With decades of combined experience in the field, our veterinarians and veterinary professionals alike possess the excellence and the experience to care for your pet.

Each of our veterinarian’s posses their own unique lens and levels of expertise, which they proudly bring to the care of each and every pet. By combining their experience, Bayview Animal Hospital comes prepared to handle a huge range of veterinary issues, from standard checkups to unique analysis and treatment.

Read on to learn about our team of veterinarians and just why they’re so dedicated to providing excellence in veterinary medicine:

Dr. Rudd Nelson

Dr. Rudd Nelson is originally from Iowa and received his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. He received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State in 1999. He is married with three children and resides in Lighthouse Point. His non-biped kids include 13 dogs (Wolfgang, Smith, William, Stuart, Miranda, Cece, Enviata, Ruby, Daphne, Barbie, Flea, Peanut, and Sophia), a cat (Sister), 2 rabbits (Alejandro and Rupert), a hedgehog (Henry), and two aviaries with a wide variety of finches. When not taking care of his patients, Dr. Rudd enjoys trips to Iowa for activities involving John Deere tractors and fishing in the Everglades with his family.

Dr. Laurie Phillips

Dr. Laurie Phillips graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She has resided in Boca Raton since graduation. “Dr. P” is married to Kelly Phillips who is also a veterinarian. Together, they have two children. Carter is an event supervisor at the Breakers and Mallory is a pre-vet student at U.C.F. Their four-legged kids include 6 crazy dogs and 1 kitty cat. When not working at Bayview Animal Hospital, “Dr. P” enjoys working out, scuba diving, cooking, fishing, reading, and spending time with family.

Dr. Jon-Paul Carew

Dr. Jon-Paul Carew gained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology in 1997 at FAU, before graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. His clinical year was completed at The University of Georgia.

Dr. Carew was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. He has been practicing veterinary medicine in South Florida since October 2001. Carew joined the staff of Bayview Animal Clinic in January 2014. Dr. Carew enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine including surgery and exotic medicine. He has a special interest in pain management and anesthesia. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, scuba diving, photography and spending time with his three terriers Royal, Calypso and Finn.

Dr. Christopher Smith

Dr. Christopher Smith is a Fort Lauderdale native and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences Biology with a minor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, followed by a master’s of Agribusiness with a minor in Wildlife Ecology, all from the University of Florida! At Bayview Animal Hospital, Dr. Smith treats all species, but has a special interest in exotic species and small animal surgery.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Smith works with multiple state agencies as a consultant on wildlife issues unique to South Florida. Of particular interest is his work with monitoring the health of the threatened American crocodile population, as well as ongoing research on the invasive Burmese Python and Argentine Tegu. He periodically lectures and hosts veterinary students focusing on reptile medicine.

Dr. Smith is also proud to sit on the board of directors for two not-for-profit animal therapy organizations. His work with “Canine Assisted Therapy” focuses on the safe use of therapy dogs in various environments such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and the court system. As a board member of the “Swamp Apes” he helps serve returning military veterans with rehabilitation programs through environmental and wildlife focused therapy.

Dr. Smith and his wife (also a veterinarian) share their home with multiple rescue animals:  two dogs, two cats, a sulfer-crested cockatoo, rabbit, guinea pigs, leopard tortoises, iguana, and turtles. In their spare time, they can usually be found near the water; either fishing or diving in the ocean, or paddling through the Everglades.