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Dr. James Sleeper

Dr. James Sleeper was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, and attended the University of Florida where he received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2001.  He has been lovingly practicing in Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL, for the past 21 years.  Dr. Sleeper's first love is his family, then animals, people, motorcycles, Scrabble, and travel.    He also has a particular affection for Sphynx cats.



Dr. Heather Puckett

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Dr. Puckett grew up in Orlando and has lived in Jacksonville since graduating from UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 (the same class as Dr Sleeper.)   She knew by age 12 that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and has been grateful every day for such purposeful and challenging work. She and her husband, Brett, were blessed with a son and daughter, both of whom were home-schooled. For family fun, they love to spend time mountain biking,  hiking on the Appalachian Trail,  watching The Simpsons, or just generally bugging one another. On quieter days, she enjoys writing letters on beautiful stationary, tending to her yard, reading, and playing hide-and-seek with her cat, Buck.  Although there are 4 wonderful cats in the Puckett Family,  the entire family agrees and wants it publicly known that Buck is the coolest of them all.


Shari Sleeper (Practice Manager)

Shari graduated with Honors from East Tennessee State University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Investment Finance, and a Master of Accountancy.  Shari homeschooled the couple's three children, Delaney, MacKenzie, and Keegan while consulting as a forensic accountant, before turning her attention to helping her husband get Claws and Paws started, and now running the day to day operations.  She enjoys spending time with family (both human and feline), going to the mountains whenever possible, learning history, and watching documentaries.  And she thoroughly enjoys the Claws and Paws family, both the wonderful staff and clients and their fur babies!

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