Dr. Julia Bakker was born and raised in Florida, and inherited her grandpa’s love of animals. She spent her childhood surrounded by animals, from horses and dogs, to pocket pets and wildlife. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Central Florida’s Burnett Honors College. During this time, she volunteered with local wildlife rehabilitation centers and animal shelters. Dr. Bakker went on to graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and achieved additional certifications in advanced dentistry, fear free practices, and shelter medicine. She received the 2019 Operation Catnip award for her efforts volunteering to spay, neuter, and treat local community cats in need. Her career has been centered around the study and practice of integrative medicine and developing meaningful relationships with the families she serves.
Dr. Bakker is passionate about caring for all species. In addition to dogs and cats, she cares for exotic pets and wildlife. She is a member of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. She holds education and community-outreach dear to her heart, and loves to teach her clients, her co-workers, and the public about veterinary medicine and pet care. She is an eager student at heart and has yet to find an area of medicine that she doesn’t enjoy, but has special interests in dentistry, nutrition, and surgery. As a doctor with a special interest in integrative medicine, she combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to meet the needs of each individual patient and family, leaving no stone unturned to offer the very best to all she serves.
She is happily married to her Canadian husband with whom she raises her pups Callie and Poe, the tribe of rescue kitties Thor, Loki, and Milton, and her giant south African leopard tortoise Esmerelda. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who enjoys everything from Star Wars to Dungeons and Dragons. She’s also been known to read veterinary textbooks for fun, she throws a mean hand-axe, and is happiest adventuring in nature to study wildlife.