Dr. Hess earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He started working as a doctor at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital in 1981 and has been the owner since 1984. He has received many awards and honors from the Florida Audubon Society for the care of Florida's wildlife. For several years, Dr. Hess was a host for America's Health Network's nationally broadcast show "Ask the Veterinarian."
Dr. Hess is a true native of Florida having grown up in Dunnellon, a small town near Ocala. He received a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He also attended Florida State University working towards a Masters Degree in Marine Biology.
His love for animals is also seen at home. The family currently consists of Peanut, a long-haired Chihuahua; Reagan, a German Sheperd; Savannah, a Labradoodle; Cherith and Sophia, both energetic Boston Terriers that are their "Grand Dogs" and Foggy, a Hyacinth Macaw. They would love to add cats too, but unfortunately his wife is severely allergic to them.
Outside of work, Dr. Hess enjoys golf and traveling.