Dr. Michelle Bellville’s love of animals goes as far back as she can remember: her first word was not “mama” or “dada” but “duck!” As a child, she would feed the squirrels outside of her house, catch lizards and frogs to float in the sink. Throughout her growing up years, Dr. Bellville was co-caretaker (because let’s face it: parents are the caretakers for their children’s pets!) of many animals: dogs, cats, cockatiel, rabbit, guinea pig, hamsters, fish, and a fat-tailed gecko. Born in Orlando and raised in Clearwater, she got her love of medicine and healing from her mother, a registered nurse. It wasn’t until high school that her love of animals and medicine finally came together.
Dr. Bellville wholeheartedly believes that not only are animals a gift and a blessing, but that we humans were given the privilege of caring for them. She believes that pets make an immeasurable difference in the lives of their families and that they deserve to be given a happy, healthy, long life. Using preventative medicine and education, she strives to team up with each owner to make that happen for their furry, scaled, or feathered family member. Her hope is by coming alongside each owner, she can be an encouragement and blessing in their lives. Her compassion for helping animals and being a blessing to people she has also led her to Uganda, Africa in 2007 and 2012 to help care for the cows, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, and cats of the Karamojong people.
She attended Cincinnati Christian University and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for two years before moving back down to Florida. She started at the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology in 2005 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. During her undergraduate years, she went back to Clearwater every summer and holiday to work as a veterinary technician and volunteered at the Zoo and Wildlife department at the veterinary school.
Dr. Bellville shares her life with two Yorkie-poodles brothers named Tigger and Pooh Bear and a blue-tongued skink named Spike. She loves watching football and soccer and going to concerts. She is part of the worship team at Real Life Christian Church as a singer, enjoys reading fiction, and competes in triathlons.