Dr. Jacob Vencil
DVM, Practice Owner
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 2016 Dr. Vencil became the owner of Palencia Pet Clinic, taking over for Dr. Peter Veling who selected him 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 have three children: Harper (5), Jack (4) and Hallie (2). Their four-legged family members include Maggie (Labrador mix), Stitch (Boston Terrier mix), Reesie (Tortoiseshell cat), and Pounce (Tuxedo cat).
Dr. Matthew Young
DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Matthew Young graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career practicing at a large, state of the art, 365 day-a-year veterinary hospital located in Charlotte, North Carolina where he saw a variety of complex medical, surgical, and emergency cases.
Dr. Young has been practicing in St. Augustine since 2016 after relocating back to the area to be closer to family. While Dr. Young enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he has special interests in ultrasonography, minimally invasive techniques/surgery, dentistry, pain management, and internal medicine.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Young is married to fellow veterinarian Dr. Sarah Franz. They share their lives with their two dogs, Charlie (their chihuahua rescue) and Beretta (their black Labrador Retriever), as well as their chickens. During his free time Dr. Young enjoys running, fishing, hiking, and traveling with his family.
Dr. Sarah Franz
Dr. Sarah Franz graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Since graduation, she has worked in progressive small animal practices and specialty emergency hospitals. She has extensive experience in surgery (routine and emergency), urgent and critical care medicine, ultrasound, and preventative medicine.
She also obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Florida with a focus in Epidemiology. She has authored many peer-reviewed research articles in a variety of journals. Upon graduation from Veterinary School, she received the Charlie Bild Clinical Proficiency Award which was in recognition for outstanding clinical proficiency.
Dr. Franz is married to fellow associate Dr. Matthew Young. They met at the University of Florida and have practiced at the same hospital throughout much of their careers. They thoroughly enjoy collaborating together and discussing cases even when it continues after hours at home over dinner! She has been practicing in St. Augustine/Jacksonville area for the last 5 years and is excited to join the Palencia Pet Clinic team.
She lives here in St. Augustine with Dr. Young, her son Everett and their two dogs Beretta and Charlie. She enjoys being active outside, boating, fishing, and traveling.
Dr. Raina Pannee
“About 17 years ago, I adopted a little puppy that I named Delphi. She changed my life forever and was the catalyst for my career as a veterinarian. As a sick little puppy, we found ourselves at the vet hospital a lot. She was a lot of work but, caring for her sparked my love of veterinary medicine. The bond I shared with her was special but not unique, as most people love and care for their pets the same way I did. I am reminded every day to care for my patients as well as I cared for Delphi because I know just how important that bond can be. I absolutely love working with the Palencia Pet Clinic team. Everyone here is so caring to our patients and they are passionate about helping our clients.”
Dr. Raina Graduated from Oklahoma State with honors in 2013. She practiced in Virginia and West Virginia for several years before moving to Florida. She currently has two rescued cats, Zombie and Bongo.
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.
Mily is a Spanish speaker whose original background was in foreign languages (English and Japanese). She has lived in 3 different countries and 7 different cities, and though she has always loved animals, her constant traveling prevented her from having as many pets as she would have liked. When she and her husband finally settled in West Virginia, she not only got the fur babies she had always wanted, but also started working as a vet assistant/technician. However; having always lived close to the sea and missing it desperately, they moved once more to Florida in 2016 where they hope to finally stay. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, knitting, cooking and baking, and of course spending time with her dogs ChaCha, Elly and Rex.
Lindsay is a native of Florida born and raised in Jacksonville Florida but moved to St. Augustine in 2006. She graduated from Nease High School and has worked in the veterinary field for almost 3 years. As an assistant at Palencia Pet Clinic, she can always be found helping our doctors with a smile. Lindsay has 2 new dogs at home she recently adopted, Lady Bird and Hank. She has a son, Liam, who is full of personality! When not working Lindsay loves to fish and spend time with the her family.
Client Service Specialist
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.
Kendall was born in Lancaster, California, and moved to Florida when she was 7 years old. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Matanzas High School and is currently working on her Associate of Arts Degree. Kendall has a special interest in neonatal care, and her long term goal is to become a pediatrician. Kendall joined Palencia Pet Clinic in 2018. Prior to joining us, she worked in the veterinary field for 5 years at a large 24 hour emergency practice. Kendall has a Siamese mix kitty named Oscar. She also has two young brothers, Gage and Gavin, who mean the world to her. In her free time, Kendall likes to go to the beach or hang out with her friends.
Client Service Specialist
Ashley is from Miami, FL and moved to St. Augustine in January of 2019. She has always had a love and passion for animals and has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years. Ashley loves the rewarding feeling she gets from her job. She has 4 cats of her own at home. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s on her 4 wheeler, in her garden or at the beach.