Clearwater, FL (727) 572-0132

4525 Ulmerton Road

Clearwater, FL 33762

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Natasha Stanke, DVM, DACVS-SA


Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal

On The Job

Dr. Natasha Stanke was initially inspired to become a veterinarian because her grandfather was a fish and game officer, and he instilled in her the desire to help injured animals that could not help themselves. At the early age of 10, she started seeking opportunities to visit veterinary clinics and observe. After watching her first spay surgery, she knew she wanted to be a surgeon, a desire later confirmed as a teenager when she worked as a veterinary assistant and was allowed to scrub in and assist with surgical procedures. Dr. Stanke enjoys all types of veterinary surgery including orthopedic, soft tissue and neurologic. She has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy, ureteral surgery and fracture repair.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Residency, Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Tampa FL
Internship, Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego CA
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston MA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis

Off Duty

Dr. Stanke has volunteered her time at the Toledo Zoo and with Habitat for Humanity. An avid scuba diver, she is interested in reef preservation, wreck diving, underwater photography and searching for fossils and seahorses. She also likes yoga, working out and reading, especially biographies of lesser known scientists and quirky travel books. Her pet family has all been rescued during her veterinary education and includes Cousteau, an orange tabby cat; Harold, a three-legged grey and white cat; and Brewster, a four-pound Chihuahua who is fiercely loyal has has traveled around the country with her.

Select Articles and Publications

Ureteral Obstruction: To Stent or Not To Stent

Phillips LR, McAbee KP, Stephenson N, Stanke NJ, Booms ML, Degner DD. Evaluation of complications and feasibility of indwelling epidural catheter use for post-operative pain control in dogs in the home environment. N Z Vet J. 63(2):86-91. doi: 10.1080/00480169.2014.948521. 2015.

Stanke NJ, Stephenson N, Hayashi K. Retrospective risk factor assessment for complication following tibial tuberosity transposition in 137 canine stifles with medial patellar luxation. Can Vet J. 55(4):349-56. 2014.

Stanke NJ, Graham JE, Orcutt CJ, Reese CJ, Bretz BK, Ewing PJ, Basseches J. Successful outcome of hepatectomy as treatment for liver lobe torsion in four domestic rabbits. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 238(9): 1176–1183. doi:10.2460/javma.238.9.1176. 2011.

Aleman M, LeCouteur RA, Nieto JE, Williams DC, Stanke NJ, Shelton GD. Sarcoplasmic masses in equine skeletal muscle. Neuromuscular Disord. 15(2): 147-153. 2005.