Our Story and Mission
Full-Service Veterinary Hospital Since 1953
We are a family operated veterinary hospital with a strong passion for animal care! Although we have just moved to our new location, we have been servicing the downtown Orlando community for over 70 years! Driven by our love and commitment to the happiness and well-being of your pet, our strengths lie in our compassion and friendly atmosphere which we aim to transcend in our professional service to you and your beloved pet.
SODO Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital offering the latest in wellness care, dental care, diagnostics, and surgery. We are deeply rooted in a family atmosphere, where you will always be greeted by your name and you will never feel rushed. Committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients, SODO Veterinary Hospital treats every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. Our number one goal is that our professional and united environment provides the exceptional service that you and your pet deserve!
SODO Veterinary Hospital pride ourselves in offering not only high-quality care for your lovely pets, but also in providing a highly-trained team of veterinary professionals.
Juan Patino, D.V.M.
Dr. Patino graduated from the Facultdad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, in 1983. Soon after graduation, through the encouragement and support of his family, Dr. Patino relocated to the United States to officially launch his professional career. Driven by hard work, sacrifice, and responsibility, Dr. Patino bought and took ownership of Kirkpatrick Veterinary Hospital, PA in 1998. Since then, he and his team have striven to provide the highest quality of veterinary medicine. He has accomplished this quality by maintaining the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation during his ownership. AAHA evaluates practices from customer service, to maintain the most advanced and current protocols for any case presented. Dr. Patino has a knack for honoring and respecting the unwavering bond between family pets and their owners. An example is how close he has been with his personal pets, which you can find working with him every day. Clients loved his original assistant, “Pibe”, who was his silk Yorkshire terrier that wandered the halls behind him.
Currently, you’ll meet, “Pacho”, a rescued Shih Tzu that has carried on the tradition of being his assistant in all exam rooms. The success of his long-spanned career of over 35 years lies in his passion for animal welfare, combined with his special ability to establish lifetime relationships with his clients and their animal companions throughout the years. Dr. Patino has used his knowledge, experience, and foresight to concentrate and develop a special interest in areas of his profession such as Internal Medicine, Dentistry, Dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and the constant and proactive early detection and prevention of diseases. Dr. Patino’s dream was always to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of our beautiful community in the SODO district. The transition to our new hospital is to cement his dream and anchor our hospital for our community for generations to come. SODO Veterinary Hospital is a project that came to fruition through many years of preparation. His family practice hopes to continue its devotion to the community with the same standard that everyone is acclimated to. Thanks to his exceptionally loyal clientele, his team of professionals, and his commitment to high-quality veterinary medicine, Dr. Patino has positioned his name, and his AAHA accredited practice, SODO Veterinary Hospital, as one of the most respected in Central Florida.
Stephanie Quijano, D.V.M.
Dr. Stephanie Quijano has been part of our team since 2006. Born in Houston, she grew up in Orlando where she studied locally at Lake Brantley High School and studied Microbiology and Molecular Biology at UCF. She then continued her education by graduating with a veterinary degree from the University of Environmental and Applied Sciences in Bogota, Colombia. She is currently acquiring her license, however her being a veterinarian brings tremendous value to our stellar team. Dr. Quijano has a daughter and son, and a shih tzu named Tango. She enjoys being outdoors with the family and has found her new love of gardening. She believes in Maya Angelou’s quote that “success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Fernando Patino, Hospital Director
Many of the SODO Veterinary community have met Fernando and know his importance to the hospital. He grew up volunteering and learning the veterinary business from a young age, while officially joining the team in 2006. Fernando studied at Florida State University and earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration. These skills have helped him grow personally and along the business all these years. Holding many positions at the hospital has groomed him to be a rather unorthodox hospital director. Fernando cares about his team on a personal level, which he believes contributes to the respectful morale we all share at SODO Veterinary. SODO’s working team is indeed a family, and the culture that’s been produced shows in the way care and service is provided to our community. Fernando has a passion for being there to assist the needs of his fellow co-workers, family, and friends. He loves both dogs and cats equally but is a proud owner of his tortoiseshell, Luna. His ultimate goal is to give a unique and memorable experience by providing exceptional customer service, through his team that loves one another and what they do.
Dave, Client Service Specialist
“SODO Veterinary Hospital, this is Dave” Sound familiar? Dave is the friendly voice you most likely hear when calling our hospital. He joined our team in the summer of 2017 and has acclimated himself quite well. He had not been in this industry before, yet his work ethic and attention to detail makes him a great team member. He was born, raised, and schooled in Maryland. He earned his Associate Degree in General Studies, and proudly brags about his master’s degree in Street Smarts and Life Studies. He’s been in Florida for 19 years, and Chicago for a year. He admits that he misses seeing the change of seasons and the snow. You will always catch Dave speaking of his three “children” Jazz, Ninja, and Sunny. He loves them so much that they inspired him to make cat scratching posts. His hobbies include horseback riding, swimming, air hockey, board and video games, walks, singing, dancing, and entertaining people. Ambitions of his life are to always dream big, don’t listen when others tell you can’t do something, and take every opportunity that you can. We only live once, why not write an exciting chapter in the Book of Life.
