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Meet Our Team!

Ready to know our veterinary team? Scroll below to meet the team behind Vet Next Door that have dedicated their lives to taking the very best care of your pet.

Vet Next Door Team

Drs. Zachary and Morgan Pearl are a husband-and-wife team of veterinarians with a combined 10 years of veterinary experience in companion animal medicine and surgery. They are graduates of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed their clinical rotations at Louisiana State University.

As active members of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Manatee County Veterinary Society, Drs. Zach and Morgan have developed a familiarity with the local veterinary community and the clients they serve.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Dr. Zachary Pearl

Dr. Zach grew up in South Florida. He spent his undergraduate years at Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. Shortly afterwards, he ventured to the island of Grenada to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University. Dr. Zach has a special interest in preventative medicine and sincerely enjoys building relationships with clients and their pets through all their life stages. In his spare time, Dr.Zach plays drums in a reggae-rock band called “Foolish Relics”. He also enjoys scuba diving, homebrewing beer, and being a dad.

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Dr. Morgan Pearl

Dr. Morgan grew up in Indianapolis, IN. She spent her undergraduate years at Saint Mary of the Woods College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She also spent time working as a veterinary technician and volunteering at an animal shelter prior to being accepted into St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Morgan met her husband in veterinary school and they graduated together in 2016. Both Dr. Morgan and Dr. Zach practiced veterinary medicine in Ohio for a few years and moved to Florida after their first son was born. They practiced in Parrish for several years before deciding to open their own veterinary hospital. The Pearls now have two sons, Dylan and Silas. Dr. Morgan has a special interest in surgery and dentistry for companion animals. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and spending time with her family, which includes two dogs (Goose and Willow), one cat (Azzy), and an Argentine Tegu (large lizard) named Malbec.

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Dr. Harrison Pearl

Dr. Harrison originates from Coral Gables, Florida. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science, he attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his clinical training at Colorado State University. Dr. Harrison has a special interest in diagnostic imaging, such as radiography and ultrasonography. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Harrison enjoys live music and is an exceptional musician on bass guitar. He also enjoys traveling abroad, having visited several countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Dr. Harrison has one dog, a Labrador retriever mix named “Jaco”. 

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Dr. Melisa Cardenas

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Dr. Morgan Pearl
Dr. Julia Bakker

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Client Care Coordinators

Typically the first face you see in the hospital, our C3s are here to provide you with a warm welcome to Vet Next Door. You can count on them to provide you with information about our services, schedule appointments with our doctors, and develop meaningful relationships with you and your pets.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Tim

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Dr. Morgan Pearl
Alina

Alina has had a passion for animals since she started volunteering at the animal shelter back in high school. Since then, she has immersed herself in the veterinary industry, having worked as a veterinary assistant, customer service representative, and practice manager. At home, Alina enjoys reading and spending time with her family, which includes a Parson Russel mix named “Mia” and an American Bulldog mix named “Cooper”.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Lori

Lori has been a Parrish resident for the past 33 years. She has 25 years experience working as a veterinary assistant, supervisor, customer service representative, and shelter manager for a local humane society. When she is not serving our wonderful clients, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and traveling. She has 3 dogs – “Berkley”, “Cali”, and “Rainey” – as well as a parakeet named “Harley”. 

Dr. Zach Pearl
Trista

Trista and her husband Mike have been married 25 years with 3 children. Born and raised in Bradenton she enjoys being on the water and fishing. Her family is heavily involved in Shooting Sports and Dirt Bike racing all across Florida. She enjoys working part time as a CSR and spending time with her dog and cat at home. Received CVT license in 2001 and worked as a technician for 7 years. 

Dr. Zach Pearl
Kelly

Kelly is originally from Ohio, where she worked in the veterinary field for 9 years before moving to Florida. She has been around animals her whole life, having many pets growing up in addition to visiting her family’s dairy farm in Michigan. Kelly loves being part of a team that has so much compassion for animals. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, which includes her German Shepherd “Stella”, and her two cats “Niko” and “Big”.

