Meet the Doctors
The veterinarians and staff of the Animal Clinic of the Humane Society of Sarasota County pledge to provide the very best care for your pets and to always treat you and your pets with compassion.
Dr. Ivan grew up in Bulgaria. He graduated from veterinary school in 1997. From 1997-2002, he worked in large animal medicine. He was a research fellow at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences from 2002-2005. He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2005. He spent the next 11 years working at Planned Pethood Plus, home of the famed Animal Planet show: Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet. He began working at the Animal Clinic of HSSC shortly after his move to Sarasota in early 2016.
Dr. Ivan enjoys rock music and fast cars. He lives with his wife and twin children.
Dr. Kirsten Bui was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of South Florida. Four years later, Dr. Bui earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. She joined the Animal Clinic staff in June 2017.
Dr. Bui has two Boxers, Mia and Dawkins, and a Siamese cat named Paws. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, working out, going on adventures, and being a newlywed with her husband, Phillip.
DR. NICOLE TAURISANO
“Dr. T” (as we affectionately call her) is originally from New York. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Connecticut with a double major in Animal Science and Pathobiology and a minor in Wildlife Conservation. After obtaining her master’s degree, she completed her DVM at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Dr. T assisted the World Vets Organization with a pro bono mission called Baja Spay/Neuter. She also worked with World Vets doing spay/neuter procedures in Nicaragua, then on to Tanzania to care for donkeys. Early in her career, she spent a year as a small-animal technician, specializing in manatees, at Mote Marine Laboratory. Dr. T is an avid yogi, and she enjoys honing her photography skills. Her fur family includes three cats and two snakes.
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