VCA Gulf Bay Animal Hospital

Dawn Dateno, VMD, Medical Director

VMD, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science Marine Biology, College of Charleston


Dr. Dateno joined our VCA Gulf Bay team July 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, SC.  After graduating, she attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy.  After many years of working and travelling the world with the Navy,  she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.  After graduating from veterinary school, she and her family relocated to Raleigh, NC.   Her first job as a veterinarian was at a busy, modern, state of the art animal hospital in Raleigh, NC.  While in Raleigh, she retired as a CDR from the US Navy.  She gained an enormous amount of experience with all facets of veterinary medicine and surgery while in Raleigh, NC.  She is excited to have relocated here to Clearwater with her family.  While not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends along with all outdoor activities.  She is typically found at the beach and hopes to get in some great diving while here in Florida.

“I enjoy the daily intellectual challenge that veterinary medicine offers. However, my greatest joy is my interaction with clients and their pets! Nothing better than keeping a pet healthy and the owners well educated on the care of that pet while going to work to a job that you love!”


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, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service (727) 531-5752  1501-A Belcher Road Largo, Florida 33771

Animal Emergency & Urgent Care (727) 786-5755  30610 US Highway 19 N. Palm Harbor, Florida 34684