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. 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. 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. Rachel Shaeffer

    Rachel Shaeffer

    Dr. Rachel Shaeffer is a recent graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She also attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree in Animal Science. While she is originally from Tallahassee, Dr. Shaeffer has always been a proud Gator fan. During her time in college, she performed as the Florida Gator mascot Alberta. She was heavily involved in shelter and community medicine programs throughout her time in college and veterinary school. These programs included outreach trips to Belize and Ecuador to provide veterinary care for low-income families. Becoming a companion animal veterinarian has been Dr. Shaeffer’s dream for as long as she can remember.

    Dr. Shaeffer is passionate about preventative medicine, management of chronic diseases, and dermatology. Her interests also include cytology and nutrition. She is Fear Free certified and works hard to ensure that her patients have low-stress and enjoyable veterinary visits. Her primary goal is to deliver personalized care that fits the needs of both her patients and clients.

    In her downtime, Dr. Shaeffer enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-children. She has an adorable orange tabby cat named Evan and a beautiful lab mix rescue dog named Josie. As a family, they enjoy trying out new recipes, going on hikes, and catching up on the latest Netflix shows. Her other major hobby is cheering on the Gators during sporting events, especially football.

    Dr. Shaeffer will join the Magnolia Animal Hospital team this summer. She is very excited to get to know the Ocala community and Magnolia Animal Hospital’s wonderful clients.

  • Dr. Courtney Adams

    Dr. Courtney Adams

    Dr. Courtney Adams is originally from Dublin, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she studied Biological Sciences. During her undergrad studies, she spent time fostering dogs and also taught horseback riding classes to other students. She then went on to achieve her dream of becoming a veterinarian, being trained at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Becoming a veterinarian and being able to help strengthen the human-animal bond through her work as a veterinarian has been one of her proudest life accomplishments. Dr. Adams’ professional interests include preventative medicine, surgery, dentistry, and veterinary behavior.

    Dr. Adams can help you strengthen your bond with your pet through her management and guidance through animal behavior challenges. From having challenging behavioral pets of her own, she understands just how frustrating it can be to address and manage unwanted and unruly behaviors. Dr. Adams used all of her clinical elective time during school to train under board-certified veterinary behaviorists to broaden her knowledge of animal behavior and she continues to research more about this topic in practice. Her goal in managing behavior patients is to manage them effectively, humanely, and safely.

    In her free time, Dr. Adams loves going on adventures with her fiancé. Together they enjoy traveling, visiting new breweries, and spending time outside camping and hiking. Recently, Dr. Adams has become interested in kayaking and paddleboarding. Dr. Adams shares her heart and home with her two dogs, Kova and Gus. Kova is a large chocolate lab mix and is a total mama’s girl while Gus is a goofy hound mix who is happy so long as he has company. Dr. Adams cares about and treats each of her patients like they are her own.

  • 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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