Sugar Mill Veterinary Center strives pffers sound client education, and optimal veterinary care with our trained and experienced staff. Our job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn’t feeling well, but also to promote general wellness care to keep your best friend happy and healthy for years to come.
Dr. Stacia Jung, VMD
Voted Best Veterinarian on St Croix, 2015
Dr. Jung completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University. She has an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University. Her doctorate in veterinary medicine was completed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jung moved to St. Croix in 2004 with a passion for putting an end to pet overpopulation enhanced by her prior work experience at the ASPCA, The Humane Society of New York, and Bide-A-Wee animal shelters.
She was employed as Associate Veterinarian at Island Animal Clinic from November 2004-November 2006. After that, she created an onsite Low-Cost Spay/Neuter program in December 2006 at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center and successfully spayed/neutered close to 3,000 animals in less than two years, operating twice weekly. Eventually, Dr. Jung took on the position of part-time Staff Veterinarian and part-time Executive Director at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center November 2007 through October 2008.
Inspired by her previous veterinary work, love for animals, and passion for the community of St. Croix, Dr. Jung opened Sugar Mill Veterinary Center in December 2008. The Center encompasses her vision for combining a holistic approach to pet wellness in a state of the art and environmentally friendly facility. The Inn at Sugar Mill, St. Croix’s only stand only pet boarding facility, was opened in May of 2009 and has provided a comfortable, clean, and safe place for dogs and cats to vacation while their owners are traveling off island. Sunshine Foundation, a nonprofit, low-cost spay/neuter program, ran for two years out of the Sugar Mill and spayed/neutered 1500 dogs and cats. Now Sunshine Foundation is focused on feral cat TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release) on St Croix and offers weekly services as well as special events.
Dr. Jung lives with her 5 indoor cats (Tang, Annabell, Oscar, Pearl, & Sinbad), her 2 dogs (Kaija and Farley) and her family of outdoor feral cats (Muffin, Snuffin, Big Daddy, and Batman) and loves every minute of island life! Her cat Emmit and dog, Lester, reside at SMVC and assist her at work each day!
Idaliz “Liz” Castro,
Liz was born in Puerto Rico and came to St Croix at the age of one year. She attended St. Josephs High School and has an Associates Degree in Small Business Management.
She is a fun-loving island girl who can often be found outside gardening. She has a love for everything that grows and a green thumb. She also loves the beach. She has rescued animals from dogs and cats to deer, iguanas, ducks and birds.
Liz has worked with a few of the island veterinarians and has done volunteer work with Fish and Wildlife, The Sunshine Foundation and a few other organizations.
Annibel was born and raised on St. Croix. She spent some time with family in Tennessee for work. At that time, she began working in stocking shelves at a factory that made health care products, and later in Walmart overnight stocking. Annibel returned to St. Croix where she found a job that had more meaning to her. She worked at the Animal Shelter for 7 years as a Kennel Technician, Surgery Assistant and Exam Technician
Annibel and her twin sister Mirabel work full-time caring for our guests staying in the Inn at Sugar Mill. She manages the kennels, feeds, exercises and bathes all of the boarding guests. Annibel is great with animals and they truly enjoy her company. Annibel also tends to the goats, Matilda and Noodles, who appreciate all the work that she does for them. She spends any open time (when there are less boarders) assisting on the hospital side.
Annibel spends a lot of time with her 2 nephews and enjoys playing video games with them. She has 4 dogs (Troccoly, Analia, Lizzy & Pipi Chepine) and a cat named Frisky.
Mirabel was born and raised on St. Croix. Along with her twin sister, Annibel, she spent time in Tennessee working in a factory , and later at Walmart. After returning to St. Croix she worked at the Animal Shelter for a time and now happily manages the Inn at Sugar Mill along with her sister. Mirabel loves animals and loves the work she does at The Inn at Sugar Mill.
Odey was born and raised on St. Croix. In the past, he worked with Dr. Jung at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center where he was employed as the Warden. He followed his love for animals to SMVC where he is the jack of all trades, assisting with examinations, surgery, boarding, and anything/everything under the sun.
Odey has a big heart and shares his home with 7 dogs. He’s always smiling and has a joke to brighten a cloudy day.
Born and raised in Sycamore Illinois, Courtney joined the SMVC team in 2015 to explore her passion for animal care. Courtney bought a one way ticket to St. Croix in 2012 and it was the scariest, but most rewarding leap of faith she has yet to make. Courtney has worked as a waitress, a yoga instructor, and a jewelry maker. The tourist season has a huge affect on the monetary flow and resources available on island. Wanting a more stable career that was less affected by the ebb and flow of tourism and that also incorporated her love for nature, animals, care giving and creativity, SMVC has been a wonderful blessing.
Taking care of animals comes naturally to Courtney but she has enjoyed training and learning the technical, western medicine side to animal care giving. Courtney’s goal is to one day open an integrative retreat center where people live and teach healthy, holistic ways of living, modeled around proper diet, thinking, exercise and action so that all humans, animals and plants can thrive happily and with abundant health!
Sabrina was born and raised on St. Croix and worked for SMVC through high school. She has graduated high school in 2015 and is now attending the University of the Virgin Islands. During the school year, she continues to work as a veterinary assistant and receptionist.
Sabrina loves animals large and small and they love her sweet nature too. Sabrina is interested in business management and veterinary medicine.