Dr. Sara Jo Charles dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since the age of 10. After working as a veterinary assistant for 12 years and obtaining a BS Degree in animal sciences from the University of Florida, she decided to fulfill that dream. She graduated from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, and then moved back to her home state of Florida. Although she came from “horse country” (Ocala, Florida), she found that small animal medicine was her passion. She fell in love with the Bradenton, FL area while she worked as a relief veterinarian for a few years before she started Keystone Animal Hospital.

Practice ownership has also been a dream of Dr. Sara Jo’s. She has worked very hard to ensure that Keystone Animal Hospital offers not only compassionate support to her patients, but also to her patients’ parents, and team members. She has utilized a business model in which open and honest communication and compassionate support are necessities for her team. She has always believed in practicing quality (not quantity) veterinary medicine while striving to develop treatment plans that encompass what’s best for both the patients and their parents.

Dr. Sara Jo is happily married to Keystone Animal Hospital’s charismatic office manager Tom. She loves spending time with Tom, their two beautiful daughters, and of course their two stubborn and spunky Dachshunds Dane and Olney.