Dr. Javier Cepeda

Owner and Head Veterinarian

Dr. Cepeda acquired the Animal Hospital of Hallandale in 2023 from Dr Barbosa and has been serving the Hallandale community since 1963. Dr Cepeda was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He studied Animal Science at the UNIVERSIDAD LA SALLE in Bogota where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1997. Licensed in the State of Florida in 2011. He is certified to issue Pet Health Certificates for international/domestic travel. Dr Cepeda main interests are internal Medicine, Surgery and Care of Senior Pet. Dr Cepeda constantly attends continuing education courses in the US and abroad. He is very passionate about new ways of pain relief on pets throught acupunture and laser. He is the proud Dad of Victoria, and pet parent of two cats named Jingles and Fendi as well as his new baby dog named Anthony. Dr Cepeda welcomes you and your pets at The Animal Hospital of Hallandale.

Dr. Joe Barbosa

Dr. Joe Barbosa acquired the Animal Hospital of Hallandale in 1993 from Dr. Ward, and has pass the clinic to Dr. Cepeda in 2023.

Since then, Dr. Joe Barbosa has performed 1,000+ surgeries (excluding spays and neuters) at his Hospital in Hallandale.

Dr. Barbosa received his veterinary degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1980. In 1987, he took the intensive post-graduate course in Clinical Veterinary Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1990 he became licensed to practice in the state of Florida.

Through the years, as a general practitioner, Dr. Barbosa has attended various continuing education courses and seminars including advanced dentistry, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. He speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish fluently. He and his staff welcome new and current clients with a friendly smile and excellent service and look forward to serving your pet’s health care needs.

Our goal here at Animal Hospital of Hallandale has always been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. The Animal Hospital of Hallandale team displays an unrivaled commitment to our clients through continuing education, technological advances in veterinary medicine and service, and most importantly, administering compassionate care to all pets entrusted to us.


Jeffery has over 10 years of experience both general and emergency animal care. He also has been known to be a volunteer for different shelters across Florida. He has two furry cats named Elly and Hemie. When Jeffery is not around the hospital he enjoys his time at the beach or kayaking Jefferey speaks Spanish and English and is available 7 AM Monday – Saturday



Shannon has worked at the Animal Hospital of Hallandale for 24 years. She is originally from Indiana and has been in South Florida for 25 years.


Veterinary Assistant

My name is Julia, I am a college student who is preparing to go to vet school. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. I am working with Dr. Barbosa for over 5 years now and I would love to meet you and your beloved pets. I love every animal you could think of….. I have a 3-year-old dog called max who is a rescue and I trained him myself.