Veterinary Clinic in Charleston SC

James Baxter DVM and Vedrana Gjivoje DVM

James D. Baxter, DVM

Status: Married to the Doctor on the right

Education: BS in Biology from Penn State ’82, MS in Veterinary Science from Penn State ‘90

Veterinary Degree: DVM from Michigan State ‘94

Most Memorable Pet: Mr. Cheeks (also went by Cheeky and Cheezy).

Loves: Kids, guitars, motorcycles, beaches, reading, yoga, wood working, and writing poetry

Little known fact: I was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps

Motto: A is A (Aristotle)

Favorite Quotes: “Nothing can harm you until it comes, and it may never come, or if it comes it is something else again. And those who say they will try anything once, often try nothing twice, three times…arriving late at the gate of dreams worth dying for.” -Sandburg

Vedrana I. Gjivoje, DVM

Status: Married to the Doctor on the left

Education: BA from Brown University ‘88

Veterinary Degree: DVM from Michigan State ‘94

Internship: Oradell Animal Hospital ’95 – Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Most Memorable Pet: My first dog, Lady, very un-ladylike but still awesome.

Accolades/Noteworthy Accomplishments: Phi Zeta Vet Honor Society, Somerset County Distinguished Woman Award, Health and Medicine 2013

Awards: Awarded Leading Women Entrepreneur 2017 in NY/NJ/CT region.

Loves: Her 4 kids, music, hot yoga, backpacking, and the island of St. John

Little known fact: Collects shells, speaks Croatian and French, was born in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, was kissed by Daniel Craig.

Motto: “Never settle” and “The devil is in the details”

Favorite Quotes: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi

“Do what you like and like what you do.” – Life is Good

Kameri R.

Role: Veterinary Nurse/Technician
 
Nickname: Kam
 
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Biology
 
Awards: I graduated Cum Laude in college and I’m Fear Free certified
 
Loves: Marine life, playing video games and collecting shark teeth
 
Most Memorable Pet: My current dog, Izzy
 
Little Known Fact About Me: I’m the oldest of 7 kids
 
Motto: Live with intention
 
Favorite quote: “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists” -Japanese proverb

Megan D.

Role: Veterinary Nurse/Technician

Education: Graduated from College of Charleston in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and plans to attend veterinary school.
 
Awards: Fear Free Certified
 
Loves: Scuba diving, snowboarding, traveling, adrenaline activities, italian food, music, and New England sports, ESPECIALLY the Boston Red Sox
 
Most Memorable Pet: Meeko, my 3 year old Manx cat. He’s the first fur baby I ever had on my own!
 
Little Known Fact About Me: I spent two weeks on a research island called San Salvador or Guanahani! Unless you’re part of the residential population or doing research, you cannot go to the island!
 
Motto(s): If it’s not risky, what’s the fun?  The glass is half full, not half empty.
 
Favorite quote(s): “You may not realize now what I am doing but later you will understand” -John 13:7
 
“Great things never come from comfort zones” -Ben Francia
“The stress and adrenaline of an adventure is better than a thousand peaceful days” -Paulo Coelho

Sydney C.

Role: Veterinary Nurse/Technician

Education: Working on a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish

Loves: Coffee, Cats, Birding/Birdwatching, Hiking, Yoga, Nerdy books about infectious diseases

Most Memorable Pet: Borador named Montana

Little known fact about me: I’m spending a semester abroad in Chile soon!

Motto: No rain, no flowers

Favorite Quote:
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.” – Christopher Hitchens

Paige W.

Role: Office Manager

Education: Clemson – Economics

Loves: Beach, great food, travel, art and all creatures great & small

Most Memorable Pet: Hanna – my 165 pound Landseer Newfie

Little Known fact: Lived in the Rockies for a decade

Motto: Be Kind, You never know the battles others are fighting.

Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Nat J.

Role: Veterinary Technician

Education: Colgate University, BA in Sociology and Anthropology (which is no doubt what led me from humans to animals)

Loves: Animals (who in this field doesn’t?), travel, painting, voice acting and stage acting, and going to the beach to unwind

Most Memorable Pet: Miss Scarlett, my 20-year-old Eclectus Parrot, who sees my wife as “the other woman.”

Little known fact about me: I was the voice of “Einstein”, the animated mascot for Salesforce.

Motto: “Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.” 

“I am not young enough to know everything.” (Oscar Wilde)

Favorite Quote:
“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.”

— Robert R. McCammon, Author of “Boy’s Life”

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”

— Andy Rooney (who also graduated from Colgate)

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

— Terry Pratchett