Partridge Animal Hospital


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.

Veterinarian David Landers, DVMDavid 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 and Tibia Tuberosity Advancement surgery, a surgery for ACL injuries.
He and his family have a golden retriever named “Abby” who is the clinic’s official greeter, a playfully/naughty golden retriever named “Merida” a rescued Bengal cat named “Nala” a snowshoe named “Midori” (green in Japanese for her green eyes), and a three legged rescued cat 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.  He enjoys photography, karate, and competitive shooting.  His wildlife photography can be seen on the walls of Partridge Animal Hospital.

Veterinarian 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 Holy Family, Catholic Church. He also enjoys hiking, traveling, camping and cooking with his family.

Dr. Skylar Sparks with a cheetah cubDr. Skylar Sparks

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!

Tiffany Collins, DVM (Relief)

Dr. Collins was born and raised in the small sleepy town of Roanoke, AL. Her undergraduate
education was completed at Huntingdon College, a liberal arts school associated with the United Methodist Church, in Montgomery, AL where she earned a Bachelor of Art in biology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with her doctorate. Dr. Collins is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association, and Phi Zeta honor society of veterinary medicine.

Her professional interest includes feline internal medicine, dermatology, end of life care, and preventative care. In the future, she would like to become a diplomat with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline.

Other professional interests include speaking at events related to veterinary medicine in hopes of becoming an international speaker and blogging about a day in the life of a veterinarian all while designing outdoor cat enclosures. In her free time Dr. Collins enjoys working out, gardening, traveling, spending time with her husband Cole and their three cats Bug, Lexus, and Tundra. When not at work Dr. Collins will likely be seen around St. Petersburg with her trusty sidekick Tundra just strolling around or getting a “kittyccino” (better known as whip cream in a tiny cup) at Starbucks!

Dr. Susan Marie Hughes, DVMSusan Marie Hughes, DVM (Relief)

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.