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1961 - Bird Road Animal Hospital at 7775 Bird Road, Miami
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1961 - Bird Road Animal Hospital at 7775 Bird Road, Miami

7775 Bird Road, Miami, Florida


The Tropicaire Drive-In Theatre screen is in the background.


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Don Boyd07-Jun-2014 05:03
Dennis Lee, thank you for the update on Dr. Deriso and the original building.

Don
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Dennis Lee 06-Jun-2014 15:46
I was informed by Dr. Richard (Dick) McCormick that Dr. Deriso passed away earlier this year. He suffered from alzheimer's, and was in a facility of some kind when he died.

... and so the "Bird Road Animal Hospital" legacy has come to an end. The original building (7480 Bird Road) isn't even there anymore. It was torn down, and something looking like a cruise ship put in it's place.
Kathy McCarthy Ryan 23-May-2014 03:54
Hi!! My name is Kathy (McCarthy) Ryan.....I worked there w Dennis Lee and Karen Rabin.....a bunch of other people too.......home girl Debbie ?? Would love to connect w our old crew if anyone wants to fb friend request me...... we were a GREAT working group.
Dr Sharon MacIvor 25-Apr-2014 23:45
As the owner of Dadeland Animal Hospital and a previous employee of BIRD ROAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL- i can only say how honored I was to have been practicing veterinarian and emergency room doctor for this practice.
How wonderful my experience was- and what fun memories I have of this place. No hospitals now have as much character and fulfilling stories as the ones that I experienced .

My life was made better because of the triumphs and amazing experiences that I had from running terrible emergencies that turned lives around to the small things like knowing so many wonderful people that we worked with from "Dennis" our lab tech to Dr. Deriso himself. I became close friends with his daughter to this day I am her veterinarian and friend.

I will be forever grateful for my experience as my first job as a veterinarian to Dr. Tharpe Deriso and his family.
Guest 19-Feb-2014 01:46
Dale
I worked at BRAH in the old location from 1971-1973 when I graduated high school and moved to Colorado. It was the best job in the world and I have many fond memories! Now I am a flight attendant for 38 years and living in Bend Oregon.
Jeannne 22-Nov-2013 18:16
I worked at BRAH,in 1969 thru 1974', worked at both locations, we were so busy, I worked in the lab and remember daily rounds each morning! In the old building we would get paid to watch the parking lot at the old clinic to keep people from parking in our lot and then going to the swap meet!
I always loved Dr Smith
aplinb12-Aug-2012 22:35
McD's down the street, in the early 1970/71 had no inside dining area; all the tables were outside. If I recall, it was sometime around 1974/75 when the inside dining was built. It was also a time when they had a hot ham w/ melted cheese sandwich on a sesame seed bun on the menu.
One 'technology' I liked at the newer clinic was the built-in vacuuming system; though it didn't always work perfectly. Some of the access ports attached to the walls where you would attach the hose would get loose.
aplinb12-Aug-2012 22:20
Back at least until 1976-77, there was a African-American guy named Jack who was basically the office manager for the doctors. He was at the original location in 1970 and transferred to the new location. He managed those of us working there and schedules as well as purchasing. Does anyone remember his being there into the 70's or 80's?
Helen Rizzo01-Feb-2011 22:58
I was a vet at BRAH from 1982-1986. I started with a couple of other new vets...Dr. Martinez and Dr. Cunningham. Hung out in the lab with Dennis! Sharon Jenkins was a close friend but I haven't heard from her in years. Manny Hevia stopped by where I work in Connecticut, but I was out of town. I'll drop you an email Manny! Hi everyone!
Manny Hevia 25-Jan-2011 01:29
Wow-- Great memories. I worked at the "New" BRAH for 5 years after high school. Looking back, it sure was a great time. Worked with all the usual suspects. As a matter of fact a few of the techs have become accomplished vets. Willy Chavez and Alvaro Larin come to mind. Dennis Lee I can remember was our resident vampire! And little John Allen basically became a man right in front of us!!! John, you still have the real chili cocktail don't you? Hope all of you are well-- we need a reunion!!!
Dennis Lee 05-Nov-2010 21:46
I worked at Bird Road Animal Hospital from 1978 till 1998, which is when Dr. Deriso closed down the business and moved to Georgia. I never worked in the original building but I probably put in more years than any other employee. The original business (which is the one pictured here) was started by Dr. Earl Becker and Dr. Walton Smith. After they moved to the newer location across the street, they had three associate veterinarians Drs Deriso, Vicha, and Thompson. The three of them bought the practice from Becker and Smith. Deriso and Vicha later bought out Thompson, then later Deriso bought out Vicha. In it's hey-day, during the 80's, BRAH was probably the bussiest animal hospital on the planet. I feel that Deriso slowly priced himself right out of business. I met a lot of interesting people working there, and I wonder where most of them are now. Patty Kraly, Debbie Ozner, Cindy Smith, Ileana Puig, Karen Rabin, Andy calkins, Duane Henderson. Hello John Allen, I remember you hiding in the cabinets and scaring the crap out of people as they went by.
wally melanson 28-Jun-2010 02:14
The previous comments seen correct. My dad worked @BRAH for a year while he studied for his FL boards and license. I worked there in the summer of 1969 thru spring 70. Dr's Becker and Smith were the practice owners. My Dad left to buy his own practice in Pompano Bch when his FL license came thru and I went on to other jobs since I was mucho tired of the Vet jobs having grown up in the business. One of the vets that worked there, Dr. Chris Maladnick became a professor at the then new U of FL vet school. BRAH was a major vet hospital in the So Miami area. Not many practices had a staff of 6 vets. I did a computer project for Dr. Deriso in the mid 80's and installed their first computer system. That was the new building. Still remember going to the swap shop @the tropical during lunch hr. Also lots of great kids worked ther in the 60's/70's. The Mickey D's up the road actually had the original golden arches and Coconut Grove was sleepy and full of hippies or wana bes.
wally melanson BRAH class of 69
PS Dr. Smith had an amazing 302 Firebird with the blue stripes over white!!

