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Harvey Partridge, DVM, Founder

Harvey Partridge, DVM, Founder

Dr. Harvey Partridge opened Partridge Animal Hospital in October of 1978. He said he has always wanted to be a veterinarian “from six years old on.” He was raised in the small town of Mount Dora, FL and was surrounded by farms, ranches and orange groves.

Having studied at the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture, Dr. Partridge earned a B.S. in Animal Science. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1970 and was the recipient of the Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship. Before attending veterinary school, Dr. Partridge was a ranch manager in Ocala.

In 1974, Dr. Partridge received his DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, and today, has a special interest in surgery and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Partridge has a Labrador Retriever named “Annie”. He enjoys fishing, flying, sailing, scuba diving and traveling.

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David Landers, DVM, Owner

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.

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Matthew C. Freeborg, BVMS, MRCVS

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.

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Skylar Sparks, DVM

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!

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