Dr. Kristi Rhodes is originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated as Salutatorian from Flowing Wells High School where she was highly involved in the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Organization and 4-H. Dr. Rhodes graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science, along with minors in Chemistry and Wildlife Management and Conservation.
Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Rhodes moved to Orlando, Florida in order to work at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and SeaWorld Orlando in the animal education and care departments. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During her time at the UFCVM, Dr. Rhodes served as president of both the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Zoological Medicine Club.
After veterinary school, Dr. Rhodes completed a 1-year internship in general practice and emergency medicine at VCA Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Center in Tucson, Arizona. This internship included experience at both the Reid Park Zoo and Tucson Wildlife Center as well as general practice and emergency medicine for all species.
Dr. Rhodes’ primary veterinary interests include exotic animal medicine, small animal wellness care, and strengthening the human and animal bond between pets and their families. She also hopes to become certified in veterinary acupuncture and holistic therapy in the near future.
Dr. Rhodes moved to the Tampa area in 2017 with her husband, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. In her spare time, Dr. Rhodes enjoys spending time at the beach, theme parks, and Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey games. She also loves to travel and is an avid reader.