One of the nicest things about the All Creatures veterinarians is that they are all passionate about veterinary medicine, yet they are varied in their special areas of expertise. That is what makes us a great team. Read our bios – we think you’ll be impressed with the diversity of talent and expertise.
Growing up on a dairy farm in northern Michigan, animals have always been a part of my world. As a child, I had fish aquariums, chickens, cats, dogs and even raised rabbits (yes, I know that isn’t very hard). When I was 10, I was excited to find a sick bald eagle - and was able to nurse him back to health, only to realize that it was actually a vulture! Please be assured my animal identification skills have improved since my boyhood. After entering college, I tried to determine what my strengths were, and kept being pulled back to what I was passionate about - animals and medicine.
I graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and initially worked in Lakeland with large animals, but very quickly moved to a small animal practice in Orlando, realizing that I enjoyed the interaction of pets and their owners. Once an opportunity was available, I came back to Lakeland and in 1988 opened All Creatures. Our little practice quickly grew and we became part of an incredible community of pet families. I am fortunate to have been part of the many advances in pet health during my 33 years in practice. While much of my time has been involved with surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology, I have also come to appreciate that alternative medical treatments may be the best option in some cases.
I became certified in Veterinary Chiropractic in 1999 and am currently working to complete certification for Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Additional interests I have are lameness and injury management. I can’t tell you how rewarding it has been for us to have the opportunity to work so closely with a community of people to help extend and improve the quality of life for their animal companions.
Personally, I have been married for 40 years to my wife, Sue, and we have three children, three grandchildren, two dogs, and one cat. In my free time I enjoy skiing, getting away for long weekends with family, and best of all…. being "pops" to my little grandchildren.
Spending nearly every weekend on my grandparent’s farm in southern Ohio as a child, I had quite the exposure to dogs, cats, chickens, horses and cows at a young age. I was even known to name the beef calves and treat them as pets. As I grew, my summers were spent traveling with my two older brothers and my parents to Tennessee where my mom and dad would soon realize I also had a fearless interest in wildlife, bringing home creatures that were not always welcomed by the rest of my family (and needless to say I did not get to keep). Throughout my childhood it was evident though, that my greatest passion for animals was that for cats and dogs and there was never a time when a furry friend was not far behind or nestled in my arms.
While in vet school at Ross University, I expanded my zeal for animals and science by taking part in studies involving sea turtle conservation and migration. I took part in satellite tracking, studies in nesting and migration routes in leatherbacks, cared for a captive (wounded) Olive Ridley named Olivia, and even nursed a baby hawksbill back to health before his release. In 2010, I was given the personal honor to speak publically in front of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts regarding conservation and protection of various endangered marine species which raised tremendous funding and helped in efforts to save animals injured after the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
Although I have had a wide array of experience with animals, I have always been drawn back to small animal medicine due to my overwhelming fondness for cats and dogs. Following vet school, I moved to Florida to be near my (now relocated) family and completed my clinical and surgical training at the University of Florida.
My professional interests include internal and geriatric medicine, advanced pain management and have evolved to also include dentistry and oral surgery. I have been fortunate to attend extensive training in canine and feline dentistry to include advanced dental extraction and oral surgery and have completed multiple courses in abdominal ultrasound with both the NAVC Institute and The University of Florida.
In 2015, I was certified by the University of Tennessee in Companion Animal Pain Management and Laser Therapy and am now a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Practitioners (IVAPP). Additionally, I am also a proud member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). As All Creatures Animal Clinic is one of only a few animal hospitals within the region to now be recognized as an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) certified facility, I am tremendously honored to be our team's AAHA Practice Director.
I am thankful for the incredible team that I work with and for the community of pet owners we serve each day. I believe being a veterinarian is truly a privilege. To witness the interactions and love between people and their pets and to then to be entrusted with their pet's care is why I believe being a veterinarian is such an extraordinary career.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and practicing competition obedience with my dog Rampage.
Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, my infatuation with veterinary medicine began at an early age at the dinner table listening to my grandfather, Dr. Jim Daniels, recall his days of being a veterinarian. To this day, my favorite tale was the one in which he saved a tiger after ingesting a soccer ball. Throughout my childhood, my love of animals grew and I was constantly taking home needy kittens, ducklings, snails, grasshoppers, guinea pigs, puppies, and chickens as pets.
I attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) where I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Poultry Science. I then continued my education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where I fell in love with dermatology and small animal internal medicine. While in veterinary school, I helped conduct research in dermatology and received a certificate in shelter medicine.
After veterinary school, my husband (Dr. Kidwell) and I moved to Polk County where we met Dr. Latter and his All Creatures Team. We fell in love with All Creatures and immediately knew that we had to be a part of such a wonderful hospital. Today, I am fortunate to call my co-workers family.
My favorite thing about being a veterinarian is being an advocate for my patients as well as a friend to pet owners. I love getting to know people within the Lakeland community and being able to help their pets any way that I can.
When not working, I love being able to spend time cooking with my husband, walking Lake Hollingsworth with my mom, fishing with my dad, and loving on my three dogs, Teddy, Sugar, and Byrd.
