Kings Trail Animal Hospital

Our Veterinary Team

Get to Know Our Team!

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.


Vet Staff

Dr. Chris Erdman, Doctor


Dr. Chris Erdman was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and grew up in Hayward, Wisconsin (northwestern Wisconsin). He worked with veterinarians on dairy farms throughout high school and college. Dr. Erdman studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin and majored in agriculture and biochemistry. He graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977.

Dr. Erdman has practiced in and around Chicago for 20 years, the most recent hospital being Antioch Animal Hospital in Antioch, Illinois. He practiced in Naples, Florida, before buying Kings Trail Animal Hospital.

He enjoys traveling with his wife, Jan, who is from Coconut Grove, Florida. Dr. Erdman also enjoys cooking, especially Italian food and makes the best BBQ beef ribs in Jacksonville! Dr. Erdman and Jan have one Norwegian Forest cat, Sissy, and two Yorkshire terrorists, Hamton and Charlston.

Vet Staff

Dr. Melissa Jedlicka, Doctor


Dr. Melissa Jedlicka earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. She has a special interest in wellness, pain management, and quality of life. She takes pride in promoting the human-animal bond and decreasing the stress of veterinary visits for pets and pet parents. Outside of her veterinary work, Dr. Mel enjoys the outdoors, cooking, playing piano, and being a tourist in her backyard. A fun fact about Dr. Mel; She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and enjoys spending time with her family visiting apple orchards, museums, and the Niagara Falls Hurricane Deck for an exhilarating soak under The Falls. Her beloved pets include her cats and miniature donkeys.


Tammy, Veterinary Technician

Tammy fell in love with animals at a young age. She knew she wanted to help them in any way she could. She has been a technician for 7+ years. She is from Michigan and has two handsome sons. She also has three dogs (Massimo, Sissy, and Matteo), two cats (Biscuit and Joey), and one gorgeous snake (Ryn). Tammy loves being a technician, and she is dedicated to helping animals in need. During her free time, she loves everything outdoors; beaches, museums, and new trails and spending time with her family.

Cathy, Veterinary Technician

Cathy was born and raised in Nashville. Once she moved to Jacksonville, she found her passion; helping and taking care of animals. She has been a technician for 21 years. She has 2 adorable small rescue dogs – Holly Berry and Lady Eileen. When she isn’t working, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her boyfriend.

Sharon, Veterinary Technician

Sharon was born and raised in Alabama. She has been in the veterinary field for 30+ years. You can say she was born to be a technician. She has been at Kings Trail since 2011. She has 2 teenage children, 3 dogs; Nay Nay, Sparky, and Scarlet, and 2 cats; Dexter and Gary. She loves the outdoors, especially fishing. An all-time favorite thing to do when the city gets too loud is horseback riding.

Skylar, Veterinary Technician

Skylar Estes serves as a Veterinary Technician at Kings Train Animal Hospital, bringing 22 years of experience in veterinary medicine to the team. A Frank H Peterson and Atlantic Coast graduate, Skylar takes immense pride in providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all patients while ensuring the highest quality of care.

She strives to make each visit a positive experience, leaving every pet with a comforting hug and a smile. Outside of work, Skylar is an avid painter and a gardening enthusiast, currently cultivating her own herb and veggie garden. She also loves taking her dogs on car rides, further showcasing her love for animals. Skylar’s dedication to her patients and passion for her hobbies add a unique touch to the Kings Train Animal Hospital team.

Alshante', Kennel Technician
Alshante’ Hurell is a seasoned Kennel Tech at Kings Train Animal Hospital. With over six years of veterinary experience and a background in education from Armstrong State University and Penn Foster, she’s an invaluable member of our team. Alshante’ is passionate about providing a clean, comfortable environment for our animal patients and offering emotional support to their owners. Outside of work, Alshante’ loves hiking and kayaking with her dog, baking, cooking, and spending time with her nephew. Her dedication to animal care and her love for family and outdoor activities make her a cherished part of our community.
Sherrie, Receptionist/CVT

Meet Sherrie, our accomplished receptionist and Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with an impressive 19 years of dedicated practice in veterinary medicine. She honed her skills at St. Petersburg College, graduating with an Associate’s in Science in Veterinary Technology.

Sherrie takes immense pride in fostering meaningful and healthy connections not only with her patients but also with their devoted owners and her fellow teammates. 

When Sherrie isn’t immersed in her studies for her degree in Veterinary Technology Management, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, husband, and 8 cats. She also enjoys scrapbooking, crafting jewelry, designing costumes, or indulging in makeup artistry and special effects.