Meet Our Team

At Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, we are proud to employ a team of highly skilled professionals who are wholly dedicated to the care and well-being of your pet. We strive to offer the utmost quality of healthcare and service to all of our patients and their families. Additionally, the staff of Cleveland Heights Animal hospital regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible. You are always invited to come in for a visit; we would be happy to introduce ourselves and give you a tour of our beautiful facility.

Robert Houghton, DVM (owner)

Dr. Robert Houghton is a 1998 graduate of George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University and a DVM from St. George’s University. After completing his clinical year at North Carolina State University, he received additional training as an intern at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital.

Dr. Houghton and his wife, Jackie, have a full household, with their three children; Adrienne, Ellis & James, and three dogs- Jorge, Clive, and Phil.

Dr. Houghton is the Owner and Medical Director of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. His goal is to continue the tradition of excellent medical care for the clients and patients of the hospital. Through our focus on compassionate care, personal service, and unsurpassed professional medical attention, we look forward to the next generation of healthy pets and lifelong relationships.

At Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, we are proud to employ a team of highly skilled professionals who are wholly dedicated to the care and well-being of your pet. We strive to offer the utmost quality of healthcare and service to all of our patients and their families. Additionally, the staff of Cleveland Heights Animal hospital regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible. You are always invited to come in for a visit; we would be happy to introduce ourselves and give you a tour of our beautiful facility.

Robert Houghton, DVM (owner)

Dr. Robert Houghton is a 1998 graduate of George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University and a DVM from St. George’s University. After completing his clinical year at North Carolina State University, he received additional training as an intern at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital.

Dr. Houghton and his wife, Jackie, have a full household, with their three children; Adrienne, Ellis & James, and three dogs- Jorge, Clive, and Phil.

Dr. Houghton is the Owner and Medical Director of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. His goal is to continue the tradition of excellent medical care for the clients and patients of the hospital. Through our focus on compassionate care, personal service, and unsurpassed professional medical attention, we look forward to the next generation of healthy pets and lifelong relationships.

Ashley Langford, DVM

Dr. Ashley Langford graduated from Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan in 2001. She performed her undergraduate work at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After three years at Purdue she was accepted early into the veterinary program at Texas A&M University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her DVM from Texas A&M in 2008. After graduation she completed a rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida. Dr. Langford then received advanced training in oncology at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, following her time at Angell, Dr. Langford joined the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital team. Since their move to Lakeland, she and her husband have welcomed three children to their family. Her professional interests include internal medicine and oncology. Having been a member of our team for over ten years, Dr. Langford appreciates the opportunity to develop relationships with owners and walk with families through all stages of their pet’s lives.

Chase Washburn, DVM

Dr. Chase Washburn is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her bachelors degrees from the University of Georgia. (GO DAWGS!) After graduation, she moved to New York City for a couple years working in the fashion industry before she returned to her lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian. She received her DVM from Ross University in 2018 just before moving to Lakeland with her husband, Eric. Dr. Washburn has a passion for the human-animal bond and behavioral medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and is Fear Free Certified. In her spare time she loves flying and traveling to new places with her husband as well as spending time with their two doodles, Ginger and Charlie.

Lester Monterrey, DVM

Dr. Lester Monterrey is originally from Cuba. He graduated from the University of Havana in 2005 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he was a professor of anatomy, histology and morphology for 2 years at the University of Havana. He then spent his time in Cuba working on an aquatic project, became a quality control veterinarian for several different aspects of the production animal industry where he ended up practicing as the manager of a production farm. After Dr. Monterrey and his family relocated to the United States he pursued his veterinary license and achieved his dream of working with companion animals. He has a professional interest in orthopedics and ophthalmology and a passion for dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons as well as continually expanding his knowledge in the veterinary industry.

Courtney North, VMD, DACVIM

Dr. North is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner in the Tampa region. She is available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures including ultrasound and endoscopy at Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. Dr. North has lived in many different locations and considers herself a Foreign Service “brat”. She has worked just about everywhere, from specialty medicine “Down Under” (Australia) to providing care for street cats, dogs, and even rescued elephants in Asia. Dr. North obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete a year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY, followed by a 3-year residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University. She became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010. When not helping patients or traveling, Courtney enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and relaxing with her dogs, Sasha and Birdie.