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Oakwood Animal Hospital was founded in 1972 and holds the reputation of having loyal relationships with clients founded on their knowledge, compassion and service. Our friendly, highly trained staff and doctors look forward to nurturing the human-animal bond between you and your furry family member. We are committed to our own continuing education as well as keeping up-to-date technology in our hospital.  This allows us to begin more appropriate treatments should your pet be ill or injured.  Our efforts are devoted to keeping your pet healthier and happier. We have built a team of professionals who continue to thrive in making Oakwood Animal Hospital one of the best in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. Whatever your needs may be, we offer a service that will exceed your expectations.  Call or drop in today!
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Between Trimble Rd and Valley Green Dr on W. Tharpe
Wide Variety of Services Drop-Ins Welcome Saturday Hours for Your Convenience Locally Owned & Operated

Matthew Wanous, DVM

Oakwood Animal Hospital

Andrew Simmons IV, DVM

Veterinarians, Veterinary Clinics & Hospitals, Pet Boarding & Kennels, Veterinary Specialty Services, Pet Services, Veterinarian Emergency Services, Pet Specialty Services
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This might be a somewhat lengthy review but I want to explain why I am not just arbitrarily leaving a bad rating:
I adopted a 3 year old cat from the Leon County animal shelter and brought her in for a recommended veterinary visit. At this visit I was told that my cat needed to come in for a dental cleaning, and that the clinic was having a discounted special for such cleanings in the month of September. I scheduled an appointment for her and brought her in, and was told that the cleaning would amount to around $500, WITH the discounted pricing. I was also told that the clinic recommended doing blood work before the procedure. I agreed to have the blood work done, and left in expectation that I would pick up my cat that afternoon after her cleaning. I am a graduate student who was in class and so missed the two phone calls that I received from the veterinarian. When I was finally able to contact them I was told that they had not performed the procedure. Apparently when they first took my cat's temperature it was elevated, which the vet admitted was most likely attributed to her being stressed as she had just been dropped off. The veterinarian said that they had run blood work on my cat and the original results came back with all sorts of weird levels. The veterinarian took my cat's temperature again and it was normal, ran the blood work again and it came back normal, and said that she exhibited no physical signs of being ill. She also admitted to me that they have been having trouble with their blood work machine, and so there was really no certainty as to the reliability of the results. They decided not to perform the procedure "just in case" but recommended that I bring her back in in a month to have more blood work done, and then back in another time to perform the dental cleaning procedure. Although this was frustrating I was led to believe that this was in my cat's best interest. When I picked up my cat from the vet, I was informed that I would be charged $60 for the (unreliable) blood work that had been done that day, and $60 more whenever I brought her in again per their recommendation for more blood work. Keep in mind that this situation would not have been necessary were they to maintain their machines in proper working order. I expressed to them that I saw no reason why I should be charged twice for blood work when it was their machinery producing varied results. The veterinarian refused to be flexible about the charges, and so I essentially spent $60 to be told that something could possibly be wrong but probably wasn't, and to wait. Mind you if I had declined to have the blood work done, I would have been saved the $60 and my cat would have received her dental cleaning that day. I find this sort of business practice very unethical, and want to warn people about a practice that is clearly just looking to take advantage of any opportunity they can to make money. As a graduate student I have an extremely limited income, and cannot afford to just keep throwing money at the clinic without receiving any benefit from it. I found the veterinarian's refusal to acknowledge their fault in the situation unreasonable and her attitude towards my being extraneously charged extremely dismissive. I was visibly upset, and was told by other members of the staff once the veterinarian left that they would let the owner know about the situation and have them contact me. It has been almost a week and I have received no such call. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PETS HERE. Instead I would recommend finding a veterinarian who is interested in providing animals with the care they need, as opposed to nickel and diming people however possible.



I've been a customer since about 1997. I have seen several Drs come and go through the years as they gained experience and moved on due to events in their lives. Throughout the years I have remained a loyal customer because of the "family" feel I continue to receive from the Drs and staff. I have had six different "kids" (aka pets) that I've taken there throughout the years. Through it all, they have continued to provide me with a caring service. Price wise, they're less than most around town but yet still maintain a high level of care. Very pleased with them and continue to be a loyal client.



I brought my older dog to Oakwood for some dental and pain issues. The vets were help, friendly, and my dog is much better. I'd definitely recommend them.



I moved to Tallahassee two years ago and was very concerned to find an excellent vet. Luckily for me and my three Great Danes, we found Oakwood Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, my first experience with them was an emergency visit as my Dane was very ill. Dr. Wanous not only saved my dog's life (now 10) but treated him (despite having never met us before) like he was family. I got personal phone calls checking in on Alexander and keeping track of him in his recovery. Since then, I have spent *a lot* of time at Oakwood for non-emergency stuff. They treat every one of my kids as their own. The staff actually kisses my Danes on the head as they walk in and I have seen them show that kind of love with every other client's dogs. What struck me one day when I was in the back with on of my dogs was that Dr. Wanous leaned down and kissed another client's dog on the head as it was brought to the back. The clients weren't around. It was not a 'performance'. Oakwood genuinely loves their clients, and that is something that is very hard to find anywhere. Finally, I am grateful to Oakwood because Great Danes are a very complicated breed. The vets at Oakwood are VERY smart, but not arrogant. And the mistakes I have had happen or seen at other facilities because of arrogance never happened at Oakwood. If they don't know something, they find out. They research and learn. They are always up for new challenges and always rise to the occasion. I would recommend Oakwood with highest regard and without reservation.


