Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Magnolia Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Ocala veterinarians have served the community since 1990.


Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Magnolia Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Ocala veterinarians have served the community since 1990.


Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Magnolia Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Ocala veterinarians have served the community since 1990.


At Magnolia Animal Hospital, caring for pets is our passion.

Here, we treat pets like family. We understand how important your companion is to you — because they’re there for you through the thick and thin of life, with a wagging tail or a happy purr, and unconditional love. Our goal is to be your partner in taking care of your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing, so you can enjoy many happy years together. Come in and get to know us, and see why both you and your pet will love coming here!

Magnolia Animal Hospital

2019 N Magnolia Ave

Ocala, FL 34475

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MON7:30am - 6:00pm
TUE7:30am - 6:00pm
WED7:30am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm
THU7:30am - 6:00pm
FRI7:30am - 6:00pm
SAT8:00am - 1:00pm

Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Tracy Ferrell-Roberts

    Dr. Tracy Ferrell-Roberts

    Dr. Tracy Ferrell-Roberts attended college at the University of Florida and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2002, she returned to Florida. She joined Magnolia Animal Hospital in 2015 and continues to exemplify the human-animal bond with compassionate high quality veterinary care to dogs, cats, and numerous exotics and pocket pets.

    Dr. Ferrell-Roberts is passionate about surgery, breeding/reproduction, and dermatology. Internal medicine is very important to her, especially preventative medicine and client education. She is an exceptional surgeon with a professional, thorough, and caring medical outlook for all patients, clients, staff, and colleagues.

    Family is very important to Dr. Ferrell-Roberts. She is very happily married to her husband, Grady, and they have 3 beautiful children. In her free time, Dr. Ferrell-Roberts enjoys riding her Shire horses and Dressage mare with her daughter and husband. She and her husband are also very active in the Boy Scouts with their son. As avid runners, they enjoy at least one half marathon a year and train throughout the year to encourage a healthy and happy family-work life balance. On their farm, they have 6 horses, 2 Labrador retrievers, and 3 breeding French Bulldogs, as well as a cat, and a bearded dragon.

  • Dr. Lee Kierstein

    Dr. Lee Kierstein

    Dr. Kierstein (Dr. Lee) discovered his love of animals early on in elementary school, fostering wildlife and raising orphaned puppies, kitten, squirrels and other species. Pursuing his love of animals, he attended State University of New York agricultural school receiving an associate’s degree in animal science learning swine husbandry, dairy farming and poultry management.

    Moving to Florida in 1972, Dr. Lee attended University of Florida receiving his BS degree in animal science while working as a technician in a busy, small animal practice. Acceptance to the University of Florida, class of 1982 College of Veterinary Medicine was the culmination and reward for decades of providing care to animals and enabled him to pursue his dreams.

    After graduation, Dr. Lee traveled to Alaska and provided surgical and medical relief services to many different practices from anchorage to Fairbanks, made lifelong friends in Alaska where he has returned many times to visit and explore the many wonders of the last frontier.

    Returning to Florida in 1983, Dr. Lee pursued his other passion of farming, raising blueberries, timber, and organic vegetables on his 144-acre farm. He started a family, founded a regional pet emergency clinic, worked for the University of Florida research facilities and in 1990 purchased Magnolia Animal Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Lee helped found the first cooperative pet emergency hospital partnering with local practitioners and The University of Florida providing critical care to the local pet community.

    Dr. Lee sold his practice to American Veterinary Group in 2017 and remains as medical director. Dr. Lee has three children, Gabe, Ben and Kayla, and has been married to his wife Susan for twenty years. They have two miniature dachshunds and two cats.

    Exceeding client expectations and delivering compassionate, affordable veterinary care is Dr. Lee’s mission statement.

  • Dr Kelly Vernon

    Dr Kelly Vernon

    Dr. Kelly Vernon graduated cum laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She stayed in Florida after school, practicing near her hometown in Sebastian, Florida initially, before moving to Belleview in 2008. Dr. Vernon and her family have a small farm with cats, dogs, chickens, goats, and horses. She and her daughters enjoy horseback riding, with her girls competing in local hunter-jumper competitions.

    Dr. Vernon loves senior dogs and frequently has a new rescue pet living out its life with her family. When she is not tending to the farm and its occupants, she also loves reading and traveling. Dr. Vernon has a special interest in geriatric medicine and pain management, as well as dermatology. In the hopes of better serving her patients, she earned her certification in acupuncture from the Chi Institute in 2011, and her certification in canine physical rehabilitation in 2019. These specialty certifications have allowed her to provide more care options for her clients and patients. Dr. Vernon is excited to join the team at Magnolia Animal Hospital and offering preventative care, as well as acupuncture and physical rehab, to her new patients.

