Fort Pierce Emergency Veterinarians

Serving the Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach Area

Our veterinarians provide 24-hour pet emergency and critical care to Ft. Pierce pets, as well as to nearby communities of Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach.

Ronald Lyman, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

ft pierce emergency veterinarian Dr. Ronald Lyman is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Neurology / Neurosurgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, the Ohio State University, and the University of Florida, where he participated in the instruction of veterinary students.

Dr. Lyman is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He leads daily patient rounds with all Doctors, Technicians, and Patients at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center [AERC] in Florida, where he practices internal medicine and neurology/ neurosurgery. He is the founder and President of the AERC.

Dr. Lyman coordinates the ACVIM research abstracts review articles for the DVM magazine publication. Dr. Lyman is the author or co-author of several recent book chapters and scientific journal articles on subjects in clinical veterinary medicine, including two articles in 2006 describing intraoperative ultrasonograpic techniques and their contributions toward decision making during spinal surgery. Dr. Lyman has presented at the ACVIM Forum, the yearly scientific meeting for international specialists in Veterinary Internal Medicine and Neurology. He has lectured on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at the North American Veterinary Conference and at The International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. He presented the Keynote address at the 2007 Alumni Continuing Education Conference at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the recipient of the 2007 Alumni Recognition Award by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and they invited him back to give an update presentation on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at the 2010 Alumni CE Conference. In May of 2012, Dr. Lyman received the Gold Star Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for his outstanding contributions to the profession.

Since 2010, Dr. Lyman serves as Medical Director for RKLyman, LLC a professional consulting firm that provides education, tools and training for the use and marketing of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Dr. Lyman travels throughout the United States conducting Safety/Training/Usage educational seminar programs for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for veterinary hospitals and teaching facilities including the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where he instructs and consults on HBOT.

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Lesley Phillips, DVM

fort pierce emergency vetsDr. Lesley Phillips graduated from Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by what she describes as a valuable one-year internship in animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1986, following her internship, she joined the Animal Emergency and Referral Center team and was selected for a three-year surgical residency at the University of Florida.

An experienced soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon, one of Dr. Phillips' areas of professional interest and specialization includes hepatic microvascular dysplasia (HMD). Her interest in this disease led her to co-author a chapter on HMD in the 2000 Edition of Current Veterinary Therapy XIII. Her expertise has enabled the Animal Emergency and Referral Center to use intraoperative video fluoroscopy when treating cases of HMD or macroscopic portosystemic shunts.

Dr. Phillips also specializes in laser surgery, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. Laser surgery procedures minimize bleeding, swelling and pain and are ideal for feline declawing, ear masses/ablation, skin masses, lick granulomas and a variety of other surgical procedures. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy enable doctors to obtain biopsies of the liver and lung (respectively) with minimally invasive techniques.

In all, Dr. Phillips finds her work at AERC to be challenging and rewarding. She is also one of the reasons why AERC has become a major resource for veterinary referrals from practices all over the United States.

Aside from her professional duties at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, Dr. Phillips enjoys hiking, crafts and spending time with her two yellow Labradors named Carmen and Julie, her parrot named Pippin and her macaw named Gator.

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Robert Runde, DVM

ft pierce veterinarianDr. Robert Runde attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1996. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Runde was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Runde has been an associate veterinarian at Animal Emergency and Referral Center since 2004. Prior to his arrival at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, he completed a medicine and surgery internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.

Dr. Runde is the author of several articles published in DVM Magazine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training in August of 2010.

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Davin Borde, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

fort pierce vetDr. Borde is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a three year cardiology residency at the Veterinary Heart Institute and has written several book chapters and lectured across the United States and the Caribbean.

Dr. Borde leads a Cardiac Clinic Service at AERC where is available to treat companion animals by referral from the primary care veterinarian.

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Michael Canfield, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

fort pierce, fl vet, Dr. Michael CanfieldA southern Mississippi native, Dr. Michael Canfield spent a number of years working as an electrician at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is proud to have played a role in the building of several ships for the U.S. Navy.

While employed as an electrician, Dr. Canfield began his undergraduate studies at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and subsequently transferred to Mississippi State University to complete his undergraduate studies. After graduation, he entered Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and an eagerness to practice small animal medicine.

During his veterinary school years, Dr. Canfield developed a special interest in veterinary dermatology, which flourished during his years as a small animal clinician. Ultimately, he accepted an American College of Veterinary Dermatology approved dermatology residency with an Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, California. After three years of intense training, Dr. Canfield completed his residency.

In addition to his work with us, he treats dermatology cases at a practice in Marietta, Georgia, and practices as a small animal clinician at the Animal Hospital of Regency Park in New Port Richey, Florida.

Dr. Canfield's dermatological specialization includes the diagnosis and treatment of allergic skin diseases, ear diseases, and endocrinopathies (hormone-related diseases). Additionally, he enjoys traditional surgery, cryosurgery, laser surgery, and internal medicine.

Dr. Canfield is a proud husband and father of three children.

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Cindy Wasserman, DVM, JD

fort pierce veterinarianDr. Cindy Wasserman is an Emergency Veterinarian that has been with Animal Emergency and Referral Center since January of 2010.

A native of Whitestone, New York, Dr. Wasserman says that at a very young age she first started reading James Herriot, the author of a series of books commonly referred to as All Creatures Great and Small. “I read his stories and was captivated by the life of a veterinarian,” she says. “Then one morning while waiting for the school bus someone asked if I would hold their kitten for a minute while they ran back to get something. They never returned! I missed school that day and I had to hide the kitten in my bedroom for a couple of weeks while I gave him medications a veterinarian had prescribed. It all was going great until my allergic mom started sneezing like crazy. We ended up bringing the kitten to Bide-A-Wee, but that was the moment when I knew I had to become a veterinarian.”

In 1982, Dr. Wasserman earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Florida and subsequently entered the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and lists veterinary law, veterinary emergency medicine, and general practice as areas of particular professional focus. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. Beyond her medical training, she also holds a Juris Doctorate (law degree).

Dr. Wasserman's animal family includes a Schnauzer named Lulu rescued from a puppy mill in Pennsylvania, a Bully breed named Tinkerbell saved from being euthanized, a Rat Terrier named Gracie that has a passion for swimming, two black cats named Ernie and Joe, a rather shy cat named Lemmy, and a Cockatiel named Screech that was left in her care when the original owner didn't want it back.

Dr. Wasserman is also mom to two kids, Justin, an avid skateboarder born in 1994, and Michael, born in 1991 who is a drummer and guitarist with an interest in horticulture. Her interests include reading, bike riding, and spending time at the beach.

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Dr. Jessica Diaz

ft pierce veterinarian, Dr. Jessica DiazDr. Diaz earned her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 2003, Master of Science in Pharmacology/Toxicology in 2007, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 all at Michigan State University.

Dr. Diaz did a Rotating Small Animal Internship at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida from 2009 – 2010.  She also did a Partial Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care from 2010 – 2012 in Wisconsin.

Dr. Diaz’s professional interests include use and administration of blood products, fluid therapy for treatment of circulatory shock, becoming familiarized with the many indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and trauma.

Dr. Diaz is an active member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), VECCS (Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society), and the TCVMA (Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association).  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, enjoying the Florida outdoors, and crafts.

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