Dr. Elizabeth Baird - Country Oaks Animal Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Baird, DVM

Practice Owner


Dr. Baird is a second-generation Florida native from Dunedin. She studied at the University of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida where she graduated with honors.

A strong advocate of professional enrichment and continuing education, Dr. Baird participates in a variety of seminars and educational clinics each year. She is a member and active participant in the county, state, and national veterinary associations, the Veterinary Information Network, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the American Veterinary Dental Society and World Vets.

Dr. Baird has accumulated a variety of experiences during her more than 20 years in practice, from small animal clinics to large corporately owned hospitals, emergency veterinary medicine and services to the humane society. While she enjoys all aspects of small animal and exotic pets medicine, Dr. Baird’s particular interests include skin and ear disease, internal medicine, preventive healthcare, analgesia and pain management, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Baird and the Country Oaks Animal Hospital staff are active in the community and support such groups as the Pinellas Animal Foundation, SPCA of Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas, Suncoast Animal League and various breed rescue groups. She and several of the hospital staff are certified through the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) as a veterinary response team for emergencies & disasters.

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Country Oaks Animal Hospital and Steele Pain Management and Rehabilitation Center for Animals are proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth F. Baird, our senior staff veterinarian, has completed yet another challenging post-graduate training program.

Dr. Baird is now been certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture through One Health Scientific Integrative Medicine. She spent countless hours of study doing coursework and subsequent examinations in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians prior to attending her clinical intensive week in Colorado last month. Upon completion of the clinical intensive and final examination, she has been granted certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA).

The program emphasis is gentle and natural healing using the body’s own energy to help with healing while adhering to the firm principles of science and neurology. The evidence-based program emphasizes utilizing acupuncture to address pain management as well as other health problems in a wide array of animal species. Dr. Baird is very excited to have yet another set of tools to assist in the management of pain and disability in our companion animals.

Country Oaks Animal Hospital and Steele Pain Management Center of Palm Harbor proudly announce that Dr. Elizabeth Baird has completed her training and been granted certification in Rehabilitation by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI). She is now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) although she does apply rehabilitation principles to other species such as cats and rabbits also.

The CRI training program puts emphasis on “hands on” work with patients in the classroom in addition to intensive coursework to make the training applicable to everyday patient care. The study involves canine anatomy and physiology, common musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, physical therapy assessment and evaluation techniques, manual therapy, physical modalities, therapeutic exercise and the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients. The extensive study and classroom work are followed by a 40 hour internship as well. Dr. Baird completed her internship at the well-known Georgia Veterinary Rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Baird is enjoying having this additional training to assist in pain management and recovery in treating pets suffering from osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, sports injuries and other musculoskeletal ailments.

Country Oaks Animal Hospital of Palm Harbor proudly announces that Dr. Elizabeth F. Baird completed specialty certification in animal pain management by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM.org). Dr. Baird’s interest in the subject predates its evolution into a specialty in veterinary medicine. She becomes one of 58 Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners in the world, and one of only 40 in the United States.

Dr. Baird plans to expand her pain management services at Country Oaks Animal Hospital and to instruct other interested veterinary professionals as well. She also plans to continue her advanced training by expanding into the field of canine rehabilitation and sports medicine.

The pain management certification process involves extensive post-graduate classroom education, preparation and documentation of actual patient case reports, including Board review and approval, and a final board examination. Candidates study extensively such subjects as veterinary anesthesia, neurology, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, and acupuncture. Dr. Baird completed the certification in just two years receiving the designation Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) in November 2013. A typical candidate may take up to eight years to complete the certification process.