aplinb19-Jan-2009 02:10
This building is definitely the original Bird Road Animal Hospital. It was at this location until 1974-75 when they moved down the road to the other side of the expressway. The original vets were Dr. Becker and Dr. Smith who sold it to others who came to work there - I believe Dr. Deriso & Dr. Vicha. I worked full-time at both locations in the 1970's. After the hospital moved, this building became a furniture store (with some structural changes in the front). If anyone worked at BRAH in the 80's, it was when it was already relocated. I can still describe the inside layout of the original building. During the 60's and 70's, Tropical Racetrack, across the street, was active and I would stand by the fence surrounding the track and watch them put the horses through their paces early in the morning. You are correct, Jorge, that this photo was taken facing towards the Northeast.
The back roof part of this building, when it was a hospital was open though covered by fencing. I remember that as it was the area where dogs and cats were washed.
Southwest Animal Hospital was in operation during that time, at a different location.
Guest 18-Aug-2008 21:15
That was an animal hospital I don't remember when it moved but it went just on the east side of the palmetto in behind a Texaco gas station, and now on that site they are constructing a building that looks kind of like a cruise ship.
Guest 23-Jun-2008 05:24
We took our family dog, Tina to the Bird Road Animal Hospital for routine shots, a broken leg, and other ailments in the 1960’s. The vet and his staff were very nice folks. (SWHS class of 68)
Guest 03-May-2008 14:39
About 15 years ago my husand I visited New Orleans and we entered an antique shop. An old man asked where we were from and I said Miami. He said he hailed from Miami too then mentioned he used to own the Tropicaire Drive-In. I gushed telling him that I went to his theatre many, MANY times and in high school we would stuff the trunk and sneak several more kids into the drive-in -- and got away with it. The old man just laughed saying that he was well aware of the prank and just allowed us kids to "think" he didn't know because he never stopped us. HA and we thought we were so clever.
Deb G 28-Apr-2008 14:19
Bird Road Animal Hosp (i believe before Palmetto Xway) was in this facility until they moved to their current location and larger facility on the opposite site of the Palmetto. Used to live right to the north of the drive-in; could "watch" the movies from my roof!! Sound was optional.....
JORGE J TAMARGO 25-Apr-2008 15:16
I BELIEVE THE SCREEN OF THE DRIVE IN FACED NORTH SO PHOTO WAS TAKEN FROM SOUTH SIDE LOOKING NORTH EAST SINCE THE WORD TROPICAL WAS READ FROM WEST TO EAST. I BELIVE SO MAYBE THIS IS NOT FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PALMETTO BY THE WAY WERE IS THE PALMETTO IN THIS PHOTO WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE BRIDGE. IVE LIVED BE SOUTHWEST SINCE 1972 BUT AM NOT GOOD WITH MY MEMRY.(OR SPELLING)
Jeff Jenkins 10-Apr-2008 02:21
Oh, yeah, the catwalk! I used to go across the catwalk every day to school. Once or twice some friends and I went up on the catwalk to watch some "R" rated movies from there! Ha! Those movies would be considered tame today, and movies far worse are shown on cable TV all the time!

