Dr. Lista earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 2000 and her B.S. from the University of Miami in1996. Dr. Lista began working at Trail Animal Hospital in 2007 and shortly after purchased the animal hospital from her mentor, Dr. Perry Smith.
She currently sits on the board of directors of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) and the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA). She is a past president of the SFVMA. Dr. Lista lobbies in Tallahassee and locally in support of the veterinary profession and animal care. She currently heads the legislative task force of the SFVMA and is the District 6 Representative for the FVMA representing Broward, Miami, Collier and Monroe County veterinarians. Dr. Lista supports the efforts of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the UFCVM Dean’s Circle of Excellence and served a three year term on the UFCVM Admissions Committee. Dr. Lista has a strong commitment to our community. Her community service includes work with the Junior League of Miami, Cat Network, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Humane Society, Miami Dade County Animal Services and Miami Veterinary Foundation. She volunteers her time to help reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter surgeries and community education. With the help of her wonderful staff, Trail Animal Hospital performs over 100 sterilization procedures for local groups every year. Dr. Lista participates in career days for local elementary schools to educate our future generations on providing proper pet care and reducing overpopulaiton. She has lectured at the University of Miami and Florida International University regarding veterinary medicine admissions and careers and is a mentor for local college students attempting to gain admissions to veterinary school.
With great sadness, we mourn the loss of Dr. C. Perry Smith. Dr. Perry Smith’s legacy of excellent medical care, community and professional involvement lives on at Trail Animal Hospital.
Dr. Smith grew up on a farm in Dallas, Florida. After attending the University of Florida, Dr. Smith received his DVM from Auburn University in 1964. Following graduation, he was drafted by the U.S. Army where he served as Veterinarian and Captain. He bought Trail Animal Hospital in 1968 from Dr. Stoddard who used the animal hospital as his office and residence. After faithfully serving the pets and clients of our community, Dr. Smith retired in 2008. He enjoyed his work caring for animals and meeting multiple generations of families. Throughout his career, Dr. Smith was active in both the local and state veterinary associations serving multiple positions including president of the state and local VMA. Upon his retirement, he was honored with the FVMA's Lifetime Achievement Award, the single most prestigious award that can be given to any veterinarian in the state of Florida. Since his retirement, he moved to Immokalee, Florida where he owned and managed a 2,500-acre working cattle ranch where 500 head of cattle reside fulfilling his dreams to return to ranching and farming.