Estero Animal Hospital

The Estero Animal Hospital, located in sunny Estero, Florida is a progressive general practice animal care facility dedicated to providing the community of Estero and the surrounding areas with outstanding veterinary care. Our highly trained doctors and team members are dedicated to meeting the needs of you and your pets in a friendly and compassionate manner. You will find that ALL our staff  (from kennel to reception and back) will treat your pets as if they were their own.

Please contact us today so that you and your fuzzy four-legged family members can become acquainted with us!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • M. W. Th. F. 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tue. 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sat. 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun. Closed
  • Kirk Teschke, DVM

    Veterinarian, Practice Co-Owner

    Favorite Band: U2
    Favorite Sports Team:
    What else? GO GATORS!!
    Where did you grow up?
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Are you from Florida originally?
    I am Flo Grown!!

    What school did you attend for your undergraduate and graduate studies? When did you graduate from vet school?
    I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate and graduate studies and I graduated in 1995 with my DVM.

    When did you start EAH? Tell us something memorable about your first few days.
    With the help of my business partner, Larry Scrabis, we opened Estero Animal Hospital in 2001. At the time we only had 1 other employee, Barbara, who helped us run the front desk. The biggest thing I remember was how refreshingly nice all the clients that day were. We had 5 come in that day and that we considered a good day.

    Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?

    I chose veterinary medicine because I really felt that it was a good fit for my personality. I just really couldn't see myself doing anything else. There was no other option for a career in my opinion. Veterinary school was all or nothing for me. I also really like the science of medicine and of course working with animals.

    What part of veterinary medicine do you enjoy the most?
    I have a passion for surgical procedures. Each one is different and you never can tell what kind of challenge you will face. Each procedure is a learning experience.

    If there was one thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
    That there was a cure every animal.

    How Many pets do you have and what kind?
    I have 2 animals, both shelter pets. Higgins is an 11 year old hound/terrier mix that I rescued from Lee County in 2006 and Lewey is a cat that I adopted from the same shelter earlier this year.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
    Education:
    University of Florida
    Interests:
    Soccer, Gator Football, Concerts, Spending time with my Family.
  • Larry Scrabis, DVM

    Veterinarian, Practice Co-Owner

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Jennifer Dewe-Mathews, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian

    Where did you grow up?
    New City, NY, a suburb of NYC.
    When did you move to Florida?
    I very reluctantly moved to FL in 2004, one week before Hurricane Charlie - Welcome to FL!! It has taken about 7 years for me to adapt. I do however, not miss the snow :)
    What was the last book you read?
    The Day the Crayons Came Home-(great book!)
    Name a movie you could watch for the rest of your life:
    Sixteen Candles or the Breakfast Club (Can you tell I'm a child of the 80's?!)

    What school did you attend for your undergraduate and graduate studies? When did you graduate from vet school?
    I received my Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University. I then spent two years in Washington D.C. obtaining my Masters of Arts in Developmental Biology from American University. I then moved back to the tundra of Ithaca, NY and completed my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2003. Upon graduation, I was accepted and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ.

    What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
    I joined the practice in June 2008 just prior to Estero Animal Hospital's big move to its current location. For about 2 month, I worked with Kirk and Larry in the very small clinic in the Albertson's plaza on Route 41 and Williams Road. The clinic was so small and the largest cage could only accommodate an 80 pound dog. One day, shortly after I started working there, I opened the bathroom door and a St. Bernard came running out! The bathroom was the only place large enough to house the dog that had been dropped off for radiographs.

    Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
    When I was little, all the little girls I knew were playing with dolls and playing house. I hated dolls and can recall owning one Cabbage Patch kid which my sister "adopted". I did however, have tons of stuffed animals. I would play pet store and animal hospital for hours. I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and was very driven to obtain that goal. This is truly a vocation and not "just a job". I could not imagine doing anything else!

    Do you have a special interest in vet med?
    I enjoy internal medicine (chronic kidney disease, immune mediated disease, thyroid disease, etc) and the challenges of case work up and management. I have a strong interest in feline medicine, managing the obesity epidemic in our pets, and helping owners handle behavior concerns (separation anxiety, storm anxiety, inappropriate urination).

