Meet our Staff

All professionals at Companion Animal Hospital maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Dr. Zalud

Dr. Zalud is a Jacksonville native who grew up with a love for animals. She got her start working in the kennel right here at Companion years ago and knew from then on that this was home to her.

Dr. Zalud attended the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She was accepted into veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. After enjoying 2.5 years of island life and veterinary studies, she returned to the US for her senior year and clinical rotations at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Zalud graduated veterinary school in 2009 and immediately returned to Jacksonville to begin practicing. She worked for the first 4 years in emergency medicine, as well as doing relief work here at Companion. In December 2012, Dr. Zalud took over the business from Dr. Chambers. Dr. Zalud enjoys her free time spending time with her family and friends as well as her pets; Rascal and Nola.


Dr. Chambers

Dr. Chambers graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, and has been in Jacksonville working here at Companion Animal Hospital ever since! She has a very spoiled dachshund named Opie and her cat Goober. When not working, Dr. Chambers enjoys swimming, cycling, and volunteering at her church and at Wolfson Children's Hospital.



Jennifer joined our team in 2006 as a receptionist and is now the office manager. She is married to her wonderful husband James and has 2 beautiful children. In her free time she loves to read, watches movies and spending time with her family.



Olivia has been with us since May 2015 as a kennel assistant and now is a veterinary technician. She has 2 fur babies Minotaur and Shurt. She has worked with animals for 10 years. She spends her free time with her sweet baby Hazel and her husband Nathan.



Ginger has worked here since August 2012 as a veterinary assistant. She has adopted many pets over the years, but currently only has her  cat named Lola. In her free time you will find her walking, reading or playing tennis.



Melissa has been with us since August 2017 as a veterinary assistant. She has been married for 11 years and has 3 cats, Jack, Lily and Ming. She loves spending her down time with her family, friends and her fur babies.



Jazzmine has been with us since January 2018 as a veterinary assistant. She has a dog named Keno. She has always had a passion for animals. It brings here joy seeing our patients happy and healthy.



Carrie has been with us since July 2018 as a veterinary receptionist. She moved her 4 years ago from Pennsylvania. She is married to her wonderful husband David and has 3 dogs Ravne, Karma and Chico and 1 cat Stan Lee. She has been in the veterinary field for over 26 years and she wouldn’t want it any other way.



Edricka has been with us since July 2018 as a veterinary receptionist. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her wonderful fiancé and her spoiled 8 year old Maltese, Prissy. In her spare time she plays video games and practices archery.