Dr. John Shontz ("Dr. John"), was raised in a suburb on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio known as Mayfield. What, you've heard that name somewhere before? That's right, the very same town as Beaver Cleaver! His college education began in electrical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He figured out pretty quickly that engineering was not for him and transferred to The Ohio State University into the College of Agriculture where he studied Animal Science and Nutrition. He then gained entrance into their College of Veterinary Medicine receiving his degree in 1978. Dr. John candidly admits that the best thing to come out of his years spent in Columbus was meeting Katherine Settle, first a classmate now his wife! Shortly after graduating, they got married and spent a year working in a private practice in the St. Petersburg – Tampa area of Florida.
After realizing that Florida was too hot with too many bugs, Drs. John and Katherine decided to move to Sanford to enter into business with Dr. Katherine's father at Sanford Animal Hospital. Under their guidance, this small country veterinary practice grew and flourished, to the point where a second practice was needed to better serve the entire county. In 1991, a hospital was opened on the west side of town and all large animal services transferred. This practice became All Animals Veterinary Hospital, which is located on Animal Avenue.
Dr. John has a plethora of experience with just about every aspect that being a veterinarian in private practice offers and he never shies away from a new challenge. Currently his main interest and expertise is focused in soft tissue injuries and orthopedic surgery. On the sports front, he is a die-hard Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan, even in the bad years! He has also developed a love for ice hockey, and is currently a season ticket holder of the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.
Dr. John and Dr. Katherine are both working part time now, allowing them leisure time to enjoy their new RV and new adventures. Dr. John practices Wednesdays by appointment, so please call and book if you would like to bring your pet to see him!