Welcome to Ambassador Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Columbia,SC
Call us at (803) 787-3840

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (803) 787-3840!

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At Ambassador Animal Hospital, our patients and clients are central to all we do. Our full-service veterinary hospital has been providing compassionate, trustworthy pet care for cats and dogs in the Columbia and Forest Acres, SC area since 2001. Whether your pet needs a vaccination, surgery or just a routine wellness examination, our veterinary team will ensure that your faithful companion receives the best possible care at an affordable price.

If you live in Columbia or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Dr. Joe Trimmier, Dr. Erin Trimmier, Dr. Gailene Holland, and Dr. Katy Carothers are all licensed SC veterinarians, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Ambassador Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our veterinarians have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Columbia veterinarians.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (803) 787-3840 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Columbia veterinarians office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Columbia pet owners.

At Ambassador Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. Joe Trimmier
Dr. Erin Trimmier
Dr. Gailene Holland
Dr. Katy Carothers

Columbia Veterinarian | Ambassador Animal Hospital | (803) 787-3840

5317 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Joe 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.

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  • Erin 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.'

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  • Katy 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.

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  • Gailene 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.

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  • Maggie
    Head Veterinary Assistant

    Maggie has been a part of the staff at Ambassador Animal Hospital since July 2012. She first started as a kennel assistant and over the years, by working hard and learning a lot, she has moved her way up to being our lead Veterinary Assistant. Some of her daily responsibilities include helping our veterinarians with appointments, collecting blood samples from patients, running bloodwork, and filling prescriptions in the pharmacy. Maggie enjoys teaching the other girls how to do things around the hospital, such as collecting samples for tests and identifying specimen under the microscope. She also assists with surgeries and dental cleanings by placing IV catheters and monitoring the patients while under anesthesia. Maggie graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

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  • Mary
    Receptionist

    Mary is a full-time receptionist at Ambassador Animal Hospital, joining our team in August of 2015. Mary earned her BA in both English and Theatre Performance from the University of South Carolina. Some of her job responsibilities include scheduling appointments, applying for payments, answering phones, placing prescription food orders, and greeting all of our wonderful clients. Mary greatly enjoys watching the puppies and kittens visiting our hospital as they grow into adulthood.

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  • Caitlin
    Receptionist / Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Caitlin has been working with Ambassador full time since March of 2016. She graduated from the University of South Carolina obtaining a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Education. On some days at the clinic, Caitlin is responsible for greeting clients, making appointments, and taking phone calls. On other days she assists the technicians and doctors when needed by holding pets for sample collection or examination. She also cares for the borders that stay at the clinic by feeding, walking, giving medication and bathing them. Her favorite part of her job is meeting and getting to know the patients and clients on a personal level. Caitlin also loves that she gets to learn new things almost every day.

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  • Michelle
    Kennel Manager

    Michelle joined the Ambassador Animal Hospital team in October of 2005. She works full-time as our kennel supervisor, overseeing the care of boarders staying with us. Michelle is also responsible for administering medications, bathing our borders, and maintaining the kennel facility. She enjoys working with and easing the anxiety of difficult or nervous animals during their stay. Michelle was previously a dog groomer and is also a certified dog walker.

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  • Sydney
    Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Sydney is a full-time veterinary and kennel assistant. She is currently in her senior year of Cedar Valley College’s Vet Tech program. Some of her daily responsibilities include running bloodwork, collecting samples, and caring for boarding animals. Sydney enjoys working with and learning from our veterinarians, as well as teaching our new employees.

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  • Lauren
    Veterinary/Kennel Assistant

    Kennel Assistant Lauren joined our team in August 2015. Her prior experience includes working and volunteering on farms. Her job responsibilities include caring for our patients and borders by keeping their kennels clean, preparing their meals, taking them out for walks, and bathing them. Lauren also assists our veterinarians and veterinary technicians when needed.

