Central Animal Hospital

Central Animal Hospital is a family owned full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Elliot R. Stetzer and his staff at Central Animal Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Central Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Boca Raton, FL and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Central Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Our Mission
Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and clients. We are committed to providing your pets with excellent care. Our staff strives to be friendly, compassionate, caring, competent and knowledgeable. Dr. Stetzer practices the highest quality of medicine and surgery. We are dedicated to client education, preventative care and open and honest communication.

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  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 9:00am - 12:00 pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergencies:
  • 561-752-3232 or 954-621-5841
  • Elliot Stetzer


    Dr. Stetzer has recently purchased Central Animal Hospital, but he is no newcomer to the South Florida scene. He owned a bustling practice in Coral Springs for many years before departing for Massachusetts. After 5 years of ice and snow, he realized the error of his ways and returned to the sunshine. He has reunited with many of his old friends/clients, and is delighted to be making so many new ones.

    Dr. Stetzer is a graduate of the veterinary college at the University of California at Davis. After graduation, he completed a two year internship at Animal Medical Center in New York, and then a 3 year residency in pathology at the Medical School at the University of Washington, in Seattle. After completion, he joined the faculty of the Veterinary School at the University of Florida, where he taught for 6 years before making his way to our community.

  • Bernadette Stetzer

    Practice Manager

    Bernadette Stetzer is the office manager and a veterinary technician at Central Animal Hospital. It is her responsibility to see that things run smoothly and efficiently and that our duties get carried out in a timely manner. She is very good at her job, and we would be lost without her. She has a lot of good experience that serves her well in the fulfillment of her tasks. For several years, she was the manager and volunteer coordinator of a no-kill shelter in the Berkshires.

  • Karma

    Office Greeter

    Karma came to us as a young feral in terrible shape. She is approx 10 months old now and has really come out of her shell. She initially was very shy and hid all the time. As time has passed she has decided that she wants to be seen. Very often she will stick her paws under the exam room doors to play with whatever patient may be in there. She doesn't even mind the dogs. Some of our boarders will play chase with her and she initiates it!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
  • Karla Montes

    Office Manager

    Karla is our front manager, she will most often be the first person you see when you walk in or the person that will schedule most of your appointments when you call. She has a background in pharmaceuticals and associates in medical assisting.  On a personal level Karla has 3 cats 2 small dogs and one daughter at home.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Olly Boyle

    Veterinary Technician

    Olly is a licensed Veterinary technician. She joined our team during the summer of 2015. Most often times you can see Olly  assisting both Dr. Stetzer and Walber with our patients. She has an extensive background in equine (horse) care and continues to follow that passion every weekend at the barn. Olly has one son , a granddaughter and another on the way.   

    Years in Practice:
    Dec 31, 2015
  • Brandon Kiernan

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
  • Melanie Hamilton

    Melanie recently move here from Hawaii but is originally from Minnesota. She has recently joined our team in the front office. She comes to us with 3 years of experience in the veterinary field and has a great deal of knowledge to assist you. Melanie has a black lab mix and one cat at home.
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  • Kathy Galli

    Kathy is a veterinary technician that came to us back in 2010 along with the building from Dr. Goby. After a brief departure this year she has returned to us. Kathy is compassionate and has a huge heart for all of the furry kids that come in our doors. At home she has one dog (she acquired from Dr. Goby) several cats (all rescued) and a husband, She is a grandmother and a free spirit that loves to travel whenever the opportunity arises.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010