About Saint Francis Animal Hospital

Affordable and reliable veterinary care is important for you and your pet. Saint Francis Animal Hospital, founded in 2003, strives to make healthcare accessible to all owned pets. We work diligently to treat every patient with quality, comprehensive care - and to protect the special bond that exists between you and your animal.

Our intense desire to provide a wide range of services, at prices you can afford, is the driving force behind our office. We treat dogs and cats, and always welcome new patients with open arms. We offer full-service veterinary care at a lower-cost. Our services include:

  • Emergency Care
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery (including some specialty surgeries)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Spays and Neuters
  • Vaccinations
  • X-Rays
  • Diagnostic Exams
  • Routine Checkups

Long term, we aspire to also offer specialized care for more extensive problems such as periodontal disease, ruptured ligaments, and herniated disks; conduct orthopedic and heart surgeries; implement cancer treatments; and much more. Through community support, benefactor donations, and our loyal patients who walk through our door every day, we continue to move toward making our future goals a reality.

The Staff

Susan Shelton, DVM, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Founder

Susan Shelton

Dr. Susan Shelton grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Jacksonville University for her undergraduate studies and finished her education in 1991 at the University of Florida where she graduated, with honors, from the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Shelton earned specialist status and board certification in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Shelton's veterinary career began when she opened Wells Road Veterinary Medical Center. In 2001, Dr. Shelton became extensively involved in local animal welfare issues. She joined, upon invitation, Mayor Delaney's Task Force where she investigated the treatment and boarding conditions at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services. After serving on the task force, she provided interim veterinary services for Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services; starting in January 2002, she held a seven month tenure as its first Senior Veterinarian. While working at Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services, Dr. Shelton designed and implemented the first on-site sterilization facility and oversaw the sterilization and adoption of over 3600 animals, three times the prior year's numbers.

She founded Saint Francis Animal Hospital in 2003, and it is here that she spends her daily efforts caring for animals and providing affordable veterinary services for Jacksonville's pet owners. Occasionally, Dr. Shelton will assist at Wells Road Veterinary Medical Center in Orange Park for surgery days. The doctor's special interests lie in dentistry (endodontic and periodontics) and high volume spay and neuter. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband Scott and two wonderful sons, Blake and Lucas. Her family pets include Autumn, a rescue dog from Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services, and their cat Baby Mel.


Dr. Andrew Boggs, Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Boggs grew up in Parkersburg, WV where he lived until he moved to Huntington, WV to attend Marshall University. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and Zoology he moved to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree after completing a one year clinical rotation at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, ultrasonography, and cardiology. Dr. Boggs currently has two dogs, Jax and Brinley, and two cats, Ottley and Rawlins, and his personal interests include traveling, photography, and cooking.

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Our Partners

Wells Road Veterinary Medical Center

Opened in 1990 by Dr. Susan Shelton, the Orange Park veterinary office is now owned and managed by Dr. Shelton's protege Dr. Michal Anne Harris. It is a full-service animal hospital that partners with us to care for pets that need surgery, grooming and boarding services.


First Coast No More Homeless Pets

We work with First Coast No More Homeless Pets whenever possible to ensure the Jacksonville cat and dog population is cared for, and also controlled.


Jacksonville Humane Society

Animals in need of shelter and nutrition are given love and food at the Jacksonville Humane Society until they find their new homes. We are proud to accept their referrals for our affordable veterinary services.


Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services

We gladly accept new patients adopted from Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services. Visit their site to view all the animlas up for adoption, search for lost pets and to learn more about Jacksonville's animal ordinances.


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Saint Francis Animal Hospital
2107 Mango Place
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 67-GRACE (904-674-7223)

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