A Message about COVID-19
A few things to remember to keep your family and our team safe from coronavirus:
- Masks are required for entry. If you do not have a mask, then we will provide you with one for a personal protection fee of $1.
- One client will be allowed per pet appointment. Additional family members should stay home with the exception of caring for small children.
- All medication refills, food pick-ups, or lab sample drop offs will remain curbside to limit the number of people in reception in Estero.
- If you would like to continue curbside service for an individual health risk, we are happy to accommodate.
- If you feel sick, then please stay home. You can schedule a virtual visit with one of our veterinarians via Zoom.
Our dedication to service is in our name – Grace – simple elegance for you and your pet. At Grace Veterinary Center, we believe in the importance of the human-animal bond by providing your family pet with fear free medicine, home-made pet nutrition, preventative care, medical services, and surgical needs.
As a family-owned animal hospital, we want your dog or cat to feel at home with us while receiving a high standard of medicine. Because wagging tails make us happy, our commitment to you is quality care and kindness.
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Grace Veterinary Hospital has several ways you can stay connected with our veterinary team! Check out the apps below and like us on Facebook & Instagram to learn more.
New! Puppy Yoga
Join us at Grace Veterinary Center for Puppy Yoga! It’s so much fun and a great way to change up your workout.
Services we Offer
If your pet is in need of care, Grace Vet Center in Estero, FL offers services for Dentistry, Cardiology, Dermatology, Radiology and other medical services for your pets.
Wellness and Vaccinations
A wellness examination is a routine medical exam of a healthy animal. The focus of a wellness visit is to ensure optimal health.
At Grace Veterinary Center, we offer in-house surgical services, including Spaying & Neutering, as well as Soft Tissue surgery for various conditions.
We specialize in pediatric medicine and see many puppies and kittens through our day here at Grace Veterinary. New puppy or kitten? Stop by and see us.
PUPPY AND DOG TRAINING RESOURCES
Lots of our clients have questions about choosing a dog trainer. There are certainly a lot of them out there! It is really important to get off to the right start with your pup, so choosing the the right type and style of trainer is vital.
Your Grace Vets team ONLY recommends trainers that practice positive reinforcement and avoid punishment, intimidation, and fear based training. Please see this link for a detailed glimpse into how to choose a trainer, and how choosing someone with positive methods will lead to a happier, better trained pet, all while strengthening the bond you share.
When you have a new puppy or even a new adult dog, you may have a lot of questions about training or problem behaviors. Check out https://positively.com/, the website for Victoria Stillwell, as seen on Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog.
Did you know that board certified veterinary behaviorists even have a position statement against the use of punishment in training dogs? This means that we even have studies proving why it isn’t best. If you want to learn more, check out
Dogwise is a great resource for publications all about animal behavior, to include books by the acclaimed Dr. Sophia Yin.
KITTEN AND CAT TRAINING RESOURCES
Finding thorough and accurate online information about cats can be tough! These websites are tried and true, backed by research, and approved by us, your Grace Veterinary Center team.
Learn about everything feline friendly! This website is full of practical, useful tips. Topics range from getting your cat happily (or at least somewhat happily!) to Grace, ways to maximize your bond with your cat, home care tips, disease information, and more.
This site is a fantastic resource for understanding the unique needs and behavior of cats. The “problem solving” tab is a great place to read accurate information about common issues or concerns.
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has put together a wonderful resource for cat owners. Search a long list of health topics, learn about common cat hazards, and even sign up for their Catwatch newsletter!
Cats are natural hunters and giving them new and exciting ways to find their food benefits them physically, socially, and emotionally. Check out this website and their accompanying facebook page for more info!
NEW!! Looking for a Payment Plan?
We’ve teamed up with Scratchpay to offer our customers a way to pay their veterinary procedures over time. This is a great service that takes away the anxiety of having to make hard decisions when it comes to the financial obligations your pet requires. Use the button below to apply.
Grace Veterinary center now accepts carecredit
We’ve teamed up with CareCredit to offer our customers a way to pay their veterinary procedures over time. Speak with you veterinarian for options.
Grace Veterinary center offers Telemedicine
I am now available by text and video via Zoom Video Conferencing. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Laura Laxton
Dr. Laura Laxton earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has a passion for supporting the human-animal bond by helping dogs, cats, and their humans too! As a small animal veterinarian, she has a focused interest in puppy pediatrics, animal behavior, nutrition, and virology (the study of viruses). She cares about your pet’s emotional well-being and uses Fear Free techniques to reduce pet stress and anxiety during examinations. Dr. Laura is also a certified Pet Nutrition Coach and creates tailored treatment plans for pets struggling with obesity. She enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, kayaking, and watching movies with her husband Matthew, 5 dogs (Lindy, Cara, Wilfred, Cass, and Chuck), and caique parrot Peaches. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Dr. Ivia Caridad Alfonsao
Grace Veterinary Center
Dr. Ivia Caridad Alfonso graduated in 2006 as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechny in Cuba. After graduation, she worked in the investigative field and did some house call service in Cuba. She came to the USA in 2011 and worked as a vet technician in Miami, then became licensed to practice veterinary medicine in 2015. She has been working in several hospitals in the Cape Coral and Englewood areas. Her favorite subject is internal medicine, and she loves cats. She is bilingual and resides in Cape Coral with her family. Her interests are spending time with her family, reading, and music.
Dr. Kristie Welsh
Grace Veterinary Center
Dr. Kristie Welsh is originally from Kentucky, and has resided in Florida for almost 20 years. She earned her doctorate degree from Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Alabama in 2004. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is establishing relationships with pet parents and their pets that blossom over many years, She is inspired to find ways to extend the lives of pets and increase the quality of their lives. This inspiration has led to her veterinary interests of tumor removal surgery, dentistry, genetics, and alternative pain relief measures such as cold laser therapy and acupuncture. She currently resides in Cape Coral with her husband Chris, her son, KC, and her 2 senior dachshunds, Keely and Kaiden.
Dr. Jennifer Meredith
Dr. Meredith graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2019. She has a strong interest and passion for soft tissue surgery and internal medicine with a focus on gastrointestinal/endocrine diseases and management. She grew up in an Army family with majority of her childhood spent in Bavaria, Germany where she got to travel across Europe and embrace the German culture. Colorado is her stateside home but found herself in southwest Florida where she met her husband and currently has 3 dogs (Donut, Marley and Ghost) and 1 rex rabbit (Butter). Prior to becoming a veterinarian, she was an active-duty Army 1 st Lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas where she also trained and worked with combat medics.
She wants to continue to expand her growth and knowledge in surgery, dentistry and endocrine/GI based diseases. Dr. Meredith’s goals are to provide excellent care and medicine to all of her patients and clients. In her free time, she enjoys running and cooking (if she were not a veterinarian, she probably would have been a chef) and spending time with her husband and fur babies.