Dr. Terry Clekis

Dr. Terry ClekisMedical Director and Co-Owner

At an early age, Dr. Terry Clekis always knew he wanted to become a veterinarian. After completing his undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston and graduate studies in reproductive physiology at the University of Georgia, Dr. Clekis went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious University of Georgia’s veterinary school in 1983. Upon graduation, Dr. Clekis knew he wanted to make a positive impact on the veterinary industry as it related to pets, pet owners, and his professional colleagues. After gaining experience as an associate veterinarian and hospital owner in the Charleston, South Carolina area and St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Clekis purchased Braden River Animal Hospital in 2002 and built the current, state-of-the art 5000sqft facility behind the original building on State Road 64 East in 2007. After many successful years at Braden River Animal Hospital, Dr. Clekis further expanded the grounds by building a new, 5000sqft boarding and grooming center adjacent to Braden River Animal Hospital. The new facility is home to ACE Pet Resort at Braden River and Diva Dogs Pet Grooming. Now, all three businesses, coupled with The Last Paw Dog Training contribute to offering pet owners full and comprehensive pet healthcare, boarding, day care, puppy play, grooming and pet behavior training.

In 2017, a new vision to provide excellence in pet healthcare standards for the greater Sarasota-Bradenton areas was seen to fruition when Dr. Clekis opened North River Animal Hospital in Parrish, FL. The expansion of the new veterinary practice, on the perimeter of a 20 mile radius with Braden River Animal Hospital, provides additional, full service, state-of-the-art pet care beyond Parrish to the surrounding areas of Palmetto, Ft. Hamer, and Lakewood Ranch as well.

Today, Dr. Clekis is very instrumental and influential on setting the direction for veterinary medicine. He is widely known for his expertise on wellness care and he routinely speaks on the use of cutting edge products and protocols related to veterinary medicine. Dr. Clekis has also been featured in many local, state, and national publications such as Veterinarian Compendium and the Merial Monitor. Under his leadership, Braden River Animal Hospital is one of the few nationally recognized clinical trial research sites for all major animal health pharmaceutical companies.

In addition, Dr. Clekis was instrumental in starting and serving as the president for the Manatee County Veterinary Medical Society. In 2007, he was awarded the highly sought after Gold Star Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association that recognizes outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine. He is a board member of the Southeast Guide Dog Association, the Manatee County Humane Society and the American Heartworm Society. Dr. Clekis is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and the Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association. His most recent contribution to his profession and community came when he became the FVMA’s Disaster Response Committee Chair, where he is responsible for ensuring that all veterinary hospitals have a plan of action for their clients and patients in the event of a natural disaster.

Dr. Clekis enjoys being a vital part of the Manatee County and Bradenton communities. Whether in the hospital, riding his Harley Davidson or on the road with his family in their RV, Dr. Clekis is committed to ensuring that he does everything in his power to build long term relationships with anyone he comes in contact with. 

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