Kayla, Client Service Specialist
Kayla joined our team in the tail end of the summer of 2018. You may possibly see her as one of the first friendly faces as you walk into SODO Veterinary Hospital. You’ll soon learn that her welcoming demeanor will add to your experience during your visit. Growing up locally, she graduated from Winter Springs High School. She then furthered her education and studied Early Childhood Education from SSC. Kayla recently became the owner by rescuing Paisley, and also has her bunny, Penelope. Kayla’s passion has always been fostering animals, and also maintaining the care of horses.
Megan, Veterinary Nurse
Megan is our newest member to join our team. Earlier this spring 2020, she joined to help us during our transition from our hold home to our new. A Florida native, she grew up in Palm Bay. Megan adds to our team by showcasing over 5 years of experience in this field. She wears a couple hats as you may find her helping out by greeting you through our doors or working on your loved ones in the treatment area. She enjoys baking, taking care of her three cats Obi, Ronin, and Leela, and of course her little dog Skye.
Sharon, Head Veterinary Nurse
Sharon is our hospital’s lead nurse. It’s always a blessing when you find a perfect mix of personality and technical experience in this field. She joined our team in the winter of 2018 and has flourished ever since. Sharon was born in Orlando yet raised in Puerto Rico. Soon after completing high school, she moved to Florida to continue her education. Sharon attended and graduated from the Florida Institute of Technical Arts in 2013. Massachusetts is where she enjoys spending time with relatives and where she also gained many of her dental techniques in this field. We are happy to have such a hard-working mother where she has been able to juggle many responsibilities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending quality time with her kids Destiny and Daniel, and their feline siblings named Auna and Dallas. Sharon often enjoy playing board games, continuing education, the beach, traveling, and of course spending time with her children.
Savannah, Veterinary Nurse
Savannah started working with us in the early fall of 2019. She has quickly adapted to our culture and is a true asset to what we offer. Savannah is originally from New York, as she grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island. She aspires to earn her certification to further polish up her skills at her position. She has always had a passion for animals which has been her driving force to reach her goals in life. One of those goals being to travel the world taking care of animals. Currently, she enjoys spending most of her free time cuddling with her dog-daughter “Zola”.
Stephanie B., Veterinary Nurse
Stephanie has been working with us since early Spring 2019. She had recently graduated from UCF the year before and came in looking for a kennel assistant position. Through her hard work and dedication, she earned the opportunity to advance her skills and has been one of our main veterinary nurses. Her aspirations are to be a veterinarian one day where she may continue to grow professionally. Stephanie’s many hobbies include crafting and reading. She owns a cat she named Leopold and her favorite animal is the wolf.
Krys, Boarding Coordinator
Krys is our beloved Boarding Coordinator as well as one of our veterinary nurses. Krys has a long history with our family as she started volunteering at Kirkpatrick Veterinary Hospital at 11 years old. She shadowed her mother Connie and became an official employee after her high school graduation. She is a true animal advocate that enjoys learning more about all animals, always. Throughout her life, she’s had her fair share of fur and non-furred babies which include dogs, cats, rats, turtles, scorpions, and a raccoon to name a few. Krys lives by the duty that she is there to take care of your family members, and to make sure that you have the knowledge to give them a long and healthy life. Being our longest tenured employee, Krys is the true example of loyalty and hard work. We are blessed to have had her all these years and look forward to our future with her!
Bernice, Boarding Assistant
Bernice started with us in the fall of 2019. She carries a degree in Industrial Microbiology and a minor in Pre-Veterinary from The University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. Her love for animals drew her to volunteer in animal shelters and the PR National Zoo at a young age of 17. She has much experience with assisting veterinarians and is currently our boarding assistant. Bernice enjoys going to the beach, watching Netflix, and loves the Harry Potter series. A fun fact is that she’s played the violin since she was 13 years old. She has several pets back in PR named Draco, Megan, and Camille and has recently adopted a kitten she named Dante, here from our hospital. Her aspirations are to earn her master’s in Animal Science to ultimately go to Veterinary School. One of her favorite quotes is: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Cecilia, Boarding Assistant
Cece has been part of our team since fall of 2019. She joined us as one of our boarding assistants. We quickly learned that she adds a great dynamic by constantly staying busy and finding things to do to enhance the atmosphere. She’s always up for a conversation while continuously relaying funny and entertaining stories. Born and raised in Florida, she loves being outside in nature. One of her favorite pass-times is to watch television and movies with her father. Cece’s favorite foods include pizza and tacos.