After undergraduate study in chemistry at the University of Florida, Dr. Ott attained his DVM degree in 1969 from Auburn University. He served two years as Captain in the USAF stationed at MacDill. In 1971, Dr. Ott opened the Ruskin Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic and continues as sole owner and chief of staff. Over the past 40 years, he acquired extensive experience treating companion animals and developed a growing fascination in feline medicine. He also serves as Medical Director of the Cat Thyroid Center, the third licensed facility in the state of Florida for I-131 treatment of feline hyperthyroidism. In 2000, Dr. Ott founded C.A.R.E. Inc, a dog/cat rescue and adoption center and low cost spay/neuter clinic in Ruskin. In 2004, he opened Ott’s Off Leash Dog Park, a beautiful 5 acre park which is free to the public. His greatest joys in life are his wonderful children and grandchildren.