Highland Pet Hospital

5631 U.S. Highway 98 South
Lakeland, FL 33812



Dr. Carla Barstow

Originally from Tampa, FL, Dr. Barstow has been showing and breeding Samoyeds for over 20 years. Prior to obtaining her DVM degree, she spent 10 years working in the veterinary field as a technician. Dr. Barstow pursued her DVM degree at the University of Minnesota, where she received mentorship from Dr. Peggy Root-Kustritz who cultivated her love of theriogenology (animal reproduction) even further. Upon graduation, Dr. Barstow returned to FL and joined a private practice which emphasized reproduction. She wanted to expand her theriogenology knowledge and was named the recipient of the American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residency in Theriogenology at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completion of her residency and master’s degree she became a diplomate for the American College of Theriogenology. This is an advanced degree in reproduction that distinguishes Dr. Barstow as a board certified reproductive specialist, the only one in the greater Tampa Bay area. She is also an active member in the Society for Theriogenology.

When not at work, Dr. Barstow enjoys spending time with her daughter, mountain biking and reading. She continues to show her Samoyeds and is considering diving into the cat show world. Dr. Barstow was recently appointed co-chair for the Samoyed Club of America’s canine health committee.

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Melissa R Webster, DVMDr. Melissa Webster

Recognized as Veterinarian of the Year for Hillsborough County in 2006, Dr. Webster is the owner of Highland Pet Hospital. She has been practicing veterinary medicine for close to 25 years. She also is the owner of Tampa Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, and will be serving patients at both hospitals until another full-time veterinarian can be found for Highland Pet Hospital.

Dr. Webster became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine as a graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Her interests include dentistry, internal medicine, hospice care, pain management, surgery and exotic pet medicine. She is nationally recognized in her profession as an innovator and leader and is an active member of the Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society. 

Her passion for veterinary medicine began as a young girl working with an equine veterinarian, learning wildlife rehabilitation with her mother and volunteering for small animal veterinarians. Earning a B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University in Biology and
Chemistry, she continued working with veterinarians before joining Praxis Biologics, a pediatric vaccine manufacturer, and Merck Sharp & Dohme in Pharmaceutical Sales, learning about the medical drug industry before pursuing her dream as a veterinarian.

Dr. Webster has Bella, a Jack Russell, Archer- a rambunctious Chocolate Labrador Retriever, two cockatiels, Erwin M. Fletcher, III and Maximus. An outdoor girl, she loves horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, golf and traveling. She and her husband spend time together out on the water kayaking or on the golf course whenever they get the chance.