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Letter from Dr. James Kanzler:

After 40 years of enjoying practice, I plan to suspend regularly scheduled appointments. In part, this is to make room for our new, young practitioners, but also to allow me more time to travel while I am still able to enjoy it.

I will continue to help with administrative duties, and I will sometimes be available to help when we are overwhelmed with urgent cases. I could also occasionally substitute for other doctors when they need time off.

Naturally, I am very happy that my son, Dr. Alex Kanzler, will continue the mission of our practice. He has become an accomplished practitioner, and I am sure he is up to the challenge of running a small business as well. His wife, Dr. Ashley Kanzler, will continue to operate Bradenton Veterinary Emergency out of our facility. They are already in the process of planning a new, bigger and better hospital in the near future.

This is a bittersweet moment in life for me. I have great respect for the veterinary profession, and it is difficult for me to leave.

When I was finishing high school (Palmetto High, Class of 1966), my father told me I would need to work the rest of my life, and I should find a job I could enjoy. That was good advice, and it compelled me to pursue veterinary medicine after I fulfilled my military obligation. I am just lucky it all worked out.

I am proud of the practice I started in 1980, and I am forever grateful to the wonderful clients who supported me and entrusted me with the care of their pets. Getting to know them was a great pleasure.

I am also grateful to my co-workers, who work so hard. Our standard of care for our patients has improved incredibly since 1980. This is due to modern pharmaceuticals, better equipment, and innovative procedures, but none of it can be properly utilized without a well-trained, caring, and compassionate staff.

So—we will see how this goes. Our staff (and my wife) are suspicious that I will not be gone for long. They seem to think I cannot stay away. Time will tell, but time is running out.

Stay tuned!


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Warren Harper to the DeSoto Animal Clinic family. Dr. Harper is a recent graduate of The University of Florida and we are excited to have him join our practice.


We now have a new therapeutic laser.  Just a few safe, painless treatments can reduce inflammation and promote healing.  It has many indications, but most the most common uses are for joint pain and wound healing.  Some of our clients have told us that their dogs are like puppies again following therapeutic laser treatment for their joints!


*Happy Anniversary to Bradenton Veterinary Emergency! Since December 2011, they have been providing emergency care on nights, weekends and holidays. When DeSoto Animal Clinic closes, BVE opens. We will be able to follow up on our patients when we resume normal operation. Patients of other area veterinarians will be transferred back to them for follow up treatment. We are very happy to have after hours care available closer to our clients who live in North County, Palmetto, as well as Bradenton and the islands. To reach BVE call 941-748-0202.

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DeSoto Animal Clinic
2910 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

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