The Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida enjoys a roster of experienced emergency focused and qualified doctors. Veterinarians practicing at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida rotate between clinics providing expert care nights, weekends and holidays.
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Dr. Nicole Roberts’ main aspiration has always been in veterinary medicine and has found a passion for emergency medicine and preventative care. She has traveled multiple times to Central America, helping to spread knowledge of preventative medicine while aiding animals in need in less fortunate environments.
She grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and is a proud alumnus of the University of Arizona. BEAR DOWN! Leaving the desert behind, she traveled to the beautiful island of St. Kitts, attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roberts finished up her clinical year at Louisiana State University, graduating with honors in 2015. After graduation, she moved to Florida with her boyfriend, dog (Bandit), and cat (Albus) to join the VEC family. When not working, Dr. Roberts’ interests include traveling, dance, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.
The number one thing on Dr. Roberts’ bucket list is to travel the world (and go to Disneyworld as many times as possible).
Dr. Jennifer Freeman graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She spent two years practicing at a small animal hospital in Flagler Beach, FL. as well as doing part time emergency work after hours.
She then moved to Orlando to work for a busy general practice where she became interested in integrative and alternative medicine. She officially graduated from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in December 2011, and earned her acupuncture certification in January 2012 and her herbal medicine certification in 2013. Dr. Freeman now has a mobile business practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine part time, works at Affiliated veterinary specialists as their acupuncturist once a week, teaches regularly at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, and has been practicing emergency medicine and critical care part time for the VEC since 2011.
Dr. Freeman has a dog, a cat, and a horse and is an amateur dressage rider. Other hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her pets.
Dr. Jennifer Hamilton graduated from Purdue University in 2009. She joined the VEC full time in 2011. Dr. Hamilton and her husband share their home with two dogs, four cats, a ball python, a pacman frog and numerous salt and freshwater fish. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, DIY projects and watching Pittsburgh Steelers football.
Dr. Nick Hubbard graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. Upon graduation Dr. Hubbard worked in a small animal / equine practice until 1994. He is also a member of the A.V.M.A. and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Dr. Hubbard moved to Orlando in April of 1998 to begin working at the VEC.
Dr. Hunley has been an associate veterinarian with VEC since 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 where she was awarded The Hill’s Scholarship for academic excellence and community service. She also completed a year of clinical study at the University of Georgia.
Her veterinary interests include emergency and critical care medicine as well as soft tissue surgery. Born in California, Dr. Hunley has called many places home including Belgium; St. Kitts, West Indies; Ohio; Virginia; Georgia and Florida. She enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and dogs. In her all too little free time she enjoys running, hiking, photography, and discovering new and old music.
Dr. Lori Konar graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a B.S. in Biology. In 2013, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. After working in general medicine for a brief time, she decided to join the VEC. Her special interests include surgery, critical care, and exotic species (rabbits, ferrets, and rodents).
Dr. Schoeppner graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Previously she attended Florida State University for her B.S in Biology. Since graduating from veterinary school, she was working in general practice before switching to emergency medicine. She has been with the VEC since 2013.
Her special interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, feline medicine, and client education. She shares her home with three felines. She enjoys baking and outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking.
Dr. Taskeen Thariani Mirza received her DVM degree in 1993 from Pakistan. Thereafter she completed the Intensive Post Graduate Training Program at the Animal Medical Center in NY. She received the ECFVG certification in 1995 after Clinical rotations at the University of Missouri and Louisiana State University. In 1997, she completed a Small Animal Internship at LSU.
Dr. Mirza has been with the VEC since 1998. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline Practice.
Dr. Steve Schindler graduated from Penn State University in 1984 with a B.S. in Biology. In 1986 he received a masters in comparative physiology from NCSU, where he also completed NCSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Dr Schindler started a solo private practice in North-Central Pennsylvania for 12 years. He relocated to Orlando in 2004 and began working for the VEC.
Dr. Tara Starek is an Orlando native who earned a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from UCF in 2007. She moved to California to attend Western University of Health Sciences, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2012.
Upon graduation, Dr. Starek completed a rigorous internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She has continued to practice emergency medicine since then, and joined the VEC team in January 2015. In her spare time, Dr. Starek enjoys being outdoors, binge-watching shows on Netflix, travelling, and finding new restaurants to try.