Island Animal Hospital

Island Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Merritt Island, FL. The professional and courteous staff at Island Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Island Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Merritt Island, FL and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Island Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
Dr. Matt Coris and Puppy
  • 230 Fortenberry Road
  • Merritt Island, FL 32952
  • Phone: (321) 453-2430
  • Fax: (321) 452-7071
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  • Mon, Thu: 7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 7:00am - 11:00am
  • Sun: Closed
  • Matthew Coris, DVM


    Dr. Matthew Coris born in Corpus Christi Texas, into a military family, moved frequently throughout his early life. Matt Settled in Ft. Myers, Florida for the majority of his childhood. He developed a passion for animals, the outdoors, and water.

    As a teenager, he became involved in hand raising and training parrots, raising unique rabbit breeds and managing intricate aquariums. His interest in aquatic and exotic pets developed a relationship with a local petstore owner that kindled his future career. Starting as a sales associate Matt’s interests quickly shifted to the proper care and husbandry for the animals that the petstore provided. This interest is what eventually blossomed into a career in Veterinary Medicine.

    After graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, Matthew moved with his wife to Brevard County Florida. He started his Veterinary Career at Island Animal Hospital, where he remains and now owns. His focus is small animal and exotic health care, surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine. He is inspired by his wife Erin, their children, Keaton and McKenna, their Black Lab Kaylee, their Cameleon Pascal and their Moluccan cockatoo Cricket.

  • Erin L Coris, DVM


    Dr. Erin LeRay Coris was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1976. She moved frequently during her early years, but finished high school in Coral Springs, FL before going on to the University of Florida. There she found a love of science and medicine and began working with both the human Tissue Bank and multiple animal research projects. After graduating from UF’s undergraduate program, Dr. Coris attended University of Florida’s Veterinary School and graduated in 2003. During that time, she met her husband and they both accepted jobs in Brevard County after graduation.

    In 2008, she and her husband bought Island Animal Hospital and she moved from Rockledge to join the clinic. Dr. Coris opened the second clinic, Island Animal Hospital at Viera, located in Viera, in the spring of 2012. Her focus is small animal and exotic medicine/surgery, preventative medicine and radiology. She enjoys running, reading, playing the piano and spending time with her husband Matt, their children, McKenna and Keaton, their dog Kaylee, chamleon Pascal and moluccan cockatoo Cricket.

  • Ian Birkbeck, DVM


    Dr. Ian Birkbeck is originally from Orlando, Florida. He obtained a bachelor degree in Biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 2005. While studying biology, he decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After attending the University of Florida in Gainesville and receiving a master’s degree in business administration, he remained there and enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the Island Animal Hospital team in 2011.

    When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Paula, as well as reading and fishing. They live in Viera with two dogs and four cats.

  • Thomas Sisserson, DVM


    Dr. Sisserson moved from New Jersey to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida at a very young age; he considers himself a “true Floridian.” He attended University of Tennessee undergraduate school then graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine; he moved to Brevard County immediately after graduation and has lived here ever since. His wife’s name is Judy; he has five children all graduates of the Brevard County school system and Florida Universities (two still attending).

    Community interests: Rotary International, Merritt Island High School Quarterback Club, Jefferson and Edgewood schools parent organizations.

    Professional Organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Brevard County Veterinary Medical Association.

    Professional Interest: Family Companion Animal Practice
    Personal Interests: First and foremost family, snow skiing, boating/fishing

  • Chelsea Jurczenko, DVM


    Dr. Chelsea Jurczenko was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania.  She developed a love for animals early on, growing up with a menagerie of pets and deciding on a career in veterinary medicine at age five.  She realized this decision was the right one as she continued to develop an interest in science and medicine.  Dr. Chelsea graduated from Westminster College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and went on to attend Purdue University, where she received her DVM in 2011. 

    While attending veterinary school, she completed an externship in Port St. John, FL and fell in love with the area, being an outdoor and water enthusiast.  Dr. Chelsea practiced in Deltona, FL after graduation and feels fortunate to have joined the Island Animal Hospital team in 2013.  Her interests are small animal internal medicine, surgery, and particularly, dentistry.  When not caring for pets, she enjoys spending time with her sweetheart, Reid, doing outdoor activities such as paddle-boarding, hiking, canoeing, and running.  They are the proud "parents" of their greyhound, Justice, miniature dachshund, Scooby, Cuban anole, Amelia and chinchillas, Fiona and Dagny.


  • Jeffrey Christiansen, DVM, DACVS

    After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Bioscience from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992, Dr. Christiansen gained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (where he met his wife, fellow veterinarian Wendy Christiansen).  He then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at New York City's Animal Medical Center in 1997, after which he both established and was the first to complete the surgical internship program at Houston, Texas' Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists.  Dr. Christiansen completed his surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, after which he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002.  Dr. Christiansen has practiced in Brevard County since January 2006, and runs Superior Veterinary Surgical (and less-invasive) Solutions, bringing board-certified specialist quality care to owners in a more convenient and affordable fashion.

    When not doing surgery, Dr. Christiansen enjoys spending time with his family: His wife, Wendy, son Henry, daughter Kate, dog Consuela, cats (Elvis, Lamont, Shaniqua, & Yolanda), & chameleon Francesco.  He also enjoys exercising and writing.

    Dr. Christiansen is experienced in all manners of soft tissue surgery (stomach, intestine, liver, lung, bladder, tumor removal, reconstructive, etc.), orthopedic (fracture repair, joint surgeries, congenital deformities, etc.), and spinal surgery (especially disc disease in the back or neck).
  • Holly Davis

    Practice Manager
  • Jenn Hongach

    Surgery/Hospitalization Technician
  • Jill Cozza

    Veterinary Technician

  • Meghan McInturf

    Veterinary Technician and Inventory

  • Justina Cutler

    Certified Veterinary Technician

  • Carly Keim

    Veterinary Technician
  • Jen Curren

    Veterinary Technician and Receptionist
  • Dana Walton

    Receptionist and Veterinary Technician

  • Ronda Mobley

    Veterinary Technician
  • Michele Neuenschwander


  • Debbie Shaw

  • Mike Hongach

    Kennel Manager

  • Maika Williams