After graduating from Araneta University in the Philippines in 1979, Dr. Andrew Turkell chose South Florida as the place where he wanted to live and practice. He acquired Lake Worth Animal Hospital in 1980, where he practiced for over 20 years. Realizing the need for high quality/high touch veterinary medicine in other locales, Dr. Turkell opened Boynton Beach Animal Hospital in 1985, followed by Calusa Animal Hospital in Boca Raton in 1990 and Island Animal Hospital in Palm Beach in 1995. In September 2006, Dr. Turkell realized his 25-year dream by opening the Calusa Veterinary Center, a state-of-the-art facility that marks a move and expansion from the former Calusa Animal Hospital, which enjoyed 16 years of continuous growth.


Dr. Turkell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, Council of 100. He has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, exotic animal care and holistic pet health.


Dr. Turkell’s growing interest in holistic and complementary medicine led him to return to class and acquire certification as a veterinary acupuncturist with a side interest in Tui Na, a type of Eastern massage. He has also recently completed course study leading to certification in veterinary rehabilitation.


Dr. Turkell was the host of the WPBR radio show “Pet Talk” and was the co-producer of the feature-length documentary “Why Do They Treat Them Like Animals?,” a film by Jane Louder.


Dr. Turkell lives in Delray Beach with his wife Penny, an interior designer, whom he credits with making the CVC the beautiful, modern and warm place that it is. Also residing at their Delray Beach home is Charlie Bunny, a red-headed, fun-loving Poodle, who took over son Jaret’s room after he moved to Miami to practice law, a silver red fox, two very large iguanas that live in the palm trees and all the other creatures that make living in old Delray Beach what Dr. Turkell calls “a wonderful nature trip.”

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