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Tetterton to open veterinary practice

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:39 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Dr. Hamilton Tetterton and friends are renovating a 1930s building on DeKalb Street -- between Kendall and Hermitage mill villages -- to be home to Tetterton's new veterinary practice, The Mill Village Veterinarian.

A new veterinary practice is coming soon to Camden. The Mill Village Veterinarian at 8 E. DeKalb St. is nearing the end of construction, with a grand opening planned for Aug. 1.

Lugoff native Dr. Hamilton Tetterton said he is excited about opening his own veterinary hospital.

“My goal is to strive with the utmost honesty, integrity, and compassion to provide quality care to clients affordably,” Tetterton said.

Tetterton said he hopes to create a small, local and easily accessible veterinary practice that satisfies the needs of clients and their pets, in a welcoming, neighborly atmosphere.

From his experiences growing up on a small farm with his grandfather, Paul Cameron Sr., with goats, pigs, and dairy cattle, Tetterton said he always knew he was going to be a vet.

“I love working with animals and with people and this was a good way to combine the two,” he said.

Tetterton attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1998. During that time, he worked with Elam Animal Hospital with the late Dr. Raymond Elam. He later attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 2003. He worked two internships, one with Dr. Ronald Whitford at the Animal Clinic of North Clarksville in Clarksville, Tenn., and a second with Dr. Wendy B. King, former owner of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery of Lugoff.

Tetterton has practiced in the Camden and Lugoff area for the past eight years. He previously worked at Veterinary Medicine and Surgery of Lugoff for two years and then more recently with Dr. Ronnie Fulmer of Camden Veterinary Hospital for the past six years.

The Mill Village Veterinarian will be a mixed animal veterinarian office. Tetterton plans to care for companion animals such as dogs and cats, as well as horses, and livestock such as cattle and goats.

The hospital will provide routine health exams, preventative medicine, dentistry and surgery, and will have a fully stocked pharmacy. It will also offer a payment plan through a care credit program. The former 1930s garage and service station and later Starlite Video, situated between the historic Kendall and Hermitage mill villages, has been completely renovated and transformed into a full service veterinary hospital. Since Tetterton has a penchant for all things old, it was his goal to preserve the architecture and evoke nostalgia of a time when there would have been “a mill village veterinarian;” when a patient-client relationship was more personal -- “the good ol’ days.”

The practice includes two exam rooms, surgery room, X-ray and laboratory, along with 18 cages and five kennels. The animal hospital will be open six days a week and will handle emergency vet visits during all open hours. Tetterton will also be on call for after-hour emergencies and will offer house calls for pet patients who aren’t comfortable in the veterinary setting or for pet owners who have a hard time making it to the animal hospital.

Like his clients, Tetterton is also a pet owner. His pets include Pecan Sandy, a rescue Yorkie Terrier, 10 laying hens and several hunting dogs.

“I understand that pets are family and that they’re an important part of our lives,” he said.

This feeling of family and community is one of the reasons he decided to open in Camden.

“I have wonderful clients and we appreciate the support from the county. They've always been very good to us,” Tetterton said.

In fact, Tetterton said, the hospital was built with the hands of friends who would show up without solicitation with hammer in hand.

“I learned a long time ago, that the most valuable thing to have is neighbors,” he said.

Tetterton and his wife, Stephanie Hammond Tetterton, began dating in college at the University of South Carolina. They were married in 2003 and moved to Camden. His wife has worked as a Physician Assistant for eight years with South Carolina ENT, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine.

“We wanted to be near family,” Tetterton said of the move.

Alongside the opening of his animal clinic, Tetterton said he plans to release a new website to help patients gain easy access to information about the practice and educate them on pet health and care.

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