Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! Whether you are a first-time pet owner or experienced in puppy and kitten care, we can help. Our veterinary doctors and staff love assisting clients from all over downtown Jacksonville, to get your furry little ones started on a path to lifetime wellness.

Free first visit for New Clients!

Your newly-adopted puppy or kitten gets an initial “nose to tail” exam on us. Just print the coupon off this website and bring it along to your appointment. Please also bring any documentation/medical records you may have received about your new pet.

Schedule this visit as soon as possible to:

  • Introduce your pet to the clinic staff and environment in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Get an early diagnosis of illness, abnormality, or congenital problems
  • Put your mind at ease about exposing your family, household, and existing pets to a new animal
  • Design a vaccination schedule for your puppy or kitten
  • Begin a parasite control program to ensure your pet doesn’t pick up any unwanted parasites


A big part of puppy and kitten care is understanding the challenges of nutrition, prevention, wellness, and training. We take that responsibility seriously, educating pet owners and answering their questions.

For example, did you know:

  • Kittens learn through play – climbing, communicating, and stalking.
  • Peak interaction with other kittens occurs at 3-4 months.
  • About ten percent of a puppy’s day is spent eating.
  • More than five million puppies are born each year in the United States. Many are unwanted. Please spay, neuter, and adopt!
  • There is so much to learn and love about a new puppy or kitten. Begin with professional care by calling us at (904) 399-5557.

Veterinary Doctor

Dr. Venkat Reddy Gutta

Veterinary Doctor

Dr. Gutta grew up in India and moved to the United States in 2002 to pursue higher education. After completing the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), Dr. Gutta attended Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his clinical rotations. Dr. Gutta also earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia (UGA).

Following his clinical rotations at LSU Veterinary School, Dr. Gutta obtained his Florida State license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.

Before beginning his career at San Marco Animal Hospital, Dr. Gutta practiced as an associate veterinarian for Banfield Pet Hospital for more than 10 years. During this time, he gained a highly sought reputation for being very personable and educating clients on their pet’s health. As an associate veterinarian, Dr. Gutta has gained extensive experience with many soft tissue surgeries while continuing to practice high-quality veterinary medicine.

Dr. Gutta joined San Marco Animal Hospital in March 2016 after his wife, Dr. Sri, decided to work part-time to raise their three children. His professional interests include wellness and preventive care, senior pet care, and nutrition counseling for both dogs and cats. Dr. Gutta has particular interests in canine and feline medicine, endocrine cases, skin cases, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Gutta is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society (JVMS).

In his free time, Dr. Gutta enjoys spending time with his family and personal pets. He especially enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming, and playing tennis.

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