Your pets mean the world to you. Guess what? They mean the world to us, too!
Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital serves the special relationship that exists between people and their pets with exceptional health care, compassion and caring service. We strive to provide the very best medical care possible while treating you and your pets with the professionalism, courtesy, and respect you deserve. We offer state-of-the-art care and client consultation services with the goal of promoting your pet’s overall health and longevity, while building a lasting relationship with you. It is our privilege and pleasure to care for our patients, so call today to learn about our services and start making a difference in your pet’s life.
Kelly Long, D.V.M.
I am a native north Floridian from a rural community in Live Oak. My family there owns and operates a multi-generational cattle and tobacco farm. Having grown up on a farm, animals have always been in my blood. In my youth I cared for dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, goats, horses and even wild fox and raccoons. Having grown up in such an animal rich environment it was only natural to dedicate my life to their care and well-being.
After graduation from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, I spent 3 years in an exclusive dairy practice serving northern and central Florida. In 2000, I purchased Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital where I have been serving our clients, patients and community ever since. My special interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, ultrasound and radiology. I have been active locally in the Volusia County Veterinary Medical Association where I served as president for 6 years. I continue to attend state and national conferences to expand my knowledge in current medicine and surgery. I strive to focus on preventative care and senior pet wellness.
I have two wonderful children, both of whom love animals. Our animal family has included multiple dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hamsters and fish. I enjoy time with my children foremost. In addition I love the outdoors, including camping, hiking, fishing, archery and shooting sports. I love the Rocky Mountains, travel, cooking, wine, music and photography. When not at work, I may be hard to find!
Years in Practice: 24
Deidre Giltner, D.V.M.
From a young age, I knew that my life would be spent working with animals. I brought my first pets’ home from my agriculture teacher in middle school under the guise that we would just be “fostering” them, needless to say we had Boots and Abe the rest of their lives. As a sophomore in high school, I began my first job as a kennel assistant and have been involved in veterinary medicine ever since.
I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida and went on to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinarian, I enjoy dentistry, preventative medicine and being a part of the human-animal bond. I have a soft spot for Chihuahuas and share my home with two, Killian and Gracie. The Chihuahuas enjoy bossing around their brother, Smitty, the exuberant German Shorthaired Pointer. Not to be forgotten is Dexter, my sweet geriatric cat.
Outside of the office I keep busy with DIY home projects, exercising Smitty, and outdoor adventures (hiking, biking, kayaking, etc).
Years in Practice: 8
Sue, Office Manager, C.V.T.
Originally from Virginia, I am a graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Blue Ridge Community College. Animals have been my passion since I was a young child and I am so fortunate to be in a profession that I really love, and am continually growing and challenged in. I have been with Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital since 1981. There have been a lot of changes in medicine and technology since then, and Tomoka Pines has continued to grow and improve with the times. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to gain many lasting friendships with coworkers, clients and their companion animals. My animal family includes two cats. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, my church, barn and at the beach.
Years in Practice: 39
Rachel, Practice Manager, Technician
I was 5 years old when I got my first pet, a big tabby cat named Sampson. It was my mission to always try to “fix” him, wrapping him up in an Ace bandage and giving him some pretend medicine, I always wanted to make sure he would stay healthy and happy. It was only natural I was drawn to veterinary medicine and when I began my career as a veterinary technician in 1996 making it my new mission to ensure everyone’s pets were healthy and happy. I have also bred and raised Ragdoll cats since 2000, most weekends you can find me at a cat show having fun with my show cats. I am very proud to be part of the team here at Tomoka Pines and look forward to helping your pets to be healthy and happy!
Years in Practice: 25
I was born in Georgia, but have since lived in Deutschland, Kansas and most recently, Florida. I have been in this field for over eight years, and I could not imagine doing anything else! I graduated from PennFoster College with an AAS in Animal Technology. I have volunteered at the Atlanta Zoo, as well as the Milford Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Kansas. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, roller derby, and playing washboard. I travel most everywhere with “The Cal Dog,” my 17-year-old terrier mix. I feel very fortunate to work the career that I do and have the knowledge to educate others in how to best care for their four-legged friends.
Years in Practice: 9
I grew up in Connecticut, but was never a fan of the cold, so I migrated south to Florida. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2019 with my Bachelor’s in Animal Science and am now continuing to pursue my career in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician. I have been working in this field for the last four years and intend to make it a lifelong career. When I am not working, I am spending my time on the farm with my horse, as that is my second passion and where I find my happy place. I love meeting and caring for new patients and cannot wait to meet you and your furry companion!
