Here, you will find a team of passionate animal lovers who just happen to be gifted physicians, leaders, technicians, and caregivers. And we’ll work to make a difference in your life. Now, meet the team by your side.
Kevin Shuler, DVMVeterinarian
Laura Shuler, DVMVeterinarian
Marian Shuler Holladay (DVM, CCRP, CVA)Veterinarian, CVA
Juliet Hill, DVMVeterinarian
Janette Blackwood, DVMVeterinarian
Jackie Compta, DVMVeterinarian
Kevin Shuler, DVM
A native son of Mt Pleasant, Kevin was surrounded by veterinary medicine from birth. His father, retired veterinarian K.C. Shuler, practiced in Mt. Pleasant from the 1970s-2000s. The Lowcountry runs in Kevin’s blood and defines who he is. His childhood was filled with memories of visits to the famous soda fountain at Pitt Street Pharmacy and attending Mount Pleasant public schools, both within a short bicycle ride from his home. As Kevin reached his teen years, he cultivated his love of all creatures great and small by working at both his father’s and uncle’s veterinary hospitals during the school year. The summers were spent on the cattle and peach farm in Holly Hill, SC with his farming side of the family. There he not only learned how to manage livestock but also how to conduct business with people who would come to buy the cows and peaches. Kevin’s interests led him to Clemson University where the College of Agriculture laid the foundation for his veterinary career. There he met and later married Laura (Huckabee) Shuler. After completing his undergraduate studies, Kevin spent a year of veterinary school in St. Kitts before returning stateside to finish at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Home has always been Mt. Pleasant so it was here he returned to begin his veterinary practice with his wife, Laura, and father at the family business. In his leisure time, Kevin can be found on a tennis court or coaching his boys’ various sports teams or attending one of his beloved Clemson Tiger football games. More than anything, though, he loves making a difference to every “furry patient” he meets to ensure that both pet and owner are satisfied with their care.
Laura Shuler, DVM
A native of South Carolina, Laura was introduced to veterinary medicine at an early age. Her father, Dr. Eddy Huckabee, opened the first large- and small-animal veterinary practice in the growing town of Lexington, SC in the Piedmont region of the State. Growing up in the world of rural veterinary medicine, Laura went on farm calls and was an office aide. A lover of horses, Laura could also be found venturing out to local shows or crossing the then two-lane Highway 378 to seek greener pastures to gallop across. Her love of all things nature extended to fossil collecting that continues today. College at Clemson University was an easy choice as she had grown up going to the games with her family. (Dr. Huckabee also attended Clemson as an undergraduate.) There, Laura met and later married Kevin Shuler. From Clemson it was on to Veterinary school at Tuskegee University. Following graduation, she returned to her native South Carolina but this time to the Lowcountry to practice with her husband at his family-owned Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital. In her leisure time, Dr. Laura enjoys cooking, jogging, horseback riding, Pilates, fossil collecting, or helping assist Dr. Kevin in coaching their two boys’ ball teams. Dr. Laura strives in all ways to help better the lives of all the “four-legged children” she sees and their pet parents.
Marian Shuler Holladay (DVM, CCRP, CVA)
Another Mount Pleasant native, Dr. Marian Shuler Holladay, experienced the best of both rural and suburban life as a child. On weekends and during the summer she was often found in her grandfather and uncle’s veterinary clinic in St. George, SC. There, she developed her love of the profession – from helping to pull calves, to scrubbing up to assist in small animal surgery, to drawing horse markings on shipping and testing papers. Like most other Shulers, she attended Clemson University where she earned a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2001. After Clemson, she completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2005, and joined the Shuler Veterinary Clinic/Shuler Veterinary Clinic family. In 2009, she completed her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and has developed a rehab/physical therapy component to help animals in the practice.
Dr. Shuler Holladay has remained active in the veterinary world, serving as an officer in her local veterinary medical association as well as a member and as President of the UGA Veterinary Alumni Board. Outside of school and work, she has always used music as a stress reliever. She has been a member of several performance choirs throughout the years and continues to sing weekly in her church choir. Other musical ventures include a handbell choir and just playing the piano at home.
Dr. Marian and her husband live in Mount Pleasant with their two darling human daughters and their doting big brother, Captain Remley, the Labrador Retriever. They enjoy family bike rides, trips to the beach, and finding the occasional ice cream shop.
Juliet Hill, DVM
Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Dr. Juliet Hill has always had a love for spending most of her time outside enjoying the beautiful low country weather, water, and wildlife. A fascination for biology and adventuring in nature with her beloved four-legged family members lead Dr. Hill to pursue a BS in Biological Sciences from the College of Charleston. While in college, Dr. Hill gained both experience and a passion for veterinary medicine after working for a local veterinary clinic. Following the College of Charleston, Dr. Hill completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2021. Upon graduation, Dr. Hill moved right back down to Charleston, SC to continue to pursue her career in the city she loves.