I did not always think I would be a small animal veterinarian. Growing up in Okeechobee, Florida, I spent the majority of my childhood raising livestock and competing in rodeos all over the country. It was during this time I fell in love with horses and started working for the local mixed animal practice. After high school, my love of large animals and agriculture brought me to the University of Florida where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and, later, my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. However, it was during veterinary school that I became especially interested in small animal emergency medicine. (My love of horses still remains and I hope to be able to make them a part of my life in the future).
After graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, I went to the University of Tennessee where I completed an additional internship in small animal medicine and surgery. I then returned to the University of Florida to complete another advanced internship focused solely on small animal emergency medicine and critical care, which are the areas that I find fascinating. It was during this time that I met my wife, Holly, who was in her senior year of veterinary school at the time. Since that time, I have worked in both emergency referral and general small animal practices. At my wife’s insistence to move closer to Lakeland and her family, we were fortunate to meet Dr. Latter and his All Creatures Team, and I feel very privileged to be able to work for such a great veterinary hospital.
Dr. Chris Ludlow is a board certified internal medicine specialist who performs cardiac echocardiography, abdominal ultrasonography and consultation at All Creatures Animal Clinic.
Dr. Ludlow earned his DVM with honors from Kansas State University in 1986. After graduation he worked in a busy small animal general practice in southern California for five years. He then returned to the KSU and completed a combined internal medicine/small animal clinical nutrition residency and Master’s Degree program under Dr. David Williams. Upon completion of his internal medicine residency, Dr. Ludlow then spent an additional year establishing a clinical nutrition service at KSU. After finishing his clinical nutrition training, Dr. Ludlow joined the internal medicine faculty at KSU for one and a half years before going into private specialty medicine at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Kansas City in where he served as a staff internist with this group of nine specialists for 6 years.
In 2001 Dr. Ludlow took a position with Royal Canin USA. There he served in the Scientific Communications division for 2 years where he lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of internal medicine and nutrition. Most recently, Dr. Ludlow was a staff internist at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Rockledge, Florida where he practiced for 6 years before starting Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics.
Dr. Ludlow has over 15 years of experience in ultrasound and endoscopy in university and referral hospital settings. He trained under Dr. David Biller for abdominal ultrasonography, and under Dr. Matt Miller and Dr. John Bonagura in the area of echocardiography. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in gastroenterology and has taught endoscopy wet labs at national meetings with Dr. Todd Tams and Dr. Al Jurgens.
Dr. Ludlow is an active member of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society. He has also been a Fellow for Mark Morris Institute for Clinical Nutrition for over 10 years where he has help teach clinical nutrition to students at veterinary schools all over the US and abroad.
When not busy consulting with veterinarians or lecturing, Dr. Ludlow enjoys cycling, hiking, nearly all types of music and the occasional bottle of good wine.
I graduated from University of Florida with a degree in education and joined the All Creatures staff in 1988 as practice manager. So yes, I’ve been here a long time! One of highlights of this past year was working alongside Dr. Jennifer Richter and our dedicated doctors and staff to achieve our long-time goal of AAHA accreditation.
What a privilege it has been to have worked at All Creatures for the last 27 years. So many clients and co-workers have become life-long friends. I couldn't think of a better place to work!
I've been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years, continuing after my graduation with a degree in animal biology from the University of Florida. I love being able to use my passion for animals and gather knowledge to help others care for their pets. I spend my time away from the clinic with my husband Chris and most of our time is spent spoiling our two Great Danes, a Bloodhound, and our kitty Tuna.
I have wanted to work in the animal field ever since I could talk.
I am originally from Wisconsin where I received by bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2004. I joined All Creatures in 2006 as a technician and currently manage the hospital. My passion is treating pets and educating clients. My household includes three furry pets, two Siberian Huskies, and a Bengal cat.
I grew up in Lakeland and was lucky enough to have parents that allowed me to indulge in my fascination of all types of animals. After graduating from college with a degree in Zoology, I worked at All Creatures for a short time before following my passion of working with exotics. I worked as a zookeeper at Lowry Park Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Cypress Gardens. I worked with Indian Rhinos, Sumatran Tigers and Bactrian Camels, Chimpanzees, Giraffe, Zebra and Wildebeest. Through all of my years in the different zoos, I especially enjoyed guest education. I am now lucky to be back where I started so many years ago.
Being back at All Creatures Animal Clinic, I am able to work in an environment that puts the care of the animals as a priority and I am able to spend my days educating clients on the best ways to provide care for their pets. I feel like I have come full circle and am blessed to work in such a family friendly environment. My family consists of my husband, two children, and many pets, which include snakes, lizards, frogs, tortoises, one dog, two cats, and two animals in rehab to be released.
While visiting Florida on vacation, we drove by All Creatures. I told my sister I was going to work there one day. Years later, after moving to Florida, my dream would come true. I started at All Creatures in Animal Care in 1998 and trained for many of the positions in the hospital. I went on to further my education in 2000 and realized the tremendous benefits of canine massage, pet nutrition and hydrotherapy. The dream of our own hydrotherapy pool became a reality in 2004 and has been my passion ever since. My personal family consists of too many animals to mention here. I am so thankful to have worked for Dr. Latter all these years. I have learned so much about animals and about just being a good human being. Dr. Latter leads by example and I don’t think it was just luck that I ended up here!