Animal Care Center

Animal Care Center is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Panama City Beach, FL. Our professional and courteous staff seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for our highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventive medical care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Care Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Panama City Beach, FL and surrounding areas.

Our Mission - The doctors and staff at Animal Care Center are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care for your pet. We strongly believe in preventative medicine and the need to diagnose problems early. Early diagnosis of disease will not only avoid pain and suffering for your pet, but it will also lower your veterinary expenses.

Animal Care Center is now open 24 hours Friday to Monday, serving Bay County's Veterinary Emergency needs.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Care Center can serve your needs, and those of your cherished pet.

  • 8501 Front Beach Road
  • Panama City Beach,FL 32407
  • Phone: (850) 235-2877
  • Fax: (850) 234-2298
  • Emergency: (850) 235-2877
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  • M-Th: 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri: 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Sun: 8:00am-1:00pm for boarding drop-off & pick-up
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  • Scott D. McLelland, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    Dr. McLelland graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.  He has been with Animal Care Center as a practicing Veterinarian and Owner since 1983.  He is a  member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Florida Veterinary Medical Association. His special medical interests include Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery and Pet Health Education. Dr. McLelland regularly promotes Pet Health Care through local television Public Service Announcements - you may see him occasionally on Beach TV and other local news broadcasts.

    Dr. McLelland is active within the community - a Paul Harris Fellow and member of Rotary International and Woodlawn Methodist Church. He and his wife of over 30 years, have two sons and two dogs, “Bentley” and "Lucy", both Golden Retriever mixes.  With his time away from the hospital, he enjoys fishing, golfing, and playing the guitar.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1983
    Education:
    Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Charles D. Sleeth, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Sleeth earned his B.S. of Science from Louisiana Tech in 1986 and graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989.  He worked as an Associate Veterinarian in Las Vegas, NV for two years before moving to Panama City Beach to work for Animal Care Center in July 1991.  In 1996 he became partners with Dr. McLelland as owners of Animal Care Center.  Dr. Sleeth is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.  His special interests include Small Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery.

    Dr. Sleeth has been married 30 years and has two children currently attending University of Florida.  The other family members include two Wirehaired Fox Terriers, “Gracie” & “Rudy” and a Poodle mix named “Sammy.”  Dr. Sleeth enjoys fishing, weight-lifting, traveling and spending time with his family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1991
    Education:
    LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Richard E. Smitherman, V.M.D.

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Smitherman earned a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University in 1974 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1978 before entering active duty in the United States Air Force.  During his military service he earned a Master of Preventative Veterinary Medicine degree from University of California - Davis in 1983.  He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners and is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.  Dr. Smitherman has a special interest in Feline Medicine.

    Dr. Smitherman has been happily married since 1973.  He and his family moved to the Panama City area in 1993, where he retired a Colonel from his Air Force career and has been an Associate Veterinarian at Animal Care Center since 2000.  He and his wife share their lives with their son, Adam and their pets, a retired racing Greyhound, “Gigi” who they adopted in 2011, "Zorro" a chihuahua adopted in 2014 and 2 cats - “Aja” and “Lily”. With his time off he enjoys boating and various craft projects including glass tile mosaics.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1993
    Education:
    University of Pennsylvania & University of California - Davis
  • Matt T LeBleu, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    Dr. LeBleu has been a part of the Animal Care Center since 2009.   During college he worked as a kennel attendant and veterinary assistant while he pursued his veterinary degree.  He has been employed full-time since June 2009 and began practicing as an Associate Veterinarian in June 2010.  Dr. LeBleu earned his B.S. in Animal Science from LSU in 2005 then went on to earn the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University (LSU clinicals) in 2009.  He has special interests in Internal Medicine, Emergency & Critical Care, Stem Cell Therapy and Ultrasound.

    Dr. LeBleu and his wife married in 2013 and welcomed a daughter in 2015.  The LeBleu's currently have 3 dogs: “Coco”, a Beagle adopted by Dr. LeBleu in 2009 after she was abandoned by her owner; they also adopted "Jackson", a Lab Mix, in 2012 after a Good Samaritan brought him to Animal Care Center with a broken leg (which Dr. LeBleu fixed) and "Allie", a Shih Tzu, who is definitely a "Momma's Girl."  In his time away from the hospital, Dr. LeBleu enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Education:
    Ross University & Louisiana State University
  • Heather Powell, D.V.M.

    Dr. Heather Powell attended undergraduate via a dual enrollment program at a local Community College while still in high school.  She did not complete her BA due to early acceptance to Veterinary School at age 19.  Dr. Powell graduated in 2013 from University of Missouri, Columbia and immediately went into active duty service with the US Army.  During active duty, she worked as a Veterinarian in a private practice-type position in Fort Leavenworth, KS 2013-2016 and also moonlighted as an Emergency Veterinarian at an ER/Referral Center 2014-2016.  After completing 3 years of active duty, Dr. Powell transferred to a Civil Affairs Veterinarian reservist position.  She and her husband moved to Panama City Beach in July 2016 and she began her career with Animal Care Center.

    Dr. Powell and her husband have 2 dogs, “Tachi” – an Akita and “Bishop” – a Great Dane, and recently added a cat to their family who does not yet have a name.  In her free time, Dr. Powell enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, gardening and traveling.  She also LOVES anything ocean related (the reason for moving to beautiful Bay County) – paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing (poorly), shelling and boating.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Education:
    University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Terra McSwain, D.V.M.

    Veterinarian
    Dr. McSwain earned a B.S. in Biology from East Carolina University in 2011 followed by graduation from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her special interests include internal medicine, anesthesia, nutrition, wildlife rehabilitation and exotic animal medicine.  

    Dr. McSwain's pets include a terrier mix, "Normann", a Poodle, "Gretta", and a cat, "Walter", all of which are rescues. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, traveling and anything related to the beach. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    Ross University & Oklahoma State University
  • Matt M.

    Surgery Technician
    Matt is our Surgery Technician and has been with Animal Care Center since 1997.  He shares his home with 2 Dachshunds, Calvin and Harley.  In his time away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, taking his pontoon to Shell Island and going to FSU football games as often as possible.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1997