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  • Lyanne
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lyanne works full-time as a veterinary assistant at Ambassador Animal Hospital. Some of her daily job tasks include properly restraining animals, drawing blood, obtaining patient history, performing dental cleanings, and running lab work. Lyanne also helps prepare for surgeries and monitors patients anesthesia during procedures.

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  • Kately
    Kennel Assistant

    Kennel Assistant Kately joined the Ambassador Animal Hospital staff in December of 2017. Kately is working part-time while also attending the University of South Carolina, pursuing studies in Pre Veterinary Medicine. Some of Kately’s daily responsibilities include bathing, feeding, and providing care for patients. Kately also administers medications, does nails trims and aids our veterinarians with whatever they need.

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  • Ashley
    Kennel Assistant

    Ashley was welcomed to the Ambassador Animal Hospital staff as a Kennel Assistant in April of 2018. She has since been working closely with our team to provide exceptional attention and care to our clients and their wonderful pets. Some of Ashley’s roles as a Kennel Assistant involve feeding patients and providing medication, providing assistance to team members and veterinarians, makings sure our facilities are stocked with supplies and are clean and organized.

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Featured Articles

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  • 6 Questions to Ask At Your Senior Pet's Next Check Up

    Want to keep your senior pet healthy and happy? Ask these six questions at your pet's next check up. ...

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  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    As with anything, pet vaccinations can be too much of a good thing. Similar to parents who are learning more about vaccinations for children, veterinarians and pet owners alike are beginning to question some of the standard wisdom when it comes to protecting pets. There are certain fatal diseases against ...

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  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

    There is nothing cuter than a pet in a colorful sweater, but do our furry friends really need to wear clothing? Although clothing is not a necessity for every pet, some animals benefit from a little extra protection during cold or damp days. Others enjoy wearing festive clothing during holidays or other ...

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  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

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  • Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care

    According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems because their owners do not provide dental care for them. Imagine what would happen to your own teeth if they were never brushed or examined by a dentist. The same thing can happen with your pet’s ...

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  • Managing Pet Allergies in Kids

    Are you concerned that your child's allergies may mean that you will have to give up your pet? Although rehoming a pet may be necessary if allergies are severe, most children can live with pets if you are willing to make a few changes. The Problem About three in 10 people who have allergies are allergic ...

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  • Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

    It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. Making the Decision If your pet has been seriously injured in a ...

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  • Is a Wet Nose a Sign of a Healthy Pet?

    Have you ever heard that a wet nose is a sign that your pet is healthy? Although that's often the case, it's not always true. A moist nose can benefit your pet in several ways, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee good health. How Does a Wet Nose Help My Pet? Have you ever been woken at 5 a.m. by a cold, ...

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  • Obesity and Diabetes in Pets

    Think diabetes only affect people? Overweight pets may be at risk too. ...

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  • Does Your Cat Have a Grooming Problem?

    Noticed a sudden change in your cat's grooming habits? Over- or under-grooming can be a sign of trouble. ...

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Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

    We've been pet guardians of many, many animals. We've moved a lot and have had many vets through the years. We're new to Cola and have been impressed with Ambassador Animal Hospital since our first visit. Our 5 star impression has only grown deeper with every visit. We had to make the tough choice to let our 17.5 year old beagle cross that bridge last week. Dr. Trimmier was unbelievably caring throughout the entire examination, discussion and decision. And now, we just came home to a handwritten card from him. They are the absolute best!

    Cathryn Broderhausen Roys

    We cannot thank all of the wonderful folks enough at the Ambassador for the years of care and love they have given all of dogs through the years. We started going there in 1972 and they has just continued to provide the best care. Today we had to send our Ezra across the Rainbow Bridge. We could not have had a more caring group to help us and Ezra through this. Thank you! And yes, We recommend this practice and would give 10 stars if we could.

    Lisa White LaBorde

    You are awesome. Thank you for taking such good care of Remington. Smash was equally wonderful, and very caring when Remmy was crying.

    Marianne Menegon Kelly

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Columbia Office

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed