Open 7 Days A Week
New Client: 904-516-9767
Existing Client: 904-399-5557
1546 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
About The Team

The Team

Hospital Owners & Director

Dr. Srilatha Kancharkuntla (Dr. Sri) – Owner

Dr. Sri graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) veterinary college in India in 2004. She moved to United States in 2005 after getting married to Dr. Gutta, who is also a practicing veterinarian with Bluestar Pet Hospital.

Dr. Sri successfully completed the Educational Equivalency Assessment Certification program, administered by American Veterinary Medical Council. Dr. Sri began working at Clay County Humane Society and stayed with them for more than 2 years. During this time, she gained an extensive amount of experience in both medical and surgical cases. Following her time at the Humane Society, Dr. Sri established San Marco Animal Hospital in 2010, where she worked for almost four years as the primary veterinarian.

When her children were ready to attend elementary school, Dr. Sri’s family moved to Saint Johns county for their highly ranked school districts. In 2014, she opened Bluestar Animal Hospital in St. Johns Creek Shopping Center, on CR 210, in Saint Johns County.

Dr. Sri’s practice philosophy is focused on providing personalized patient care and excellent client service. Her professional interests include Preventive veterinary medicine for cats and dogs, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Dermatology. Dr. Sri’s family includes her husband, Dr. Gutta, two daughters, a son, two orange tabby cats (Romeo and Maggie) and a yellow lab (Spencer). In her small amount of free time, Dr. Sri enjoys gardening and visiting national and state parks.

Dr. Venkat Reddy Gutta – Owner

Dr. Venkat Gutta Dr. Gutta grew up in India and moved to the United States in 2002, wanting to pursue higher education. After completing the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), Dr. Gutta attended Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his clinical rotations. Dr. Gutta also earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia (UGA).

Following his clinical rotations at LSU Veterinary School, Dr. Gutta obtained his Florida State license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.

Before beginning his career at Bluestar, Dr. Gutta practiced as an associate veterinarian for Banfield Pet Hospital for more than 10 years. During this time, he gained a highly sought reputation for being very personable and also taking the time to educate clients on their pet’s health. As an associate veterinarian, Dr. Gutta has gained extensive experience with many soft tissue surgeries, while continuing to practice high-quality veterinary medicine.

Dr. Gutta joined Bluestar Pet Hospital in March 2016 after his wife, Dr. Sri, decided to work part time to raise their three children. His professional interests include wellness and preventive care, senior pet care, and nutrition counseling for both dogs and cats. Dr. Gutta has particular interests in canine and feline medicine, endocrine cases, skin cases, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Gutta is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society (JVMS).

In his free time, Dr. Gutta enjoys spending time with his family and personal pets. He especially enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming and playing tennis.

Paige – Director

Paige, Director I am originally from outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to Jacksonville in 2010 to attend Jacksonville University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree. During my last couple years in college, I worked with Dr. Gutta when he was at Banfield Pet Hospital. In 2015, I moved to Gainesville and began working at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in the Surgical Oncology service. There I honed my veterinary skills, developed advanced skills, trained veterinary students, and increased my knowledge base in veterinary medicine. I learned how much I truly love veterinary medicine and the constant growth of education that comes with it. I moved back to Jacksonville to work with Dr. Gutta, as I loved working with him in the past and he has always been such a wonderful person who really cares for animals. I am obsessed with all things Disney and animals. I enjoy continuing my education in the veterinary field and love learning. If I were an animal, I would choose to be a cuddle fish. I love the water and think it would be so awesome to have the ability to change colors!

Dr. James Gillen – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. James Gillen - Associate Veterinarian Dr. Gillen was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville when he was 12 years old. Dr. Gillen knew growing up, he wanted to be a veterinarian because it puts together the two things he loves most- animals and people. Dr. Gillen graduated in 2019 from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Gillen completed a one year rotating internship at Capital Veterinary Specialists here in Jacksonville to gain more knowledge and experience in specialty care before moving into general practice. Dr. Gillen has a special interest in dermatology and has done research specifically in canine atopic dermatitis and leishmaniasis. While completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gillen co-authored a research paper that has been accepted for and is currently in the publication process.

Che Che – Practice Manager

Che Che is our practice manager here at San Marco Animal Hospital. She has been in veterinary medicine for over 10 years and has been working with Dr. Gutta and Dr. Sri for many of those years. Che Che is currently in school to earn her business degree.


Shayque I was born in Daytona Beach & moved to Jacksonville when I was two. I would like to go back to school & further my education in the veterinary field. I always had a love & passion for animals growing up. We had all types of pets like fish, hamsters, birds & different breeds of dogs. But when I was high school it spark a fire in me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, when our family dog started having seizures & there wasn’t any treatment for him at that time. If I were an animal, I would be an elephant because they always seem like the protectors in the wild. They want to see peace not war.

Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s degree in Animal Science in Georgia and completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital where he benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to not only be approachable to his patients but also to ensure that his parents have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in the field of veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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"I bring my own pets and my clients pets. They have always treated the animals and me with the most respect and compassion. I highly recommend them. They are great and very helpful."
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"When my 16 year old cat got cancer and died it was very hard for me. Dr. Gutta was wonderful to me, so compassionate and understanding. He even followed up with a sympathy card."
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