Get to know our South Tampa, FL veterinary team!
Dr. Kendall Putnam, DVM
Veterinarian, Medical Director
Dr. Kendall Putnam was born in Columbus, Ohio but was raised as a Florida girl. She grew up in South Florida where her love for animals started with her pet Chinchillas. Dr. Putnam played college volleyball for the University of Tampa where she achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She took off for the island of St Kitts to accomplish her dream of becoming a Veterinarian at Ross University.
After enjoying almost three years on the island, she finished her final year of Vet School at another UT, University of Tennessee. Dr. Putnam was eager to make it back to Tampa where she now lives with her perfect puppy Marsha.
Dr. Mallory Howes, DVM
Dr. Howes joined the Animal Doctors of South Tampa team as a full-time veterinarian in July of 2020. She grew up in DeKalb, IL and for as long as she can remember has wanted to become a veterinarian to help animals and their families. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois and she earned her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2019. Dr. Howes has a dog named Bear. She enjoys running with Bear, boating, and time spent with family and friends.
Dr. Andrea Blanar
Dr. Dre joined Animal Doctors of South Tampa in February of 2022. She grew up in East Brunswick, NJ, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in St. Kitts and Nevis, where she met her island dog, Sky. Dr. Dre completed her clinical year at the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine. She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a particular interest in surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Dre enjoys spending time with Sky as well as her cat Birch. She loves cooking, hanging out with her family and friends, and traveling.
Dr. Laura Rasche
Dr. Rasche was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She grew up working at the Georgia Aquarium, where her love for animals was sparked, especially for those with fins. She is a proud “Double Dawg” as she attended the University of Georgia for both undergraduate and veterinary school. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree double majoring in Biology and Marine Sciences. Throughout vet school, she loved getting experience with a diverse array of species, including working with dolphins, birds, reptiles, and fish. Working with these unique animals showed her the importance of animal husbandry and educating owners on how to best take care of their loved ones, no matter if they have fur, fins, scales, or wings.
After graduating from vet school, she realized she needed to be closer to the ocean and found her way to Tampa. She has a sassy blind Shih Tzu named Lila.
In her free time, Dr. Rasche enjoys scuba diving, going to the beach, trying all the fabulous restaurants of Tampa, and traveling the world.
Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Certified Veterinary Technician
Meet Bailey, a dedicated veterinary professional since 2020. Bailey received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 2016 and attended the veterinary technician program at St. Petersburg College, graduating in 2021. Using that schooling, she became a certified technician in April of 2022. Her favorite part of being a technician is making animals feel better and providing the care that they need to lead longer and healthier lives. She takes pride in providing the best care that she can for the patient and doing her best to see the situation from their point of view. Her professional goal is to continue learning as a CVT and help her team grow and develop along the way. In her free time, she spends a lot of time with her dogs, Herbie and Maisy, and caring for her chickens. She also enjoys working out daily, whether it be CrossFit, running, biking, or swimming. Pretty much anything outdoors or with my animals is a good time to Bailey!
Introducing Megan, a dedicated veterinary professional at Animal Doctors since September 2023. She’s currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College, striving to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her academic excellence was evident during her high school years at Pepin Academies, where she graduated as the valedictorian of her senior class in 2021. Megan’s true joy comes from caring for animals, nursing them back to health, and bonding with them. In her free time, she’s a loving pet owner to three dogs and three horses, and she values quality time with family and friends. She likes to spend time with her 3 doggies-Milie, Penelope, and Tally and 3 horses-Molly, Bastie and Ciara. She also enjoys riding and spending time with her horses.
Introducing Sophia, a veterinary professional since November 2022. A graduate of Strawberry Crest High School, she’s currently pursuing her education at Hillsborough Community College’s Veterinary Technology program. Sophia takes great pleasure in caring for and spending time with animals. What sets her apart is her dedication to client education, ensuring pet owners make informed decisions about their furry friends. Sophia aspires to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the future. In her free time, she cherishes moments with her three dogs, Cookie, Rudy, and Winston, enjoying leisurely movie nights for relaxation and bonding.
Client Service Representatives
Lead Veterinary Receptionist
Meet Hailie, a dedicated veterinary professional who entered the field in 2022. A graduate of Robinson High School in 2020, she’s currently pursuing her nursing program at Hillsborough Community College. Hailie finds the most rewarding aspect of her job in watching puppies and kittens grow, becoming long-term patients of the clinic. Her pride in veterinary medicine is deeply rooted in exceptional customer service and unwavering accommodation for every situation. While her journey in veterinary medicine has kindled her passion for healthcare, it has also nurtured her curiosity as she explores potential specialties. In her free time, Hailie likes to be anywhere in the sun with her family.
Introducing Kim, our kennel technician. Kim has been part of our team for 2 years. She thrives on caring for animals and ensuring their owners feel assured about their well-being. Her greatest joy in this role is engaging with clients, and discussing their beloved animals. Her ambitions involve soaking up knowledge and aspiring to become an animal control officer. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks, enjoying the sunset, and playing with her 2 cats, Ruger and Grace.