We are a full service veterinary hospital for dogs and cats offering medical exams, surgery, dentistry, and hospitalization.

Dr. Slade is a Fear Free certified professional and our hospital operates on the same principles. This means we strive to give your pet a positive veterinary experience in such ways as:

  • Providing a low stress atmosphere with separate areas for dogs and cats throughout our hospital including waiting areas, exam rooms, and hospitalization areas.
  • Creating positive bonds with our staff through treats and gentle handling techniques.
  • Working with our pet parents to create the best experience for their pets.


Dr. Jessica Slade, Owner

“At 6 years old, I was gifted my first best friend, Sassy cat. We did everything together…played dolls, dress up, board games, took bubble baths (she sat on the edge of the tub), and snuggled to sleep. Even at that young age, I could appreciate the special bond people have with their pets. My love for animals grew and I found joy in “rescuing” every injured bird, mouse, and stray pet I came across. It was no surprise when my love for animals and my favorite subject of science collided as my pursuit to become a veterinarian. I am blessed to have achieved this lifelong goal and am honored by the trust placed in me by pets and the people who love them. I treasure the long-term relationships developed with my clients as we work together to ensure their pets receive the best care possible and are always treated with kindness, compassion, and respect. The bonus as a practice owner is being able to assemble an entire team that feels the same way I do about our patients and clients.”

Dr. Slade grew up in the small town of Lake Placid, FL. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida with both her Bachelor’s (2010) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2015) degrees. She has also completed a special course in dentistry offered through the University of Illinois. Dr. Slade has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fur-babies, and son who they welcomed in November 2018. Dr. Slade has 5 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses.

Dr. Kathryn Hope

Dr. Kathryn Hope

Growing up I was a total bookworm. I remember the opening story of James Harriot’s All Creatures Great and Small explaining how he was helping to birth a calf in the cold English winter and how filthy and tired he was. The feelings he described of accomplishment, hard work, and of course calf snuggles was the spark that ignited my passion for veterinary medicine. Every time someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said Veterinarian, the thought of any another career path never crossed my mind. I started my career as a Veterinarian working exclusively with horses. I had many “James Harriot” moments of being freezing in the Kentucky winters helping birth foals and wrangle goats in the mud. It wasn’t until I found out I was expecting my own baby that my passions for veterinary medicine evolved. I had provided medical care for many barn cats and farm dogs but I didn’t recognize my passion for small animal medicine until later in my career. I am fortunate to now have new “James Harriot” moments every day helping to provide the best medical care to the dogs and cats of Tradition.”

Dr. Hope grew up in North Florida. She graduated from Berry College with her Bachelors of Science with a major in Animal Science (2010) and continued her education with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida (2015). Dr. Hope spent several years practicing veterinary medicine in Kentucky before relocating back to her home state of Florida. Dr. Hope has a special interest in internal medicine and preventative care. When she is not working she spends her time in the ocean with her husband and daughter.