Sarasota Veterinarian | Southgate Animal Hospital

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Southgate Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Sarasota community since 1999.

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Southgate Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Sarasota community since 1999.

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Southgate Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Sarasota community since 1999.

Sarasota Veterinarian

At Southgate Animal Hospital, caring for pets is our passion.

Here, we treat pets like family. We understand how important your companion is to you — because they’re there for you through the thick and thin of life, with a wagging tail or a happy purr, and unconditional love. Our goal is to be your partner in taking care of your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing, so you can enjoy many happy years together. Come in and get to know us, and see why both you and your pet will love coming here!

Southgate Animal Hospital

2821 Bee Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34239

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MON-FRI7:00am - 6:00pm
SAT7:00am - 12:00pm
Sarasota Veterinarian

Meet Our Team

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    Dr. Casey Siljestrom

    Dr. Casey Siljestrom received her B.S. degree in Zoology and Neuroscience from Florida State University (2012) and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from University of Florida (2016). After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Sarasota, FL where she is currently the Managing Veterinarian at Southgate Animal Hospital. She specializes in surgery and is committed to continuing education and developing the most current and least invasive surgical techniques. She loves working with pets and their owners to provide optimal and pain-free medical care.

    Dr. Siljestrom discovered her love for animals early on when she visited SeaWorld at the age of four. She spent her youth volunteering at the Sarasota Sheriff’s Animal Rescue and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award designing and building two large multi-level cement waterfalls with pools for the 32 tigers housed at Big Cat Habitat and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarasota. As a teenager, she raised several snakes, large breed lizards, and even a baby opossum as pets.

    Dr. Siljestrom is passionate about mentoring young women who aspire to pursue careers in the STEM fields. As a survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma, she is a frequent speaker and a staunch advocate for pediatric cancer research. She and her husband, Colby, met at FSU and, after marrying, traveled together to UF where Colby earned his MBA. They have two young sons, Levi and Finn, a standard poodle named Jonah, and a Devon Rex cat named Petey.

  • Dr. Josie Hamilton

    Dr. Hamilton is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. After spending her freshman year of undergraduate study at Smith College in Massachusetts, she completed a Bachelor degree (major in Psychology, minors in Biology and Chemistry) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her education continued at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, she went on to complete an internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida.

    Most recently, Dr. Hamilton has endeavored to become certified in small animal veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (based in Reddick, FL). She became interested in Chinese Medicine and practicing acupuncture for her veterinary patients after an injury left her in chronic pain and with decreased range of motion in her neck. When western medicine failed to resolve the pain and stiffness she experienced, Dr. Hamilton turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture and herbal supplements have been the only thing that has given her long-term, significant relief, and allowed her to get back to the activities she loves to do. Although western medicine is the backbone of her practice, Dr. Hamilton also offers an eastern medical (or integrated western and eastern) approach to her patients for various disease processes.

    Dr. Hamilton’s special interests include Fear Free™ veterinary visits, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and acupuncture, animal behavior, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, nutrition, shelter medicine, and pathology. Being Fear Free™ certified, Dr. Hamilton is acutely aware of the stress veterinary visits can cause for patients. She takes extra care and time with your four-legged family members, as well as utilizing positive reinforcement and occasionally sedation (only if necessary), so that they have the most pleasant vet visits possible.

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    Dr. Adam Cohen

    Dr. Adam Cohen completed his undergraduate studies at Oneonta State College in chemistry in 1979. In 1982 he received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Araneta University Veterinary Institute. He completed an internship at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines before going into private practice in New York where he built his first practice, All Pets Animal Hospital. He practiced there from 1986-1997. In 1997 he was hired as V.P. of Operations for Affiliated Animal Health of NY & NJ. Following this successful venue he moved to Sarasota where he purchased and remodeled Southgate Animal Hospital. In 2003, Animal Hospital @ Lakewood Ranch was completed and opened for business. In May 2008, he completed a 3 year project and opened Ranch Animal Hospital, a 10,000 sq. ft. state of the art veterinary hospital and pet resort in Bradenton.

    Dr. Cohen resides with his wife, Dawn, four children; Ocean, Skylar, Taylor, Hunter, dog “Scooter”.Dr. Cohen is very proud to announce that his daughter Ocean graduated in May 2015 from Tufts Veterinary School.

  • Very nice office. The staff was very caring and the Veterinarian was wonderful as well. They got me on the same day and they were very accommodating. Very kind, clean, and caring staff... and it was genuine.

    Teagan P.


  • I have been taking my dogs to Dr. Cohen and the other doctors at Southgate for over five years, and I have boarded them there often when we were out of town. I have always found the doctors and staff to be friendly, knowledgeable and caring. I have been surprised at times when they called me after a procedure to see how my dog was doing. When it came time to let go of one of my wonderful dog companions a couple of months ago, they showed great compassion for me and my dog. I cannot say enough good things about them.

    Lyn B.


  • Dr. Cohen and staff were incredible. I almost had to take my cat to the ER because he had severe urinary blockage, but they said it could cost up to $7000 which I just could not afford. I was desperate and started calling around to animal hospitals. As soon as the staff learned about his condition, they saw him immediately and he was put under sedation and emergency care within minutes. I have never seen an animal hospital care so much. Every other hospital just told me to go to the ER, but not them, and it was only a fraction of the cost.

    Sam G.


  • I needed to get my dog into the vet quickly and this vet office worked with me to get her appointment squeezed in even though they were very and she was not a current patient there. I was very thankful. The vet was very nice and patient with my dog, as my dog gets very nervous at the vet's office. The vet even called me a week after our visit to see how my dog was doing. I was very pleased with the whole experience.

    Megan B.


  • All the staff at this animal hospital are so caring and loving. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Hamilton have given great care to our pets. I'm so grateful for everyone there.

    Carol F.


Clinic Resources

Your First Visit

No need to be nervous. Here’s what you can expect at your pet’s first visit…

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Have a question for us? Check our list of frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 941-312-7035.

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Payment & Insurance

We accept a variety of payment options, including Care Credit. And, we can help you with pet insurance forms.

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Save time by filling out your forms before you arrive. Use these for your first visit, boarding, grooming, acupuncture, & behavior consults.

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