Dr. J. Gus Mueller:
Dr. Gus Mueller grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He always said he was going to move to the Gulf Coast of Florida when he grew up. Although he may not be grown up yet, when he graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, he immediately moved to Gulf Breeze to practice. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of West Florida, which he achieved after moving to Gulf Breeze. In addition to practicing at Animal Medical Center all these years, he was The Zoo veterinarian for approximately 17 years, where he helped care for over 800 exotic animals including tigers, lions, leopards, hippos, camels, rhinos, apes, monkeys, snakes, lizards, and many others. When he left The Zoo, he felt like he was leaving his good friends. He taught clinical courses for Pensacola State College (formerly Pensacola Junior College) in the Animal Technology Program for several years while at The Zoo. He was active as a Board member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for 5 years.
Dr. Mueller is married to Corlette, a very talented glass artist and animal lover, who grew up in Gulf Breeze, and graduated from the University of West Florida with a BS and an MBA degree. They have 3 children, Gabriel, Luke, and Leo. The whole family helps take care of two cats, Clyde the Golden Retriever, Lizzie the Bearded Dragon, an assortment of fish, and 10 chickens.
When Dr. Mueller has time, he loves to run through the Naval Live Oaks trails, work in the outdoors, fish, ride around the bay, and especially casting his net for mullet when they are in in the bay.
Dr. Mueller loves the Northwest Florida community and all it has to offer. He is still happy he moved here over 30 years ago, and is still excited to practice in an American Animal Hospital Association accredited practice (less than 15% of practices in the U.S.), and has always felt fortunate to have high quality professionals to work with, including his time at the Zoo, with the FVMA, and with the local colleges.
Dr. Michael Padgett:
Originally from south Alabama, Dr. Padgett received his Animal Science degree with a minor in Poultry Science from Auburn University in 1999. He was admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn the same year, and graduated with his D.V.M. in 2003. He came to live in Gulf Breeze in 2008, and has been working at Animal Medical Center since then.
Dr. Padgett has a broad range of animal experience, having spent time working on large animals, poultry, exotics, and routine small animal care. His personal pets include Babe, an Umbrella Crested Cockatoo, and his three orange cats: Oscar, Garfield, and Tabby. Both Tabby and Babe were adopted as rescues.
He is married to Dr. Christine Padgett, who is a college professor. They have two boys under 5 years, Nathaniel and Everett. The whole family enjoys living in Gulf Breeze, with time spent outdoors most days.
Dr Padgett is very active in the community, and is the president of his local voluntary Home Owner's Association. He is also active in his local church, and enjoys time spent with friends.
The list of hobbies that he is interested in is never-ending. He enjoys making wine and beer, woodworking, mechanic work, fishing, and boating to name a few. He is very good at fixing anything that needs repair, including pets.