Years in Practice: 6
I am a Florida native and have had a passion for animals since I could walk. As a teen, I competed in barrel racing and enjoyed training horses. Recently, I completed a veterinary assistant certification course through Animal Behavioral College and hope to continue my education and become a certified veterinary technician. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, from patient care to client education. I love the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. I am very happy to have joined the Tomoka Pines team!
I was born and raised in Queens, New York. Growing up, I was always told that I would be either a lawyer or a doctor. As life would have it, I am neither, however, I have found my calling in veterinary medicine. I have been in the veterinary field for 15 years and have loved every second of it! In my free time, you can find my husband and I on the softball field cheering on our two daughters, hanging by the pool with our two dogs Diesel and Niko, or watching a New York Yankees or a Miami Dolphins game.
Robbyn, Technician & Receptionist
I was born and raised in Ormond Beach, FL. I grew up with dogs, cats, Guinea pigs and rabbits. I always knew I wanted to work with animals. In 2001, during my senior year in high school, I was lucky enough to get a job at Tomoka Pines. Over the years here I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many amazing veterinarians and vet techs. In 2013 I graduated from Daytona State College with my Associate’s Degree. My family includes 2 two legged children and 1 four legged child.
Years in Practice: 20
I am proud to be a part of the Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital team since August 2006. I have enjoyed working in the veterinary field since 1987. My first job in the veterinary field was in Los Angeles, California where I started as a receptionist and worked my way up to office manager. I was employed there for 10 years. I then relocated to upstate New York and assumed a position at an Equine/Small animal hospital where I performed technician and reception duties. After nine years I relocated to the Ormond Beach area where I enjoy time with friends, especially the furry ones.
Years in Practice: 33
I was born and raised in Watertown, CT. As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for animals. After working 10 years as a buyer and display manager at Howland- Hughes department store, I turned my sights to my true passion… animals! I began my career at a large 7 Doctor practice in Cheshire, CT in 1988 and the rest is history. I moved to Florida in 2010, living in the Ft. Lauderdale area until relocating to Port Orange in 2015 with my two Min Pins, Kipp and Kiwi, and my two cats Sausage and Blueberry. I’m so excited to be a part of the Tomoka Pines Team!
Years in Practice: 33
I grew up in Rochester, New York and have always had a love for animals. This love led me to attending college at SUNY Delhi to pursue my degree in Veterinary Science. I graduated in 1987 with my Veterinary Technician degree. I worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for many years, mainly as an orthopedic veterinary technician and in specialty practices. I moved to Florida in 2011 and have been working as a Veterinary Receptionist for the past 6 years. I currently live in Palm Coast with my boyfriend, Dave and my almost 14-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Bella. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing at the beach, going to the gym, listening to music, and reading.
Years in Practice: 37
I was born and raised in New York, where my family owned a 250-run boarding kennel. I moved to Florida in 1986. I was lucky to land a job at a local animal hospital as an assistant and have enjoyed working in the veterinary field on and off ever since! I have 2 amazing children and a small zoo that consists of 2 dogs, 5 cats and a spicy cockatoo named Charlotte. I am delighted to be the newest member of the Tomoka Pines family and look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Kendyl, Administrative Assistant
I was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. I have always loved being around animals ever since I was young. Every day at the hospital brings many opportunities to learn something new. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College. When not at work, I spend time with my family and friends and enjoy going to the beach. My four-legged family consists of my two cats, Maggie and Nugget and my chocolate pitbull, Blue.
Years in Practice: 6
Abby, Vet Assistant
I was born and raised in Maryland. I moved to Florida in October of 2020 and joined the Tomoka Pines team shortly after. When not working, I enjoy reading and hanging out with family. My four-legged family consists of my dachshund named Riley and my cat named Gizmo. I am happy to have joined such a wonderful team of people and cannot wait to meet all of your fur babies!
Ray, Vet Assistant & Kennel Technician
I was born in Guam when my father was in the Navy. From Guam, I then grew up in Ohio, until I spent six years in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps, I started working with animals, my first love. I have two rescued cats, Thor and Penelope, and two rescued dogs, Missy and Shadow. I am happy to be part of the team here at Tomoka Pines and look forward to meeting all your fur babies!