Villa Rosa Veterinary Hospital will be closed October 6th - October 10th. We will reopen on Monday, October 11th. For emergencies, please contact Veterinary Emergency Group at (813) 265-4043.

Veterinarians in Wesley Chapel, FL

Dr. Amanda Esposito

Dr. Amanda Esposito Cruz

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Esposito found her love for animals early in life. “As a kid, I had an obsession with Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. I begged my parents, Santa, and anyone that would listen to me, for a Dalmatian puppy. I carried around a stuffed one everywhere, until the day my parents let me pick out “Lucky”. Best day ever of my 9 year old life! Fortunately, my parents also indulged in my desire (read: incessant begging) for hamsters, birds, and of course my “heart cat” Spartacus, that we rescued from a box outside Walmart."

Dr. Esposito was raised in Tampa Bay. She attended the University of South Florida for undergraduate education, majoring in Biomedical Science, while also working as a veterinary assistant at a local hospital. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at the University of Florida.

Dr. Esposito is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is also Fear Free Certified and is passionate about providing low-stress handling for her patients.

In 2018, Dr. Esposito joined a committee to begin the Tampa International Airport Police Dog Guardians, a board of members dedicated to providing training and medical care to current and retired police dogs, as well as community education.

Prior to opening Villa Rosa Veterinary Hospital in 2020, Dr. Esposito worked in general practice, emergency medicine, shelter medicine, and provided in home euthanasia and hospice care where she was a cat vet and a dog vet.

Dr. Esposito enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her dog, Dezi, water sports, and Orangetheory. This veterinarian is a big cat lover and embraces the title of crazy cat lady.


Tanya Richard

Office Manager

I guess you could say it all started when I was 5 years old. My grandparents got me beagle puppy for Christmas. I was a huge Chipmunks fan and I named him Dale Chip Chambers. I was so in love! I even told my parents I wasn’t going to have children, I was going to have puppies!

Fast forward to 1995 and I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agriculture. I moved to Charlotte, NC and worked for a landscape company. After 8 years there and also where I met and married my husband, we decided to move to Tampa, FL. I decided on a career change in 2008 with the encouragement of my best friend and my husband’s blessing with the condition I wouldn’t bring home any pets (yea, right!), I was hired to be the office manager of a brand new pet hospital where I met Dr Amanda. I watched her grow as a technician to the great veterinarian she has become. We both embrace the same values and want what’s best for you and your furbaby!

I am currently the fur mom to Maxwell (a yellow lab) and Duke (chocolate lab). I also have 11 chickens who I adore and love all of their antics! I can’t wait to meet our new clients and get to know each and every one of you. We look forward to adding you to our family!


Veterinary Assistant

Sydney is a Tampa native currently completing her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Animal Sciences at the University of South Florida. Sydney’s previous experience in animal shelter care and various animal-biology research facilities has continued to shape her interests and furthered her love for the animal sciences field. Sydney previously worked as an Aquarium Educator at The Florida Aquarium, where she had the pleasure of interacting with local families and sharing her passion for animals of all shapes and sizes.

Sydney and her high-school sweetheart had the pleasure of moving to the Clearwater area in 2020 and immediately found themselves searching for a rescue pup. Only a month after combining households, they found the love of their lives, Abel, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever who quickly became their night and day. The couple now lives in New Tampa, where they spend their free time spoiling their gentle giant with plenty of beach days, long walks, and an overwhelming amount of love.



Veterinary Technician

Laura graduated from St. Pete College in 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and has spent the last four years working at a nonprofit veterinary hospital in Tampa. Prior to becoming a veterinary technician, Laura was a special education teacher. She graduated from University of West Florida with her BA degree in education and from University of Southern Mississippi with her Master's of education. Laura taught for many years while traveling and living in Pennsylvania, Korea, Alaska and finally settled down in Tampa. Laura has been married for 11 years and has one son and one dog. Laura enjoys walking her dog, spending time with family and friends, the beach, and being outside when the weather is cooler. When not at work, Laura wishes she was at work! She loves being a veterinary technician and is very happy to be working with Dr. Amanda Esposito.



Veterinary Technician

Macy is originally from a small town in northern Iowa; she moved to the Tampa area a little over 3 years ago. In 2015, she graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Wildlife Care. After graduation, Macy worked at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa as a Large Mammal Keeper. Her favorite animal to care for was a male Eastern Black Rhino named “Keanu”. In 2018, she followed family down to central Florida and began working at a small animal hospital; there she found her niche of caring for dogs and cats.

Macy recently moved to the Wesley Chapel area with her fiancé. You can find them spending time at the beach, exploring the state, and hanging out with their two pups and cat. Macy is excited to continue working with Dr. Esposito and be a part of the Wesley Chapel community.

dezi the dog


Hospital Greeter and Certified Staff Snuggler

Dezi enjoys greeting clients, napping in mom's office, and protecting the team from the UPS man. Outside of work, he loves the beach, belly rubs, long walks, and always enjoys a good BarkBox.

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