitator. He is a three-time recipient of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to the field of veterinary medicine. He counts his graduation from veterinary school and his first caesarian section as his most memorable experiences as a veterinarian.

Dr. Brown, a self-proclaimed "country boy Florida cracker at heart," likes to fish, hunt, camp, and enjoys most water sports and traveling in his spare time. He's also currently building a diverse butterfly and moth collection. However, Dr. Brown holds his time spent being a good father and husband closest to his heart. Dr. Brown and his family happily share their home with five Boston Terriers: “Brother,” “Bruno,” “Fancy Face,” “Tiny Bubbles,” and “Kevyn.”

In Dr. Brown's own words...

"I am very proud of our hospital and veterinary team. Through the American Animal Hospital Association accreditation of our practice, and by the continuous training of our doctors and certified staff, we consistently push ourselves to be the best and to offer the highest level of veterinary medicine and care available. Thank you for letting us serve you!"

  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited practice/member
  • American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) past board member
  • American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) member
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) member
  • Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) member
  • FVMA Gold Star Award Winner 1996, 2002, & 2007
  • Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association (PCVMA) member
  • PCVMA Board of Directors 1993-95 & 1998-2000
  • PCVMA President 2000 & 2001
  • International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science (IFATS) member
  • Hillsborough Community College Steering Committee (certified vet tech program) member
  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioner (CCRP)
  • Veterinary Management Group (6) Member and Strategic Opportunities Committee Member
  • St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary Club member
  • Pinellas Animal Foundation (Past Board Member)
  • 2007 Best Veterinarian in America Nominee
  • FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Rehab. Permit Holder
  • Credentialed to administer stem cell therapy for dogs/cats
  • Advanced training at UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and arthroscopy
  • Advanced training in Tight Rope procedure

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Dr. Gretchen Sutton

Dr. Sutton joined Central Animal Hospital on Pinellas Point on April 20, 2015. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sutton is no stranger to Central Animal Hospital as she had gone through a veterinary student externship with us during the summer of 2008 prior to receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is a native of Wooster, Ohio and moved to Florida to attend Eckerd College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Environmental Policy. Dr. Sutton worked as a marine biologist for marine mammal and sea turtle strandings and rehabilitation at Mote Marine Laboratory from 2000-2005 prior to starting vet school. She so enjoyed this area with the sun, the beaches, and the water that surrounds Pinellas County that she decided to make Florida her permanent home. She is married to Geoff and they have a three year old daughter, Stella. They also share their home with three pets: Buffet, the Golden Retriever “child,” and Saki and Kirin, two devious Siamese-mix kitties. In her free time, Dr. Sutton enjoys boating, biking, spending time with family and friends, and laughing! Dr. Sutton is very excited to have the opportunity now to care for the pets in her community of south St. Petersburg and the beaches.



Dr. Kelly Long

Dr. Kelly long joined the Central Animal Hospital team in March 2017. She is a 2015 graduate of LSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that accomplishment, she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and her master’s degree in molecular cell biology from the University of Central Arkansas.

She is a native of Coal City, Illinois, and moved to St. Petersburg because she loves the area and the weather. She and her husband, Brent, share their home with six cats, two dogs and a bird. Dr. Long enjoys going to the beach, swimming, fishing, and spending time with her pets.



Dr. Jessica Abraham

Dr. Jessica Abraham joined the clinician staff at Central Animal Hospital in July 2017. She earned a B.S from Virginia Tech in Biology with a minor in English Literature and Creative Writing: Fiction. Dr. Abraham then went on to complete her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. After graduation she worked as a general small animal practitioner in Northern Virginia for 4 years. Excited to escape the traffic and D.C. hustle and bustle, Dr. Abraham then moved to St. Petersburg with her boyfriend and two dogs: Lupin (a Schipperke) and Kage (a German Shorthaired Pointer.) Her veterinary interests include surgery (soft tissue), dentistry, cardiology, canine reproduction/neonatal care, and the human-animal bond. Outside of the office, Dr. Abraham can be found spending quality time with her family, running, gardening, and stand-up paddleboarding.



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Fourth St.

(727) 521-3518 | Fax: (727) 527-7988

Pinellas Pt.

(727) 906-9400 | Fax: (727) 906-9416

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Established in the late 1970's, Central Animal Hospital has been serving the St. Petersburg and greater Tampa Bay community for more than 30 years. In 1979, Mark Brown began working at Central Animal Hospital as an animal caregiver in the kennel. He soon worked his way up to veterinary technician.