Veterinarians

Steven Groves, DVM

Dr. Steven Groves is a native of Charlotte County and has had a lifelong love for animals. Dr. Groves attended the University of Florida and received his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Sciences with an Animal Biology Specialization, graduating with honors in 2002. He continued his education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2005.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Groves also serves as the President of the Charlotte County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Groves has had extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency hospitals, private veterinary practice and community animal shelter programs. He is particularly charismatic about orthopedic surgery. In fact, Dr. Groves is the only veterinarian in Charlotte County licensed to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, a surgical procedure to correct torn cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs. He has completed courses in advanced techniques in small animal fracture management through AO North America, an organization at the forefront of trauma and musculoskeletal surgery in both human and animal medicine.

During college and throughout his career, Dr. Groves has made community involvement a priority. Dr. Groves promotes and attends several community service functions including events to support Englewood Animal Rescue and The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. Dr. Groves played an integral role in the establishment of the first spay and neuter program now available at The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. He works closely with local rescue organizations, offering care to foster animals that may otherwise go untreated.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Groves enjoys scuba diving, golfing and boating. He is owned by two American Staffordshire Terriers named Rogan and Bevan.

 

Rusty Clark, DVM

Dr. Clark grew up in a military family in West Point, NY before moving to Huntsville, AL just prior to middle school. Early on in high school, he found a passion for veterinary medicine and began working in a near by veterinary practice as a kennel technician.  He was quickly promoted to a veterinary technician position. He graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2010. He went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. His interests include dermatology, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Clark is a member of the AVMA, FVMA, and Charlotte Country VMA and volunteers his time with a local feral cat spay and neuter program.

Dr. Clark has a retired racing greyhound named Serial and two freshwater planted aquariums. Outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys fishing, kayaking, golf, and photography.