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Columbia, SC Veterinarians

Columbia, SC VeterinarianJoe Trimmier, DVM, Co-Owner

While growing up in Central, South Carolina, Dr. Joe Trimmier developed a love of animals at an early age thanks to his family's horses, dogs, and cats. "I grew up with animals and saw what an important part of the family they are," he says.

Dr. Trimmier attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in history in 1992. He earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr. Trimmier is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. His professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, and dentistry.

Dr. Trimmier and his wife Dr. Erin Trimmier, with whom he co-owns Ambassador Animal Hospital, have six dogs, five cats, horses and chickens. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and watching his two sons play soccer.

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Columbia, SC VeterinarianErin Trimmier, DVM, Co-Owner

While Dr. Erin Trimmier was growing up in Clemson, South Carolina, her family "always had animals — both dogs and cats." She began riding horses at a young age, an activity she still enjoys to this day. "I always wanted to be a veterinarian," says Dr. Trimmier. "I don't remember ever wanting to be anything else."

Dr. Trimmier attended the University of Georgia for both her undergraduate and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. While attending college, she was a member of the UGA Equestrian Team. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, and her professional interests include internal medicine, wellness care and reproduction.

Dr. Trimmier lives with her husband, their two sons, six dogs, five cats, horses and chickens. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking in the mountains, riding horses and competing in Three Day Eventing and foxhunting.

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Columbia, SC VeterinarianKaty Carothers, DVM

Dr. Carothers began working in veterinary offices while still in high school. While in college, she worked on horse and dairy farms to gain valuable hands-on experience. She attended Clemson University, graduating in 2003 with a degree in Animal Science. She then earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

After graduating, Dr. Carothers completed a yearlong internship at a private mixed-animal practice and then worked at an equine practice for seven years. "In 2015, I decided to make a career change and transition to small animal practice," she says.

Dr. Carothers joined Ambassador Animal Hospital in October 2015. As a small animal veterinarian, she enjoys learning something new every day from her patients. "Everyone has been so welcoming and the atmosphere is very inclusive," she says. "The focus on providing excellent veterinary care and client service is incomparable. I feel so fortunate to be working with and learning from this group of great folks!"

In her free time, Dr. Carothers enjoys spending time with her husband Chip, reading, playing guitar, bowling, and attending baseball games. The Carothers had their first child in January 2018, and are adapating to parenthood. The couple also likes to bowl and attend baseball games. Together, they have three dogs, three cats, three American Quarter horses, and several egg-laying chickens. Dr. Carothers is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

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Columbia, SC VeterinarianGailene Holland, DVM

Dr. Gailene Holland was born in Texas, but spent her childhood living in North Carolina, Virginia, Saudi Arabia, and England having been brought up in in a military family. Throughout her upbringing she knew she wanted to one day become a Veterinarian and has since achieved those aspirations.

Possessing a formal education from the University of Tennessee in Special Education, Dr. Holland went on to get her masters in Deaf Education with a specialization in multiple disabilities from Gallaudet University. After undergraduate school, Dr. Holland achieved her doctorate in veterinary medicine from The University of Georgia in 2003 graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Dr. Holland is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Here at Ambassador Animal Hospital, Dr. Holland provides care in preventative medicine, internal medicine, and implementing low stress techniques. What she finds most rewarding about being a veterinarian is being able to see improvement in the patients’ quality of life.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Holland enjoys spending time with her husband, Derham, who is a Special Education Teacher, and their wonderful son. She likes going camping, hammocking, backpacking, hiking, boating, rock climbing, watching movies, and looking after the family pets. The Hollands own two Labradors named Cerci and Suki, a Golden/Boykin mix named Tiny, one Domestic Medium Hair cat named Little Boy, and two Domestic Short Hair Cats named Coal and Theo.

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