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When it comes to the health and happiness of your pet, settle for nothing but the best. That's why you should choose Animal Health Center for your veterinary needs.

The Entire Team

Dr. David Watkins


Place of study

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Champaign Illinois


Licensed since





Dr. David Watkins grew up close to St. Louis in Belleville, Il.  He completed his undergraduate work at The University of Illinois.  In his 3rd year of undergraduate work he was accepted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating in 1980 he moved to Sarasota to begin work at a large group practice.  In 1989 he realized his dream of owning his own small animal clinic designed to help pets and their owners.  He opened the Animal Health Center that same year.


Dr. David Watkins is and avid tennis player, boater, fisherman, and triathlete.  He has climbed Mt. Rainer, hiked the Grand Canyon, ice climbed frozen waterfalls in Ouray, Colorado, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.  In the winter, snow skiing is one of his favorite hobbies.  He enjoys travelling the world looking for new adventures but always enjoys returning to beautiful Sarasota.  Dr. David Watkins' wife Deborah is a national health care executive and is an avid traveler and adventurer as well.


Dr. David Watkins has two children.  His son is a certified financial planner here in Sarasota and his daughter is also a small animal veterinarian here at the Animal Health Center. Dr. David Watkins is a vociferous "Fighting Illini" fan but cheers equally for the "Gators" and the "Noles" as one child went to each school.  He currently has a Norweigen Forest cat named "Forest" and a miniature golden doodle named "Ruby".


Dr. Morgan Watkins Tiefenthal


Place of study

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine


Licensed since




Dr. Morgan Watkins was born and raised here in Sarasota, Fl.  She attended The Out of Door Academy and Riverview High School International Baccalaureate program and then attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies.  Go Gators!  After graduating from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, she moved to Greenville, South Carolina to begin working at a multi-doctor practice focusing on small animal medicine.  Dr. Morgan has moved back to Sarasota in 2015 to continue her career at the Animal Health Center. 


Dr. Morgan developed a love for all things on the water growing up in Sarasota and in her free time she enjoys fishing, kayaking, and watersports.  She also can be found on the tennis court.  Over the past 10 years living away from Sarasota, Dr. Morgan has realized there is no place like home and is happy to be back to the white sands of Sarasota. 


Dr. Morgan recently got married to her husband Chris.  They have a rescue lab mix named Skylar that enjoys the beach and boating with Dr. Morgan.


Dr. Morgan currently serves as the vice president of the board of directors for Sarasota Bay Watch and is a current board member for Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association.  She is also an active member in the Junior League of Sarasota.


Sarasota Community Involvement

The doctors and staff at the Animal Health Center have been continually involved in various philanthropic organizations in Sarasota including:

  • Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary Board Member and Volunteer
  • Pet Placement Animal Adoption Organization Board Member and Supporter
  • 1984 President of Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association
  • 2017 Board Member Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association
  • Sarasota Rabies Control Board
  • Animal Welfare Advisory Board
  • Past Board Member of Sarasota Humane Society for 14 years
  • Sarasota County Science Fair Review Board
  • Sarasota Bay Watch Board of Directors and Vice President
  • Junior League of Sarasota 




Animal Health Center

2345 Bee Ridge Road

Unit 3

Sarasota, FL 34239



941 925-PETS (7387)



Office Hours:

Monday- 8am-1pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Tuesday- 8am-1pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday- 8am-1pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Thursday - 8am-12:00pm

Friday- 8am-1pm, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Saturday 8am-11:00am

Sunday- Closed



In case of emergency call:

Suncoast Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center



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