Dr. Matthew L. Schairer
"Doctor Matt" is from upstate New York. He attended college at Cornell University for a Bachelor of Animal Science, and gained a wealth of knowledge while completing an internship at the Bronx Zoo. After graduating from Cornell, Dr. Matt headed south to the University of Florida. He spent his first few years there completing his Master of Animal Science degree, publishing on bovine nutrition and lactation and getting to know his future wife, Ashley.
After completing his Master's Dr. Matt attended veterinary school, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and focusing on care for both large and small animals. Once Matt finished his extensive education in animal science and veterinary medicine, he and Ashley moved to Saint Augustine, where Dr. Matt worked at a mixed animal practice. In 2007, they transitioned to DeLand and started Volusia Veterinary Services. After 5 years of exceptional mobile vet care, Dr. Matt opened his veterinary clinic in Downtown DeLand to better serve the area.
Ashley Schairer is Dr. Matt's wife, business partner and fellow animal lover. She was born and raised in DeLand, but attended the University of Florida for both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. While at UF, Ashley studied Sport's Science with a specialty in working with people with disabilities.
After graduating, Ashley worked as a high school science teacher in Gainesville, Saint Augustine and then in DeLand. When Matt and Ashley has their first child Alexa ("Lexi") in 2009, Ashley stopped splitting her time between Volusia Veterinary Services and teaching to work at the vet clinic fulltime. The birth of their second child ignited Ashley and Matt’s dream of opening their own animal clinic: Addison ("Addie") joined the family in 2011, and Matt and Ashley opened the doors of Volusia Vet Services nine months later.
Ashley and Matt are very happy to have their family and the clinic complete, and they warmly welcome you in for a visit!
Sydney Swenson was born and raised in Rome, Georgia and moved to Florida with her husband in 2019 to pursue a career involving exotic animals. She graduated from the Berry College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2017 and the University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Forensic Science, focusing on conservation in 2021. She discovered her passion for neonate wildlife rehabilitation during her fellowship at a wildlife center, but greatly loves helping animals of all varieties. Sydney and her husband have a Jack Russel-Chihuahua named Alice, a Boarder Collie named Xavier, and a Cockatiel named Fruit Loop. When she is not at work, Sydney loves painting, baking, and spending as much time as she can with her family and friends. She loves being part of the Volusia Veterinary Services team and is excited to serve this community.
Hi, my name is Aly Dentz. In the past year I have recently moved to Florida with my family and cousins from Washington state. Back in Washington, I lived on a farm and we had many animals. Moving to Florida was a big risk. Not only did we ship our belongings ahead of us, we also shipped our horses... Thankfully God is with us so everything worked out perfectly. Now we currently live in Debary Florida with our three horses, cat and dogs. I am a college student enrolled at Daytona state and plan to transfer from there to a university to complete my doctorate in a veterinary medicine degree. When I'm done with school I plan to either open my own practice or start out as a traveling vet. I'd like to do a wide range of animals, but wouldn't mind if I ended up specializing in Equine. In my free time I enjoy being involved in my church, reading and working out. Overall, I am excited for the plans God holds for me down the road.
Originally from West Palm Beach, Madeline (aka Maddy) has been an animal lover her whole life and a Veterinary technician for 6 years. An enthusiast for teaching and learning a variety of topics, Madeline can usually be found creating. Whether it’s watercolor painting, DIY projects, graphic design, or writing and editing projects, making things brings her a lot of joy. Madeline enjoys being in nature and likes to hike, search for native plants and wildlife, and any activity involving Florida’s beautiful beaches, springs and waterways.
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If you live in DeLand, DeLeon Springs, Orange City, Deltona, DeBary, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach or nearby Volusia County communities and you are looking for a veterinary service that provides compassionate well-rounded animal care, at a state-of-the-art clinic or through mobile veterinary visits*, Volusia Vet Services is the right choice for you.
*Not available for all species.