Dr Metzler, DVM

Dr. Doug Metzler


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.

Our Management Team

Diversely skilled Credentialed Veterinary Technician with more than 32 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. She completed her certification training to become a DART instructor in 2002.

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Practice Manager


Kennel Manager

Margo’s career with animals began after having spent 21 years in Graphic Design. Her love of animals led her to disaster response, and she joined Bay Area Dart in 2005. She has had training in Large Animal Response, and is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team as well as Florida State Animal Response Coalition. Perhaps the most intense training she received was by her own pet Phoenix, paralyzed from the neck down and in need of extensive physical therapy on a daily basis. Margo joined the team at Metzler’s in February of 2016 and looks forward to many more years. She enjoys a quiet family life with her husband Tim, their son Kelsey, and two dogs Stevie and Lindy.


Lead 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. Emma attended USF initially for a degree in Social Sciences.  However, her love of animals changed her career path. In July 2011 she graduated with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Presently, Emma is pursuing a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which she plans to achieve by Dec. 2018. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family and two cockatiels. 


Lead Receptionist

Alicia was born in Indiana but moved to Florida when she was six and grew up in Saint Petersburg. She attends St. Petersburg College, and will soon be applying to the Veterinary Technician program. Alicia has been working as a receptionist with Metzler Veterinary Hospital since 2013. She has two dogs; a Chihuahua named Louie and Weimeraner mix named Deja, and she has two cats; Fluffy and Tiger. She loves animals and working with them is her passion. Outside of work she likes any activities outdoors, spending time with friends and family and her pets. 

Our Support Staff

Our Nursing Staff

nursing team

Our Receptionists


Boarding and Bathing is also On-Site

We look forward to seeing you and your pets soon.