Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Fruitville Veterinary Clinic in Sarasota, Florida! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (941) 371-4426 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Steven R. Pepper, DVM
Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Steven Pepper is the owner of Fruitville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Pepper always had a love for animals and science making his choice to study veterinary medicine a natural step. He enjoys helping the people and their pets who come to his hospital each day.

A native of Michigan, he completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Dr. Pepper went on to attend Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. Since then he has practiced small animal medicine and surgery. His special interests are surgery, endoscopy, laparoscopy, and preventive medicine. He has attended numerous continuing education courses to refine his skills and keeps current on the newest veterinary procedures, techniques, and treatments. Dr. Pepper is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southwest Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

When not practicing veterinary medicine Dr. Pepper enjoys spending time with his family and fly fishing.

Practice Manager

Sandy has been the Practice Manager at Fruitville Veterinary Clinic since 1993. She is our “behind the scene” staff member and keeps our clinic running smoothly. It is her responsibility to ensure that we have a well trained and friendly staff, a productive environment in which the staff can work together as a team, and maintain an environment where clients are satisfied with the services performed. She strives to exceed your expectations. Sandy is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but enjoys the warm climate Florida has to offer. Sandy loves her rescue Whippet named Maddie and her cat, Baloo.


Jenn has been with Fruitville Veterinary Clinic since 1993. She is a Receptionist and Veterinary Technician. Her love of animals is apparent by her pet “family.” Jack, her Golden Retriever, is often in the clinic to greet our clients. Her Whippets, Myles, Keegan, Foxy and Ollie, three cats, and various fish, reptiles and a bird complete her family. Jenn has been training, grooming, and showing dogs for 21 years. She is now a professional handler and travels throughout Florida and several other states competing in dog shows.


Sam began working with Dr. Pepper at Fruitville Veterinary Clinic in 2007 as a receptionist. Prior to 2006 Sam had a long career working with horses. She has enjoyed caring for animals her entire life and wanted to change her focus to small animals. Having always had dogs and cats in her life it was a natural next step for her to join FVC.

Sam is the first person you will meet when you arrive at Fruitville Veterinary Clinic. She makes appointments and can inform you about the right products and food for your pet. Sam is ready to assist you in anyway she can to make your experience at FVC the best it can be.

Sam is married and has two Dachshunds, Milo and Mack. They keep her very busy. She enjoys bike riding, gardening and walking the dogs in the evening.