Man, I was so disappointed when they went around and cut down most of the beautiful palm trees in Miami because of lime disease or whatever. That was a tragedy. Even though I was very young, I still remember that. We had two beautiful royal palm trees in our front yard, and they just came and cut them down without our permission, because of some ordinance or whatever. Oddly enough, they did not touch the large coconut palm that we had growing next to the street. But Miami never looked the same afterward, IMO. It lost much of its beauty when that happened.
Laura Long 20-Mar-2008 18:49
This brings back a lot of memories, we lived on 31st street and 75th ave. We used to walk down to the catwalk that crossed the Palmetto Expressway, and watch the moves at the drive in. I went to Emerson Elementary too. I was in 5th grade when President Kennedy was shot. I remember that day so clearly.
Jill Ferrer 15-Mar-2008 15:21
Agnes, this is Jill (Jenkins) Ferrer. Sorry, I don't recall getting an email from you or I would have responded. I am also very sorry to hear that we argued alot in Biology class. I don't remember that, but obviously it stayed with you, sorry. How are you? What has been happening in your life for the past (almost) 30 years? Thanks for connecting with my brother.
Take Care and hope to hear from you soon. Please email me again.
Jeff Jenkins 15-Mar-2008 07:11
I believe there is now a "Southwest Animal Hospital" on 6448 Bird Road.
Jeff Jenkins 15-Mar-2008 06:50
Agnes,

Hi. I'm just now visiting this site again for the first time after leaving my previous comment 6 months ago. I just now emailed Jill to let her know about this site. I suggested that she leave a comment here.
Guest 19-Feb-2008 04:05
The place John is referring to is further east on Bird road...maybe around 63rd ave or so. That place is still there...and we used to take our pets there when I was a kid.
Don Boyd21-Jan-2008 06:23
I'm fairly sure that the sign in front says exactly "Bird Road Animal Hospital" on it, but I can't find the larger image right now to confirm that. Since the photo was taken 20+ years prior to you working there, isn't it possible that it was located here in 1961? Were you even born in 1961 if you worked there in the early 80's?

Don
john allen 20-Jan-2008 21:22
this is not bird rd animal hospital..i worked there for a few yrs in the early 80's. plus, i grew up in allens drug store... know that area very well:) by the way, no pictures of allen's drug store?? only land mark left in that area!!
Chip Moebus 09-Dec-2007 05:41
Is this Walter Boyd, DVM's building? I believe it is, he is/was a wonderful man...not sure if he is still alive.
Agnes 03-Dec-2007 07:18
Jeff Jenkins, I went to school with your sister Jill. We both went to Emerson etc.
She sat next to me in 10th grade Biology at South Miami Sr High and we used to argue alot.
My name is Agnes Horn.
I'm still in Miami. Tell Jill Agnes says, "Hello."
Norman 19-Nov-2007 00:43
Hello, the hospital is now gone, and the drive-in is home to a Publix, Best Buy and thoer stores. I still live on S. Waterway dr.
Jeff Jenkins 08-Sep-2007 21:44
In 1961, I was only 2 years old. But years later, I took both our dogs to the Bird Road Animal Hospital. And we went to the Tropicaire Drive-In Theatre when I was little, since we lived just a few blocks from there. Later, when it became a Flea Market, I went there a few times too. We also used to walk to Tropical Park and Bird Drive Park (which later was named Douglas E. Barnes Park), since we lived between the two parks.