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Safety Update:

To best protect everyone we will be practicing a client-patient screening prior to all services.  Based on the screening our facility may request to reschedule, ask for an alternate individual to bring your pet, or offer contactless methods for care. We understand you may decline to complete the client-patient screening, in the best interest of our team, other clients and other patients if completion of screening is declined we are within our right to refuse service.  Thank you for helping us in practicing safety measures to protect everyone’s health.

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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.

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.

Featured Articles

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  • Flying Squirrels

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  • Fennec Foxes

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  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

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  • Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

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  • Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

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  • Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

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Office Hours

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