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.

Dr. Deven King

DVM

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Dr. Deven King attended Auburn University to obtain a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine, following completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University. Being originally from Kentucky, Dr. King moved to Georgetown, KY to practice mixed animal medicine following graduation from Auburn University. Dr. King was later drawn to the Saint Augustine area by God’s call to serve in a local church, Trinity Episcopal Parish in downtown Saint Augustine. Faith in Jesus Christ, family, and a passion for serving others are of utmost priority. In his spare time, you may see Dr. King running long distance through Palencia’s beautiful neighborhood or kayaking on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway.

Having graduated Suma Cum Laude from Auburn University, Dr. King has strong interests in continued education and evidence-based medicine, rivaled by compassion for rescued and debilitated animals. He is also highly interested in Feline Medicine, Internal Medicine (Cardiology and Neurology), Dermatology, and Soft-Tissue Surgery. Dr. King has worked closely with TARAA, a local canine and feline rescue group serving Saint Augustine, Jacksonville, and rural St.Johns’ county. Dr. King also has a passion for teaching, where he enjoys providing comprehensive clinical education to pet owners.

Dr. King and his wonderful wife Erica have a few pets of their own: A 16 year old male orange tabby, Donald; a 10 year old female Lhasa Apso, Mia; a 7 year old male mastiff/lab mix, Mater; a 1 year old male tuxedo cat, Figaro; a 6 month old male grey tabby, Baloo; and a newly rescued 5 month old female white/grey kitten, Daisy. Dr. King looks forward to meeting and providing compassionate care for your cherished pets as well.

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.

Milagros Johnson

Veterinary Nurse

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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.

Mariah Foster

Veterinary Nurse

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Mariah has had a passion for animals from the start! In early high school she volunteered at her local shelters and as she got older often did animal transport for different rescue groups and was a team member with Ana’s Angels for 2 years. She followed her passion and started working at a local boarding kennel where her skills quickly improved all while making many relationships with pets and owners. After 3 years she followed her passion even further and found herself here at Palencia Pet Clinic where she is a proud member of our family!

Lindsay Henricks

Veterinary Nurse

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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.

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.

Kendall Garcia

CSC/Nurse

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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.