Dr. Amy Wagner

I have been at Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital since graduation from Auburn Veterinary School in 2002. In 2008, I  became the clinic owner. My vision for the clinic is to provide high-quality care with a small town feel.  Gentle handling and being in tune with the animals allows me to be a success.  I enjoy tough cases that challenge my mind and skills. This might be a case I work with for many years- an older cat with heart and kidney disease, for example. This type of case involves a lot of fine-tuning of treatment and close communication with the owner providing the pet with a longer and better quality of life. On the other hand, I like rapidly emergent cases that come to me critically ill and require thinking on my feet and quick action to save the pet’s life. A balance between these two types of cases makes the job enjoyable. I have several cats at the clinic and at home that take up a lot of my free time. You will see many of them on our Facebook page.



Dr. Aubrey Shealy

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Dr. Alyssa O'Dell

I have been here since early 2019. What I enjoy most about my career is helping pets and their families when they need us the most. I graduated from Oklahoma State with a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2015. I have 3 dogs: an old heeler named Rowdy, a middle-aged Corgi mix, Jake, and a young boxer, Theodore. I also have a geriatric leopard gecko and several green tree and ball pythons.

What would I do if I received an all-expense paid vacation? I would take a long expedition cruise that would include a stop in the Galapagos Islands.

Rhonda Hollimon
Practice Manager

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Cassie Padgett
Veterinary Assistant / Head

I have been at Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital since 2012. I love how each day is so unpredictable. Each day we see a variety of cats and dogs of all ages. Some are perfectly healthy, some are sick, and some are just aging. With all of that, I enjoy seeing that their owners love them and will do anything in their power to get them all of the help they need. Most clients tend to thank us for everything we do not realizing that the patient has already thanked us enough. These fur babies always seem to know when we need kisses, big hugs, or even when to growl if we are getting greedy on a simple nail trim. I love all of our patients (even the grouchy ones) as they all hold a special spot in my heart. My family of five has an extended fin/fur family of 9. We have a beta fish named Nathan. Of the feline variety, we have 5: RJ, Rose, Almer, Milky Way, Twix, and Mama Kitty. Of the canine variety, we have just one: Macy. Even my babies love coming to work because they know they’ll help save lives (they have donated blood to patients several times). We love them all so much and they all know they have my family trained very well. 

What is your favorite genre of book or movie?: It’s no secret my love for books and romantic comedies! My favorite author is Mary Kay Andrews from the low country of SC. Many of her books include a beloved pet and are often set in our low country. It’s pretty awesome to walk the same streets as your favorite characters.

Townsend Hare
Veterinary Assistant

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Heather Buckland
Certified Veterinary Assistant

I have been here since August of 2005. What I love about my job is being able to help care for all of the animals. It brings me true joy to lend a helping hand in the care and recovery of all of our patients. I also love our clients and enjoy watching their children grow up. I currently have a beta fish named James, a 13yr old and a 5year old… oh those are my kids.

Where would you go if you had an all-expenses-paid  trip for a month? I would have to go on a tour of Europe and experience all of the different cultures I’m not even sure I’d be able to come back!

Joan Stegall
Licensed Veterinary Technician

I started in 2015. I love how every day is a new adventure and rewarding. I have a lot of pets-6 cats and 2 dogs.

Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? Truthfully, this is my second career choice but it is by far the best decision I have ever made.

Alisha Chavis
Veterinary Assistant

I started here in 2016.  What I love about my job is the family environment, friendly clients, and the doctors here are amazing to work for.  I have Sunny who is a 5-year-old Pekingese mix and he’s a sweet, fluffy, jerk! Bailey is a 4-year-old Chiweenie and she’s super nervous but a sweetheart. Bones is a 3-year-old Siamese cross and she’s my cross-eyed cutie.  Last but not least is Toshi, a 2-year-old domestic short hair and just my good ‘ol outdoor kitty.

What would you do if you won the lottery?: I would go to veterinary school and adopt just a “few” more cats.

Libby Peacock
Veterinary Assistant

I started working here in 2017. What I enjoy about this job is getting to learn new things and working with animals. I currently have 3 babies: Bella, Bubba, and Cody. Bella is a chihuahua mix and she requires attention 24/7. Bubba is a chocolate lab mix who is super smart and super loving. Cody is the baby. He’s a tricolored chihuahua who has this crazy/ funny personality but oh so sweet. They all get along and love each other very much but Miss Bella is the boss!

Why did I decide to do what I’m doing now? Its something that I have always wanted to do and I really enjoy doing. Every day here is a new adventure. I love meeting all the new people and their sweet pets.

Cary Brimmer
Certified Veterinary Assistant

I have been here since 2017. I absolutely love working with animals. I have 2 dogs: Little Bit, an 11-year-old Dachshund, and Cavo a 6-year-old mixed breed and I just love them so much. 