Veterinary Medical Team

Our medical team at Vet Next Door is made up of skilled veterinary technicians and assistants. They provide a supporting role for veterinarians by administering treatments, performing diagnostic tests, and communicating with you about your pet. Our medical team strives to provide excellent care, treating all pets with dignity and respect.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Stephanie

Stephanie is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). As the Veterinary Technician Supervisor at Vet Next Door, she supports our team with over 30 years of experience in veterinary practice. Stephanie is originally from California and spent the first 20 years of her career working in both general and specialty practice. She now lives in Florida with her husband and has a son and daughter who have left the nest to make waves of their own. Stephanie currently has 2 dogs, a female Maltese named “Tesla” and a male Shih Tzu named “Taz”. She has also owned several Quarter horses and is an excellent rider, having participated in barrel races and ranch sorting. We are proud to have Stephanie filling a leadership role for our team at Vet Next Door.

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Gabi

Gabi has been in the veterinary field for 5 years. She is currently working towards finishing her bachelor’s degree and considering vet school in the future. Gabi loves animals so much that she filled her house with them. She has 11 pets: 2 dogs “Yobbo and Fry”, a cat “Gatosai”, 3 ferrets “Tomo, Tito, and Tula”, 2 birds “Frankie Valli and Mahina”, and 3 goldfish “Pierre, Bunny, and Big Chungus”. In her free time, Gabi enjoys watching movies, traveling, and building legos.

Dr. Morgan Pearl
James

James has spent the last 4 years working in a number of veterinary fields including shelter, kennel, neurology, and general practice. His goal is to always provide the best experience in a veterinary setting for our patients and pet owners. Outside of the clinic, James enjoys cooking, traveling, watching football, and spending time with his family. He has 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever named “Cooper” and a Chihuahua named “Linda”. He also has 2 cats, a Manx named “George” and a Siamese named “Oliver”. Fun fact: James was born on a US naval base in Japan.

“I value patient care and advocate for all patients that come into the clinic. I think that includes formulating the best plan, keeping both the patient and owner’s best interests in mind.”

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Izzy
Isabel has been working as a veterinary assistant for the past year, and is currently working towards achieving her Certified Veterinary Technician degree. She is determined and passionate about providing care to animals. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, “Gus” and “Walter”. Outside of the veterinary clinic, Izzy likes to express her creativity through dancing and was part of the color guard and marching band in high school. While she has two Chihuahuas at home, her all-time favorite breed is a Pug.
Dr. Morgan Pearl
Sarah

Sarah has been working as a veterinary technician for the past 6 years. Her goal is to always expand her knowledge and provide a more comfortable at home experience with patients and clients. Outside the clinic, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, traveling, and enjoying the farm life with her over abundance of farm animals including her orphaned calf named “Chino”. Sarah’s dream is to one day open up a rescue for horses in need so they can live out the rest of their lives on 200+ acres.

Dr. Morgan Pearl
Anne

Anne was born and raised in Parrish and she has been working in the veterinary field for 3 years. She received her associates degree in veterinary technology and is working on getting certified as a Veterinary Technician. Anne really enjoys connecting with clients and making them feel valued. She has two dachshunds, Cooper and Lucy, and one senior cat, Nora. Outside of Vet Med, Anne loves going out to eat, watching movies, attending concerts, and raising her two daughters with her husband.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Kaitie
Kaitie has always had a passion for animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with them. As a child, she wanted to rescue and help every animal she saw, from ants to elephants at the zoo. She began working with wildlife at sixteen through rehabilitation, and her passion continued to grow. In 2016, she joined the veterinary profession becoming a certified veterinary technician. Kaitie loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a strong interest in surgery and critical care. Known among her coworkers as a “crazy cat lady,” she has nine fur babies. She and her husband met while working at a big cat sanctuary, and their love of cats knows no bounds. In her free time, when she’s not snuggling with her kitties, Kaitie enjoys spending time with friends, watching TV, and playing board games and video games.
Dr. Zach Pearl
Karla

Karla is a certified veterinary technician who started her career at Vet Next Door. She has a strong interest in emergency medicine and enjoys working with a collaborative team. Karla’s favorite part of being a technician is being able help pet parents find answer to all their questions, and educating them against preventable diseases. Outside of work, Karla enjoys traveling, good food, and running. At home, she has Athena, a mixed breed dog who loves cuddling.

Dr. Zach Pearl
Kelli

Karla is a certified veterinary technician who started her career at Vet Next Door. She has a strong interest in emergency medicine and enjoys working with a collaborative team. Karla’s favorite part of being a technician is being able help pet parents find answer to all their questions, and educating them against preventable diseases. Outside of work, Karla enjoys traveling, good food, and running. At home, she has Athena, a mixed breed dog who loves cuddling.