Dr. Stephanie Jones is co-owner of the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale. A native of Arkansas, she received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M in 1994 and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida in 1999. Dr. Jones moved to Ft. Lauderdale after graduation and joined the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale team in 2000. Known at that time for its reproduction services, Dr. Jones developed a special interest in reproductive medicine and soft tissue surgery. Her passion for surgery, innovative medicine, and optimal patient care allowed for the Animal Hospital of Fort Lauderdale to be one of few hospitals in South Florida to offer stem cell therapy. In addition to being a practice co-owner and veterinarian, Dr. Jones also serves as President on the executive board of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association. In 2019, Dr. Jones became the CEO and Founder of Pets Help the Heart Heal, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the social, physical, and emotional health of youth through the human animal bond. The organization incorporates veterinary medicine, veterinary care, animal industry career exploration, and the human animal bond through events and activities provided to underserved and underprivileged youth. As part of this organization, Dr. Jones is a mentor to teens, conducts career day presentations to elementary schools, and oversees a shadow program at the hospital, which she created, for high school students interested in a veterinary career. She hopes that her love for animals and passion for her career sparks interest in animals and helps motivate today’s youth to reach for their dreams.