Our Veterinarians

Hernan Montilla DVM, DACT

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hernan Montilla was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where a love of animal care was instilled in him early on in life. His passion hasn’t wavered one bit—now, Dr. Montilla is proud to use his skills to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a member of the Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic family.

Dr. Montilla earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico before attending veterinary school at Ross University. He completed a year of clinical studies at Texas A&M University, then took an externship at the Indianapolis Zoo, where he helped train dolphins to accept ultrasound exams. Next, Dr. Montilla worked with small animals, exotic pets, and even zoo animals in Massachusetts and Hawaii before completing a residency in theriogenology—the study of animal reproduction—at Oregon State University, where he would ultimately remain on-staff as a professor in the school’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Montilla is highly proficient in ultrasound, laparoscopic surgery, and endoscopy. He also brings to the clinic team specialized surgical and diagnostic skills for the treatment of ovarian and uterine conditions, mammary tumors, retained testicles, laparoscopic and ovary-sparing spays, stomach-tacking procedures in large dogs, and vasectomies. Under Dr. Montilla’s expert guidance, Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic is proud to be the first to offer many of these procedures in the St. Lucie and Martin County areas.

Dr. Montilla is a member of various professional organizations, including the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. He has presented at the Oregon Veterinary Conference, the University of California-Davis’ Veterinary Symposium, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners International Camelid Health Conference. Dr. Montilla is proud to have had scientific studies published in major journals, including Emerging Infectious Diseases. He’s even a contributing author to several veterinary textbooks, such as Clinical Veterinary Advisor and Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy, which are used in universities all over the country and abroad.

Every year, Dr. Montilla travels to Nicaragua with a team of veterinary students, where he volunteers necessary medical services for livestock and local pets. Along with his team, he distributes information to villagers about zoonotic disease and animal wellness, and even helps to have Nicaraguan dogs sponsored by Americans for their health and wellness needs. The fact that Dr. Montilla is bilingual—he’s fluent in both English and Spanish—helps greatly with his efforts.

Outside of his interests in the world of veterinary medicine, Dr. Montilla enjoys water sports, sailing, visiting microbreweries, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Liz—who works as a Certified Veterinary Technician herself—have one pet of their own, a loveable dachshund named Camo.

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Richard Smith, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

When Dr. Smith was 14 years old, his beloved Newfoundland had an unfortunate encounter with a car. After the local veterinarian examined the dog and dispensed medication, he was able to promise young Dr. Smith that his pet would be okay. Dr. Smith considered this miraculous, and from that moment on, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian himself.

Dr. Smith grew up in Chicago with six brothers and sisters. He attended Purdue University for both his undergraduate and veterinary schooling, then worked in the Chicago area after graduation before starting his own horse clinic. A few years later, he relocated to Florida for work in Fort Lauderdale, then moved to this area and purchased Hobe Sound Veterinary Clinic in 1980.

Dr. Smith is now an enthusiastic staff veterinarian and has a special passion for surgery. He’s also fond of working alongside his fellow staff members, many of whom he considers family. Most of all, Dr. Smith loves his clients; he knows the majority of them as friends and neighbors, and some have even been with him for his entire 35 years here in Hobe Sound.

Dr. Smith and his wife have three grown sons and four terrific grandchildren. They share their home with Lily, a very intelligent miniature poodle. When he isn’t spending time with his family or caring for the pets of Hobe Sound here at the hospital, Dr. Smith enjoys reading, shooting firearms, and playing golf. He’s been an avid golfer since high school, and has played many of the nation’s great courses and even shot two holes-in-one.

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