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Best Veterinarians in Columbia, SC

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Columbia Veterinarians on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Lugoff, SC 29078

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4.6 (21)
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3.0 (2)

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Veterinary Medicine & Surgery is a full-service animal care center in Lugoff. The hospital, founded in 1992, specializes in emergency cases, routine visits, surgical and dental care, and in-depth medical workups. The practice has separate dog and cat waiting rooms for a calmer environment. Dr. Spilker received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1997 and performed emergency work at South Carolina Veterinary Emergency Care. Veterinary Medicine & Surgery's mission is to provide high-quality health care and preventative medicine, and teach pet owners the best practices to ensure their pets are happy and healthy.

Columbia, SC 29170

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4.0 (9)

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West Columbia Animal Clinic, a full-service animal hospital, has been providing care for cats and dogs since 1994. Dr. Hallman, a licensed veterinarian, is experienced in all types of conditions and treatments and earned her degree at University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Services at the facility include preventative care, vaccinations, heartworm and other parasite testing, medical, surgical, and dental treatment. The clinic also offers emergency and urgent care, as well as bathing and boarding.

Gilbert, SC 29054

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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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Lake Murray Animal Hospital is a full-service Gilbert veterinary clinic. The animal hospital's mission is to provide a high standard of veterinary care for cats and dogs. Services include services include spay and neuter, vaccinations, surgery, dentistry, diet planning for pets, emergency care, and cat care. The hospital has an online pharmacy where customers can receive medication delivered to their homes. Dr. Boyette graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.

Columbia, SC 29223

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4.9 (29)
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4.5 (6)

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Gregg Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital in Columbia. The practice, founded in 1987, is AAHA certified. The hospital includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-house lab, in-house surgical and dental facilities, x-ray capabilities, ultrasound capabilities, a supervised treatment area, and recently renovated grooming and indoor boarding facilities. Dr. Gregg received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1979 and specialized in cardiology, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

Columbia, SC 29201

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4.9 (39)

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Griffin Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice in Columbia offering complete medical, surgical, and dental services. The hospital’s mission is to provide compassionate, complete, and quality care to patients. Other services include grooming and boarding. Dr. Griffin graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians. Previous customers praise the staff for making their pets feel safe and comfortable.

Sumter, SC 29150

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4.5 (6)
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4.6 (2)

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Hudson Veterinary Hospital offers preventative care, surgical services, dental services, emergency services, and additional services in Sumter. The facility is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association and South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. The hospital has a full-service pharmacy and carries the full line of Purina Veterinary Diets and can order Hill’s and Royal Canin if requested by a customer.

Columbia, SC 29171

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4.0 (494)
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4.5 (413)
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3.0 (10)

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PETSinc is a non-profit pet rescue and adoption organization in Columbia. Within the facility is a vet clinic where services include spay, neuter, various preventative shots, blood counts, dental work, deworming, nail trim, microchip, pain medication, skin scrape, and more. Dr. Carney, the clinic’s vet, graduated with a DVM from Ohio State University in 1999. The organization founded over 25 years ago, is a no-kill rescue.

Columbia, SC 29229

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4.9 (27)
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4.0 (7)

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Pet Friends Veterinary Clinic is a pet hospital serving dogs and cats in Columbia. The clinic specializes in services including annual exams, vaccines, dental care, surgery, spay/neuter, therapeutic laser, house calls, boarding, and bathing. The facility also has an in-house lab, anesthesia, radiology, and a pharmacy. Dr. Lilly-Bare attended Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and earned her degree in 2003 and is a member in good standing of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians, and South Carolina Association of Veterinarians.

Lexington, SC 29073

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3.5 (7)
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4.4 (2)

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White Knoll Veterinary Hospital, founded in 2013, is a full-service small animal veterinary hospital offering limited equine services in Lexington. The facility offers boarding (for cats and dogs), preventative care, microchipping, dental care, soft tissue surgery, spay/neutering, pain management, in-house lab and pharmacy, and other services. Dr. Johnson graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and had been practicing small animal veterinary medicine in the Columbia area for the past ten years.

