At Forest Lakes Animal Clinic, we take great pride in our team of highly trained veterinarians and veterinary professionals. Our team delivers stellar, compassionate and comprehensive care to your pet every time you visit. Our animal clinic feels a distinct sense of pride that comes with serving pets and patients in the great state of Florida!
Our veterinary hospital is committed to high-quality care, and an individualized approach to the exact needs and wants of your pet.
Dr. Small is a native of Philadelphia and a proud graduate of The Penn State University (1988) and The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (1992). Dr. Small’s passion, love, and respect for animals began at an early age when his Dad exposed him to the sport of sled dog racing. Learning to breed and treat his Siberian Husky dogs further nurtured his interest to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In 1996, Dr. Small followed his family to Sarasota, and he has been a member of the community ever since.
Most recently, Dr. Small realized his dream of practice ownership with the purchase of Forest Lakes Animal Clinic (FLAC) after 10 years of employment at his Lakewood Ranch practice.
Dr. Small is an accomplished veterinary surgeon and enjoys treating challenging cases such as cancer and tumor management, dentistry services, allergic skin diseases, and diseases of the urinary tract.
Dr. Small also enjoys research and is the consulting veterinarian for The Roskamp Institute in Sarasota; a world leader in drug discovery and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, Dr. Small is the medical director for Donte’s Den Foundation; the premier canine pet sanctuary caring for homeless dogs.
Dr. Small is happily married and resides in Lakewood Ranch with his wife Alli and daughters Sophia (17) and Ava (13). His pet family includes 2 Shetland Sheepdogs (Sadie and Carmine), a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit (Mr. Bun), a Chinchilla (Ms. Chin), and Freddy the Betta fish.
He is looking forward to meeting all of Dr “K’s” wonderful clients and pets and also welcomes his previous Lakewood Ranch clients.
I graduated from the University of Illinois vet school in 1996 and practiced small animal medicine and surgery at several clinics in the Midwest and Georgia in a wide range of practice types from busy city practices to rural (but still very busy!) practices. One thing that never changes is the celebration of the human-animal bond and the joy that comes from working with great owners who want the best care for their beloved pets. I enjoy challenging medical cases, oncology diagnostics, and surgery.
Before becoming a vet, I raised Borzois, competing in field trials. Although no longer active in dog sports, this involvement has led to an ongoing interest in canine sports medicine and performance dog wellness. To help responsible breeders produce healthy sound animals, I can assist with genetic testing including blood tests for heritable defects and radiology to assess for structural defects, progesterone testing, and other reproductive services.
I live in Sarasota with my husband, elderly Borzoi, and Lady Gouldian finches.
Dr. Mac Griffin, the newest member of the Forest Lakes team, grew up in a military family which allow him to live in numerous place in the United States and Europe. Dr. Griffin graduated from Colorado State University with an undergraduate degree in microbiology then remained at Colorado State to finish with as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Griffin practiced primarily in the Denver Colorado area. He is the former owner of two practices. Dr. Griffin served on the executive board for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and on the executive board for several nonprofit animal rescue organizations. Janice, Dr. Griffin’s wife is excited to be joining him in Sarasota with all it has to offer. They are the proud pet parents of Priya, a Black Russian Terrier, and Evan, a rescued Golden Retriever. Dr. Griffin’s areas of special interest include dentistry and surgery. He is hoping to continue to add new services to the already outstanding at FLAC.
Dr. Rill, as many refer to him as Dr. Bob, has had an impressive and award-winning career in the Veterinary profession. He was born and raised in Lancaster, Pa. He is a graduate of the Univerisity of Deleware and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical School. Dr. Rill initially started his first veterinary hospital in Carlisle, Pa. After 13 years of small and exotic pet practice, he and his family and numerous pets moved to Sarasota, Fl. where he continued working as a Veterinary Relief Practioner until it became apparent that Dr. Rill would once again purchase his next veterinary hospital (University Animal Clinic).
Dr. Rill was one of the 3400 veterinarians in the United States to receive his AAHA accreditation. He also received numerous awards including being voted the “Best Veterinarian of the Suncoast”, #1 Veterinarian in Sarasota County by the “Peoples Choice” for 3 different years. He was the first veterinarian in the Sarasota, Manatee counties to be nominated for the “Small Business of the year award” where he became one of the top 10 finalists. Dr. Rill became the Veterinary Medical Director for the Sarasota Kennel Club where he handled over 500 greyhounds daily during the racing season. He is also known for his community contributions by giving his educational expertise via monthly publications in “Suncoast Pets”.
After the sale of his last practice, University Animal Clinic, he returned to his Veterinary Relief Services with full-time scheduling. Dr. Rill's hobbies are wildlife photography, scuba diving, and family travel, to name a few. Dr. Rill is happy to be joining Dr. Small and the Forest Lake Animal Hospital where he continues to use his expertise in Veterinary Medicine.