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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, riding their horses, reading, playing guitar, painting with watercolors, and attempting to maintain their 100-year-old house and small farm. The couple also likes to bowl and attend baseball games. Together, they have three dogs, three cats, three American Quarter horses, one goat, and several egg-laying chickens. Dr. Carothers is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

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