Team at St. Johns

Dr. Srilatha Kancharkuntla (Dr. Sri)

Dr. Sri graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) veterinary college in India in 2004. She moved to United States in 2005 after getting married to Dr. Gutta, who is also a practicing veterinarian with Bluestar Pet Hospital.

Dr. Sri successfully completed the Educational Equivalency Assessment Certification program, administered by American Veterinary Medical Council. Dr. Sri began working at Clay County Humane Society and stayed with them for more than 2 years. During this time, she gained an extensive amount of experience in both medical and surgical cases. Following her time at the Humane Society, Dr. Sri established San Marco Animal Hospital in 2010, where she worked for almost four years as the primary veterinarian.

When her children were ready to attend elementary school, Dr. Sri’s family moved to Saint Johns county for their highly ranked school districts. In 2014, she opened Bluestar Animal Hospital in St. Johns Creek Shopping Center, on CR 210, in Saint Johns County.

Dr. Sri’s practice philosophy is focused on providing personalized patient care and excellent client service. Her professional interests include Preventive veterinary medicine for cats and dogs, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Dermatology. Dr. Sri’s family includes her husband, Dr. Gutta, two daughters, a son, two orange tabby cats (Romeo and Maggie) and a yellow lab (Spencer). In her small amount of free time, Dr. Sri enjoys gardening and visiting national and state parks.

Dr. Venkat Gutta

Dr. Venkat Gutta, Owner Dr. Gutta grew up in India and moved to the United States in 2002, wanting to pursue higher education. After completing the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), Dr. Gutta attended Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine to complete his clinical rotations. Dr. Gutta also earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Georgia (UGA).

Following his clinical rotations at LSU Veterinary School, Dr. Gutta obtained his Florida State license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.

Before beginning his career at Bluestar, Dr. Gutta practiced as an associate veterinarian for Banfield Pet Hospital for more than 10 years. During this time, he gained a highly sought reputation for being very personable and also taking the time to educate clients on their pet’s health. As an associate veterinarian, Dr. Gutta has gained extensive experience with many soft tissue surgeries, while continuing to practice high-quality veterinary medicine.

Dr. Gutta joined Bluestar Pet Hospital in March 2016 after his wife, Dr. Sri, decided to work part time to raise their three children. His professional interests include wellness and preventive care, senior pet care, and nutrition counseling for both dogs and cats. Dr. Gutta has particular interests in canine and feline medicine, endocrine cases, skin cases, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Gutta is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society (JVMS).

In his free time, Dr. Gutta enjoys spending time with his family and personal pets. He especially enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming and playing tennis.

Dr. James Gillen- Associate Veterinarian

Dr. James Gillen, Associate Vet Dr. Gillen was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville when he was 12 years old. Dr. Gillen knew growing up, he wanted to be a veterinarian because it puts together the two things he loves most- animals and people. Dr. Gillen graduated in 2019 from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Gillen completed a one year rotating internship at Capital Veterinary Specialists here in Jacksonville to gain more knowledge and experience in specialty care before moving into general practice. Dr. Gillen has a special interest in dermatology and has done research specifically in canine atopic dermatitis and leishmaniasis. While completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gillen co-authored a research paper that has been accepted for and is currently in the publication process.

Naimah – Practice Manager

Naimah has been with the Bluestar Family for over 5 years. She is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and moved here when she was 21 years old. Naimah has been in veterinary medicine since 2012 and enjoys every aspect of her career.


Morgan I am originally from New York/Arizona. I’ve been a veterinary technician for a few years now. I would like to stay in veterinary medicine and continue to hone and advance my skills. My favorite part of veterinary medicine is the nursing aspect and constant learning the career provides. I have a four legged son named Archie who I love very much. If I could choose to be any animal it would be a panda! 🙂

Gabe – Veterinary Technician

Gabe is a Jacksonville native that has been with the Bluestar Family for almost 3 years. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is learning about different disease processes and how to treat them. If Gabe could be any animal he would be Panda because he loves to relax and eat during his time off!

Meet Dr. Venkat Gutta Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming

At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns Location Only) for dogs and cats. Our topmost commitment is to provide your companion animals with high-quality medicinal care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent veterinary care in a value-friendly manner. At Bluestar, we also believe that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of your pet and you are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve patients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210 and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery equipment, and techniques, advanced diagnostic testing or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!

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Dr. Sri is the most knowledgeable veterinarian I have ever met. She is up to date with all new technology. My animals are treated like family with her. She saved the life of our elderly dog Dakota several months ago and he is still with us. Thank you Dr. Sri.

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