Ormond Beach Veterinary Practice Team

Veterinary Practice Team

We have been caring for animals alongside their people since 1972.

The comprehensive services we offer include, vaccinations, general medicine, digital radiology, dental radiology, dermatology, dentistry, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, laboratory, electronic health records, boarding, and on site pet medications. We see cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, select primates, and other exotic species.

We are open seven days a week between two offices.

Dr. Aman Sukhija, Medical Director

Aman Sukhija

Dr. Sukhija is the owner and Medical Director of Atlantic Animal Hospitals. He purchased the Ormond Beach office in July 2005 and opened the Port Orange location in February 2010. Dr. Sukhija did his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and graduated in 1997. He attended Ross University and Purdue University Schools of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2001. Dr. Sukhija has been involved with many organizations including AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) since 1998. He served as Secretary/Treasurer on the AAHA Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Sukhija has been a member of the FVMA (Florida Veterinary Medical Association) since 2005, and the VFVMA (Volusia Flagler Veterinary Medical Association) since 2006, of which he is a Past President. He has also been on the Board of the CATalyst Council, a national organization charged with improving the care cats receive, and was also a Trustee for the AAHA Foundation.

Ormond Beach Office

Dr. Maggie Carlson, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Maggie Carlson

Dr. Carlson was born in Ohio but grew up on a hobby farm in North Dakota. She got her first veterinary job at age 16 after years of pet sitting and taking care of her own animals. She acheived her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology at NDSU – Go Bison! She was then accepted at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Iowa State University. Dr. Carlson has a special interest in dentistry and exotics. When she’s not busy taking care of patients, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her home zoo, which includes horses, dogs, cats, birds, and fish.

Port Orange Office

Melissa Murphy, Practice Manager

Melissa is originally from Corning, New York and moved to Florida in the summer of 2008 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science and Management. While she was in college, Melissa helped to manage a large riding facility housing more than 40 horses. She also took major leadership roles in various on-campus horse-related clubs, including becoming captain of the vaulting team and vice president of the Equine Performance Organization. She eventually plans on attending the University of Florida to earn a Master’s degree in Equine Reproduction. Until that time comes, she is happy to have found her niche at Atlantic Animal Hospitals where she is a jack of all trades, absorbing everything she can of the veterinary field. Melissa’s furry children include brother and sister domestic shorthair cats, Bilbo and Midget, and Maine Coon cat Maximus. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, photography, horseback riding, and visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Port Orange & Ormond Beach Offices

Chelsea Ortner, Office Manager

Chelsea has been working with the Atlantic Animal Hospital team since 2012. She has always had a love and affinity for animals and has been working with veterinarians for almost 15 years. She grew up in Connecticut, where she studied Veterinary Technology. She moved to Florida after graduating high school, and spent several years working with the Florida Keys SPCA and at veterinary offices in the Lower Keys. After her son was born in 2011, she decided to move to the Ormond Beach area to be in a better place to raise him. Chelsea plans to further her education and become a Veterinarian in the near future. She currently shares her life with her young son, Jake, her 9 year old Greyhound/Pitbull mix, Rani, her 2 Maine Coon cats, Obsidian and Zeus, and her favorite bundle of furr, Purresphone (don’t tell the other cats that Chelsea chose a favorite!)

Ormond Beach Office

Erin Hansard, Shift Leader & Veterinary Assistant

Erin is a born and raised Floridian! From the get-go she has always loved animals; mostly the furry ones. Currently she is in school finishing her Associates degree at Daytona State and then plans on transferring to St. Pete College to enroll into their distance program to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She is has a German Wire-haired Pointer named Elliott and two horses named Solo and Breezy. In her free time she enjoys taking her dog to the beach, going to barrel racing shows with her horses, and just relaxing with friends and family.

Port Orange Office

Jennifer Gonzalez, Veterinary Assistant

Jennifer grew up in Jacksonville, but has been in the Ormond Beach area for over 20 years. She has raised two outstanding teenagers and they have always grown up with animals in the house. Everything from turtles to cats! Jennifer has an associate degree in nursing from Daytona State College. Before she came to us, Jennifer worked as an RN in Intensive Care and her medical knowledge has translated wonderfully to be able to help care for our companion animals!

Ormond Beach Office

Sarah King, Veterinary Assistant & Team Mentor

Sarah King

Sarah King was born in Pontiac, Michigan. Her family moved down to Ormond Beach when she was only a toddler. She attended St. Brendan’s Catholic school for 10 years and graduated from Seabreeze High School. After graduation she attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, where she lived for 6 more years. Sarah spent half a year prior to graduation in Namibia, Africa, where she worked with cheetahs as a pre-vet intern. She helped with medical procedures on the conservation as well as, rehabilitation and re-releasing cheetahs back into the wild. Working with big cats has always been her passion. In May 2015, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a chemistry minor. She fulfilled all of her pre-vet requirements in hopes to attend vet school at Michigan State in a few years. For now, she is working on becoming a certified vet tech and paying off some of her student loans. She enjoys being outdoors, preferably the beach, where she can take her two lovable dogs, Berkley, a 6-year-old Chocolate Lab, and Bear, an 8-month old lab mix. She also has a 2-year-old Maine Coon named Easton.

Ormond Beach Office

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