VCA Briarcliff Animal Hospital

Dean Severidt, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Iowa State University
Iowa State University


My name is Dr. Dean Severidt and I am the new Medical Director at VCA Briarcliff Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FLI grew up on a farm in Iowa. I always had a desire to be a farm animal veterinarian and after a year atConcordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I came back to Iowa State University and graduated with my DVM degree. in 1979. I practiced farm animal medicine for 3 years but realized my passion was small animal medicine.

 After graduation I went in to practice in Marshalltown, Iowa and practiced small animal medicine from 1979 until 2000. At that time I sold the practice and moved to Jacksonville, FL. I purchased the Total Pet Complex in Jacksonville, FL and Ponte Vedra, FL in 2001. I did a complete rebranding of the clinics in 2005 and changed the name to Pet Doctors of America. I ran Pet Doctors of America from 2005 until I sold it in 2011. I then went to work as Chief of Staff for Banfield Pet Hospital until I had an opportunity to join VCA. My goals are the same as they always have been when I owned my practices and that is to offer state of the art veterinary medicine and make the client experience for the client and their pet so enjoyable that they become life time clients. By focusing on the client experience I have been able to significantly grow all the practices I owned as well as the two practices I was involved in with Banfield. I am the father of 4 children and 5 grandchildren all residing in the Jacksonville area. I enjoy running and practicing yoga and when time permits golfing. I look forward to a new set of challenges as I work with the staff and clients here at VCA Briarcliff.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center they are located across the street from us at 3444 Southside Blvd. Suite 101 Jacksonville, FL 32216. Their contact number is 904-642-5911. If you are located closer to Beach Blvd please contact Emergency & Critical Care Pet Hospital located at 14185-7 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32250. Their contact number is 904-223-8000.