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709 N US Hwy 1 Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Dr. O'Connor - Veterinarian

Dr. O'™Connor grew up outside Philadelphia Pennsylvania as one of four children.  He always had many pets and as a child wanted to become a zookeeper.  The presence of his uncle Bill Crane, a small animal veterinarian inspired him to want to become a veterinarian. From 1994-1998, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in biology with coursework concentrations in English, Archaeology, and Classical Studies. After graduation he began his first career at GE Capital Commercial Real Estate.  There he worked as a financial analyst, spending much of his time developing information systems for the company branches in the USA, Europe and Mexico.

In 2003 he was accepted to Veterinary School in Dublin Ireland, where he spent the first three years of study.  In 2006 he transferred to the University of Glasgow Veterinary School, from which he graduated in 2008. 

After Graduation, Dr. O'Connor came home to Philadelphia where he worked for a year before moving to Orlando, where he worked for River Oaks Animal Hospital.  It was in Orlando that he met his wife Susan on Catholic Match.  They married in 2010 and he moved to Fort Pierce.  He spent the 2010 to late 2012 working at the Florida Veterinary League in Vero Beach.  In 2013 Dr. O'Connor founded Holy Family Veterinary Hospital.  He currently lives in Fort Pierce with his wife Susan, their son William, and daughter Rose. 

Years in Practice: 8
Education: B.V.M.S. University of Glasgow, 2008


Veterinary/Surgical Technician

Melissa graduated from SUNY Delhi with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and became licensed in 2009. Since then she has worked in various clinics and zoos in New York, Texas and Florida. She enjoys travelling, photography, arts & crafts and spending time with her pets on her days off. She has 3 dogs: 2 mutts named Rugger and Cricket, a Chihuahua named Ella (that can often be found sleeping on the counter at Holy Family), a cat named Ruthie, a tarantula named Rosie and a red foot tortoise named Squishy

Education: Associates Degree in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Delhi, 2009
Pets: 1 cat (Ruthie), 3 dogs (Ella Bean, Rugger, Cricket), and 1 tarantula (Rosie)


Veterinary Technician

Ashley started working with us in August of 2013 but has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Florida in 2010 and worked at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital from 2009-2010. She is currently attending Ross University School Of Veterinary Medicine. We are very excited for her and looking forward for her return. She is very fortunate to have Her dog “Jack” with her in St. Kitts.

Education: Bachelors in Animal Science from University of Florida, 2010

Pets: 4 dogs (Stella, Rusty,Jack, & Boose), 1 rabbit (Foo-Foo), 2 cats (Punky & Oliver)



Marie became a member of our team in January 2013 and works as our part-time receptionist. She taught Art and Drama in Boston, Massachusetts for 29 years before she moved to Fort Pierce. Currently, Marie teaches religious education at St. Anasthasia's and is the director for The Passion of The Christ play at St. Anasthasia'€™s. In her spare time, Marie travels to Medjugorje, Bosnia once a year for a pilgrimage, and she enjoys reading, drawing, traveling, theater, and spending time with her 10 grandchildren.


Veterinary Technician

Therlietta started her career in the veterinary field 4 years ago working at Tri County Animal Hospital in the kennels and has since then worked her way up to being a technician. She is also working as an EMT and has a certification in firefighting as well. she is currently pursuing a degree in Biology as well as a certification in becoming a paramedic. Her hobbies include reading, going to the beach on her days off and discovering holes in the wall to eat at.  She has two dogs: a toy poodle named Doogie and Bullet, a brindle pit bull.

Yvonne Van Ovost

Practice Manager

I have been working in veterinary medical field for as long as I can remember. I started cleaning kennels, worked my way up to veterinary technician, then Practice Manager. I worked for Port St Lucie Animal Hospital for the majority of my career. When Dr. Passman retired, I found myself searching for an Animal Hospital that cared and love both their Patients and Clients. Holy Family Veterinary Hospital was the perfect fit! Dr. O’Connor and his staff made me feel right at home.

In my spare time, Dale and I take care of our 2 dogs and 2 cats. Dollie is a 5-year-old King Charles Cavalier, and Sandy is a 10-year-old Border Terrier. Our cats Marilyn & Monroe are pretty easy to care for, just love and food. We also like fishing, boating, bowling and gardening.


Kylie has had a passion for all animals since she could speak. Her childhood dream was to become a Veterinarian. She graduated from Animal Behavior College with a certification in Veterinary Assisting. She wants to further her education in becoming a veterinarian. She began working in the kennel when she was 18 and worked her way up. On her free time she likes to ride her horse and hang out with friends. She enjoys watching football and going for walks with her dogs. She has two horses: a Quarter Horse Paint named Panda and a Pinto named Dolly, 2 dogs: a Pit Bull named Moomba and hound/boxer mix named Savage, a cat named Elsa and 2 reptiles: a turtle named Snapper and a Crested Gecko named Stitch, and a Pot Bellied pig named Seymour.


Beverlee began working in vet clinics, a little later in life, because of her love for animals. She started in the kennels and worked her way through reception and is now a tech. In her off time, she likes to spend time with her two children, Bryce and Kaylee, traveling and camping when they are able. She has two Tabby cats: Churchill and Perseus and 4 dogs: Traquer, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, Gigi, a Shepherd mix, Dixie, a Black and Tan Coonhound, and Goose, a Blue Nose Pit, all of which are rescues. She is also actively fostering for the Bahamian Potcake Rescue and the American Black and Tan Rescue.


Emily has been in a vet clinic since the day she was born, literally! She grew up volunteering and eventually working at Port St Lucie Animal Hospital when she was old enough. She used to sleep in the dog runs and do her homework underneath the doctor’s desk. Her passion for animals only grew over time and she decided to continue her journey here at Holy Family. She has 3 dogs: a blue heeler named Jack, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Kimber, and a German short hair pointer named Buddy, and 11 chickens.


Brigitte acquired an associate’s degree in Veterinary Science in 2011 from Sanford Brown Institute. She began working in vet clinics as a kennel girl when she was 17. She enjoys watching football, doing crossfit and spending time with her family. She is currently enrolled in classes to become a Registered Nurse. She has 3 dogs: 2 chow mixes, named ChaChi and Sadie and a chihuahua named Max, 4 cats (Princess, Fat Dory, Sweetie Pie and Hermie) and a Box Turtle named Sam.

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