Welcome to Lakeridge Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Clermont Fl
Call us at (352)995-2002
or email at [email protected]


If you live or frequent the hills of central Florida (Clermont, Groveland, Mineola, Howey in the Hills, Leesburg) and are looking for a trusted veterinarian to treat your furry family members – then look no further. Lakeridge Animal Hospital is a small animal hospital founded in the fall of 2018 and opened a year later, where we treat cats and dogs (no exotics). Your pets’ health and well-being are very important to us; we will work with you to take every measure possible to give them the care they deserve.

Lakeridge Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital offering patients routine preventive, medical, surgical, and dental care. We are also equipped to handle day time emergency services in the unfortunate event that may happen. See “Our Services” to see a sample of the services that we are able to provide.

At Lakeridge Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Jeffrey Esch
 Lakeridge Animal Hospital 

Phone: (352)995-2002
Fax: (352)995-2009
Email: [email protected]

20180 US Highway 27, Suite 206
Clermont, Fl 34715

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Jeffrey Esch

    Dr. Esch graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Zoology in 2001 and then attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Dawgs) where he graduated in 2007. Upon graduation Dr. Esch relocated to the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina where he worked for a multi doctor practice in the Thomasville and Jamestown areas. After a few years of still seeing snow he relocated to central Florida again to work for a multi doctor practice in south Orlando. Dr. Esch founded Lakeridge Animal Hospital in 2018 and it opened a year later. While not working Dr. Esch enjoys golf, tennis, camping, the trails of central Florida, and spending time with his Dachshund Armstrong and his Sphynx, Harry.

  • Melissa Masaki

    Melissa was born and raised in Hawaii and now she calls Florida her home. Her passion for animals was instilled at a very young age and she grew up with dogs, a bird, and two Jackson's chameleons. Melissa is the head technician at Lakeridge Animal Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, the outdoors and hanging out with family and friends.

  • Jennifer Roman

    Jennifer has been working in animal care since 1996 with parrots and salt water aquariums at Rainforest Café Disney and then Lowry Park Zoo as a zoo keeper in the avian department. In 2001 she started working as a veterinary assistant and eventually became a technician for 12 years. She is now head receptionist at Lakeridge Animal Hospital and enjoys helping clients with their pets. When not at work Jennifer enjoys photography and traveling with her husband or playing with her labradoodle and goldendoodle.

  • Jenna Rita

    Jenna Rita was born and raised in NYC and has worked professionally in the companion animal field as a veterinary technician/receptionist for six years. She started her career as a volunteer for a local cat rescue based in Brooklyn which flourished into a love of all things veterinary medicine. Jenna currently lives with her fiancé, five cats, shepherd mix and pomeranian. She enjoys movies, the ocean, spending time with her family, and going on adventures.

  • Karen Derby

    Karen Derby has been a technician since 1994 and her special interest is surgery and difficult to handle pets. She has two pitties and three cats. When she is not working she enjoys ju jitsu and watching her daughter do gymnastics with her husband.

  • Marci .

    Marci has been in the Veterinary field for over 20 years. Her passion is client education. When not working Marci enjoys riding motorcycles, orchid gardening, and reading.


Office Hours

Clermont Office


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm





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