Willowdale Veterinary Center

We at Willowdale Veterinary Center are dedicated to providing the highest quality pet health care to our patients and their families by combining a modern well-equipped veterinary facility and compassionate professional staff with the old-fashioned idea of service and dependability.

Willowdale demonstrates its commitment to quality care by its continued membership and accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. As a member of AAHA since 1988, we at the Willowdale Veterinary Center are dedicated to providing excellence in small animal care. Our hospital is evaluated regularly by AAHA to ensure that we meet or exceed their association’s high quality standards of excellence. These standards cover nearly every aspect of our hospital including surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, pet health records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental and nursing care, diagnostic imaging and anesthesiology. Fewer than 15% of animal hospitals in North American are accredited by AAHA, which is recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine.

In conjunction with Schering Plough Animal Health Corporation, Willowdale invites you to visit www.willowdalevets.myvetonline.com and learn more about many pet health care concerns.

During your visit to Willowdale you may want to take additional time to enjoy the murals on the walls throughout the entire hospital. We are very proud to show them off. They were painted by a special friend of the practice.
Dog with a chew toy.  Dedicated to providing excellent care (904) 269-8866
  • Mon, Wed, Fri 7:15am - 6:00pm
  • Tues and Thur 7:15am - 7:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • After Hours Emergencies
  • Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic (904) 264-8281 or Animal ER (904) 642-4357
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    Dr. Carolyn Gimble

    Dr. Gimble has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl. After working for ten years as a kennel assistant, veterinary assistant and veterinary technician (including time here at Willowdale in 2002-2003 while in highschool), she decided to pursue her career as a veterinarian. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies and graduated in 2007 with a BS in animal science. She completed veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in 2014. She rejoined Willowdale as a veterinarian in 2016. Dr. Gimble loves all animals big and small! She has six dogs, six cats, five horses and a bird! She shares these companions with her husband on a small farm where her free time is often spent outdoors fishing and gardening. She also loves a lengthy trail ride, a trip to any Florida springs and a good Gator football game. Go Gators!
  • Jean Otte

    Dr. Jean Otte

    Greetings/Aloha! I'm Dr. Jean Otte. I practice small animal medicine here. I love my job so I'm here most of the time! I enjoy riding and showing my paint horses, baseball (I sponsor the Jacksonville Indians) and my two almost grown sons (1 Seminole and 1 Gator). I grew up on a farm in Iowa and have veterinary experience with racing Greyhound dogs and racing Thoroughbred horses. Stop in! I'd love to meet you!
  • Linda O’Donnell

    Dr. Linda O’Donnell

    Dr. O'Donnell founded the Willowdale Veterinary Center in 1988, naming the practice after her hometown in Ontario, Canada. In 2001, she sold the business to Dr. Otte so that she and her husband Bob, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff Officer, could have time to build their own house. Dr. O' Donnell continues to serve her patients as a veterinarian and enjoys gardening and cooking in her spare time.
  • Nicole Kemp

    Dr. Nicole Spicer

    Dr. Nicole Spicer is a Florida native and became a member of the Willowdale Veterinary Center family in 2005. She completed her bachelor's degree in animal science at the University of Florida and graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Go Gators! Her professional interests include medicine and dermatology, with a particular interest in feline medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, especially in the Caribbean, scuba diving and photography.
  • Our Staff

    Our Staff

    At Willowdale Veterinary Center, our staff is dedicated to meeting or exceeding your expectations. Upon your arrival, you will be immediately greeted by one or more of these cheerful, smiling faces. Some of you may have seen for years, as well as a new one or two. Feel free to stop in. We'd love to meet you!
  • Receptionists


    Our receptionists do their best to accommodate everyone in a professional, courteous, and timely manner. They will make any clerical changes that are needed to update your records and advise doctors and staff that you have arrived for your appointment. They are the knowledgeable, understanding individuals who answer your phone calls and relay your messages.
  • Technicians

    Our doctors depend on and have the highest confidence in our capable, experienced animal care technicians. These compassionate staff members are dedicated to providing you and your pet with a caring environment while professionally handling your pet to ensure the highest degree of patient comfort and safety for all. This enables the doctors to perform a thorough diagnostic physical examination or to provide appropriate treatment for your pets' good health.