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Welcome to Merrill Animal Clinic
Your Veterinarian in Jacksonville,FL
Call us at (904)-744-7206

Dear Friends, Clients, and Parents of patients, 

 Merrill Animal Clinic takes the health and safety of our community very seriously. We understand the human-animal bond is precious and want to continue to provide the excellent care we are known for. Our compassionate team partners with pet owners to give the top recommendations for your pet in all aspects of life. From the excitement of introducing new puppies and kittens into your household to the difficult time of saying good bye, our team is here for you and your fur-baby. Please speak with a team member regarding our most recent protocols to keep our clients, pets and staff safe.  


We are happy to assist you and your pet at the front desk for all your pet's needs. We currently offer 3 different types of appointments: 

~Drop off: Have a busy day at work or running errands? Schedule a drop off appointment and leave your fluffy baby with us while you go about your day. The veterinarian will call after your pet has been examined and a team member will let you know when your pet is ready for pick up *Please note that this is not recommended for pets that may potentially be contagious

~In-Person: Sometimes your baby may need some extra support during their appointment from their fearless owner. These appointments allow you to be present while your pet waits to be seen by our team and allows time for owners to speak with the doctor face-to-face.

~Curbside: When you arrive to Merrill Animal Clinic please call us at 904-744-7206 from the car to let us know that you are present. Our parking spots have a number associated with them and you will inform the receptionist which parking spot you are in. A team member will come to your car and take your pet into the building for treatment and then deliver your pet back to your vehicle. We ask that you are prepared with a mobile phone so that we can communicate with you while your pet is in our car. After payment your receipt and any products will accompany your pet when taken back out to your vehicle.



Merrill Animal Clinic will refuse services to any pets that are not properly secured in a carrier or on a leash.

~ Please be ready to provide a history and any other requested services (for example: nail trim, medication refills or flea/heartworm prevention). 

~All forms needed for surgeries and drop off appointments will be emailed to you prior to the appointment.  

~Our online pharmacy can be utilized for prescription refills and food orders that will be delivered directly to your home. 

~Please call ahead for all orders (medications, flea/heartworm medications, prescription diets, ect.) 

Monitor our facebook page for further updates or changes. We consider all of our clients and patients as part of our MAC family and want to keep everybody healthy!

7530 Merrill Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32277

Meet Our Doctors

  • Leyra Troche Padilla

    Dr. Troche has returned the MAC family! She started with Merrill Animal Clinic in 2012 as a nurse. She left MAC in 2014 to pursue her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University. The MAC family welcomed her back in spring of 2019 as a full-time veterinarian! 

    When she isn't practicing medicine, Dr. Troche spends time her husband, Juan and their great danes, Kamille and Sophia.

  • Dr.
    Beth VanCleve

    Dr. VanCleve started working at Merrill Animal Clinic in September of 2008. Prior to that, she worked at Southside Animal Clinic, Northside Animal Hopsital, Briar Patch Animal Clinic in Ithaca, NY, and Parkway Animal Hospital. She graduated from Episcopal High School in 1976. She acquired her BA at Princeton University in 1980 and became a DVM at the University of Florida in 1986. Then in 1999 Dr. Van Cleve graduated from the University of North Florida with her masters degree in Education.

    Dr. Van Cleve and her Husband, Dr. Alan Weldon have several children. Their daughters are Sarah, Dani, and Polly. And their sons are Murphy and Mac. They share their home with a plethora of animals: dogs, cats, and they also have salamander, 3 gerbils and 5 chickens. In her spare time, Dr. Van Cleve is an avid reader, practices yoga, hikes, and gardens. 

  • Dr.
    Jeff Woods

    Dr. Woods is a University of Florida graduate and founded Merrill Animal Clinic in January of 1988. The clinic was originally Merrill-Townsend Animal Clinic but after moving the clinic to its current location it was renamed in 1998. 

    His wife, Carolyn, his two grown children, Madelyn and Hiatt, his cats Abner and Pipper, and his dog, Dolly, compromise his out-of-clinic universe, but his family extends to his entire staff at Merrill Animal Clinic.

    Dr. Woods follows the Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars, is an avid fisherman and tennis player, and loves his woodworking to round out his time out of the clinic. 

  • Dr.
    Cathy Rogaski

    Dr. Rogaski is a 2008 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and has been a member of the Merrill Animal Clinic family since June of 2008.  She has special interests in preventative care, behavior, and alternative medicine.  Dr. Rogaski believes that there are many different ways to treat disease; she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture in December of 2008. If it’s football season, you’ll often find her in Tallahassee cheering on her undergrad alma mater, FSU, or at the stadium downtown, supporting the Jaguars (Duuuuval!). When she's not caring for her patients at the clinic, she enjoys traveling, boating, and off-roading her Jeep with her husband, Stan. She also shares her home with her two fun-loving Goldens, Sophie and Tessa. 

    Her professional memberships include: American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society.


Read What Our Happy Clients Say

    We absolutely love this place. We have been coming to Merrill Animal Clinic for over 15 years. Our Chief loves the ladies there and we love how they treat him.

    Jeremt T. / Facebook

    I started with Dr. Woods over 20 years ago. I have continued on with Merrill Animal Clinic. They have always given all of my fur babies the best care possible. The docs, front office and all the staff have always gone above and beyond with all care. They have given emotional support when we've had a couple go over the rainbow bridge. We recommend them to anyone with fur babies!

    Deana K. / Facebook

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