Are you prepared for a disaster? Disasters preparedness is important. This guide is to help ensure you are ready for a disaster such as a tropical storm, hurricane, flood, tornado, or fire.

If your pet is boarding at Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital and an evacuation order is issued, please plan to pick up or have someone pick up your pets 24 hours prior to evacuation. The doctors and staff at Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital have families and pets to evacuate themselves and may not be able to take your pet with them. If your pet is left at Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital during an evacuation please be aware that your pet may not be safe and it may not be possible for someone to get to your pet right away due to hazardous conditions. Personnel will return to the facility when emergency personnel deem it safe. Depending on the severity of the disaster this could be several days later. Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital will attempt to make updates on the website, Facebook & Twitter as often as possible.

How to be prepared for an evacuation

You need to plan on taking your pets with you in the case of an evacuation. Any pets that are left behind during a disaster are at risk.

Get your pet evacuation kit assembled in an easy-to-carry, waterproof container. Store is in an easily accessible location away from areas with temperature extremes. Be sure to replace the food, water and medications as often as needed to maintain their quality and freshness and in accordance with the expiration dates. Your kit should contain:

  • 2 week supply of food (dry & canned if necessary)
  • 2 week supply of water in plastic gallon jugs with secure lids
  • Medications
  • Batteries (flashlight, radio)
  • Spare phone charger
  • Cage/carrier (one for each animal, labeled with your contact information)
  • Collar and Leash
  • Stakes and tie-outs
  • Manual can opener & Spoon (if canned food)
  • Copies of veterinary records and proof of ownership (get ahead of time)
  • Emergency contact list (personal and veterinarian)
  • Familiar items to make pets feel comfortable (favorite toys, treats, blankets)
  • Flashlight
  • Trash bags for pet eliminations
  • Litter pan, litter & scoop for cats
  • Map of local area and alternative evacuation routes (in case of road closures)
  • Newspaper or bedding
  • No-spill water and food containers
  • Paper towels
  • Radio

You should also make sure your pets have identification (microchip, collar with tag, etc.). Microchips are permanent and cannot fall off or be removed. A microchip can be administered as a walk-in appointment at Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital.

You may be in your vehicle for extended periods of time during transport. Make sure your pets are in a comfortable carrier and are able to eat, have access to water, and void regularly.

Plan ahead. Know your destination ahead of time and plan out your route according to your local evacuation routes. Make sure you are able to take your pets to the place to which you’ll be evacuating and leave as soon as you can.

If you cannot or will not be evacuating, identify the safest place in your home to wait out a storm. All family members, including all pets, should stay in this area until it is safe. Keep animals on leashes or in carriers and again, make sure they have identification on them.

In the event we have to evacuate your pet for an internal disaster

There may be a situation where we have to evacuate your pet due to a local gas leak, fire or other unforeseen disaster. If this is the case, we will make every effort to remove your pet(s) from our facility and transport them to a safe location. We will do our best to contact you as soon as possible. Please make sure to always leave an emergency contact number for your pets when they are in our care.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our disaster preparedness plan.

Meet Our Skilled Team

  • Darian

    Hi, i'm Darian! I joined the EGVH team in February of 2019. I moved to Melbourne from Philadelphia, PA with my hedgehog, Harlee. I graduated from Harcum College in 2016 with an Associate's degree in Animal Center Management. What I love most about the veterinary field is that I am constantly learning and helping make a difference in not only patient's lives, but client's lives as well. I am very passionate about client education and helping people understand the importance of maintaining a healthy companion. I look forward to meeting you and your furry friend soon!

  • Dr.
    Dr. Sonya Myers Myers

    Growing up in South Florida, Dr Myers spent the weekends snorkeling on the reefs of Ft. Lauderdale and camping in the woods in Ocala.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Zoology and continued her studies at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2008.  She then joined a busy small animal practice where a high case load and complex medical cases allowed her to develop and hone her skills as a clinician.  Dr. Myers has always had an interest in Ultrasonography since graduating vet school and utilized the technique as a general practitioner prior to becoming a full time Sonographer.  Her clinical experience allows her to integrate the information from the ultrasound with her general knowledge of internal medicine to reach comprehensive assessments and treatment recommendations.  Dr. Myers and her husband Ron have a little girl, Nali and a baby boy.  Together they have two dogs, Kona and Switch, and two cats, Mowgli and Chavez.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the woods, swimming in the ocean, and playing music with her husband.

