Ambassador Animal Hospital, Your Pet's Veterinarian in Columbia, SC

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Like people, pets require routine medical care to stay healthy year after year. Finding the right veterinarian is key to your pets getting the care they need. For Columbia pet owners, there's no better place than Ambassador Animal Hospital for quality veterinary care. Our full-service veterinary hospital has been serving Columbia, Forest Acres, and surrounding SC communities for the past 10 years. Our staff is fully committed to providing professional services that will enhance your pet's health and well-being.

Who We Are

Our veterinarians at Ambassador Animal Hospital are Dr. Joe Trimmier, Dr. Erin Trimmier, Dr. Gailene Holland, and Dr. Katy Carothers, who are all professional, licensed SC veterinarians with years of experience in their field. We provide various types of pet medical care and specialize in the care of dogs and cats.  

Whether you need routine care or emergency pet care, you can count on our staff to respond quickly and effectively to your pet's needs. Pet wellness requires diligent, continuous, personalized care suited to your pet's needs at different stages of its life. Working with our local animal hospital and trustworthy veterinary team will make it easier for you to schedule appointments and bring your pet in for treatment. It's also easier for your pet as it will get used to our staff and feel comfortable in our care.

What We Do

Our veterinary team offers various pet care services. Common services pet owners see us for include:

  • Canine and feline wellness exams to monitor your pet's health. Through annual wellness exams, our vets can catch signs of health issues in their early stages when they're much easier to treat.
  • Vaccinations to protect your pet from contagious diseases
  • Parasite control to protect your pet against tick, flea, and tapeworm infestations
  • In-house diagnostic and lab services to accurately diagnose health conditions quicker
  • Pet dental care to protect and preserve your pet's oral health
  • Spay & neuter procedures
  • Pet surgeries
  • Laser therapy to promote quicker healing of wounds

We also offer behavior and nutritional counseling to help you take better care of your pet. As your pet grows older, it may require changes in its diet or exercise regimen to keep it in good health. We'll answer your questions and guide you to making good decisions that will benefit your pet's long-term health. By taking preventative measures at home, you can do your part to keep your pet healthy and happy over the years.    

See Our Columbia Veterinarians for Quality Pet Care

Regardless if you have a recently adopted puppy or a senior pet, our professional staff is here to offer the veterinary services they need. Our veterinarians are committed to providing pets quality health care that ensures they live long and healthy lives. For quality pet care you can trust, contact Ambassador Animal Hospital in Columbia at (803) 787-3840. Contact us to schedule your pet's next exam or to learn more about how we help pet owners in Columbia, Forest Acres, and surrounding areas.  

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Joe Trimmier, DVM

    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

    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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  • 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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  • Nicole .

    Nicole is a fairly new member of the Ambassador staff, joining us in June 2019 as a full time receptionist. She has been working with animals since she was a child, so with her love for animals she fits right in. Nicole used to work at horse farms, where she trained and taught riding lessons. As a receptionist for the clinic she greets clients, takes phone calls, and schedules appointments, among other things. Her favorite part of her job is meeting and getting to know the clients and their pets. “The staff and clients are so friendly and kind and I enjoy the opportunity to learn something new everyday,” says Nicole.

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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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  • 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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  • Whitney .
    Kennel Assistant

    Whitney joined the Ambassador family in July of 2021. Some of her responsibilities include bathing patients, administering medications to boarders, and assisting technicians and veterinarians when they need help. Whitney enjoys learning new things and says, “the staff is happy to teach and works as a team to get everything done.” Her favorite part of her job is getting to meet new animals. 

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  • Lindsey
    Kennel Assistant / Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

    Lindsey recently joined the Ambassador family in August 2019 as a kennel assistant, and is a great addition to the team. Being in a military family,she has lived in many different places, including Alaska, and has always found herself working at an animal hospital. In fact, she has been in the veterinary field since 2005 and has a variety of experience. Lindsey feels this is a unique attribute that she brings to the clinic. Some of her daily responsibilities include assisting the doctors with patient care, taking care of the patients that are boarding, and keeping the work space clean and organized. 

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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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