Meet Our Team

Dr. Jacob Vencil

DVM

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Dr. Vencil attended the University of Florida, where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science followed by a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. During his time in Gainesville Dr. Vencil met his wife, Jennifer. He was also there to celebrate four Gators NCAA Championships. You could say it was a pretty great eight years!

Dr. Vencil and Jennifer (also a veterinarian) returned to the coast of Northeast Florida where he worked for three years as veterinarian at a large 24-hour animal ER in Palm Coast. It was an opportunity that provided a tremendous amount of experience with complicated medical and surgical cases and state of the art equipment. Dr. Vencil was recently drawn to practice in St. Augustine by the beautiful beaches and fantastic community. In June 2016 Dr. Vencil became the Medical Director of Palencia Pet Clinic, working closely with Dr. Veling (who is still practicing part-time) to uphold the excellent medical standards he had established.

Though he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Vencil takes a special interest in surgery, dermatology and internal medicine. He looks forward to providing excellent care for your pets.

Dr. Vencil and Jennifer welcomed their beautiful daughter Harper Emily Vencil in November 2015. Their four-legged family members include Maggie (Labrador mix), Stitch (Boston Terrier mix), and Reesie (Tortoiseshell cat).

Dr. Peter Veling

DVM

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Dr. Peter Veling is a 1981 graduate of The School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Veterinary medicine and surgery became his goal in the sixth grade. He has been married to Jane since 1978. Together, they have three children, Rob, Drew and Caitlin. They currently share their home with two dogs, Onyx, a black Lab, Jade, a Blue-tick Coonhound, and Happy Gilmore, Bob and Nellie, three domestic short-haired cats. All of their pets are rescues, especially the three-legged Happy Gilmore.

Dr. Peter was the owner of Caring Hands Pet Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana for 21 years. This three veterinarian companion animal hospital started in a strip center in 1988. The practice grew to three veterinarians with a support staff of 19 employees housed in a building of its own. During his time in Indiana, Dr. Pete was President of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, served on the Continuing Education Committee for the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association for 12 years and on the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee for his final year in Indiana. He was a Scoutmaster of Troop 427 in Indianapolis for five years and served in various committee positions for the troop for an additional three years. He coached girls’ volleyball for five years and helped start an indoor sports facility for the volleyball club for which he coached.

Continuing Education is one of Dr. Peter’s passions. During an average year he will attend 60 to 100 hours of seminars even though only 20 hours per year are required to maintain a veterinary license. This means that there will be days when he will be absent from the practice for new learning and refreshing previously learned information. There is nothing like the enjoyment that comes from learning, especially at the North American Veterinary Conference in mid-January of every year.

Dr. Peter is co-author of Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies with Tracy Barr. He wrote the veterinary portion. Working with Tracy during the many rewrites was an enjoyable experience for him.

Warm weather sparked a desire to move to Saint Augustine because he and Jane enjoy golf (most of the time, you’ll understand if you play golf), scuba diving, kayaking and the beach. Dr. Veling is now seeing patients two days each week and performing surgery one day each week. He is enjoying the ability to have more time off while still being able to do the work that he loves.

Special Interests: Knee Surgery, Surgeries of many kinds, Skin problems, behavioral problems, internal medicine.

Nicholas Brass

Head Veterinary Nurse

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A true Floridian, Nicholas was born in Gainesville and raised in a small neighboring town. Learning from his mother and father, both equestrians, he was immersed into caring for animals from the beginning. He began working as a veterinary assistant/technician in 2005.

Nick has been part of the Palencia Pet Clinic team for three years. He and his wife, Taylor, were married in St. Augustine before relocating here to live the beach life! They have two girls, Gentry and Elouise. As a family they enjoy going to the beach, hiking to search for wildlife and exploring the Ancient City.

Lynette Snell

Veterinary Nurse

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Even though she has been a life-long lover of all things furry and four-legged, Lynette got a late start in the veterinary field when she began volunteering at a local humane society a few years ago, which led her to a position as a technician at another clinic.

With over 2 years of veterinary technician experience under her belt, Lynette recently joined Palencia Pet Clinic as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. One of Lynette’s passions is taking pictures of our patients and featuring them on our Facebook page.

Lynette seems to have a revolving pet door in her house and at any given time has some combination of dogs (Scooby, Daisy, Sugar, Bubba, and Tiger Lily) and cats (Morris and Handsome) happily residing with her. She also has two teenagers who know everything and don’t need much help from mom anymore! When not taking care of her “zoo,” Lynette loves to travel, watch sports, and read.

Maegann Schroeder

Veterinary Nurse

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Maegann is a native of New Jersey and a graduate of St Joseph Academy in St. Augustine. She attended college at Daytona State College and received a degree in Behavioral/Human Sciences. She assists our doctors during surgery, taking x-rays, drawing blood and performing dental procedures as well as working with pets in the exam room.

Before joining the team at Palencia Pet Clinic, Maegann worked with animal clinics in New Jersey and an emergency clinic in Florida. Maegann is married and shares her home with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 snake, and 1 bearded dragon.

Courtney Dowd

Veterinary Nurse

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Courtney was born and raised in Massachusetts. She has been in the animal care industry since 2003. She started out as a dog daycare attendant and then attended grooming school. After deciding grooming wasn’t for her, she moved to Denver, Colorado to attend veterinary technician school. Before recently settling in St Augustine, Courtney lived in Las Vegas and South Carolina, and worked at specialty practices as an oncology and surgery technician there.

Courtney lives with her husband Tim and their son Robert.  She owns a corgi named Bear and an orange tabby named Benny.

She enjoys being outdoors and exploring the area with her family, and rooting for the New England Patriots during football season!

Jennifer Kimmel

Client Service Specialist
Veterinary Nurse

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Jennifer joined our team in February 2017. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. Jennifer is a graduate of Ohio University and originally from Zanesville, Ohio. She moved to Florida in 2006 with her husband and 2 children.

Jennifer has been an animal lover her whole life; she shared numerous different pets with her children as they were growing up, and to this day can’t live without a furry baby in her life. Jennifer and her family enjoy taking their Florida Brown Dog rescue, Buddy, and their Shiba Inu, Kacey, on hikes, camping trips and walks around the neighborhood. Their sassy tortoiseshell kitty, Puma, spends her time tormenting her K9 siblings. Jennifer and her family enjoy international travel, fishing and hiking.

Lori Kafel

Client Service Specialist

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Lori lived in Emmaus, Pennsylvania for many years where she worked and raised her children before returning to her home state of Florida. Lori fell in love with St. Augustine while visiting her daughter at Flagler College. It was then she decided to leave the corporate world behind and make St. Augustine her permanent home. She has been part of our team since relocating six years ago.

Lori has two grown children, one grandchild, and another on the way. Lori’s daughter now lives and works on the Kissimmee Park Prairie Preserve, and her son is a talented musician also living in St. Augustine. Her grandchild Magnolia is the light of her life and loves to go swimming at Vilano Beach or at the splash park at the pier.

Lori shares her home with her partner Ernie. They enjoy kayaking the local waterways and bicycling throughout town. She also provides a loving home for her two pets; Dahly, a Labrador retriever and Rufus, a Shiba Inu.

Judy Wagner

Client Service Specialist

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Judy is originally from Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!!! She is a part-time receptionist. She is married to Karl and has a stepson Billy and a daughter-In-law Andrea; who have two beautiful children Nathan and Isabella. Judy and Karl also have two dog children Frankie James and Starr Lee.

Judy likes to walk on the beach with Karl and the dogs, kayak, camp, hike, travel, whale watching and just be out in nature when she can.