effective, affordable and accessible spay/neuter options in our community

Why spay and neuter?

A compassionate society knows there is a better way to solve overpopulation than needlessly euthanizing unwanted animals.
What is the surgery?

Spaying is the term used for female animals, and is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is for males, and involves the removal of the testicles. Fixing, altering or sterilizing your pet are other terms for spaying or neutering, and are very safe procedures.

Good for the Community

Unintentional breeding is the root cause of most vicious dog bites and attacks. Spaying or neutering reduces the animal\’s desire to roam, resulting in fewer traffic accidents and neighborhood complaints. Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted companion animals. A compassionate society knows there is a better way to solve overpopulation than needlessly euthanizing unwanted animals.

Good for your pet

Animals that are fixed make better companions because they are not motivated to wander in search of a mate. Spaying or neutering your pet can decrease the risk of diseases that are expensive to treat. Pets that are spayed or neutered have up to an 85% lower risk of certain types of cancers and other serious health complications.

About TLC Petsnip

Why choose us? Because your pets deserve the best!
We strive to be role models in our community by positively impacting animal welfare.

Our Mission:

The mission of TLC PetSnip, Inc. is to provide effective, affordable and accessible spay/neuter options in our community and to educate people - both pet and non-pet owners alike - about the benefits of spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.

Our Vision:

Our vision is a community that reduces the number of unwanted dogs and cats born, thereby reducing the number of animals that enter shelters only to be killed for population control.

Our Values:

TLC PetSnip, Inc. will provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families, both on a professional and personal level. Our staff and our volunteers will reflect our core values of compassion, personal responsibility and outstanding service.

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Meet the folks who love your animals
Terry – Clinic Director
Terry is the founder and Director of TLC PetSnip. She worked in the human medical field for 30 years before fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening an affordable spay/neuter clinic. Her passion to provide these services to animals came from over two decades rescuing dogs and seeing the devastating effects of irresponsible breeding. Although Terry has loved and cared for many breeds of dog, her heart has belonged to Great Pyrenees for the past 20 years. She’s a true Floridian, born and raised, and believes TLC PetSnip is in the heart of Florida. When she’s not running the clinic or driving dogs to forever homes, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, her pack of Great Pyrenees, several cats, 2 goats and a cow named Moo.
Dr. Michele McCutcheon, DVM – Veterinarian
Dr. McCutcheon is a 1989 Colorado State University graduate. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in nine states, and has lived in Florida twice. This second stint has been since 2008. Her interests are in neuter-spay and shelter medicine. When not helping animals at TLC PetSnip, you can find her traveling the world with her 3 legged side kick Ali, a Mexican rescue dog; or at the gym.
Dr. Tsuyoshi Watanabe, DVM, Ph.D. – Veterinarian
Dr. Watanabe received his DVM from College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 2006. In addition, he earned his M.S. in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He has been practicing small animal medicine, in Florida, since moving here in 2007. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He has special interests in soft tissue surgery, and animal welfare education. Dr. Watanabe shares his life with his wife, a daughter, and a small 4 legged creature.
Dr. Boyd Harrell, DVM – Veterinarian
Dr. Harrell is a 1973 University of Illinois graduate and former multi small animal practice owner/manager. He served as Medical Director of a non-profit animal shelter for 3 years, where he designed and managed the construction of a new full service veterinary medical center. He has worked closely with Humane Alliance, the world’s premier trainer of spay/neuter techniques, to advance the understanding of the many spay/neuter benefits. He has been speaking internationally, and coaching others to succeed in business, for over twenty years. He is a current certified business coach/consultant to veterinarians and others in the pet industry. He currently serves on a national pet services board and works closely with TLC PetSnip doing surgery, administering to animals in need and advancing pet service programs.
Courtnee – Lead Veterinary Technician
Courtnee started at TLC PetSnip as a volunteer. Soon thereafter, she was offered and accepted a paying position with the clinic as a Veterinary Assistant. After attending specialized training at Humane Alliance, she was promoted to Lead Veterinary Technician and is embracing her new position. Courtnee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and spent several years in the field as a Wildlife Biologist before joining the TLC family. Her love of learning and research is evident, as she is back in school pursuing a degree in Wildlife Veterinary Medicine. Courtnee was born and raised in New Port Richey, Florida. She is Mother to five fur babies, a Great Pyrenees named Aki, and four kitties: Thomas O’Malley, Falcore, Mei, and her three-legged, JiJi. Working at TLC PetSnip fulfills her passion to help animals and give compassion to some that may not recover it elsewhere.
Jessica – Veterinary Technician
Jessica has been a Veterinary Technician with TLC PetSnip since March, 2014. She has been in the veterinary field since 2008, and received her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Hillsborough Community College in 2013. She will be sitting to take her CVT board certification April 2016. Jessica has 4 cats, a Chihuahua, and a 6 year old human named Luke. Jessica has a passion for helping animals and people. TLC PetSnip provides the caring environment in which she can practice both.
Stephanie – Veterinary Technician
Stephanie has been working in the animal field for about 5 years and is owned by two wonderful dogs and two smooshed faced kitties. She’s a recent transplant from the chilly state of Illinois and has already found her home here at TLC PetSnip, and at a local animal shelter where she volunteers to help homeless pets. When she’s not working or volunteering, she’s collecting stamps or outside enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.
Hannah – Veterinary Assistant
Hannah holds several roles at TLC PetSnip. She started out as a receptionist and after a few months was cross-trained as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. Her desire to make difference with animals, and their care, has inspired a love of learning in Hannah. She is currently in school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has four dogs and two cats at home, as well as a beautiful two year old daughter, Lilly. When she’s not working or studying, she spends her time helping Lilly explore the world!
Jessica S. – Veterinary Assistant
Jessica S. is a Veterinary Assistant here at the clinic. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster. Jessica is a fifth generation Floridian and can\’t imagine living anywhere else with her two fur-babies, Ainia & Meeko. She has always had a great passion and love to help save animals, even after she was bit by a dog at the age of 8.
Debbie – Patient Services Specialist
Debbie is often the first smiling face customers and patients see when entering the clinic. She has spent many years working in the world of animal rescue, since moving to Florida from New York. She learned quickly how easy it is to be a “foster failure” and has many fur babies at home to prove it. She found TLC PetSnip while rescuing animals, as she wanted a safe and affordable option for spaying and neutering her rescues. When the opportunity presented itself to work at the clinic in December 2014, Debbie was thrilled to leave the “business” world and start a new career helping animals and assisting the wonderful medical staff and Veterinarians provide the best possible care for TLC PetSnip’s patients.
Kristin – Assistant Lead Veterinary Technician
Kristin has been working with animals for the past 14 years, both as a groomer and licensed Veterinary Technician. Prior to receiving her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2004, she completed an Animal Management Program from Trumbull Career and Technical School in Warren, Ohio. She found her way to Florida 5 years ago and is mother to 2 little girls and one furbaby, a 10 year old Goldendoodle.


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