Dr. Donna McWilliams
Dr. Donna always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. As a high school student, she volunteered at several vet hospitals, and now offers that same courtesy to interested local students from Veterinary Science Academies at Lakeland and George Jenkins Senior High School and McKeel Academies in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Donna did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech, where she became fascinated with both human and animal behavior. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1993, and then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1995, focusing on Neurological Research, before pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.
After graduating with her DVM in 2002 from Virginia Tech, Dr. Donna married her best friend, Kevin. A year later they relocated to Florida, where she joined a four-doctor, AAHA-certified companion animal practice in Tarpon Springs, where she practiced until 2007. In May of 2007, Dr. Donna, her husband Kevin, and their 4-legged children moved to Lakeland to purchase My Pet’s Animal Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Donna purchased Sarasota Animal Hospital, a 2-doctor AAHA-certified practice, with her colleague, Dr. Mark Downing, who serves as the Medical Director.
Since moving to Lakeland, Dr. Donna has become involved in various community groups and activities such as the Chamber of Commerce, NAWBO, ABWA, BNI, Emerge, Leadership Lakeland (Class XXVII), Leadership Polk (Class VII), The Lakeland Rotary Club, Lakeland Business Leaders, and the Lakeland Runners Club. Donna & Kevin welcomed their daughter, Shae, into the world in June of 2009. Prior to the birth of their daughter, she was also a member of the Lakeland Landsharks (triathlon club), and hopes to pursue this interest again in the future. For now, she stays fit with HakaFitness and running.
Dr. Donna is currently serving as the President of the Ridge Veterinary Medical Association, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. She is certified in Canine Rehabilitation (physical therapy for dogs) and in Veterinary Acupuncture. She practices Integrative Veterinary Medicine, which combines Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, or TCVM, [Acupuncture, Medical Massage, Herbal Therapy and Food Therapy], with traditional (Western) Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Erin Rothrock
Dr. Rothrock has always had an interest in the unusual animals. He gained experience working with reptiles, birds, and aquatic animals while working at the Columbus Zoo during undergraduate school. This experience spurred his decision to study exotic animals. His love of the exotic pets is not restricted to medicine. He currently cares for 13 exotic pets of his own and has experience caring for a wide range of species. This experience is vital as a lot of problems that exotic pets experience are related to inappropriate care.
He studied Biology at The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science with Honors and continued his studies at the University of Illinois where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at the University of Illinois, he volunteered in the Wildlife Medical Clinic caring for sick and injured wildlife. This experience allowed him to work with native wild animals and gain more experience in the treatment of birds and small mammals as well as educate the public on these amazing animals.
His furred, scaled, and feathered companions include 2 dogs, 2 cats, a blue and gold macaw, Timneh grey parrot, 4 snakes, 5 geckos, and 2 tortoises. When he’s not working or at home caring for his animals he can usually be found on his bike, in the pool, or running around the lake. He enjoys competing in triathlons and hopes to make it to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii one day.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Ridge Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Association of Avian Veterinarians.
Dr. Price Dickson
Dr. Dickson has lived with exotic animals since she was born, joining a household that already had an Amazon parrot and a Newfoundland dog. She later added more birds and reptiles to the family! Over the years, she got to see the changes in the way we feed and care for these animals to keep our birds and reptiles healthier than ever. She moved frequently as a child, spending time in California, Delaware, and Tennessee. She was a Girl Scout for 11 years, earning her Silver Award as well as all the badges related to animals and the environment. She also volunteered at both the local animal shelter and a local veterinary clinic when she was in high school.
She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina Asheville, while volunteering at Charlotte Street Animal Hospital and working at the Highsmith student union. After graduation, she enrolled in Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and earned her Associates in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology to be a Certified Veterinary Technician. Realizing that she loved school and wanted to learn more, she then enrolled in the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with honors. During her time there, she was a Team Leader at the Wildlife Medical Clinic where she directed a team of students in the triage, care, and release of injured Illinois native wildlife. Her team helped her realize that she loves teaching, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with interested students!
Dr. Dickson moved to Florida to join the My Pet’s team right after her graduation from vet school! So far she is loving the warmth, the wildlife, and the water. At home, Dr. Dickson shares her time with three snakes and a cockatiel as well as her partner in crime! She enjoys birdwatching, cycling, comic books, indie PC games, and attending comic book conventions.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Ridge Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Association of Avian Veterinarians. She has a special interest in wildlife medicine and cares for injured wildlife that are brought to us by members of the public. She also enjoys helping people care for their pets, and will happily share tips and tricks to help your pet live their best life!