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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.

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
SUNClosed

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.

  • Dr. Ashley McNamee

    Dr. Ashley McNamee grew up near Detroit. She has lived in Sarasota since 2001. She went to veterinary school at the University of Florida. She studies acupuncture at the Chi institute. As her fiancée went to school to become doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, she has witnessed first-hand the amazing effects that acupuncture and herbal medicine can have when used in conjunction with western medicine. She took additional coursework in school and enjoys rabbit and rodent medicine. She enjoys the diversity of general practice and especially love cytology, neurology, ophthalmology and dentistry. She strives to be a partner with her clients in their pets’ wellness. In her spare time, Dr. McNamee enjoys travel, Asian movies and TV, art and riding her Segway and kayaks around. Currently, she likes to paint throw pillows with puffy paints, but she is probably going to start making candles again soon.

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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FAQ

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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Forms

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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  • We had a wonderful experience at Southgate Animal Hospital! Dr. McNamee had such a gentle touch, explained everything thoroughly and we never felt rushed. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back. (Thanks to the staff as well, who were all SO kind!)

    Stormy S.

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  • Fabulous staff and Drs. I totally trust all of them.

    Samantha M.

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  • We were visiting from out of town with our new puppy who digested something wrong! Within 24 hrs his health declined. I called a few vets that all wanted me to come in or couldn’t get me in. But Southgate gave me clues to watch and advise them once I saw the warning signs they immediately got me in. Dr. Hamilton was calm, assuring and precise. We did eventually have to do explorative surgery but we felt positive of the outcome that our puppy would come home alive! He did! We will always be grateful! And now my mom and my sister are going to start taking their pets there. South Gate has integrity and honesty! Thank you!

    Amy G.

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  • This is the best vet we've been to! Dr. Casey & the entire staff is amazing & so caring. My dog has been having problems with her paw since last May & Dr. Casey has done everything in her power to help & support us. They truly have a passion for what they do.

    Amber S.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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