Welcome to Ashton Animal Clinic

Your Veterinarian in Sarasota, FL
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We embrace the importance of the finest quality care for your pets. Ashton Animal Clinic is a modern full service veterinary hospital and boarding facility. Our professional and courteous staff strive to foster a warm and compassionate relationship with both our clients and their pets while providing the finest possible medical, surgical, dental, boarding care, and professional grooming for the special members of your family.

The Pet Resort and Spa offers upscale veterinary supervised, comfortable kennels for dog boarding; quiet, cozy cat condos; and interactive doggie and kitty day care programs. Our pets enjoy an insect free environment, central air conditioning, piped in music, and a cleansing bath before they go home.

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Owner Laurie Walmsley
Sarasota Veterinarian | Ashton Animal Clinic | 941-927-2700

5660 Ashton Road
Sarasota, FL 34233


Please read this important article regarding Jerky Pet Treats

    DA has been actively investigating consumer
complaints about jerky pet treats causing
illness in dogs and in some cats. As of
Sept. 24, 2013, over 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have
reportedly become ill from eating jerky pet treats.
The treats are sold as jerky tenders or strips and are made with
chicken, duck, sweet potato, dried fruit, and in combinations
of these ingredients.
Product samples have been tested for contaminants known to
cause the symptoms and illnesses reported in pets including
, metals, pesticides, and antibiotics, and were
screened for other chemicals and poisonous compounds.
Nutritional composition analyses have been conducted
including fatty acids, crude fiber, glycerol, protein, ash and
moisture, and other excess nutrients. The purpose of nutritional
composition testing is to verify the presence of ingredients
listed on the label. To date, none of the tests have revealed
the cause of the illnesses.
Treats Are a Treat
Pet treats are not a necessary part of a fully balanced diet, so
eliminating them will not harm pets. All the nutrients your pet
needs can be found in commercially produced pet food.
What to Look Out For
Watch your pet closely. Signs that may occur within hours to
days of feeding the products are decreased appetite, decreased
activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus),
increased water consumption and/or increased urination.
Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal
bleeding, and kidney failure or the resemblance of a rare kidney
related illness called Fanconi syndrome. Although FDA has
reports of more than 580 deaths, many pets have recovered.
Testing Samples
FDA is testing samples of jerky pet treats. FDA is working with
the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network
Vet-LIRN) to test samples of jerky pet treats. FDA laboratories
and the other animal health diagnostic laboratories in the Vet-
LIRN™ network obtain samples of treats directly from the
source for testing. In some instances, after obtaining medical
histories of pets that have been seen by a veterinarian,
FDA may plan and organize testing of treats collected from
consumers based on the case profiles. FDA recommends
that pet owners whose pet becomes sick after eating jerky pet
treats should hold on to any unused portion of the product in
its original container for at least 60 days, in case FDA calls to
request samples for testing. Owners should place the container
inside a sealable plastic bag, if possible.
You can help FDA’s investigation by reporting your
complaints through the Safety Reporting Portal
or your local FDA Consumer
Complaint Coordinator
You can also contact the pet food/treats company (see
packaging for contact information) and alert them about your
pet’s illness.
If you require the use of a Relay Service, please call the Federal
Relay Services toll-free from a TTY device (1-800-877-8339).
For More Information
FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine:
Report pet food complaints:
Questions & Answers about jerky treats:
Created: October 2013

A special "Thank You" to all of our clients that trust we are the best caretakers for their pets!  We appreciate all of the votes you placed and look forward to continuing our top of the line pet care. 

Favorite Veterinarian - Dr. Laurie Walmsley

Best Veterinary Practice - Ashton Animal Clinic

Best Feral Cat Program - Buddy's Feral Cat Program

2nd Runner Up Favorite Dog Groomer - Cami at Ashton Animal Clinic

1st Runner Up Favorite Boarding Facility - Ashton Animal Clinic's Pet Resort

2nd Runner Up Favorite Doggie Daycare - Ashton Animal Clinic's Pet Resort

Dr. Laurie Walmsley

1st Woman of Florida Veterinary Medical Association's Distinguished

Service Award 2013

In the 39 years since the Distinguished Service Awards inception, it has been awarded only 28 times and Dr. Laurie Walmsley is the first female recipient.

1974 Charles E. Bild, DVM
1976 William E. Jackson, DVM
1977 J. Brannen Murphy, DVM
1979 Ronald F. Jackson, DVM
1982 Clarence E. Dee, DVM
1984 James H. Yarborough, DVM
1985 E. E Thomas, Sr., DVM
1988 H. Larry Gore, DVM
1989 Jerry C. Spears, DVM
1990 Shelton Pinkerton, DVM
1991 Diedrich Beusse, Jr., DVM
1992 James A. Himes, DVM
1994 Harvey L. Rubin, DVM
1995 Ralph S. Wilhelm, DVM
1996 Albert Few, DVM
1997 John Langford, DVM
1999 Richard “Bill” Goldston, DVM
1999 Paul L. Nicoletti, DVM
2000 C. Perry Smith, DVM
2001 Ernest Godfrey, DVM
2002 William “Bill” Kyser, DVM
2003 James Brandt, DVM
2004 Larry G. Dee, DVM
2005 Peter T. Fernandes, DVM
2007 Richard Wilkes, DVM
2010 John R. Bass, DVM
2011 James E. Pennington, DVM
2012 Paul Gibbs, BVSc, PhD
2013 Laurie Ann Walmsley, DVM

The Distinguished Service Award is to be awarded for exceptional achievements and contributions by a member towards the advancement of Veterinary Medicine and the profession. To qualify, a member must have been dedicated to Veterinary Medicine and given time and energy beyond reasonable expectations. To be eligible for this award, a nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past fifteen (15) years.

 Buddy's Feral Cat Program

Local veterinarians, technicians and volunteers team together to spay and neuter an average of 13,000 feral cats per year. 

Most everyone that lives in Sarasota has been driven by Ashton Animal Clinic on the 3rd Sunday of the month and wondered, "What is going on there?"

The street is lined with cars and we have tents, tables, horse trailers and LOTS of people.

It's Buddy's Feral Cat Day!

Please click here for details on how to be a part of our program.

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