Our Veterinarians

Dr. DuPre

Owner, Veterinarian

When he was seven years old, Dr. DuPre found an injured dog while at school, and he stayed long after school ended to stay with the poor puppy . Eventually, he and his parents took the dog to the local veterinarian’s office. Dr. DuPre never forgot the way that the vet interacted with the dog and nursed it back to health; he quickly decided that he would like to become a veterinarian himself.

Dr. DuPre was born and raised in Alabama alongside his two brothers and older sister. His veterinary journey began when he was only 11 years old and started volunteering at a veterinary hospital in Anniston, Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, Dr. DuPre took his first job at a clinic in Orlando, Florida. He then relocated to Fort Myers, where he worked under Small Animal Hospital’s previous owner Dr. Richard C. McDuffie until his retirement in 1990, at which point Dr. DuPre took ownership of the clinic. In total, Dr. DuPre has been serving the pets of the Fort Myers area for nearly 30 years.

In his time away from work, Dr. DuPre enjoys big-game fishing, flying as a private instrument-rated pilot and is an avid college sports fan. Of course with his favorite team being the Auburn Tigers.

Dr. DuPre’s immediate family includes his two daughters, Halle and Katie, as well as his twin boys, Justin and Jared, who currently work in their grandfather’s business. Dr. DuPre also shares his life with Ladybird, a young Bloodhound who enjoys visiting Small Animal Hospital whenever she gets the chance.

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Dr. Suzanne Presley

Associate Veterinarian

Like most veterinary professionals, Dr. Suzanne Presley has loved animals her entire life—she’s been a cat owner since the age of three. She’s also been fascinated by animal behavior from the time she was in college. For Dr. Presley, veterinary medicine is simply the perfect combination of her behavioral interests and her adoration of animals.

Dr. Presley was profoundly impacted after seeing a National Geographic special on Dian Fossey and her studies of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. She immediately changed her major at UCLA to animal behavior! During her Master’s studies, she aided senior researchers with their studies of gorillas and African Veret monkeys, and also served at a veterinary hospital in Tamanche, California in her spare time. In 1980, Dr. Presley was accepted into the University of California, Davis’s School of Veterinary Medicine to earn her DVM degree.

After graduation, Dr. Presley practiced in multiple pet hospitals in California until 1993, when she married and moved to New Mexico. Her family then relocated to southern Florida in 1996, and they’ve been enjoying the warm weather and beautiful beaches of the area ever since. Dr. Presley first filled in for Dr. DuPre—a personal friend of hers for over 15 years prior—in 2008, and remains on staff to this day due to her love of the clinic’s clientele and care team.

Outside of work, Dr. Presley enjoys kayaking, walking the beaches and snorkeling in the waters of southern Florida, and reading whatever she can get her hands on. She’s also a big fan of Halloween, and loves decorating her home as much as possible every year.

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