Kristen Zalud, DVM

Dr. Kristen Zalud became the new owner of Crosswater Animal Hospital in late May of 2017. Raised in Jacksonville, Florida, she volunteered with a small local shelter and cared for pets and prepared them for adoption. Dr. Zalud took her first job in the animal-care field as a high school senior, where she worked as a kennel assistant.

After high school, Dr. Zalud attended University of North Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2005. She went on to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. During her studies, Dr. Zalud worked at a local emergency clinic as a veterinary technician and at the University of Florida small-animal teaching hospital as an animal technician while applying to veterinary school.

Dr. Zalud is a member of the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include dermatology, soft-tissue surgery and geriatric palliative care. Dr. Zalud keeps a patient-focused attitude, always striving to provide compassionate care while building trusting relationships with her clients.

At home, Dr. Zalud has a 12-year-old American bulldog named Rascal, a 2-year-old chocolate lab named Nola and a 1-year-old cat named Milo. She is married to Brad Zalud, who is a member of the US Naval Reserves. Dr. Zalud is a proud sponsor of K9s for Warriors—an organization that provides service dogs for military veterans. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her large extended family.