VCA Cypress Wood Animal Hospital

Gary Harrison, DVM, Staff Veterinarian

DVM, University of Liege, Brussels, Belgium


As a child, I remember "trying" to rescue a wild crane, my brother and I found in a swamp; we were unsuccessful. Another memory I have, involved our family pet dog that became ill and I remember the 6 hour long trip up to New York Sate Cornell University Animal Hospital. The facility impressed me and I thought it cool, a hospital for animals!

After entering Queens College as an undergraduate in New York, I hadn’t decided what I wanted to do. Having always been fascinated with biology and my love for animals, pushed me in the direction of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

I was fortunate to have obtained my veterinary degree from the University of Liege, Brussels, Belgium and was graduated in 1982.

In 1988, I started my own veterinary practice in New York and after 17 years relocated with my wife Meg and daughter Danielle to Florida to continue practicing. I have three pets, Julie a Min Pin and Zoey a PomPoo and Tommy the cat.
I have always felt that I never had a real job because working with and helping animals gives me so much pleasure I don't consider it to be work, it’s what I do and it’s what keeps me going.



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 during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.