Dr. Heather Smithson – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Heather Smithson

I was born in Florida and grew up in Tampa. My mother will tell you that I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was four. I graduated from the Academy of the Holy Names High School in Tampa in 1991, and started my undergraduate studies at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama the same year. I continued my education at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine after three years of undergraduate work in zoology. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1995, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998.

During veterinary school I had the pleasure of carrying out internships at both Sea World of San Antonio, and the Navy Base in San Diego working with marine mammals. Although I have a great love for marine animals, I realized my heart is really in helping people and their pets.

After graduating from Auburn, I practiced for a few years in Alabama before getting married and dragging my Alabama born husband back to Florida. I practiced full time in Englewood, Florida and then finally back home in Tampa before having our first child. After Emma was born, I decided to work outside the home only part time and began working as a relief veterinarian. I currently live in Tampa with my husband Chris, who is also a veterinarian, and my two daughters Emma and Aubrey.

Practicing with the staff and clientele here in Riverview has been a pleasure. Dr. Tyson has a great practice, excellent staff, and I am grateful to have found such an enjoyable place to work! (Even if she is a Gator.) War Eagle!

Four Paws Veterinary Hospital is Riverview’s premier Veterinary Hospital and Animal Clinic.

Our Services

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday8:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday8:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday8:00am – 5:30pm
Friday8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm

Our team consists of three Veterinarians, and a complete staff of trained Veterinary Technicians.

Meet Our Team