New vet settles in on 30A

Tonia Shatzel

Dr. Tonia Shatzel is assisted by her daughter, who wants to be a veterinarian, as they check out one of their first patients, Ms. Stevie Nicks, who belongs to John Stasko.

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM.

A new veterinarian is settling in on County Road 30A, under the banner 30A Vet.

However, Dr. Tonia Shatzel is not new to the area.

Shatzel has visited here for 10 years, and in fact, she photographed, compiled and published the book "Dogs of 30A" in 2010 with the help of her partner, Rob Wood.

Shatzel was the photographer in that venture, which grew from her love of dogs and being impressed by the many dogs she encountered up and down 30A when she visited.

Several years ago she talked her dad into buying a cottage in Freeport so that she could come down more often and have a place to stay. However, once she was able to visit often, her wheels began turning as she tried to figure out a way to move here permanently.

In compiling her "Dogs of 30A" book, Shatzel became friends with Julie Brown, owner of Furry Fanatics pet store located at Gulf Place . When Brown told her the unit next to her shop was available, Shatzel and Wood decided the time was right to make the move.

Weeks were spent remodeling the downstairs to make it suitable for a veterinary clinic, and the state gave its stamp of approval two weeks ago. While remodeling, Shatzel began establishing her clientele by operating a mobile clinic.

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