Our Staff

Dr. Matthew L. Schairer
Veterinarian, Owner

"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
Clinic Manager

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

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.


Originally from upstate New York, Bella moved to Florida in 2019 after graduating college. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Finance. While her degree is not particularly related to vet med, her long term goal is to own a Hippotherapy center. Bella has been in the veterinary medicine industry since 2020. She has a love for all animals, especially horses. When Bella is not at work you can find her 60ft down in the ocean exploring, outside adventuring, or flying to new places whenever she can! She has two dogs: a Catahoula/Curr named Falcon, a Weimaraner named Loki and a Sulcata Tortoise named Quito.


Originally from East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania Brittany moved to Deland in 2006 after graduating High School. She has always had a passion for animals and has been in the animal field off and on since she was 18. Brittany is an avid animal lover and also runs a local non-profit animal rescue. In her spare time Brittany does lots of running around with her 3 children: Bryan, Bryce, and Bryanna. Being a single mom, she is always on the go whether it's with animals or her children. She also has 3 dogs: Sandy a lab/shar pei mix, Dyamond a boxer, and Trooper a special needs Pitbull. She also has 3 cats: Speedway, Sheldon, and Wilma. She loves working at Volusia Vet Services and looks forward to serving our local community and helping to take care of your fur babies.

Call our office for appointment availability and pricing.

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.