My Pets Love Oakwood!

I've been a client at Oakwood from 1998 and I've seen it go through a lot of changes over the years. The most recent changes have been nothing but good! The staff is friendly and always greets me with a smile and the doctors are wonderful. Dr Simmons sat with me when I had to let go of my cat 2 years ago and was very supportive during the entire process. My dog goes in monthly to enjoy is 'spa days' and gets excited when we make the turn into the parking lot. I highly recommend Oakwood to all of my friends!


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Zoe can kiss me again!

I just took my dog to get a dental cleaning from Dr. Simmons. Our dog Zoe is 9 years old was getting horrible breath. I never had her teeth cleaned new I had to do something. Dr. Simmons gave me an idea on what to expect from a dog her age and history of non cleanings and gave me a quote. I got a call from Dr. Simmons while he was performing the work and told me what needed to be done. It was less then he expected and showed me exactly what was done on ex-rays and charts. I picked up Zoe with directions on what to do and got a call the following day ""Saturday"" to check on her. This was great service, her breath no longer smells, and she is healthier. Thank you so much!!!


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Cooper owes his life!

Thanks to all the doctors and nurses who saved my life - Cooper


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Thanks Dr.!

The Two Docotors Who Saved Me... Princess Lilly - A 10 year old Dochshund. Dr Dudegeair was my doctor from the time I was 8 weeks old until December of 2010 when he retired. New kids in town - Dr. Simmon and Dr. Wanous. My first visit was due to an elevated liver panel. My mom was a very concerned and not so trusting of the new doctors. When repeated labds confirmed very high results I was started on Denamarin and wa to return in 30 days to repeat lab work to see if the new medication was working. However, on January 4 when no one was looking I ate 4 pieces of fried chicken! My tummy blew up like a balloon. Needless to say, my mom rushed me to see Dr. Simmons and Dr. Wanous wishing it were Dr. Rudegeair who she knew and trusted, but her back was against the wall - nothing to do now but trust the new kids. Very reluctantly she had to leave me all day while she went back to work - very worried. She must have called 20 times that day and each time with mote patience than a saint, Dr. Wanous took her calls and tried to put her mind at ease. When mom was told I would need to stay all night, she almost fainted but with a lt of instractuons to follow I was allowed to go home for the nice and was to come back the next dat for more love, care and x-rays. The news was not good! The bones were still in my tummy, not moving and I was starting to vomit again! Surgery : Oh my gosh - keeping her composure while in front of Dr. Wanous, my momwas falling apart but with no choice she had to leave me so I could have surgery. By this time the doctors knew my mom's fears and Dr. Wanous called her very 2 to 3 hours and tried to reassure her I was getting the best of care. *No Choice* I had to stay all night. The last call to my mom was at 5:30 PM. But the love and care did not stop there!! I was cared for all night literally, the doctors stayed with me all night. My mom called me at 8AM the next morning and once again Dr. Wanous took the call. She was told how good and sweet I was and that I was doing great. I was able to go home that night feeling vetter, but sore with lots of stitches. That was 3 weeks ago. Now i'm back to normal and will not be eatnig anymore chicken! We can't stay enough thanks to the best vets in town, Dr Simmon and Dr Wanous. Your knowledge, compassion and patience are appreciated more than we can say. We love and trust you! Many Thanks!


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Dr. Rudegeair Rocks!

This veterinarian practice is the most caring, compassionate and knowledgeable vet practice I have EVER encountered. My dog was in excruciating pain with a bulging disk in his back. We took him to an emergency vet and another vet practice in Tallahassee for relief. They gave him pain medication to mask the pain, but once that wore off he was crying, shaking, panting uncontrollably. I took him to Oakwood and they gave him laser treatments as well as medication which alleviated the pain he was enduring. He had a relapse on a Sunday and Dr. Rudegeair drove 1 hour to meet us at his office, while he himself was recovering from pneumonia, to alleviate the pain my dog was experiencing.We continued with 6 laser treatments, an acupuncture treatment and alot of TLC and after 9 days our dog is back to like nothing every happened. We have to do what we can to keep him down and rest while he continues to heal. Donna is so wonderful and calming when we were so stressed out trying to help our dog. The entire staff is incredibly compassionate and truly cares about the welfare of your pet. I have NEVER recommended a vet practice before and we have lived in many different places - but if anyone comes to Tallahassee and wants to take their pet to a wonderful and trusting practice - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Oakwood Animal Hospital and Wellness


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Genuinely Care

Just wanted to say thank you to you, the Oakwood staff, and Docs. Its extremely apparent that you all genuinely care for the animals treated at your hospital and I would not want Jax cared for at any other place :). In general, thank you for being great people and great vets!

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2528 W Tharpe StTallahasseeFL 32303

(850) 386-1138

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