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WELCOME TO DESTIN ANIMAL CLINIC!

We believe a life with a pet, is a life well spent. we care for family pets from the start of their life, until the very end. If you are looking for a  compassionate and friendly vet for your pet, then we are here to help. 

Meet The Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Michael Epperson , DVM

    Dr. Epperson is a 2003 graduate of Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal and Dairy Science at Mississippi State University. He practiced in Memphis, TN, for 2 years before making his decent to the Emerald Coast. He practiced in Pensacola for 2 years once arriving in the Panhandle. Dr. Epperson has a special interest in surgery, dermatology and ultrasound. Michael is an avid sport fan and loves being outdoors and on the beach. He serves a District Representative for the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society. 

    Dr. Hartley and Dr. Epperson got married in June 2007 and bought their first practice in October 2008. Destin Animal Clinic is the second practice they have proudly took ownership of in May 2018. They have invested in many improvements in the clinic to make it a more functional and welcoming clinic for clients and patients. They strive to provide the best medical care possible and will continue to improve their education and practice principles in order to provide excellent care. 

    Dr. Hartley and Dr. Epperson are proud parents of two beautiful girls Addison & Grace. They are a husband and wife team dedicated to providing high quality medicine for companion animals. Our philosophy is to treat each individual pet like our own and offer the best care and medical treatment possible. We embrace strong doctor- patient-client relationships to ensure open communication and understanding of your pets individual needs

  • Heather Hartley, DVM

    Dr. Hartley is a 2006 graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also obtained her undergraduate degree in Math and Sciences from Auburn University. She moved to the Emerald Coast shortly after graduation and began her veterinary career. She has special interest in oncology, internal medicine (endocrinology), ophthalmology and surgery. Heather is a die hard AUBURN fan and loves being outdoors enjoying the beautiful Florida weather. She served as President of the Miracle Strip Veterinary Medical Society for 4 years and enjoys staying active in the local veterinary community. She is also a member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and Feline Practitioners. She thoroughly enjoys being a parent of two wonderful girls that keep her busy in her spare time.

    Drs. Epperson and Hartley have 1 cat (Dorian), 4 dogs (Newton, Aubie, Nala, and Tiny Star Cuddles) and a few orphaned squirrels they have nursed back to health which stay close to home.  They all are frequent hospital visitors that come to assist in any way they see fit... especially to ensure that it does not get too quiet.

  • AuVian DesJardins, DVM

    Dr. AuVián DesJardins was born in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating with her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. DesJardins spent 3 years as an active duty Army Veterinary Corps Officer practicing clinical veterinary medicine at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Dr. DesJardins most recently worked for a corporate small animal practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dr. DesJardins' professional interests include dermatology, preventative medicine and the promotion of the human-animal bond. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is having the opportunity to provide a voice to the voiceless. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. 

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Great place to take your pets if you want to be treated well. The new owner of the practice was very informative and educated me in what was best for my pets! So glad I made the decision to take my babies here and will continue to take them here. It is also great to know they have an additional location close by to provide services that this location does not provide! A+++ service!"
    The Preston Family
  • "Destin animal clinic is polite, professional, and compassionate with fair pricing Care for our beloved pets doesn't get any better than this!!"
    Miramar B.
  • "The staff was so friendly and very helpful. Bear looked so happy in the pictures. Thank you Destin Animal Clinic."
  • "I am very satisfied with my first experience with Destin Animal Clinic. The Vet was very professional and made a quick and accurate evaluation of my dog's condition, and he is much better from the treatment he received. The young ladies at the desk and in the treatment room were very pleasant and considerate."
    Joet
  • "We've been taking our dogs to Destin Animal Clinic for many years. Doc and his staff have always treated us like family. We've shed tears as well as laughter with them. They go out of their way to help you and your pet."
    Kathyj
  • "Dr. Allen and the technicians treat my pet with compassion and care. Love the new addition of Dr. Allen! Great Pricing, and happy that they offer bathing and boarding on top of veterinary care. One stop shop for all my pets dietary, medical and bathing needs."
    Joseph S.

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Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed