Vero Beach Veterinary Staff

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Sandy Divine

Hospital Executive CEO

I think back to the days when I was asked, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I feel very fortunate to be able to say I am living my answer to that question. I am the Hospital CEO Manager for the most state-of-the-art animal hospital. I enjoy being an advocate for the animals. I take pride in being able to whisper in their ears and smile when I say, “you’re in great hands here.” I am proud of our staff and I know they are all here because of their love of animals. After all these are the people who take care of my own three yokies and one Chihuahua (Abbie, Joie, Lillie, and Chilupe)

It is a full time job running a facility that is available to its clients 24/7. When I am not at the office, thanks to a trustworthy staff, I can be found on the golf course. A more serious side of my time off is volunteering my services for Hibiscus Children’s Village. It is a wonderful facility that provides safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children. I am honored to be the current president of the foundation board. Animals and children need advocates. So I am living my dream. I help them both!

  • Life long love advocating for animals
  • CEO of Divine Animal Hospital for 15 years
  • Hands on personal, relationships with all staff members
  • President of the Hibiscus Children's Village
  • Enjoys being on the golf course

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Emilie Thompson

Patient Supervisor

Emilie joined the team at Divine Animal Hospital in October 2012 and is currently the hospital's patient supervisor. Her duties include managing the front desk and ensuring clients and pets are cared for and satisfied with the service they receive. Emilie's favorite part of the job is welcoming clients and their pets with a cheerful and friendly attitude.

"I love the close relationships we have with our pets and their owners," Emilie says. "I truly consider them family and love that we all go above and beyond for each pet. It is always a pleasure to be able to help with all their pet needs."

Emilie has a bachelor's degree in English from Flagler College. She has 10 years of experience in the animal-care field including work at multiple equine show barns and as a veterinary technician.

At home, Emilie has a Labrador/Foxhound mix named Wade, a thoroughbred mare named Hope and three black cats named Rufio, Turkey and Little Poe. Emilie is an avid equestrian and can often be found at the barn when she's not working. She enjoys training Hope to show in Jumper classes. Emilie also loves going to the beach, golfing, fishing and spending time with her husband.

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Emmy Lawler

Veterinary Technician

Emmy joined the veterinary technician team at Divine Animal Hospital in December 2015. Her responsibilities include monitoring patients under anesthesia, taking X-Rays and assisting during surgeries and patient visits.

With five years in the animal-care field, Emmy brings experience working with exotic and senior pets to the hospital team. She graduated from the Florida Institute of Animal Arts with a certified veterinary assistant degree.

"I like working here because we offer our patients the best treatments available and follow our cases from start to finish," Emmy says.

Emmy adopted a 12-year-old Yorkie named Muffin from Divine Animal Hospital, and has four ferrets at home named Thelma, Louise, Bandit and Smokey. When she's not working, Emmy enjoys taking care of her animals, swimming at the beach and biking.

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Diana Dolnick

Veterinary Technician

Diana joined the medical staff at Divine Animal Hospital in October 2014. As a veterinary technician, she assists the doctors during patient visits and surgery, oversees patient care and maintains the quality of care for the hospital's clients and their pets. Diana has 12 years of animal-care experience and brings a great team-oriented attitude to the staff.

At home, Diana has an 18-month-old golden retriever named Dodger, a 7-month-old white shepherd named Marlin and a 14-year-old cat named Blackjack. When not working, she enjoys exercising, going to the beach with her dogs and playing trivia.

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Patte Bierbaum

Veterinary Technician

Patte joined Divine Animal Hospital in July 2006 as a veterinary technician with over 40 years of experience in the animal-care field. Her duties include patient care, admitting and discharging patients, assisting doctors during patient visits and dental cleaning. Patte has a degree from Michigan State University and has been a veterinary technician for over 18 years.

"I enjoy working at Divine Animal Hospital because unlike a lot of hospitals, we are able to take the extra time needed to develop relationships with both our animal patients and their owners," Patte says. "I have been at this hospital long enough now that I have cared for some patients from the time they were babies and now they are older. Some have passed on. Then I have had the privilege of being there when owners get their new babies. It is a labor of love with a lot of joy."

Patte admires that Divine Animal Hospital allows the medical team to care for patients from start to finish. She says, "I love this job because we do everything. There is never a dull moment."

At home, Patte has several pets: three cats, Willow, Murphy and Nash; 2 Blue-fronted Amazon parrots named Pikachu and Izzy; a blue-tongue skink lizard named Skinky; and a sugar glider named Little One. In her free time, Patte works with a wildlife rehabilitator and enjoys being part of the wildlife rescue team. She especially likes working with baby raccoons.

Patte is a private pilot and sky diver with over 2,500 jumps. She enjoys gardening, listening to audiobooks, and being at home to play with her animals. Patte and her husband John have four children.

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Tiffany Basancon

Veterinary Technician

Tiffany joined Divine Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician in May 2002. Her responsibilities include scheduling surgery appointments, assisting in surgery and maintaining inventory. Tiffany has been actively involved in the animal-care field since 1997 and has an associate degree in business.

"We try to keep up with the constant change of medicine and therapies," Tiffany says of working at the hospital. "I like learning better techniques and better medicine."

Tiffany has a 2-year-old German short-haired pointer named Cedar who enjoys going boating and hunting. When not working, she enjoys everything outdoors—from fishing and camping to boating and four-wheeling. And through it all, Cedar likes to join in on the fun, especially in any activity involving water.

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Sharon Hale


With 23 years of experience in the animal-care field, Sharon joined the Divine Animal Hospital grooming team in 2007. She holds a master groomer certificate and owned her own grooming shop for several years.

"I like working at Divine Animal Hospital because the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they really do care about the animals," Sharon says. She enjoys working with animals and seeing how happy they are when they're cleaned up and their owners come to pick them up.

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