Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, And Sarasota

University Animal Clinic is a full service animal clinic, located in Bradenton. We are proud to provide the best in wellness and emergency care to a wide variety of pets in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Manatee, and Sarasota. Our veterinarians, Dr. Leigh Samanowitz and Dr. Sara Simonson and Dr. Jenny Dakin have come together to head up a highly skilled, extensively trained veterinary staff, specializing in the care and treatment of small and exotic animals. At University Animal Clinic, we are prepared to offer the latest proven treatments of orthopedic and emergency issues, as well as providing simple vaccination and spay and neuter services. We’re dedicated to ensuring that the pet owners of Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and beyond have access to the best pet care possible.

We are proud to carry an AAHA rating, meaning that our veterinary staff and animal hospital have been evaluated based on over 900 different medical and service standards, and were found to be exemplary. With this in mind, we hope pet owners will feel comfortable and confident trusting their pets in our care. It is our goal to be the premier vet for the residents of Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and the greater Florida area. Our AAHA rating is a testament to our standard of excellence.


Corks For Canines & Cats

Dr. Leigh Samanowitz & The University Animal Clinic team proudly sponsored and attended the 2021 Corks for Canines & Cats event that took place on September 18th, 2021. University Animal Clinic & The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch work alongside each other to make sure each pet is healthy before finding their forever home! Learn more about our work with The Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch.


Southeastern Guide Dog Walkathon

Dr. Leigh Samanowitz, Dr. Alison Fink and Erika participated in the Southeastern Guide Dog’s Walkathon, raising funds to help increase independence for their graduates and to increase their ability to provide the best guide dogs around the work. Participants enjoyed a 3K walk, music, and an offer of a free office visit to University Animal Clinic.


Nate’s 5K Run

The staff at University Animal Clinic participated in a 5K run in order to raise money for Nate’s Honor animal rescue. The event was hosted at Nathaniel Benderson Park off of University road in Sarasota and with a great turn out, money was raised to help the rescue organization. We’re extremely pleased with the results of this 5K fundraising effort and thank the local Sarasota community for their help!

  • We are actively involved with the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch to provide free initial exams on any newly adopted pet within 7 days of that adoption. Click here to visit their website.
  • We also partner with Pets Plus+ in Parrish, Florida. We inspect and assure proper conditions exist for housing some of their exotic species. We provide discounts on veterinary visits for newly purchased animals that choose to be seen by our veterinarians. Their website can be found at
  • We also work very closely with PetCo and Pet Supermarket, ensuring the veterinary health of the pets they have available for purchase. We have found both of these facilities very caring in the maintenance of their animals. Their websites can be found at and
  • Family Pet Center: Dr. Sam examines and treats any of the Family Pet Center’s sick pets here at our animal hospital.

UAC is proud to be a provider of comprehensive pet care for the local communities of Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and for pet owners from across Florida! Thank you for choosing us.

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