  • Dr. Jennifer Madera

    Dr. Jennifer Madera

    Dr. Madera is a 2004 Missouri graduate. She moved to Ocala for an equine internship at Peterson & Smith and stayed on with them as an ambulatory associate. Dr. Madera later was given the opportunity to work a few relief shifts at a sister clinic where she began seeing dogs and cats. That is where she found her love of being a small animal vet and never turned back. She has a lot of areas of interest in medicine but particularly enjoys providing dentistry services for her patients. She is very passionate about building lasting relationships with clients and their pets, doing her best to promote long-term, happy, and healthy lives. Dr. Madera is also Fear Free and Human-Animal Bond Certified and makes it a priority to put a lot of those principles in place while seeing her patients.

    In her spare time (aside from wrangling 2 kids with her husband and managing the mini-zoo they live on) she still works at several equine endurance rides a year to maintain a small connection with her equine background.

  • Dr. Shelby Martin

    Dr. Shelby Martin

    Dr. Shelby Martin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animal Science from the University of Florida prior to attending veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial University in East Tennessee. After graduation in June 2020, she moved back to the north-central Florida area, and began her career as a veterinarian. Although, she has only been in practice a short time, she has found a passion in soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, with a growing interest in breeding/reproductive medicine and internal medicine.

    Family is everything to Dr. Martin, and when she is not helping her patients, she is spending time with her husband, Cory, and two sons, Wyatt and Levi. They love spending their free time together outdoors, whether it’s at the beach, on a lake, or camping and riding four-wheelers. You can also find them on their farm in Williston, where they have three dogs, four cats, a conure, a horse, four goats, two pigs, and two cows.

  • Dr. Kristen Howard

    Dr. Kristen Howard

    Dr. Kristen Howard is passionate about veterinary medicine because it allows her to not only help animals but also build lasting relationships with clients. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Animal Biology and later attended veterinary school at Midwestern University in Arizona. Her clinical interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Howard enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling with her husband. She also enjoys spending time with their curious and sweet cat, Onyx. Dr. Howard works hard to ensure that her patients receive the best care and enjoy their veterinary visit.

  • Dr. Chris Ziegler

    Dr. Chris Ziegler

    Originally from Danbury, Connecticut, Dr. Ziegler followed his passion to sunny Florida and studied veterinary medicine at the University of Florida. Following graduation, Dr. Ziegler practiced veterinary medicine in The Villages, Florida. He happily returned to his Gainesville roots in 2016. He enjoys the opportunity to work with companion animals at Magnolia, exhibiting a strong interest in cardiology, dermatology, and internal medicine. Dr. Ziegler believes that education is the key to great medicine and is committed to sharing his knowledge with his clients, empowering them to make sound decisions regarding their pet’s health, enabling them to lead happy healthy lives. Dr. Ziegler currently lives in Gainesville with Amanda, his wife, and their fur children: Roo, Moe, Frankie, and Merlin. He remains active in the Gainesville community and has spoken a number of times to local groups on topics including household poisons and the importance of vaccination. He was recently featured on CBS’s, 4th of July Safety segment.

  • Best vet in town! Completely professional and reasonable. They’ve been caring for our furry family members since 2017 from wellness to illness, and we’ve had all great experiences. We appreciate you guys!!

    Willow A.


  • I wouldn’t trust my fur babies with anyone else!! Everyone there was so nice and sympathetic. It’s amazing to see people that actually care.

    Kali W.


  • I have used Magnolia Animal Hospital for over 30 years. I've always been very satisfied with the way they treat my animals and their knowledge. Dr Lee has been a shining star for us and the other doctor's there are just as good. We will continue to us Magnolia Animal as they have just always done a great job with our animals.

    Dottie G.


  • My new Veterinarian as of today!

    Robby J.


  • Everyone is amazing. They are so wonderful with animals and really helped us transition through a difficult loss with such compassion, as well as providing great care for our pets for many years. I trust everyone here with the lives of my pets.

    Nancy J.


Clinic Resources


Your First Visit

No need to be nervous. Here’s what you can expect at your pet’s first visit…

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Have a question for us? Check our list of frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 352-622-7143.

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Payment & Insurance

We accept a variety of payment options, including Care Credit. And, we can help you with pet insurance forms.

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Save time by filling out forms before you arrive. Use these for your first visit, boarding, or other consults.

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