Harvey Partridge, DVM, Founder, 1946-2019
Dr. Harvey Partridge founded Partridge Animal Hospital in 2005. Raised in the small town of Mount Dora, Florida, amidst farms, ranches, and orange groves, he knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a veterinarian.
His dream came true in 1974 when he graduated with his DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Four years later, he started his first veterinary practice, Riviera Animal Hospital. Prior to that, he worked as a ranch manager and studied at the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture, where he earned a B.S. in Animal Science.
Dr. Partridge was an active and passionate participant in the veterinary community and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association.
A devoted family man, Dr. Partridge married his childhood sweetheart, Patricia, in 1967. They had two sons – Matthew and David – and were blessed with two grandsons, Ethan and Shane. Both Dr. Partridge and Patricia died in a tragic plane crash on October 20, 2019.
Dr. Partridge gave our hospital more than just its name. Hardworking, compassionate, knowledgeable, and patient, he made our team a family and our clinic a home away from home for countless animals and their owners. He will be greatly missed.
David Landers, DVM, Owner
Dr. David Landers, the owner of Partridge Animal Hospital, grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and was introduced to the world of veterinary medicine at the age of 13. “Our family veterinarian gave me a summer job as a kennel helper, and it opened up a new world of veterinary medicine and surgery to me,” he recalls.
Dr. Landers attended Auburn University for both his undergraduate and veterinary medicine degrees. He first earned a B.S. in Animal Sciences in 1989 and went on to graduate with his DVM in 1993. Today, he has professional interests in orthopedic surgery, ultrasound and stem cell therapy. Dr. Landers is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Landers also holds certificates in Ultrasound, Stem Cell Therapy and Tibia Tuberosity Advancement surgery, surgery for ACL injuries.
He and his family have a golden retriever named Abby who is the clinic’s official greeter, another playfully/naughty golden retriever named Merida, a rescued Bengal cat named Nala, a snowshoe cat named Midori (green in Japanese for her green eyes), and a three-legged rescue feline named Fergus. Dr. Landers is married to Sherri, who is a commercial pilot. They are parents to Grace, who is attending Auburn University as a pre-vet major. When he’s not caring for patients, Dr. Landers enjoys photography, karate, and competitive shooting. His wildlife photography can be seen on the walls of Partridge Animal Hospital.
Matthew C. Freeborg, BVMS, MRCVS
Dr. Matthew Freeborg grew up loving nature and animals and was fortunate to nurture his passion for creatures in a variety of interesting ways. His very first job placed him at an animal education center for children and in high school he volunteered in field research expeditions. These adventures introduced him to working with cheetahs, leatherback sea turtles, maned wolves, jaguars, and dusky dolphins in Namibia, Brazil, St. Croix and New Zealand. Dr. Freeborg received his bachelor’s degree in marine science from Eckerd College and then pursued and received his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. He joined our staff in August 2013.
While in veterinary school, Dr. Freeborg was able to gain hands-on experience in a variety of veterinary fields, ranging from lambing in Scotland to doing field veterinary work on African wildlife. He also satisfied his desire to volunteer by participating with various organizations such as Riding for the Disabled, Fort Wayne’s Children Zoo and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. He also worked as an extern with our veterinarians at Partridge Animal Hospital.
Dr. Freeborg is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include veterinary dentistry and wildlife medicine.
In his free time, Dr. Freeborg enjoys spending time with his wife, four children, their cat—Gremlin, and their two Mountain Cur dogs Chase and Onyx. He is dedicated to community service, and his faith; he is an active member of the Holy Family, Catholic Church. He also enjoys hiking, traveling, camping and cooking with his family.
Skylar Sparks, DVM
Dr. Skylar Sparks was born and raised in Shelbyville, Illinois. She graduated in 2011 from Millikin University in Decatur, IL with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and double minors in music and chemistry. She received her veterinary degree from St. George’s University and completed her final clinical year at the University of Florida.
Dr. Sparks completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital and has continued to practice high volume emergency and general practice. She previously spent over 6 weeks in South Africa teaching pre-veterinary students and working at a cheetah breeding facility teaching about cheetah genetics, capture and restraint in wildlife, and big cat anatomy. Her special interests include exotics and wildlife, emergency medicine, and feline medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Sparks enjoys spending time outdoors whether it’s playing beach volleyball, traveling, fishing, yoga, or going to the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her own furchildren; her pups, Rory and Linus and kitties, Spice and Lily, and her new feathered chickens as well!
Jeremy George, DVM
Dr. Jeremy George grew up living on the water in Panama City Beach, Florida. The youngest of four siblings, he and his brother and sisters spent most of their time on the beach or playing in the woods. During all his adventures in nature, he gained a great appreciation of all the creatures he encountered, this lead him to volunteer at the local zoo and marine park. He began to work with a marine institute where he would help with marine animal stranding and rehabilitation.
Dr. George attended Eckerd College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry. Over the next four years, Dr. George worked as a chemist for a defense contractor and joined a small toxicology and pharmacogenetics company before enrolling in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school he continued his work with marine animals by completing multiple internships with SeaWorld Orlando and Gulf World Marine Park. In addition, Dr. George worked in Auburn’s clinical pharmacology lab where he researched endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids in dogs.
His special interests include marine animal medicine, wildlife rehabilitation, surgery, and clinical pathology/pharmacology. In his free time, he enjoys being outside or on the water – surfing, fishing, camping.
Kathryn Maitre, DVM
We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Maitre, a native of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, is joining our practice next month.
Dr. Maitre comes to us from North Bay Animal Hospital in Tampa. Prior to her time at North Bay, she interned at both Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala and Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Tampa.
Having grown up surrounded by animals – her childhood was blessed with a number of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds – Dr. Maitre attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate and then, having completed her internship in equine medicine, she knew she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Her favorite part of the job is helping animals and their owners in their time of need. She finds it very rewarding to use her education and experience to answer your questions and ease your concerns about your precious pets.
Dr. Maitre and her husband, Jeff, have a large furry family that includes two dogs, Aislin and Cookie, and two kitties, Ace and Musasha. In her free time, she loves to sail, bike, and take her dogs to the beach. We’re proud to welcome Dr. Maitre to our team.
Mary Power, DVM
Aside from a few years at Auburn for veterinary school, Dr. Power is a true Floridian—she was born in Tampa, lived in Dade City and Land O’Lakes, and also attended college at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Dr. Power grew up with cats and other assorted pets including a hermit crab named Sebastian. She has loved both animals and teaching since she was a child, and to this day, client education is one of her favorite aspects of being a veterinarian. She also has a special interest in pet dentistry, diagnostic ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery.
She shares her home with an exuberant, spoiled beagle named Lucy. Though she doesn’t think of herself exclusively as a “dog” person or a “cat” person, Dr. Power does admit that if you show her a beagle pup, she’ll be smiling ear to ear.
When she’s not working, Dr. Power loves Friends reruns, chocolate, and traveling—she’s even been as far as the Amazon in Peru. She also enjoys sports including football, baseball, basketball, and volleyball and is an enthusiastic Rays fan, as well as any team in orange and blue (Go Gators and War Eagles!).
Gretchen Sutton, DVM, Relief Veterinarian
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.