Grace Animal Hospital
How did your business begin?
We opened in July 2006 after I returned from an Active Duty Deployment to Iraq and decided to separate from the Army Veterinary Corps.
What is the mission of your business?
Our motto sums it up: “Complete, Compassionate Care From Your Other Family Doctor.” We are a full service companion animal veterinary hospital providing care for dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep and llamas.
How do you keep up with the latest advances in
The South Carolina Veterinary Board requires 20 hours of professional continuing education per year; our veterinarians typically complete two to three times more than that. As an American Animal Hospital Association Accredited practice, we undergo a very thorough outside audit covering all aspects of veterinary practice.
How did you get involved with this business?
I was commissioned as an Army officer upon graduating from the University of Colorado and spent the early part of my career as an Airborne Ranger in the Pacific with assignments in Korea and Hawaii. My first two assignments as an Army Veterinary Corps Officer were at Fort Jackson, and my family and I fell in love with South Carolina.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you or your business?
I’m in two books and a movie about the Global War on Terrorism; Sargeant Rex by Mike Dowling and Rule Number Two by Heidt Kraft, as well as the military working dog documentary Always Faithful.
What is your favorite pastime?
I’m a hobby woodworker and especially enjoy building custom wooden boats and paddles.
How has your life experience made you successful in your field today?
I’ve been fortunate to have good mentors early in my veterinary career who instilled in me the philosophy that “clients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”