    If there was 1 thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
    I wish that the veterinary medical association would be able to once and for all take a stand and abolish puppy mills in all states. Puppy mills are the source of the majority, if not all, dogs that are sold at pet stores. The conditions in which these dogs live is deplorable. I wish that no dog would suffer this fate and that all dogs and cats in shelters will one day find a forever home.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2008
    Education:
    Cornell University, American University
  • Marc Kanchuk, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian

  • Sherry Stokes, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Years in Practice:
    Dec 04, 2015
  • Kelli French, DVM

    Associate Veterinarian
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2016
  • Beth, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician - obtained 2008
    Practice Manager

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    I have to say that the thing I like the best are my bosses. Dr. Kirk and Dr. Larry are the reasons I am still here. I have never worked for better people. I love my job.

    Do you have any pets?
    Too many, 3 dogs, 3 cats, fish - do the kids count too?

    Goals:
    To one day own my own practice, retire at the age of 55, and travel the world.

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    Probably a dolphin. They are smart and spend all their time in the water.

    Favorite Quote:
    "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2005
    Education:
    University of New England, St. Petersburg College
    Interests:
    Gardening, Geocaching, Reading, Watercolor, Spending time with the kids
  • Danielle, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician - obtained 2013

    What do you like the most about working for EAH?
    Helping people help their pets!

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, dogs and cats.

    Goals:
    To be a good mom and a good person.

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    A Liger - It's a lion and a tiger.

    Have you heard any good jokes lately?
    Why was the apple all alone? Because the banana split!!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Education:
    FGCU, St. Petersburg College
    Interests:
    Spending time with my son, Dragons
  • Angela, CVT

    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Austin

    Veterinary Assistant


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
  • Erica

    Veterinary Assistant

    What do you like the most about working for EAH?
    The Staff. Everyone makes it a great environment to work in, they are very helpful and make every day a great one.

    Do you have any pets?
    2 cats - Ginger & Matty

    Goals:
    Helping animals in need any way I can and to turn 21 and adopt a shelter dogs!

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    A cat. They sleep all day and don't like to be bothered - like me.

    Random Fact:

    Did you know that a giraffe's heart weighs 25 pounds!!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Interests:
    Being a hermit
  • Jessica

    Veterinary Assistant

    What do you like the most about working for EAH?
    The Staff!! We have a really good time working together every day.

    Do you have any pets?
    Bandit - Lab Mix, Raiden - Dalmation

    Goals:
    Ferrari, Bugatti, Lambo

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    A snow leopard, they are way majestic!

    Favorite line from a movie:
    "Hakuna Matata" - The Lion King
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Disney! and Baby Animals
  • Jillian

    Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2016
  • Lyndsay

    Veterinary Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
  • Shannon

    Veterinary Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Taylor

    Veterinary Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?

    I love working with all of my amazing coworkers! Everyday is full of learning and laughter!

    Do you have any pets?
    Haha!! Danny, Casey, Fenway, Kaya, Brady, Frankie

    Goals:

    Become a veterinarian!

    If you could be any animal what would you be an why?
    Elephant, because they are my fav! They love to cuddle!

    Favorite Quote:
    "It's more about the journey, not the destination!" - Unknown


    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Running, Traveling, Playing with Animals, Spending time with Family!
  • Yainerys

    Veterinary Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    One on one with the animal and taking care of them.

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, 2 dogs, Smokey and Buddy

    Goals:
    To be a veterinarian in the future.

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    A White Tiger, because it is my favorite animal.

    Random Fact:
    Mosquito larvae are food for dragonflies.
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2016
    Interests:
    Animals, Painting, Drawing, Outdoors
  • Andrea C.

    Customer Care Specialist

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    Practically everything. The bosses are outstanding! I would entrust my animals to every one of the doctors, the colleagues are great, the building is superb. I do have reservations about the doorbell though...

    Do you have any pets?
    2 very ancient dogs, and three society finches who live cage free in our lanai.


    Goals: World peace, learning how to teleport!

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    A Black Vulture! I could soar in the sky for hours and hours. When I get hungry I can eat just about anything due to my super strong stomach acids!

    Favorite Quote:

    "The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal." - Aleister Crowley
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Birdwatching, photography, music, Facebook - yes, I stand by that one!
  • Cody

    Customer Care Specialist

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    Everything, the great people that work here and their devotion and
    love for what they do and their honesty with the care of the animals also seeing the clients with their pets and the bond between them.

