Welcome to what we hope is the beginning of a long and truly wonderful relationship between our home and yours. Opened in 2018, Birch Island Veterinary Center is a long-time dream for our lead doctor Deanna Greer, who has been a Jacksonville native for over 15 years, and a veterinarian for over 20 years! Our practice will strive to be the home away from home for your dogs, cats, and small animal family members. We offer full medical, surgical and dental care as well as boarding, day care, grooming, and much more!

Our practice is a strong advocate for the Fear-Free® movement, which rethinks the approach to pet examinations and transforms the patient-client experience. Our facility was designed from the ground-up to eliminate fear, anxiety, and stress and values the emotional state of our patients as much as their physical health. We have separate entrances, waiting rooms, and exam rooms for dogs vs cats, as well as slip-free surfaces and alternate exam locations to make your pet's experience as comfortable as possible. We are also extremely proud to be the first Fear-Free Certified practice in Jacksonville! Practice Certification takes Fear-Free implementation to the next level – from an individual to a joint effort that requires the entire practice team to work together to achieve certification. Fear Free Certified® Practices will have successfully implemented Fear Free into all aspects of their business: culture and leadership, client education, staff training, facility, and patient visits.  To learn more about the Fear-Free movement and what practice certification means, feel free to give us a call or visit the Fear-Free website.


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  • Dr
    Deanna Greer
    DABVP
    Owner and Medical Director

    Dr. Deanna (Dee) Greer is Birch Island's fear-free certified Medical Director. She graduated in 1996 from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in New York, California, and for the last 11 years in Jacksonville. She finished her specialty degree in 2005, and is a member of ABVP specializing in feline and canine medicine and surgery. Dr. Dee lives in Julington Creek with her husband Michael and two sons Michael (12), and Johnathan (15). The family also includes her two dogs, four cats, two hamsters, two rabbits, assorted fish, and a hedgehog. Her veterinary special interests include; soft tissue surgery, internal medicine in particular skin disease, behavior medicine, and pocket pets. Dr. Dee's non-veterinary interests include; anything outdoors, baseball (especially the New York Yankees!), traveling, skiing, cross stitching, reading a good mystery novel, and most of all being a mom!

  • Dr
    Jeffrey Nix
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr Jeffrey Nix joins the Birch Island team part time. He graduated from Auburn University and operated his own veterinary practice in Tennessee for 30 years! He and his wife Mary, recently re-located to Ponte Vedra and now call the area home. Dr Nix has a special interest in surgery and also enjoys involving his clients in their pets medical diagnosis and treatments through education. In their spare time, he and his wife enjoy the beach,, exploring the local sites and cuisine, and spending time with their grandchildren!  

  • Dr
    Nancy Gavron
    DVM
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr Gavron recently graduated from the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. Born and raised in Atlantic Beach, FL, she can’t wait to rejoin the Jacksonville community. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine, ophthalmology, and cardiology. She has two dogs, named Teddy and River, and two cats, Alfie and Chubbs. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with friends and family, college football, and true-crime podcasts.

Office Hours

Hospital Hours

Monday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Boarding & Daycare

Monday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Our Location

Phillips Highway (US 1) between Racetrack Rd and SR 9B