  • Dr.
    Dr. David Retamozo Retamozo

    Dr. Retamozo was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. He returned to New Jersey at age 14 and finished high school there. At age 17 he signed up to serve in the U.S. Navy for 4 years as an Electronic Warfare Technician. After completing his years of service, Dr. Retamozo set out to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He graduated with dual degrees in Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida. He was accepted into the School of Veterinary medicine at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) the following year. He was an associate at McAbee Veterinary Hospital in Winter Park, FL for 6 years prior to purchasing Eau Gallie Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Retamozo is fluent in Spanish and enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Retamozo enjoys spending time with his family and pets. He also loves to travel, hike, and play guitar. Dr. Retamozo, his wife, Marina, and son Gabriel share their home with  3 dogs- Honey (Chihuahua mix), Pixie (miniature dachshund), and Nicolas (Golden Retriever puppy), 2 Cats- Mama Cat and Sweety and 2 Sulcata Tortoises-Lola and Franchesco!       

  • Gemma
    Hospital Manager/Veterinary Technician

    Hello, my name is Gemma and I’m the Hospital Manager and Veterinary Technician at EGVH.  I am happy to have made animals not only my passion, but my career!  I moved to America from England when I was a child. Melbourne has been home since 1993. I started working in the veterinary field in 1996. Another passion of mine is equine sports.   I am the mother of a boy who is my world! I have a horse named Shamrock, a naked cat named Krusty and a dog named Legend.  I love coming to work at EGVH where I learn something new every day.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

  • Chris
    Veterinary Technician

    Hi, my name is Chris and I am a Veterinary Technician here at EGVH. Prior to joining the EGVH team, I had 6 years of experience working with animals at a small animal practice in Miami and our local emergency hospital here in Melbourne. I enjoy fishing and spending time with my family and two children.  I look forward to meeting all of you and caring for your pets!

  • Ali
    Client Service Manager

    Hello, my name is Alison. I moved to Melbourne from New York in 2018 with my husband. Since then, I have continued making my passion for animals my career here at EGVH. I have been in this field since 2011 and continue to gain experience in the veterinary field. At home I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos, 2 bunnies, 2 tortoises and fish. I'm thankful to be a part of the EGVH family where I love coming to work every day. I can't wait to meet you and care for your 'fur kids'!

  • April
    Veterinary Technician

    Hello!  My name is April.   I was born and raised in England to a military family and I have always had an affinity for animals since I was a little girl. But it wasn't until after serving time in the military that I set out on a path to get my associates degrees in zoo keeping and veterinary technology. My favorite experience in this field is meeting new clients and bonding with their pets. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family which includes my 2 cats; Leo and Merlin, and 2 dogs; Biggie and Achilles. 



  • ""DR WILLY , was amazing with both my dogs today . Simba my golden came in for yearly check up , we won a free check up and this was our first time. Marshall my pointer mix came along for the ride and normally he does not warm up very easily to people but he LOVED Dr Willy , which put us to ease. Dr Willy was so courteous and informative , spent a great deal of time educating us on preventative care . Thank you so very much. Dr Willy your amazing.""
    Christine Adams
  • ""We can not say enough about EGVH...We have been so pleased with all the care that Maggie has received there from having removal of some of her teeth to getting her shots and being groomed there..The staff is outstanding and sooo caring and truly love their animals that come to them....Our daughter recommended you to us when we moved here 2 years ago...Maggie loves this place and all the staff....Thank you Eau Gallie Veterinary for being there for our pets and loving them as we do.....☺""
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  • ""We love the staff and Vets! We are moving but still going to drive the 3 hours both ways to keep them!! For yearly checks and shots. They are always so friendly and kind to us and our pet. We have been clients for three years and will remain one!! Dont trust any other Vet to treat our Sadie!!!""
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  • ""Dr. David and his staff are great with their patients and their families. Everyone there is very attentive. We are very happy to have been referred to Dr. David by the Florida Aid to Animals with our last dog who recently passed away from cancer. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a vet to go to Eau Gallie Vet Hospital. It is a happy, friendly office""
    Katie Manifold
  • ""I am so happy that I found Eau Gallie Vets, everyone there is so nice, and Dr. Retamozo is the best. He is truly a dedicated vet who cares about all the animals. All of the techs and staff are wonderful and caring people. Benny and Lucy get the best care there.
    Sincerely, Edna Engel""
    Edna Van Volkenburg-Engel
  • ""Best vet I've ever had. Very professional. Caring and compassionate. Staff is amazing!""
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