What’s your favorite movie genre? I love watching horror movies!

Tiffany Blackmon
Certified Veterinary Assistant

I started here in 2017. I enjoy helping the patients receive the best care imaginable and constantly learning new ways to improve upon that. I have Louie, a greyhound cross, Luna, Border Collie, Anya, an Australian Shepherd /Weimaraner mix, Kiki, domestic short hair and O’Malley, a domestic short hair feline.

If you had an all expense paid vacation where/what would you do?: I would travel to New Zealand to hike along the trails and view the beautiful landscape

Colin Capell
Licensed Veterinary Technician

I started here in 2018. I enjoy playing a role in treatment of animals and speaking with the clients. I also appreciate the challenge that comes along with the job. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universty of South Carolina and an Associates degree in veterinary technology from Peidmont Technical College. I have 2 cats that are the center of my world their names are Wichita and Bubbles. Wichita is big and lazy where Bubbles is small and feisty. They may not always get along but I feel like they do bring the best out in each other.

What is the hardest part of my job? I believe the hardest part is dealing with all of the different smells.

Anna Rauton
Veterinary Assistant

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Carolyn Padgett
Veterinary Assistant

I started here in 2018. I enjoy being able to help clients with their animals and getting to do it with the people I work with. I have a kitten named Tigger who is super hyper, but he loves cuddles and sitting on my lap while I watch T.V.

If I won the lottery what would I do? I would give as much to my family as I could, then I would buy a house and my dream truck.

Austin Newbern
Veterinary Assistant

I started here in 2018 while in my externship with the Veterinarian Technician Program at Peidmont Technical College. What I enjoy about my job isgetting to know the patients and their families. I really enjoy first visits because they are the beginning of of the relationship with the patients. I graduated from Gilbert High School in 2016 and continued to Peidmont Technical College where I graduated with an associates in science in May 2019. I am curently waiting to take the VTNE in July which will allow me to obtain my liscence as a Veterinary Technician. I have a ton of Pets so buckle up here we go. I have a 13 year old dalmation named Dottie, an 11 year old yorkie mix named Jake, and a 3 year old pekignese mix named kasper ( he is alittle pyshco, but I love him all the same). I have 3 cats Littlefoot is 9 years old, Priyonka is 1 year old ( She is my life!), and Venus is 5 years old. I have 4 guinea pigs 3girls their names are Oakley, Rosebud , and Natasha, and the lonesome boy named Zazu. I also have 1 rabbit named Oreo. Finally I have a couple chickens I told you I had a lot.

What are some small things that make my day better? When someone randomly brings me teriyaki beef jerky and a fruit punch gatorade

Bonnie Gagnon

I have been here since 2006. I absolutely love meeting everyone’s fur babies and their owners. I currently do not have any pets after I lost my precious Angel and haven’t been able to get another pet yet.  I do have my grand-dogs that I love spending time with.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I would build a non-profit pet shelter so I could save as many fur babies as I possibly could.

Hailey Jones

I started here in 2018. I enjoy talking to all of our clients and getting to know them and their babies. I also enjoy learning new things every day, especially about animals. I have 2 super sweet amazing cats,  Kiwi and Willow. I also have a dog named Cardi B. She is a goofy Rottweiler mix that always knows how to brighten my day.

If I won the lottery what would I do? I would buy my daughter and myself a big southern ranch with lots of farm animals.

Kyle Clamp
Kennel Assistant

I started here in 2018. What I enjoy about my job is getting to see all of the beauty and uniqueness of each and every animal. I also enjoy learning about animal care from the veterinary perspective. As far as schooling I have an assciates of arts from Midlands Technical College and 1 semester of buisness administration from the University of South Carolina Aiken. I have 7 cats, 2 parakeets, 1 finch, and 5 fresh water aquariums. Ieven though I have a a lot of animals I love them all. I have been around animals and feel like they have helped me become the person I am. I love walking in the door and being greeted with a head but or a nose kiss.

Why did I decide to do the work I am doing now? I have spent my entire life trying to figure out some sort of purpose. Working with animals honestly just kind of happened. I believe it to be fate to put me here working in animal care.

Carol Duncan
Book Keeper

I started here back in 1990. There’s not much I do not enjoy about this job but  I especially love the customers and their pets. I have 2 outside dogs, Flea and Jezebel, and Toby, a chihuahua mix, who lives inside with Step Kitty. They follow me everywhere!

What are some small things that make your day better? A smile and a friendly “good morning”, the tail wags and purrs from all of my pets, listening to WAFJ as I work, flowers in bloom, a squirrel playing in the yard, and the sound of birds singing.