About Our Animal Hospital
Veterinary Healthcare Associates began as Maxwell Animal Clinic, established in Winter Haven over 30 years ago by Dr. John Maxwell. Maxwell Animal Clinic was a one-doctor general practice offering preventative care, dentistry, and standard surgical services to the community. As the years passed, Maxwell Animal Clinic evolved into a thriving 10-doctor general, referral, and emergency facility.
Dr. Maxwell mentored Dr. Loren Nations, who is now the owner of Veterinary Healthcare Associates. Dr. Nations is devoted to family and pets and believes they're truly one and the same. Working side by side with Dr. Maxwell, he learned that you could help people by helping their pets. This motivated Dr. Nations to obtain specialty board certification in canine and feline practice in 1999.
Veterinary Healthcare Associates engages in community outreach through VHA Cares. Our hospital serves as the clinical lab site for Polk State College paramedic students every summer to help them learn intubation techniques. Additionally, Dr. Nations established a Support Fund to help care for special cases and provide services at no cost (with the exception of medical supplies and certain treatments).