Dr. Gretchen Sutton was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up with dogs and cats in Northeast Ohio. As a child, she wanted to become a marine biologist so she would work with marine mammals. She moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College.
Dr. Sutton worked in the Marine Mammal Stranding Investigations Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Her duties included performing necropsies (animal autopsies) on deceased marine mammals and sea turtles to understand the cause of death and disease conditions in these species.
After deciding to pursue veterinary medicine, she volunteered in a small animal clinic to better understand the clinical practice. She worked as an associate at two practices in St. Petersburg, the first for six years, the second for four years, prior to pursuing relief veterinary medicine in January 2019.
Dr. Sutton enjoys a variety of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in dermatology, dentistry, and diagnostic imaging. She is fond of both cats and dogs and has a Golden Retriever named Teak. Her husband Geoff is a pilot and their daughter Stella is entering the third grade. In her free time, she enjoys camping, boating, water-sports, travel, and spending time with her family and friends.