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.
David Landers, DVM, Owner
Dr. David Landers, 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 recalled.
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, Tibia Tuberosity Advancement surgery, a surgery for ACL injuries.
He has a golden retriever named “Abby” who is the clinic’s official greeter, a Snowshoe cat named “Wasabi” and a Bengal cat named “Nala”. Dr. Landers is married with a daughter. He 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 and 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, and their two cats—Gremlin and Tigger. He is dedicated to community service and and his faith; he is an active member of Holy Family, Catholic Church. He also enjoys hiking, traveling, camping and cooking with his family.
Sherrie Demirjian, DVM
Dr. Demirjian grew up in Huntsville, AL. She moved to St. Petersburg in 2007, and loves it here.
Veterinary medicine is not only her career, but also her passion. Dr. Demirjian wanted to become a veterinarian since she was about 12 years old when she witnessed a mare foaling. Since then, she acquired as many animals as her parents would let her have. These included rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, mice, an iguana, chickens, ducks, ferrets, a dog, and a horse. Living in the city, this was quite the collection! Dr. Demirjian learned as much as she could from these pets and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. She looks forward to taking care of client’s animals and treating them with the passion and love that she would treat her own pets.
College Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Animal and Dairy Sciences- Auburn University, 2002 Non-thesis Master of Science in Parasitology- Auburn University, 2003 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine- Auburn University, 2007.
Memberships/Affiliations: AVMA- American Veterinary Medical Association, FVMA- Florida Veterinary Medical Association USDA-APHIS, PCVMA- Pinellas County Veterinary Association, AAV- Association of Avian Veterinarians, ASGV- American Sugar Glider Veterinarians, Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Petersburg- relief veterinarian.
Free time spent/hobbies include – Riding her Sea Doo, SCUBA diving, swimming, going to the beach, horse back riding, snow skiing trips, attending Rays, Lightning, and occasional Buccaneers games.
Susan Marie Hughes, DVM
Dr. Susan Marie Hughes hails from beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Dr. Hughes began her studies with a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia way back in the ’80’s.
When the youngest of her children began school, she decided to pursue her real passion which was working with animals. After attending University of Prince Edward Island, she entered Atlantic Veterinary College graduating in 2007. She worked for a time in Canada, but then knowing that she could live and work anywhere in North America, she chose St. Petersburg because she had fallen in love with it’s beautiful Gulf and it’s perfect climate.
Dr. Hughes has experience with all aspects of the veterinary field but her passion is meeting and treating cats and dogs. She brings a calm and positive attitude that serves her well during the sometimes hectic and emotional business of providing medical and surgical care to beloved companion animals.
She and her three daughters have 5 dogs (all rescues and three of them from PPPR) who regularly travel back and forth to Canada with them.