Doug Metzler, DVM

Doug Metzler, DVM

Dr. Metzler was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.  As a native Floridian, he has always appreciated Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife.  As a child, he developed a love of animals of all kinds.  His mother attests that their backyard fence was never high enough to keep him confined, and he was constantly out exploring whatever nature or wildlife he could find.  This love of nature and animals spurred his desire to become a veterinarian.  While in high school, Dr. Metzler worked for a neighborhood animal hospital, thus beginning his path to becoming a veterinarian.  Dr. Metzler received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida, completed two years of graduate studies in Animal Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, and returned to UF receiving his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Metzler’s veterinary career began at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, Florida.  He became part owner, and practiced there for 18 years.  He opened his own practice in Safety Harbor, Florida in March 2003.  After 10 years of steady growth, it was time to expand.  The new Metzler Veterinary Hospital opened its doors in February 2013 in the Countryside area of Clearwater, Florida.  The 5,000 square foot facility designed by Dr. Metzler, offers a full service hospital, as well as boarding, bathing, and grooming services.

Dr. Metzler is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association, and The American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Metzler’s passions outside of veterinary medicine are his family, playing tennis, reading, and attending as many UF football games as he can in the fall. Dr. Metzler and his family share their home with two dogs and two cats.  Jax, Marley, Lily, and Coco.

Adrianne Wade, DVM

Adrienne Wade, DVM

Dr. Wade is a native of Illinois.  She relocated to central Florida in 2002, but attended college in the Midwest.  After graduation from Southeast Missouri State University, she attended University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained her DVM in 2010.  Dr. Wade has interests in nutrition, surgery, and dentistry.  When not working, Dr. Wade enjoys reading, baking, and going to theme parks.  She is a member of several local and national dog clubs and participates in confirmation competitions. She has 4 cats, 2 birds, and 5 dogs.

Leadership Team

JudyPractice Manager
Diversely skilled Credentialed Veterinary Technician with more than 28 years devoted to the Veterinary profession. Career span to include: promoting and marketing trusted and proven Veterinary Products, Services, and Standards. Veterinary Hospital Administrator, Instructor, Lecturer, Client/Patient/Staff Advocate, Community Volunteer. Judy Baum has been involved with the Bay Area DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) since 1997… more about Judy


Elaine Anthony is an Associate Professor at the St. Petersburg College School of Veterinary Technology in both the on-campus and online Veterinary Technology programs in Florida. Elaine works part time here at Metzler Veterinary Hospital, as well as at a referral hospital in Internal Medicine.

She has an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology, a Master’s in Adult Education and a certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management. Along with Elaine’s 30 years’ experience as a Veterinary Technician educator, she had worked with Nestle Purina for the past 20 years as a Nutritional Consultant, is a member of the Editorial Board for Veterinary Technician and serves on the Bayer Technician Advisory Council since it began in 2006. Elaine has a Masters Degree in Adult Education and lectures all over the country on veterinary-related topics.

Since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Elaine has been one of the original team members of Disaster Animal Response Team (DART).

EmmaLead CVT

Emma grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. She had an interest in animal care at a young age; insisting she attend every veterinary visit with her mom for the family dog and bird. Emma attended USF for five years working on a degree in Social Sciences.  However, her love of animals changed her career path and she transferred to St. Petersburg College and graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology in July 2011. She particularly enjoyed working with exotics, not just for the variety, but for the challenges they brought as well. She enjoys spending time with her family that includes two cockatiels, Chiquita and Charity.

CindyLead Receptionist

Cindy has worked in the field of Veterinary Medicine for 17 years. She worked with Dr. Metzler for 8 years when he practiced in Seminole.  She graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  She lives in Trinity with her husband David and two fur babies Faith who is a golden retriever and Eli who is a labrador retriever.  In her spare time Cindy loves spending time with her family and dogs.

AliciaReceptionist - CVT Pending
Alicia born in Indiana, but moved to Florida when she was six and grew up in Saint Petersburg. Alicia attends St. Petersburg College, and will soon be applying to the Veterinary Technician program. Alicia works as a receptionist. She has two dogs, a Chihuahua named Louie, a pit bull named Zoey, and also two cats Fluffy and Tiger. She loves animals and working with them is her passion. Outside of work she likes any activities outdoors, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family.