Columbia, SC 29206

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4.5 (11)

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Four Paws Animal Clinic, a practice in Columbia, provides veterinary care for dogs and cats. Services include behavior counseling, bloodwork, dental care and surgery, critical and emergency care, geriatric counseling, cremation, pharmacy, immunizations, microchipping, nutritional counseling, pain management, surgery, radiology, and wellness exams. The clinic, founded in 2009, is praised by previous clients for the staff’s compassion, professionalism, and friendliness. Customers have access to online medication delivery services.

Columbia, SC 29223

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4.8 (21)
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4.0 (7)

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Spring Valley Animal Hospital provides veterinary services in Columbia for dogs and cats. The practice, founded more than 35 years ago, performs wellness visits, laboratory services, pharmacy, radiology, surgery, dentistry, emergency services, grooming, and boarding. Customers can get their pets’ medication and nutrition delivered to their homes. Previous clients rave about the friendly and caring staff and quality pet care. Dr. Herbers completed veterinary school at St. George's University in Grenada and North Carolina State University.

Columbia, SC 29206

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5.0 (3)

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Ambassador Animal Hospital, founded in 1961, provides pet care for dogs and cats in the Columbia and Forest Acres areas. The AAHA accredited practice’s services include surgery, dental care, boarding and grooming, and emergency assistance. The hospital’s health services contain dermatology, laser therapy, prescription diets, glaucoma prevention, reproductive medicine, and cancer treatment.

Compare our Top Veterinarians

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
Lugoff, SC 29078
West Columbia Animal Clinic
Columbia, SC 29170
Lake Murray Animal Hospital
Gilbert, SC 29054
Gregg Animal Hospital
Columbia, SC 29223
Griffin Animal Hospital
Columbia, SC 29201
Hudson Veterinary Hospital
Sumter, SC 29150
PETSinc
Columbia, SC 29171
Pet Friends Veterinary Clinic
Columbia, SC 29229
White Knoll Veterinary Hospital
Lexington, SC 29073
Four Paws Animal Clinic
Columbia, SC 29206
Spring Valley Animal Hospital
Columbia, SC 29223
Ambassador Animal Hospital
Columbia, SC 29206

FAQs

  • Introduction

    If you're a pet owner, you're probably familiar with companion animal veterinarians. This type of vet is a general practitioner who provides preventative care, diagnosis, treatments, and surgical services for dogs, cats, and other common pets. Some vets specialize in the care of exotic animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, and pocket pets. There are veterinarians for livestock and large animals, too. These vets focus on providing care for cattle, horses, pigs, and other animals on the farm.

    Veterinarians can choose to specialize in areas such as nutrition, oncology, cardiology, and many others. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) currently recognizes more than 40 fields of study and 22 veterinary specialist organizations nationwide.
  • How often should I bring my pet in for an exam?

    This depends on the age of your pet. Ideally, puppies should have their first vet visit between six to eight weeks old, and kittens should see the vet within one week of bringing them home. Healthy adult animals need a checkup once per year. Vets recommend two exams per year for senior pets (age 10 and up).

  • What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?

    Aside from preventing unwanted pregnancy, sterilization has other benefits for pets. Spayed females won't go into heat, and they have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer and mammary gland tumors. Neutering males reduces aggressive behavior, territorial marking, and roaming urges. It also eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and can reduce the chance of prostate disease.

  • Should my pet be on heartworm medication?

    Dogs are very commonly affected by heartworm disease, so they should be on medication to prevent it all year long. Heartworm preventatives are available as topical “spot-on” medications, monthly chewable pills, and injections that are given every six to 12 months. Heartworms are less common in cats, but preventative medication is still recommended.

  • How often should my pets be vaccinated?

    In general, puppies and kittens need several types of vaccines every three to four weeks until they're 16 weeks old. Depending on the vaccine, your pet might need a booster shot every one to three years. Pets that are indoors-only may require fewer and less frequent vaccinations.

  • Are you supposed to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth?

    Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental disease in animals as young as two to three years of age. To help prevent this, vets recommend that you brush your pet's teeth at least two to three times a week. Dogs and cats should also have a professional dental cleaning once per year.

  • Is it safe for my cat or dog to be vegan?

    According to the ASPCA, cats need a diet that's high in protein and taurine, which can only be found in meat and other animal products. They also struggle to digest carbohydrates from plants. Dogs can eat plants, but it's difficult to provide adequate nutrition for them on a vegan diet.