VCA South Dade Animal Hospital

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6380 S Dixie Hwy
South Miami, FL 33143

Driving Directions

(305) 661-2573


  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00AM-6:00PM
  • Sat: 9:00AM-4:00PM
  • Onsite emergency care available... After
  • hours: (855) 573-8911

South Dade Avian & Exotic and Small Animal Hospital is proud to announce our merger with Dr. Arthur Scherr and Companion Animal Hospital! Our expanding professional staff will continue to provide full medical services for all companion animals including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small mammals. We encourage you to call with any questions regarding schedule, appointments, directions, availability, etc.

South Dade Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in South Miami, FL . The professional and courteous staff at SDAH seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. SDAH strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to South Miami, FL and surrounding areas.

Our Mission
For over 30 years, the South Dade Animal Hospital has been taking care of pets and their owners in our community. As a local veterinary hospital, we pride ourselves in our warm, family atmosphere and caring staff who will do everything to ensure you and your pet’s comfort and well-being. The Veterinarians and the entire staff at SDAH are committed to compassion, quality care and ethics in state-of-the art veterinary care. It is our mission to educate and develop an individualized, preventive, wellness plan that will optimize your pet’s longevity - - making your years together enjoyable and rewarding.

VCA South Dade Animal Hospital Services

  • Bathing
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Birds (Avian Medicine)
  • Boarding
  • Dental Care
  • Endoscopy
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • Microchipping
  • Non-Anesthetic Dentals
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Reptiles
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

VCA South Dade Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Letitia Finnieston


Letitia was born and raised in Coral Gables, FL.  Always having a love for animals, Letitia began working at a small animal hospital in 1996.  Since then, she graduated from FIU, owned her own small animal grooming and boarding business, and had three beautiful children.  She is also the owner of a variety of rescued pets.  Riley, her gentle giant Great Dane, and Chance, the pointer mix guard dog, run the house.  The dogs, cats, rabbit, and fish complete her home.
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Don Harris, DVM


Dr. Don J. Harris came to Florida in 1980 following his graduation from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. His practice became exclusively avian in 1990, and he opened Miami's first exotics-only veterinary hospital, Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center, in 1996.

The quality of Dr. Harris' practice is reflected in his international reputation. A major factor that allows Dr. Harris's hospital to excel in exotic pet care is the extensive professional network that Dr. Harris has established with international leaders in exotic animal medicine. Avian & Exotic serves as a point of contact between the hospital's clients and the worldwide authorities on practically any situation involving exotic pets.

Ultimately, Dr. Harris is a dedicated individual. He devotes himself 110% to anything and everything he takes responsibility for. Clients rest assured that nothing will be spared when Dr. Harris cares for their beloved pets.

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Louisiana State University

Birds and other exotic pets

Cova Talavera, DVM


Dr. Cova Talavera was born in Madrid, Spain. The second of four sisters, she was always enthusiastic taking care of the animals that she found injured on the street. Due to her curiosity for science and knowledge of health and disease, she found her passion in veterinary medicine, which increased during her years at the University. She graduated in 1992, at Universidad Complutense of Madrid, while Dr. Talavera was already involved as a volunteer at the Veterinary Services in Madrid Zoo. Love for animals and wildlife led her to be committed as veterinarian and curator in this prestigious zoo for 15 years. She had the opportunity to travel throughout many cities of Europe and America, assisting meetings, international congresses, and visiting leading institutions. That stage of her live turned when she came to Miami in 2006. Seeking new opportunities for her family’s life, Dr. Talavera thought that her profession should be focused on another animal’s field. While studying for the American accreditation, she had the opportunity to collaborate with recognized and specialized veterinarians in Miami area. Thanks to these veterinary masters in companion animals, Dr. Talavera has become fascinated with this world. She is a fan of the small details and enjoys learning from colleagues and researchers. Her compassion for pets and close understanding of owners are two of her highlighted traits in her job. Mother of three children, she enjoys having talks with them during meals. She is delighted with Miami’s weather and landscaping. As much as she can, she walks on sunny days, practices yoga, and goes to the ocean with her friends. 

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Universidad Complutense of Madrid

Preventive medicine, client education, dogs, cats, exotics, and zoo animals