Meet the Team

Sal Abbate, BS, DVM

Dr. Abbate was raised in New England. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, and then transferred to Auburn University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Nutrition, Growth and Physiology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Abbate’s post-graduate studies are in Physiology, Nutrition, Growth and Body Composition, and most recently Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbology, Food Therapy, and Acupuncture. His special interests in veterinary practice are in Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology, Allergies, Integrative Medicine and Food Therapy.

Dr. Abbate has been the proud owner of the Tarpon Animal Hospital since 1990. Dr. Abbate, is an excellent surgeon and is an internationally published author on arthritis and hip dysplasia therapy, as well as on feline leukemia and cancer therapy.

Dylan Murphy, DVM 

Dr. Murphy was born and raised in Princeton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. He received his doctorate from Ross University, located on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. He finished his clinical year at Oklahoma State University in 2021. Dr. Murphy has an interest in internal medicine, surgery, and preventative care.

He grew up surrounded by animals and around the veterinarian life. His parents both owned and practiced veterinary medicine in Worcester, Ma. He moved to Florida to be with his girlfriend, 4 cats and 3 dogs. In his spare time Dr. Murphy loves to travel, go to Orlando’s Theme Parks, is certified in scuba diving, and is currently training for a half marathon. Dr. Murphy is very excited to meet everyone and give the best care for your pet!

Dorinda, CVT
Hospital Administrator

Dorinda has been in the Veterinary field since 1994. She graduated from St. Petersburg College of Veterinary technology in 1997. Dorinda is a certified Veterinary Technician and the office manager at Tarpon Animal Hospital. She enjoys her job and considers the patients the best part of what she does. She enjoys working with her co-workers here at Tarpon Animal Hospital and could not ask for a better staff or work environment.

She was married to her best friend George in 1998. They have two children – a daughter Arron and a son Devin, and they enjoy being grandparents to their grandson Jayden and granddaughters Aria and Emma. Dorinda has a rescued German shepherd named Ellie and a German shepherd named Caspian and enjoys taking them to agility classes. She has 3 cats, a very silly cat named Buddy who was a Tarpon rescue and Henry and Slade who were also rescue cats.


Bailee joined the Tarpon Animal Hospital staff in March of 2020 as a receptionist. She currently attends St. Petersburg College for a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. When she’s not at work or studying for classes, Bailee likes to swim, read, and paint whether alone or with her grandmother.


At a very young age, Tammy was in love with animals and her passion for them continued to grow over the years. As a little girl, she often brought home stray animals of all kinds and set up obstacle courses for her dogs to run through. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of animal health care and training and has worked in the industry for over twenty-five years.

Through her experience, she has encountered numerous animals aside from everyday dogs and cats including reptiles, rodents, birds, horses and even a puma. Over the years she has fostered sick or injured animals and rescued numerous abandoned pets that went on to live healthy lives from kittens and puppies to tortoises, birds, horses, and opossums. With such a passion for animals, it is no surprise that she has owned numerous species of domestic and exotic pets.

Courtney, CVT

Courtney has been working with Tarpon Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician since March 2017. She graduated from Sinclair Community College in 2016 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Courtney moved here from Dayton, Ohio in 2017 after falling in love with Florida while on vacation. Courtney has 2 pit bulls named Diesel & Moe, and 3 cats named Vincenzo, Lil’ Orange & Patty Biscuit (TAH resucue). In her free time she enjoys kayaking the springs, going to the beach, archery and spending time reading.