Meet Our Team

Dr. Jacob Vencil


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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


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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.

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.

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 the Palencia Pet Clinic team since relocating six years ago.

With her grown children and grandchildren also living in St. Augustine there is never a dull moment. Her grandchildren Magnolia and Quinn are the light of her life and she loves to spend time with them enjoying the many activities St. Augustine has to offer.

Lori’s parents have a horse farm and she was surrounded by animals and pets growing up. She loved to add to the farm animals by sometimes bringing home and helping stray kittens, turtles, and even ducklings. Lori now has two dogs; Dahly, a sweet playful Labrador Retriever and Rufus, a spirited Shiba Inu. They spend most of their time waiting for her to come home each day and are a constant source of joy and companionship.

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.