Island Animal Hospital

Island Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Merritt Island, Viera, & Cocoa Beach. 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.

    University of Florida
  • 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.

    University of Florida
  • 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.

    Duke University and University of Florida
  • 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

    University of Tennessee and Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • 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.


    Westminster College and Purdue University
  • Dr. Jeffrey Christiansen

    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).
    Pennsylvania State University and University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Holly Davis

    Practice Manager

    What's most special to you about Island Animal Hospital?
    "The staff, clients, and pets that I have come to know and grow relationships with are what's the most special to me. You can have a "pretty" clinic anywhere in the world... But people like ours are truly unique and are what makes me love this place." -Holly
    Traveling with family, starting and working with young horses
  • Jenn Hongach

    Surgery/Hospitalization Technician

    What is your favorite part of your job?
    "Knowing that I helped make a difference in the animals care for the better and being able to see those patients years down the road and know I helped them." -Jenn
    Spending time with family. Getting together with friends for a BBQ and lots of laughs.
  • Jill Cozza

    Veterinary Technician

    What is special to you about Island Animal Hospital?
    Our staff and clients. I look forward to spending my day with awesome coworkers. Also, it's nice to have a true relationship with our clients and their pets. I get up see familiar faces (pets and owners) on a daily basis.

    CrossFit, camping with my family and friends, boating, and spending as much time in the Keys as possible.
  • Meghan McInturf

    Veterinary Technician and Inventory

    What's your favorite part of your job?
    "My favorite part of the job is witnessing and helping sick or injured pets recover. I love the spontaneity of the job; no two days are the same. I also love the ability to continue to see and learn new things- I saw my first thoracotomy a few days ago." -Meghan

    Scuba diving, horseback riding, traveling to new places
  • Justina Cutler

    Certified Veterinary Technician

    What is special to you about Island Animal Hospital?

    "How much we are a family. We may bicker and butt heads at times but by the end of the day we still love each other and would do anything for each other." -Justina

    Surfing, wakeboarding, hiking, reading and gardening
  • Jen Curren

    Veterinary Technician and Receptionist

    What is your favorite part of your job?
    "Becoming familiar with pets and their parents. I love being able to help animals and always have. Animals can not tell us what is wrong and there is nothing more rewarding then helping an animal get better. Not only for the pet, but for their concerned parents as well." -Jen
    Volunteering with FWC for manatee rescue, running and kayaking
  • Dana Walton

    Receptionist and Veterinary Technician

    What is most special to you at Island Animal Hospital?

    "The patients." -Dana

    Painting & Gardening
  • Ronda Mobley

    Veterinary Technician
  • Michele Neuenschwander


    What is your favorite part of your job?

    "I love to have people arrive and leave feeling that their pet children have received and always will get the best care and love when entering and of our Island Family facilities."-Michele

    Playing with her dogs, growing orchids, drawing and painting. Most of all--spending time with her grandson
  • Debbie Shaw

  • Mike Hongach

    Kennel Manager

  • Maika Williams