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About Crystal River Animal Hospital

We here at Crystal River Animal Hospital & Companion Animal are a family owned and operating business.

Dr. Deby

Graduated with her DVM from University of Florida.  Outdoor personality, she enjoys air-boating, horseback riding and yard work in her spare time. Dr. Deby moved to Florida in 1980 to Suwannee county where she  has been owner /Dr. of a veterinary clinic in Live Oak.  She moved to Ozella with Fletch in  2014 and has  been following her dream ever since.   Her vision is owning a compassionate animal care facility and enjoying “the sunshine state” between appointments while taking care of your pets.

Fletcher AKA "Fletch"

Native Floridian, Native American, will be the first and last person you speak to when you call.  He is very knowlegeable about your pets’ needs as well as any personal questions you want to ask about the area.  Fletch enjoys the out doors including fishing, air-boating, and anything to do with animals. If he does not know the answer, he will quickly find it for you.


Hello, my name is Chelsea and I am a Veterinary Technician. I started my career in 201 7, and soon found a home away from home here at Crystal River Animal Hospital. I enjoy coming to work every day making a difference in each pet's lives that I have the privilege to come in contact with. The most rewarding part of my job would have to be client education and saving lives every day. I have a 90 pound Great Dane, Ruby, who is the biggest baby in the world. In my free time, you can find me either outdoors or spending time with family.


Greetings! My name is Carley. I have been in the area now since April2018 from Orland, and I absolutely love it!. I have a passion for animals and providing great customer service. I'm currently in school working on BA for Business Administration. have a dog named Chloe and a cat named Liam. In my free time I enjoy being out on the water boating.


Hello, my name is Sophia Tschuschke. My hobbies include working cattle and showing livestock. My fur babies include a walker coon hound “Charlie” (pictured here), pitbull “Dixie”, "Tex", and a Quarter horse “Capri.”


Hello, my name is Taylor. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to follow in my grandfather's footsteps of being a veterinarian. Crystal River Animal Hospital gave me the opportunity to be a Veterinary Technician in 2017 to further my knowledge of pet's health and wellbeing. I have an extreme love for animals in general, but I especially have an interest in equine and farm animals. I have 4 dogs: Halo (pictured), Kelbie, and Puppy. I also have one horse named Dixie, who has greatly assisted in my love for equine. I am planning on starting a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program in Fall2020, and look forward to everything associated with the veterinary world. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and being outdoors with my animals.


Hi! My name is Rose. I have just recently moved to Florida from Connecticut in September. I joined the CRAH family in January. I have been a Veterinary Technician for over 20 years. I moved here with my 3 year old daughter to be closer to my dad who lives in Citrus Springs. I love this area and all the natural beauty it has to offer. I also love that it does not have snow! We spend a lot oftime on the water, and enjoying the springs. At home we have a 19 year old at named Simon and a pit bull named Bogie. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you, and hope that it is for healthy visits and checkups.


Hi my name is Sandra Smith and I have recently started working at Crystal River Animal Hospital. I am a native of Deland, Florida, and moved here a year and a half ago after retirement. Dr. De by, Fletch, and their staff are wonderful caring people. I love the animals and I am so happy to be a part of this office. I have two Chihuahua's at home named Layla and Sasha.


I worked for our local blood center for over 11 years, working within the community to educate the importance of helping one another. I was in retail management for over 20 years and enjoy working with the public. Current: Founder of Decklin's Rescue in Citrus County Florida. Decklin's Rescue is dedicated to resolving the over population of Pitbull's in our county and shelter, we help to re-home all animals and strive to find wonderful forever homes for them. We work with our local shelter to help with evaluations and finding homes for very deserving animals. Animal education is my passion so I am enjoying helping at Crystal River Animal Hospital with social media. Please visit our Facebook page at


Hello friends and family, my name is Seymour and they say I am the office cat. I am not completely sure what that means, but I am here to tell you that I will be the one trying to get your attention every chance I get. This is difficult as "The Elephant" also tries to steal attention and does a great job at that. My favorite snacks include strawberry cream cheeses, cheese-its, chicken wings, carrot cake and of course dry and wet cat food. My hobbies include laying on anything (including my friend the elephant) stealing pens, looking out the window, and watching You Tube fish videos. I have 6 peasants that work with me at Crystal River Animal Hospital, as well as this huge elephant. Come see all of us anytime!!!!

Come visit us with your fur babies at Crystal River Animal Hospital or Companion Animal Mobile.