By Jennifer Silverstein

Animal Medical Diagnostic Center (AMDC), has been servicing the needs of the community and their furry loved ones for more than 20 years.

Originally opened in April of 1988 as the Animal Medical Center of Brandon on Bell Shoals Rd., the practice then moved to its current location at 1102 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico in 1997. The 5,000-sq.-ft. facility is a full service animal hospital capable of complete veterinary care services. “We do most surgeries using laser, including spays, neuters and cat de-claws. We also do ultrasound and endoscopy, orthopedic surgery and cruciate ligament repair,” said Dr. Jim Antuñano, or Dr. A as he is commonly known. Dr. A is also certified to do what is called the VetStem procedure, a stem cell therapy used for patients with moderate to severe joint disease.

The two veterinarians on staff at AMDC are Dr. A and Dr. Greg Heaton.

Antuñano graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He has special interests in animal emergency medicine, laser surgery and internal medicine. In addition, Dr. A has also helped out much larger varieties of animals such as a tiger, bear and Florida panther at Zooville, a nonprofit zoo and education center in Plant City.

Heaton, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Psychology in 1999 from Valparaiso University. He received his DVM degree from Purdue University and joined the practice in June of 2003.

In addition to the two vets, a staff of 20, including technicians, receptionists, administrative personnel and kennel staff, is also on-hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Animal Medical Diagnostic Center is open Monday-Wednesday from 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.–12 Noon. Grooming appointments with Debbie Dukes, who has been with AMDC since 2005, are also available during normal business hours. The center also offers boarding.

For more information, please call 654-6222 or visit


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.