Welcome to Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center
Your Veterinarian in Weeki Wachee FL

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (352) 515-6776!

Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Dr. William Stocker has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable  and calm, so your pet can relax in a quiet room and look forward to meeting our veterinarian.

At Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Fran T.
    Customer Care Representative

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  • William R. Stocker, DVM

    Dr. Stocker grew up in New Port Richey, working in his father’s automotive garage until deciding he wanted to become Veterinarian. Dr. Stocker received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Florida in 1980 and continued on with graduate studies in physiology, nutrition and biochemistry. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Stocker established his own practice in Brooksville soon thereafter, now with over 25 years of experience.

    Dr. Stocker has special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery with much continued education and training in these areas as well as specialized instruction in the use of surgical laser and has been utilizing the laser in nearly all his surgeries since 1998. Dr. Stocker has also completed additional training in Ultrasound Diagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society, AVMA and the FVMA.

    Dr. Stocker has extensive experience in Orthopedic surgeries such as ruptured ligaments and dislocating patella repair, fracture repairs and dislocating joints to amputation.

    Dr. Stocker is also well known for his talents in soft tissue surgery which includes entropion (eye lid), stenotic nares(nostril)surgery, lateral ear resection and anal gland excision. His expertise also includes the removal of tumors involving the spleen, liver and intestines, removal of intestinal foreign material obstructions, resection of large skin and subcutaneous masses requiring reconstructive surgery.

    During his free time Dr. Stocker enjoys spending time on the water, riding his Harley or building his chopper and hot rod. Mostly, he treasures time with family and his four-legged kids.

  • Kassy A.
    Veterinary Technician

    Hello Nature Coasters! My name is Kassy and I’ve been a Veterinary Technician for over 4 years. Prior to my veterinary experience I worked in rescue and rehabilitation of many different animals including Dolphins, Lemurs and sea lions. Through those experiences I found that my love and passion is surgery. I now dedicate myself to helping pets make it safely and comfortably through their surgeries. When I’m not with my work family I am home having fun with my amazing son and wonderful husband. We are a traveling trio who love to visit national parks and go camping with our German Shepherds. Our favorite place so far has been the snow caps of the Rocky Mountains. Here at Nature Coast I strive to make sure that you and your pet have a calm and happy experience. I look forward to helping and building a trusting relationship with your pets! 

  • Jamie M.
    Veterinary Technician

    My Name is Jamie. My husband and I moved here to Florida from Boston in 2003 to escape the cold and enjoy the summer weather all year long. Our love of animals and the outdoors makes Florida the perfect place for us to live. We have owned many pets through the years including dogs, cats, turtles, snakes, iguanas and a thirty pound sulcata tortoise. We currently have 3 dogs named Layla, Ivy and Milo. Layla is a Rat Terrier and Jack Russell mix and Ivy, who is pictured in my profile picture is a chihuahua mix.  Milo is my newest rescue and he is quite the squirrel hunter!
    I am truly blessed to able to fulfill my passion of helping sick and injured animals while working with a such a caring, wonderful staff. I truly believe that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

  • Jan J.

    Jan Johnson is the proprietor of Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama as well as a master’s degree From Norwich University. She is very active in the community and continues to work as a mortgage loan originator while attending University of South Florida.

  • Desi M.

    My name is Desiree but everyone calls me Desi.  I've been working with animals since 1995. I started out as a veterinary receptionist for a year then trained as a groomer for a year and then decided to focus on becoming a veterinary technician which I've has been doing for over 20 years. I enjoy the time spent with clients and their pets, getting to know them on a more personal level and helping educate them on subjects from pet nutrition to surgical questions. When I'm not working with your pets I enjoy playing with my dogs:  Odie & Maggie. When I have time, I love to ride my motorcycle, spend time on the water fishing or working on various craft projects in my 'She Shed'.

