One Team. One Mission.
Sissy, Head Cat in Charge
Sissy, our longest standing employee and House Cat, was born (but not raised) on the streets of Newberry County. She experienced quite the catastrophe during her early years. She was found as a stray kitten many years ago after being hit by a car. She was brought in and the former owners of Newberry Animal Hospital attended to her wounds.
Unfortunately, she suffered a pelvic fracture that made her unfit for the outdoors. She became the "clinic cat" and has lived here, happily, ever since.
She enjoys spending all of her time cat-napping, eating and swatting at dogs. She is the distinguished Purr-resident of our Clinic Cat Club.
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 including Spanish.
Our favorite thing about Dr. von
We 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 5 dogs; Sadie (Mastiff), Shamrock (Rottweiler), Carter (Standard Poodle), Pennie (Miniature Poodle) and Bruce (Boston Terrier) and 1 Kitten, Olliver.
Our favorite thing about Brittin
This is a tough one... I 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, quail and a guinea pig. (Don't forget to ask Michelle about her free-range eggs!)
Our favorite thing about Michelle
Michelle 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!
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, 2 pot-bellied 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. She obtained her Associates' Degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Business Management from Piedmont Technical College in 2017. 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.
When Tara is not at work, she is often caring for one of many abandoned/orphaned animals. She is a sports fanatic and volunteers her time coaching Little League. She enjoys riding horses and visiting new places with her girlfriend and their dogs, Bean and Marcellus.
Our favorite thing about Tara
I'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.
Fran, Veterinary Technician
Fran was born and raised in Newberry, SC. She is a graduate of Newberry High School. After graduation, she pursued a lifelong dream to work with animals by attending Piedmont Technical College's Veterinary Technician Program. Fran completed many of her clinical externship hours here at PetCare of Newberry. Upon graduation from PTC, she joined our Team full-time.
Outside of work, Fran enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and drawing.
Our favorite thing about Fran
Aside from her hair, we most love Fran for her loving obsession with all animals. Fran is innately talented, hard-working and always a pleasure to be around.
Sarah, originally from St. Matthews, SC, is a graduate of Calhoun County High School. She moved to Newberry in 2019 when she met her now-Husband. She graduated from Newberry College in May of 2022 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is currently working to achieve her Master's Degree. She and her husband currently reside in Newberry with their daughter and newborn son.
Before joining the PetCare Team, she was a CNA and Pharmacy Technician. Sarah grew up always having plenty of animals to love and care for. She has now found her passion working with them.
Sarah has 2 dogs, Teddy and Chance, and 4 cats, Betsy, Binx, Fluffy & Boots. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, baking and enjoying the outdoors.
Our favorite thing about Sarah
Sarah is an absolute go-getter! We LOVE having Sarah around because if you even mention wanting to do something in Sarah's ear-shot, you can count it as good as done!
Emma, Veterinary Technician
Emma was born and raised in Mount Airy, NC, the home of Andy Griffith. Upon graduation from High School, Emma moved to Newberry, SC to attend Newberry College. Emma is currently seeking her Undergraduate in Biology and Chemistry. She hopes to attend NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to become a Veterinarian.
Outside of work and school, Emma enjoys dancing. She was a Collegiate Cheerleader on the competition team for 2 years and spent the majority of her childhood competitive dancing. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats, Ginkgo and Fig.
Our favorite thing about Emma
Our favorite thing about Emma is her unending sarcasm and comedic personality. She may come across as quiet and reserved, but when she speaks, you're almost always guaranteed to laugh!
Kaeli, raised in Saluda, SC, is a graduate of Saluda High School. Upon graduation, Kaeli attended Piedmont Technical College in hopes of obtaining a degree in Veterinary Technology. At a young age, Kaeli knew she wanted to work with animals. Before joining us at PetCare, Kaeli worked in Shelter Medicine.
When Kaeli isn't working, she is usually spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. She has 6 dogs, 2 cats and 3 sugar gliders.
Kaeli enjoys greeting clients and meeting each and every animal that visits our office.
Our favorite thing about Kaeli
Kaeli may very well be our most talkative and enthusiastic team member! She is always eager to pitch in a helping hand or lighten the mood! Her friendly nature makes for a fantastic receptionist!
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.
Our favorite thing about Roy
Roy's dedication and perseverance has been an inspiration to everyone here at PetCare of Newberry. Challenged with owning a Veterinary Hospital, despite being a non-veterinarian, posed incredible feats. Roy is an incredibly gifted businessman and has all the qualities of a true leader!