One Team. One Mission.

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Josh von Szalatnay, DVM 

 

“Dr. von”, raised in Saluda, SC, attended the College of Charleston where he received his undergraduate degree in biology. Upon graduation from CofC, he pursued and obtained a Veterinary Degree from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Von is the recipient of the prestigious Global Citizen Award given by the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Dr. von is currently spending much of his free time planting an orchard. He is also a world traveler and has visited over 50 countries and speaks several languages to include Spanish, Japanese, and Hungarian.

Our favorite thing about Dr. vonWe adore Dr. von's personality and dry, serious sense of humor. He leaves us guessing nearly everyday... "Was he being serious or... not?" He's also quite the prankster!

Brittin, Practice Manager

Brittin is from Saluda, SC where she currently lives with her husband and their daughter. Brittin graduated from Saluda High and went on to pursue a degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina. 

 

As a prior Small-Business Owner, Accountant & Paralegal, Brittin is able to offer a unique approach to Veterinary Practice Management. She is an advocate for building strong customer relations and offering convenient and client-friendly services. 

 

During her free time, she is most often found shuttling her daughter to one of her many extra-curricular activities. Brittin and her family have 3 dogs; a Miniature Poodle named Pennie, a Standard Poodle named Carter and Bruce, a Boston Terrier.

Our favorite thing about BrittinThis is a tough one... I (Brittin) write the content, so... insert awkward, blank stare here :) 

Harper, Licensed Veterinary Technician

 

Harper, born and raised in Newberry, SC, is a graduate of Mid-Carolina High School. Upon graduation, she attended the College of Charleston majoring in Public Health. While attending CofC, she discovered her passion for the Veterinary industry and decided to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse. She graduated from Piedmont Technical College's Veterinary Technician program and received her Veterinary Technician License from the State of South Carolina.

 

Harper enjoys spending time at the lake, fishing and laughing with friends. Harper is the owner of our "famous" office dog, Bentley, the French Bulldog and BooBoo, the tiny chihuahua.

 

Our favorite thing about Harper: Her bubbly spirit, contagious laugh and hilarious "puppy talk" are sure to make anyone smile! Harper is the sunshine in our office, always uplifting everyone's spirits.

Michelle, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Michelle was born in Nevada and later moved to the Newberry area with her family. She graduated from Mid-Carolina High School and went on to earn her Bachelors in Science from Newberry College. Michelle has worked in Veterinary Medicine since 2006. She earned her National Pet Care Certificate from PennFoster and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2016. 

 

Michelle currently resides in Newberry with her husband and their two daughters. Her hobbies consist of gardening, cooking and camping. Michelle and her family have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 13 chickens and a guinea pig. (Don't forget to ask Michelle about her free-range eggs!)

Our favorite thing about MichelleMichelle has the incredible ability of making everyone here feel included and appreciated. Her witty sense of humor and her down-to-earth personality help create the glue that holds to our work "family" together. She's also the best story-teller!

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Aubrey, Veterinary Technician

 

Aubrey was born and raised in Clinton, SC and graduated from Laurens High School. She has worked in and been around Veterinary Medicine for nearly 20 years. She started at the young age of 8 years old when her mother opened her own Veterinary Hospital. Because Aubrey has quite literally grown up in a Vet Clinic, the amount of animal care skills and knowledge she possesses is astounding.

 

Aubrey embodies the quote "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life". Caring for animals is her life-passion and it shows each and every day. On her days "off", she works at Laurens Country Humane Society assisting with rescue animals. When Aubrey is not caring for animals at work, she spends her spare time caring for her 17 cats, 5 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, family horses and many orphaned and foster animals. 

Our favorite thing about Aubrey: Aside from being the person who can reach the top shelves, knows the answers to nearly all of our questions and makes sure nothing is forgotten... Aubrey is most loved for her unwavering dedication to each and every pet in her care. 

Tara, Veterinary Technician

Tara was raised in Laurens, SC and graduated from Laurens High School. Her career in Veterinary Medicine began due to her passion for helping rescue animals. She wanted to assist helpless animals any way she could, so, she found herself working in a Vet's office. 

She is currently enrolled at Lander University for Pre-Vet. She hopes to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine upon graduation from LU. Her goal is to work as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine specializing in Rescue work. 

When Tara is not at work or school, she is often caring for one of many abandoned/orphaned animals. She enjoys riding horses and visiting new places with her girlfriend and their dogs, Bean and Marcellus.  

Our favorite thing about TaraI'm sure you've heard the saying "Dynamite comes in small packages"... Well, that's Tara! Her explosive personality makes for an awesome coworker and friend. There's never a dull moment when Tara is around. 

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Austin, Kennel Assistant

 

Austin was born and raised in Upstate New York. Upon graduating from High School in New York, he moved to South Carolina with his family. He currently resides in Newberry with friends. Austin received his Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Midlands Technical College. He has an incredible bond with animals and can often be found helping calm a stressed pet or befriending the more difficult patients. 

 

Austin is an incredible human! He has Autism and Type-1 Diabetes and has had many challenges in life. However, he has been able to adapt, overcome and conquer what he sets his mind to. He works very hard to ensure each of our patients have a safe and sanitary area. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and watching anime. 

Our favorite thing about AustinThere are many things we love about Austin, including his ability to "speak" to animals, his funny 'come-backs' and jokes, and his strong work ethic! He possesses a deep compassion for animals and is always willing to go above and beyond to help others.

Roy G. Taylor, Ph.D., Owner

Mr. Taylor, currently a full-time Chief of Police, has over 39 years of experience in a wide-range of federal, state, local, and private law enforcement positions.  Mr. Taylor also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to the 76th Operational Command as the Deputy Emergency Planning and Liaison Officer to the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Taylor served most of his law enforcement career as a K-9 handler He is a lifelong dog lover and enjoys being able to help others maintain their pet’s health and well-being. 

 

Mr. Taylor’s youngest daughter, Katie, passed away just before graduating High School. Katie’s dream was to become a Veterinarian. She devoted much of her free time volunteering at dog, cat, and even “big cat” rescues.  Mr. Taylor believes Katie would be proud of her Dad for continuing her dream by helping animals through owning a veterinary hospital.

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Sissy, Head Cat in Charge

 

Sissy, our one and only House Cat, was born (but not raised) on the streets of Newberry County. She experienced quite the catastrophe during her early years