    Do you have any pets?
    2 dogs, 1 horse

    Goals:
    To conquer life's struggles big or small with grace and strength, to respect the Earth and all living things. To not use a cell phone.

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?

    Raven to fly, dolphin to swim, horse to run and kick. If I could I would be all animals for one day just to see life's perspective in many different ways and to experience all of the unique abilities of each one.

    Favorite Quote:
    "One Stride, One Breath" ~Anonymous
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Interests:
    Travel, History, Animals of all kinds (except spiders), Music, Poetry, Art
  • Karen

    Customer Care Specialist
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 11, 2016
  • Lisa

    Customer Care Specialist

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    Our people are awesome and some very cute little babies come in here.

    Do you have any pets?
    Cooper - My best buddy (dog)
    Skyler - My sassy girl (cat)


    Goals:

    Make it to 60.

    If you could be any animal what would you be an why?
    A Bird - to soar across the sky and sit in trees all day.

    Favorite Quote:
    "Same Stuff, Different Day!"
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Interests:
    Pets, Animals, Gardening and Travel
  • Louise

    Customer Care Specialist

    What do you like most about working for EAH?

    The Owners management style. They have created the fairest and most pleasant work environment that I have ever experienced.

    Do you have any pets?
    A almost 15 year old Westie named Megan Mostly.

    Goals:
    To remain happy, healthy and productive for as long as possible.

    If you could be any animal what would you be an why?
    Human...so I can continue to watch and enjoy all of the other animals on the planet. No other animal has this ability.

    Random Fact:

    Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop but they can scoot sideways while they are perched.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Interests:
    Swimming, ATV riding and observing Nature
  • Andrea J.

    Kennel Supervisor

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
  • Ashley

    Kennel Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    I love working with all of our clients and spending time with their pets!

    Do you have any pets?
    I have 2 cats that I adopted and 2 dogs that are 14 & 15 years old.

    Goals:
    My main goal in life is to open a local animal sanctuary and get my teaching degree.

    Random Fact:
    Polydactyl cats have an extra toe on each paw!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 11, 2016
    Interests:
    Volunteering with Haven on Earth Animal League, Line Dancing
  • Katlyn

    Kennel Assistant

    What do you like the most about working for EAH?
    I love the interaction between all the cats, dogs, pocket pets and their owners.

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, a bird and a rabbit.

    Goals:

    My main goal is to become a nurse.

    If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

    I would be an elephant because I could roam around the African plains.

    Favorite Quote:
    "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2016
    Interests:
    Fishing, Sports, Reading, Fostering Kittens for Brooke's Legacy
  • Jennifer

    Kennel Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    The workers, it's always a fun environment here! :)

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, a Golden Retriever mix! I adopted her 4 1/2 years ago.

    Goals:
    To rehabilitate marine mammals, specifically dolphins or the large mammals.

    If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
    A dolphin! They are super intelligent and social creatures that are always happy!

    Random Fact:
    Octopuses have 3 hearts!


    Years in Practice:
    Aug 11, 2016
    Interests:
    I'm a student at FGCU and my major is Marine Science. -Studying, studying, studying...
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    Bonnie

    Hospital Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?
    The people, the animals, the atmosphere, EVERYTHING!!

    Do you have any pets?
    1 dog - Dixie
    1 cat - Kosta (who I got from EAH)

    Goals:
    Become a Vet!!

    If you could be any animal what would you be an why?
    Probably a dolphin, they're so fun and energetic. It's be fun to cruise through the ocean.

    Favorite Quote:
    "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore

    Years in Practice:
    Dec 04, 2015
    Interests:
    Reading, The Beach, Horseback Riding.
  • Francisco

    Hospital Assistant

    What do you like most about working for EAH?

    I absolutely love working alongside my co-workers in a nice and lovely environment in addition I love meeting new clients!

    Do you have any pets?
    Yes, I have a cat, Mika Luna and a dog, Oso.

    Goals:
    I would love to accomplish my goal to become a veterinarian.

    If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
    If i could be any animal it would have to be a dolphin because they're free-spirited and...amazing!

    Favorite Quote:
    "Life is like a box of chocolates, you'll never know what you'll get." ~ Forrest Gump
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2016
    Interests:
    I love learning about new cultures and how people interact with eachother.