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About the Doctor
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Dr. R.A. Simoneaux, D.V.M.
Dr. Simoneaux was born and raised in Florida and developed a love fovr animals at a very young age. His family always had several pets and his mother showed great concern for their welfare. This concern was not lost on her children and Dr. Simoneaux decided in High School to pursue veterinary medicine. He started working for a veterinarian in his junior year of high school as a kennel technician. Within a year he had gotten a second job at Sea World of Orlando as an animal care technician and had been promoted to veterinary assistant at the animal hospital. He continued in this capacity throughout high school and community college, adding a third job at the local veterinary emergency hospital on weekends.
He attended the University of Florida for the completion of his pre-veterinary curricula. During this time he also worked in the neo-natal foal unit at the veterinary college in Gainesville caring for pre-mature foals, and worked in a research lab on a DNA cloning project.
Dr. Simoneaux attended the University of Florida Veterinary College for his veterinary degree and graduated in 1990. Upon Graduation, Dr. Simoneaux took a position as staff veterinarian and executive director of Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife (C.R.O.W) on Sanibel Island, Florida. During this tenure at the helm of C.R.O.W., he completely oversaw the medical and surgical care of owls to bald eagles, raccoons, alligators, bobcats and all other native wild animals. Despite the rewards and challenges of wildlife medicine, Dr. Simoneaux missed working with companion animals such as dogs and cats.
After leaving C.R.O.W., Dr. Simoneaux entered private practice at a multi-doctor practice in Cape Coral. He followed this with a year as an emergency clinician in Ft. Myers and Sarasota.
Dr. Simoneaux has been in practice in Charlotte County for 19 years and is newly married to his childhood sweetheart, Basia. They have a rich family life with twin teenage girls and six dogs.
Both are thrilled to live in beautiful southwest Florida which perfectly suits their active outdoor lifestyle.