Dr. Ronald Bell, DVM
As a young teen Dr. Bell was always fascinated with animals and knew he wanted to work with them in his chosen profession. He had dogs, cats, ducks, raccoons, a white tailed deer and a bobcat as pets. Frank was the name of his English pointer bird dog and Blue was the name of his redbone hound and they were his “best friends” in his teen years. The bond he shared with these pets was one of the compelling reasons he became a veterinarian.
Dr. Bell obtained his bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida in 1986 and went on to work for the Florida Game and Fish Commission on the endangered Florida panther project in the everglades before he entered the University of Florida Veterinary medicine program. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree in 1991.
Dr. Bell practices high quality medicine that emphasizes compassion and paying attention to details. He feels honored when a client chooses his team to care for their beloved pet. A strong emphasis is placed on client education and preventative medicine. The human pet bond is paramount.
He is proud of his 3 children and blessed to have married his high school sweet heart Tammy. He has one cat named Lilly. He enjoys reading, boating, photography, hiking, spending time with his family and any activity in the great outdoors.
Dr. Henry Thomas, DVM
Dr. Henry Thomas was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. After attending Pine Castle Christian Academy, he completed his associate’s degree at Valencia Community College and moved to Gainesville, Florida to become a true University of Florida Gator. Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from UF in Entomology and continued his education there to earn a Masters in Public Health. He was immediately accepted into the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine and received his DVM in 2006.
In his spare time, his hobbies include reading, playing video games, outdoor activities and spending time with his daughters, Aeryn and Allison. Their four-legged family consists of 2 dogs and 3 cats.
Dr. Chris Ludlow, DVM
Dr. Chris Ludlow is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He established Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics with a commitment to providing the highest quality internal medicine for pets and personalized service to referring veterinarians.
Dr. Ludlow earned his DVM with honors from Kansas State University in 1986. After graduation he worked in a busy small animal general practice in southern California for five years. He then returned to the KSU and completed a combined internal medicine/small animal clinical nutrition residency and Masters Degree program at Kansas State University under Dr. David Williams. Upon completion of his internal medicine residency, Dr. Ludlow then spent an additional year establishing a clinical nutrition service at KSU. After finishing his clinical nutrition training, Dr. Ludlow joined the internal medicine faculty at Kansas State University for one and half years before going into private specialty medicine at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Kansas City in where he served as a staff internist with this group of nine specialists for 6 years.
In 2001 Dr Ludlow took a position with Royal Canin USA where he served in the Scientific Communications division for 2 years where he lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of internal medicine and nutrition. Most recently, Dr. Ludlow was a staff internist at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida where he practiced for 6 years before starting Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics.
Dr. Ludlow has over 15 years of experience in ultrasound and endoscopy in university and referral hospital settings. He trained under Dr. David Biller for abdominal ultrasonography, and under Dr. Matt Miller and Dr. John Bonagura in the area of echocardiography. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in gastroenterology and has taught endoscopy wet labs at national meetings with Dr. Todd Tams and Dr. Al Jurgens.
Dr. Ludlow is an active member of the Comparative Gastroenterology. He has also been a Fellow for Mark Morris Institute for Clinical Nutrition for over 10 years where he has help teach clinical nutrition to students at veterinary schools all over the US and abroad.
When not busy consulting with veterinarians or lecturing, Dr. Ludlow enjoys cycling, hiking, nearly all types of music and the occasional bottle of good wine.
Andrea: Veterinary Technician
Animals were my first love. In my early twenties I began volunteering with large animal rescues and eventually joined a professional team as a trainer and handler specializing in large exotic cats. Since moving from Northern California I’ve down sized to the smaller cuddlier variety of feline and am known by my co-workers as the resident "cat whisper" here at Highland Square Veterinary Clinic. I have been happy to care for the many wonderful pets and their owners as a technician with Dr. Bell over the past eighteen years and have come to view them all as my extended family. I especially enjoy surgical nursing and treatment of our intensive care cases, offering a calm gentle touch when it is needed the most. In my spare time I love practicing yoga, running, and renovating my century old Spanish cottage with help of course from my three furry children Posie and Kai.
James: Veterinary Technician
I have worked with Dr. Bell at Highland Square Veterinary Clinic for sixteen years. I enjoy working at HSVC because we are a family oriented clinic and have a great staff. I currently own one dog and two cats. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and watching Michigan and Denver Bronco’s football.
Cyndi: Office Manager/Receptionist
I love working with Dr. Bell at Highland Square Veterinary Clinic because we have such a close “family bond” amongst all our employees. I have been working at HSVC for 27 + years and can’t imagine myself working at any other job. We have GREAT clients and patients that I thoroughly enjoy educating so they can be the BEST pet parents possible. I currently have my own zoo at home with one cat, four dogs and a flying squirrel. I enjoy spending time with my two sons and my husband going fishing and camping.
I have worked in the medical field for many years and I believe the most rewarding job has been here at Highland Square Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Bell and his great staff. I love being able to greet all the clients and their pets as they walk through the doors here at this clinic. Seeing all the wagging tails and being greeted with a bark or a meow simply makes my day. I have been at Highland Square Veterinary Clinic for just over 6 years now and I enjoy coming to work each and every day. I was born and raised on a family farm in Bristol, South Dakota. I enjoy spending time with my dog and two cats, reading a good book and going for motorcycle rides with my husband.
My name is Robbie Belcher, and I am a junior in high school. I plan on attending a four-year college to get my undergraduate degree in animal sciences and continue into a school of Veterinary Medicine to become a DVM. The environment the Highland Square Staff has created is one that is geared towards providing the best care for it's patients. I am so honored to work with people who are truly skilled in their craft. In my free time, you can find me playing piano, conducting the Bartow High School Marching Band, or competing in public speaking through the FFA Organization. I have a dog named Sadie, and a cat named Mimi.
Growing up, I always had an affinity for animals and I know from the ripe old age of 3 that I wanted to dedicate my life caring for them. My love for animals has molded me into a more patient, compassionate, and understanding adult and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to persue my dream in this field. I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Integrative Animal Biology at USF with the intention of attending a school of Veterinary medicine and hopefully opening my own clinic. Working while going to school has been difficult but I am lucky enough to have my fiance, Michael who has provided much needed love and support over our 8 years together as well as my cat, Coby who has been my best friend since I was 9 years old. I've worked in my fair share of clinics and Highland Square Veterinary Clinic has by far had the most family oriented and compassionate environment. I am so grateful to be a part of this team and I look forward to studying under Dr. Bell and Dr. Thomas and all the wonderful staff at HSVC.
Before officially working here at the office, I was a volunteer. Towards the end of my volunteering time I know I wanted to work on becoming a Veterinary Technician. The desire I have for animals and their well-being makes me want to strive more to become a technician or working in some form of being involved with pet care. This last year that I have been at HSVC has been the best and I hope to continue working here until I reach my next milestones.