Dr. Elizabeth Baird

With post-graduate training and certification in pain management, rehabilitation, and acupuncture, Dr. Baird has acquired a unique set of qualifications to manage almost any issue that causes pain or affects the mobility and function of companion animals.

Dr. Elizabeth Baird is a second-generation Florida native from Dunedin. She studied at the University of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and attended Veterinary College at the University of Florida where she graduated with Honors.

A strong advocate of professional enrichment and continuing education, Dr. Baird participates in a variety of seminars and educational clinics each year. She is a member and active participant in the county, state, and national veterinary associations, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the Veterinary Information Network, the American Veterinary Dental Society and World Vets.

Dr. Baird has gained extensive experience over the years by working in various veterinary environments, including emergency and critical care practice in addition to general practice. She has been certified as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture.

This certification in pain management demands extensive post-graduate study, the submission of case studies, and an arduous examination. Dr. Baird spent hundreds of hours in post-graduate coursework to study neurology, anesthesia, physiology, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and pharmacology to prepare for her certification. The IVAPM has set rigorous standards for education, training, and experience in interdisciplinary pain management, and only those who meet or surpass that bar are eligible for certification.

After completing her Certification in Pain Management, she focused on canine rehabilitation and successfully completed her final exams and internship in rehabilitation. She was awarded certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) upon completion of her training.
Following this, Dr. Baird pursued acupuncture training with the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course associated with CSU, and also completed her clinical intensive in Acupuncture in Colorado.
Pain management has become a passion for Dr. Baird and she is focused on providing care for animals suffering from acute and chronic pain and those with disabilities following injury or orthopedic surgery. Arthritis pain affects a huge portion of the animal population, and she actively seeks methods to minimize the pet’s discomfort so they may live longer and happier lives with dignity and normal physical function and mobility.
Steele Pain Management & Rehabilitation Center is the fulfillment of her dream to help animals and their owners by managing pain and discomfort and improving the quality of life for all her patients.