Meet the compassionate and caring team at Southpaw Animal Health.

Southpaw Animal Health was founded in 1996 by Dr. Debora Drake who had a vision of building a veterinary practice that was based on understanding the importance of the human-animal bond. Her approach to healing and wellness is to provide the most modern veterinary medicine in a compassionate environment with a focus on the individual patient.

When Dr. Drake purchased the small practice known as Northwest Pet Vet, she began the work with only one receptionist and one technician. Over the years, Southpaw Animal Health has grown into a three-doctor practice with a large supportive staff.

In 2003 she expanded and moved our facility's current location. In 2008, she further expanded the practice adding more exam rooms, treatment facilities, and offices. Meet our providers below.


“This is the best veterinary hospital in Tampa. Dr. Drake and her staff are awesome. I have gone to her for over 25 years with several different pets. I would trust no one else to care for my furry babies. I drive all the way from south Tampa to see her!”

Delane C.