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday - Friday:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday:


After Hours Emergency

Animal Emergency of Hernando
8101 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill FL  34606


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I was a bit nervous about changing vets with my two older kitties, but found Dr Stocker after getting bad service at another vet for our new puppy, Poppy. Today we established the Yeti and Butter "grouchy old men kitties" here as well. They were both in the room wandering about out of their carriers and happy to let Doc give them their annual wellness exam. I felt like he listened and responded to my concerns. Vet staff are also amazing, friendly, professional all around. My experience from calling for an appointment through checking out was 10/10. Bonus: the online pharmacy is AWESOME! Getting kitty his S/O rx food on autoship is saving me $10 a month plus no driving. Recommend 100%!"
    Rhonda L.
  • "So glad Dr. Stocker & his wonderful staff were recommended to us. We had our 4 yr old Chocolate Lab that was in dire need of knee replacement surgery. Dr. Stocker was very thorough in explaining the procedure, going over her xrays, answering all of our questions & generally putting our minds at ease. Zoey is now 6 months out & his back to running, playing & even jumping without being able to tell which leg it was. He has also seen several of our cats as well, and has a gentle, easy going bedside manner with them. Highly recommend this terrific clinic!"
    Red T.
  • "I have been taking my pets to Dr Stocker for about 25 years. He is a great vet and an even better person. He has cared for 8 cats and 3 dogs for me over the years. I really appreciate all he has done for my pets over the years. Best vet ever ! Also love Desi and the rest of staff, they are wonderful ! Thanks Doc, Keith"
    Keith C.
  • "We have 4 dogs and Dr. Stocker takes care of all of them. He is knowledgeable, personable and caring. His staff is excellent!. They are always helpful and friendly. After meeting the folks at Nature Coast, we wouldn't think of taking our animals anywhere else. We highly recommend them for all your pet care needs."
    Sam D
  • "I have been taking my dogs to Dr Stocker since the 80's. Where ever he goes I go! Desi and Dr Stocker are one amazing team. If you need a new vet or in need of a second opinion this is the place to go.
    Thanks A Bunch"
  • "I love everything about Nature Coast! The staff and Dr. Stocker is so friendly and they were so nice and gentle with my baby puppy when giving his shots. It's a very calm and well organized place ~Nov 2018"
    Brianna C.
  • "Everything about the Vet and the service is excellent. I would not take my dog or cats to any other person~ Oct 2018"
    Susan S.
  • "Dear Nature Coast Animal Wellness & Surgical Center,On behalf of Operation Kindness for Hernando Animal Services,Inc. and the animals we serve, thank you so much for your generous donation of two pet baskets with gift certificates in each. We are able to use it as part of our raffle at our Santa Paws fundraising event that was held on December 2, 2018. Our mission is to enrich the lives of shelter animals through community support and education. We provide financial and in-kind assistance to Hernando County Animal Services (HCAS) to enhance service delivery to all animals in placement; offer community education and outreach highlighting the responsibilities of pet ownership,including spay/neuter; actively pursue opportunities for and participate in adoption events; and raise, receive and disperse funds for items not covered by the HCAS operational budget including,but not limited to, extraordinary medical procedures, and quality of life and facility upgrades for shelter animals. Your donation will help us provide the services we belive are so vital to our community and the animals we serve. Thank you."
    Sarah C.
  • "To Dr. Stocker and entire staff, (I am not mentioning names because I don't want to leave anyone out)
    I am writing this wee note for 2 reasons: Your office is inviting, welcoming, and it reflects all of you... "one awesome staff" and to let you know that competent counselors will not do counseling when you are moving. Even if the move is a positive one going to a troubling place to a "happy" place. Why? Because moving is, in and of itself, chaotic, confusing, frustrating, maddening, and overwhelming! So, all you are feeling is normal. And, you guys are doing okay, really!
    Thanks for always being kind and patient with your animals and consistently giving you knowledge and wisdom to your pet parents so, we with all of you, can provide the nest care to the animals who depend on us.
    We are all proud to say you all (see, I am speaking Southern now) are the vet and his staff who are the best!"
    M. Walsh & Sadie