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North Pinellas business digest for Feb. 16

Dr. Elizabeth F. Baird, a veterinarian on staff at Country Oaks Animal Hospital of Palm Harbor at 1412 Belcher Road, completed specialty certification in animal pain management by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

She is now one of only 58 certified veterinary pain practitioners in the world, according to a news release.

The pain management certification process involves post-graduate classroom education, preparation and documentation of actual patient case reports, including board review and approval, and a final examination.

Required study includes veterinary anesthesia, neurology, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, sports medicine, rehabilitation and acupuncture. Candidates may take up to eight years to complete the certification process, but Baird finished in two and received the designation in November 2013.

She plans to expand her pain management services at Country Oaks Animal Hospital, instruct other interested veterinary professionals and continue her advanced training by expanding into the field of canine rehabilitation and sports medicine.

She holds memberships and is an active participant in veterinary associations at the county, state and national levels.

Baird graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of South Florida and graduated with honors from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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The Tangible Personal Property Division of the Pinellas County Property Appraiser's office has moved from the Supervisor of Elections building in the Starkey Lakes Corporate Center to its main office on the second floor of the Pinellas County Courthouse at 315 Court St., Clearwater.

Non-Tangible Personal Property personnel (real estate only) will remain in the Tax Collector's Starkey Lakes location at 13025 Starkey Road, Largo.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All department phone numbers will remain the same. Call (727) 464-3207. Visit

Additional Property Appraiser's branch offices are at 29269 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, (727) 464-8780; and 1800 66th St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 582-7610.

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Orangetheory Fitness will have a VIP grand opening at its newest location at 5 p.m. Thursday at 25853 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Guests will be able to meet the training team and sign up for classes. The celebration will continue all weekend with giveaways and new-member promotions, as well as a full schedule of classes.

During the opening event, a portion of each new membership fee will be dontated to the Children's Cancer Center.

"We are excited to be a part of the Orangetheory Fitness Tampa Bay family," said Deann Venuti, co-owner of the Clearwater location. "We have seen such tremendous results with our workout and we are excited that Clearwater can now get in the 'orange!' "

The concept behind Orangetheory Fitness is its high-intensity interval fitness workouts and heart rate-monitored, group personal training.

Orangetheory Fitness debuted on Entrepreneur magazine's list of top 500 franchises for 2014, ranking it among the top 20 in the world in its category of fitness centers. The Orangetheory Fitness franchise will expand to more than 200 locations by mid-2014.

Call the studio at (727) 288-9897. Visit

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North Pinellas business digest for Feb. 16 02/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 2:02pm]
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