Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Lakeside Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Odessa community since 2001.

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Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Lakeside Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Odessa community since 2001.

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Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Lakeside Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our veterinarians have served the Odessa community since 2001.

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At Lakeside Animal Hospital, caring for pets is our passion.

Here, we treat pets like family. We understand how important your companion is to you — because they’re there for you through the thick and thin of life, with a wagging tail or a happy purr, and unconditional love. Our goal is to be your partner in taking care of your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing, so you can enjoy many happy years together. So, whether your pet needs a checkup with a doctor… a caring team and top-notch medical treatments when they’re ill… or, some advice on the best food for them or how to care for them at home — we’re here for you! Here, we see dogs and cats. And, we’ll strive to make their visit a comfortable and positive experience. Come in and get to know us, and see why both you and your pet will love coming here!

MON7:00am - 6:00pm
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WED7:00am - 6:00pm
THU7:00am - 6:00pm
FRI7:00am - 6:00pm
SAT8:00am - 2:00pm
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Meet Our Veterinarians

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    Dr. Colleen Elligott

    Dr. Elligott graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in Foreign Service in 1993. Following graduation, and for the next 5 years, she worked for US Assist Inc. researching and coordinating international emergency medical services ranging from care referrals to full organization of international air ambulance evacuations. She completed her science pre-requisites for application to veterinary school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, while working as a veterinary technician assistant for Alexandria Veterinary Emergency Service in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Elligott attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University, where she was active in the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the Student AVMA.

    Dr. Elligott graduated from veterinary school in 2005. She then completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists, now Blue Pearl, in Tampa, followed by an additional year of residency training in ophthalmology at The Ohio State University. She practiced emergency medicine at Blue Pearl from 2007 through 2011, and has been in family practice since. Prior to joining Lakeside Animal Hospital in May, 2014, she had the opportunity to work alongside a boarded-dermatologist. This extra exposure to dermatology has been very useful in managing challenging skin conditions.
    Dr. Elligott maintains an active interest in all aspects of veterinary care, including preventative medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain management and ophthalmology. She enjoys treating each patient as an individual, focusing on customized preventative care, plans, disease screening, nutrition and weight management. In recent years, she has enjoyed advanced training in canine and feline behavior medicine and the management of complex feline co-diseases. Her devotion to ongoing continuing education far exceeds licensing requirements. She often spends time on her days off sipping home roasted and brewed (decaffeinated) coffee while listening to lectures on diverse veterinary medical topics.

    Dr. Elligott is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She has also been Fear Free certified and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the emotional well-being and the reduction of fear, anxiety and stress in pets that visit the hospital. Dr. Elligott takes great pride in planning Fear Free visits, and is available in advance of appointments to help coordinate any necessary arrangements to ensure that your pet’s visit is as stress-free as possible. Dr. Elligott is on the Board of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society and currently enjoys coordinating continuing education conferences for Hillsborough County veterinarians.

    Dr. Elligott is mostly fluent in Spanish and understands Portuguese. She is happy to serve families in their native language.
    Dr. Elligott and her son share their home with several pets, many from local rescue organizations, including four cats (Henry, George, Lavender and Violet), two Chihuahuas (Doug and Ian), a Chihuahua mix (FDR), a Catahoula (Ruth), a Brittany (Hugo), a Dachshund (Goose) and one thirty-something-year old cockatiel (Nelson).

    In her free time, Dr. Elligott enjoys reading, running, yoga, karate, indoor rowing, kettle bell training, and dragon boat and stand up paddling.
    Dr. Elligott looks forward to providing your loved ones with exceptional, individualized care and attention and to welcoming you to the Lakeside family!

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    Dr. Virginia Butler

    Dr. Virginia Butler is a Tampa native, where she attended St. John's Episcopal Day School and Hillsborough High School International Baccalaureate Program. After graduating high school, Dr. Butler headed north, attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she was a history major.  After a year of working as a legal assistant in New York City, Dr. Butler moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she attended and graduated with a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.  She then moved back to New York City where she practiced commercial real estate finance law for several years. 

    It was after she got her dog Neo, a puggle, that her passion for animals was reignited and that she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. After going back to school to fulfill her pre-veterinary requirements, Dr. Butler ultimately ended up California where she attended and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.   While she tried to stay open-minded to the array of species that veterinary medicine offered, she knew in her heart that working with companion animals and helping to strengthen and preserve the bond between her clients and patients was her calling.  Dr. Butler enjoyed living and practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area before deciding to move back to Tampa and closer to the family after the birth of her daughter in January 2019.  Dr. Butler loves all aspects of small animal medicine but especially enjoys educating her clients on preventative care, behavior, dermatology, and management of chronic illness.  She lives in the North Tampa area with her daughter and two dogs, Neo and Ginger. 

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Our Services

We offer a full range of services — including preventive care, diagnostic tests, surgeries, treatments for illness or pain, consultations for behavior or nutrition, and more — for your pet’s wellbeing. When they’re ill, we’ll help get them feeling better quickly. And, we offer personalized preventive care, to help keep them healthy in the first place. Learn more, here.

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Your First Visit

No need to be nervous. Here’s what you can expect at your pet’s first visit…

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Forms

Save time by filling out your forms before you arrive. Use these for your first visit, boarding, grooming, acupuncture, and behavior consults.

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Payment & Insurance

We accept a variety of payment options, including Care Credit. And, we can help you with pet insurance forms.

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FAQ

Have a question for us? Check our list of frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 813-527-0786.

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Our Happy Pet Parents

  • Oh my did we have such a wonderful experience! The military has us move around often and we haven’t had the best vets to take care of our Ruger. We are so happy to have a knowledgeable, trustworthy, and friendly clinic close to home. We will definitely recommend y’all to our new neighbors!

    Grace D.

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  • The doctors, technicians and all other members of the staff are incredibly friendly with wonderful "bedside manner". Skeeter loves going to Lakeside as he knows he's going to get lots of treats (even peanut butter) during his exam and vaccinations!

    Marc A.

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  • Our cat, Brady went to visit the first time today. We told the staff he bit the tech the last time he was as at the vet so they knew what to expect. Dr. Colleen walked in with a can of cheese whiz, spread it out and Brady started it eating it! She spent over a half hour making sure he didn’t was calm and not stressed. I couldn’t believe it! He didn’t try to bite anyone. I’ve had cats for over 30 years and never have I seen a Vet spend that much time with a patient just to make sure he wasn’t stressed. It was truly amazing. The staff was very friendly and explained everything to us. It was the most stress free vet visit ever. Thank you!

    Anne M.

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  • Great! Dr Elligott and staff are the best. They take the time to explain everything. Very caring and treats our dog like a queen. Snowball (our dog) loves going as she goes running in as soon as she's out of the car.

    John R.

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