In her spare time, Dr. Hill enjoys spending time out on the beach, a boat, or her paddle board. She also has a love for traveling and exploring the cities and nature of other countries. She currently lives with her very feisty and independent cat, Elsa, and plans on adopting a new adventuring canine very soon.
Janette Blackwood, DVM
Janette Blackwood grew up in Georgia with a strong interest in biological sciences and a love for animals. She met and befriended Drs. Kevin, Laura, and Marian Shuler through the Clemson University Pre-Vet Club while earning her BS degree in Animal Science. Janette earned her veterinary degree from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. In 2006, she returned to beautiful South Carolina and has enjoyed practicing veterinary medicine in many forms, including traveling across the state as a relief veterinarian and co-owning her own practice. She was absolutely thrilled to reconnect with her friends from Clemson and continue her career by joining the team at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital in 2022.
Janette has a passion for decreasing pet stress during veterinary visits and received her certification in veterinary Low Stress Handling in 2019. When not at work, you may find her volunteering with her church, spending time outside exercising or walking her dog Cindy. You may also find her with her husband on weekends freezing inside the Carolina Ice Palace while cheering on her son’s ice hockey team.
Jackie Compta, DVM
Dr. Jackie is originally from Kingwood, NJ. She began pursuing a career in veterinary medicine by volunteering at a professor’s alpaca farm while attending SUNY Binghamton. After graduating with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience, she spent a year working as a veterinary assistant and applying to veterinary schools. She was accepted into St.George’s University class of 2022, where she fell in love with tropical living on the island of Grenada, West Indies. She then spent a year at University of Georgia completing her clinical rotations.
She is very excited to call Charleston her new home, combining her newfound love of the south with her love of the ocean and outdoors. In her free time, Dr. Jackie enjoys exploring Charleston’s many waterways on her paddleboard and finding new hiking trails to call her favorite.When the weather isn’t agreeable to outdoor activities she is just as content to stay at home with a good book, an indie video game, and her Grenadian cat Guino.
“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
Charleston has always been home for Marshall. While he enjoys traveling to other places, he always likes coming back home to Charleston (although he would be happy with less humidity!).
Marshall has been in the veterinary field since 1997. He is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Certified Veterinary Practice Manager with a BS in Business. Outside of his career, he is fascinated by exotic animals, especially parrots. He once served as a volunteer zoo keeper and still has the fondest memories of those experiences.
Marshall shares his home with 3 dogs and 2 macaws.
Kristine is the Office Manager at Shuler Vet Clinic. She and her husband, Greg, moved to Mt. Pleasant in December, 1996 and have never looked back. This past February, Kristine celebrated her 23rd year with the practice. Woohoo!
Presently, their lives are directed by the 6 feline friends they cohabitate with. When they are not busy fulfilling the demands of these furbabies, they enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it be cyclying, hiking, kayaking or a casual walk, grass rarely grows beneath their feet.
Kristine also enjoys reading, gardening and Hot Power Yoga. We cannot forget she also enjoys the quality time with those 6 feline friends: Bunny, Friday, Biggie Smalls, Junior, Rupert and Ocho.
“Dogs are like that, I guess. They know how to fix you, without ever saying a word.”
The Care Team
JennaLicensed Veterinary Technician
A James Island native, Jenna joined MPAH in January 2020. From a young age, Jenna always had a love for animals, especially exotics and farm animals. She followed that love and graduated for Trident Technical College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2018. Shortly after she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Some of Jenna’s favorite areas of Veterinary medicine are senior and geriatric care. Jenna shares her home on Johns Island with 2 dogs Diesel and Cowgirl, 2 cats Meredith and Shepard, and a menagerie of exotic pets, including a tortoise. When she isn’t caring for animals she can be found hunting for shark teeth or exploring local breweries with her friends.
English was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, before every nook and cranny was filled with shopping centers and townhouses. Growing up in this once-small town, allowed English’s love of nature and animals to grow. In her younger years, she could be found barefoot, covered in plough mud from head to toe, exploring the marsh behind her childhood home and all of its wildlife. With an insatiable curiosity of all living things, her research began at an early age, with her begging her parents to take her to Blockbuster to rent science documentaries. Years later, her research continued at a higher level of education, at Clemson University. While attending, she fell in love with organic chemistry and biochemistry.
She began working for OSHA’s cancer research team, Team Tiburon, focusing on biochemical and immunological research of an anti-tumor protein in the bonnethead shark. Soon after, she was recruited by the Department of Defense, to research biochemical agents to speed the healing process of wounded soldiers on the front lines. In 2013, English graduated with a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University. In 2016, English joined our team, and is fortunate enough to continue working with and learning about animals every day. When she isn’t loving on y’all’s animals, she is obsessing over her own furbabies; her two Great Danes, Capone and Junebug.
Albert is originally from the D.C. metropolitan area. Growing up, his family always had animals in the household, including everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and turtles. This helped him foster a natural love for animals, and so Albert decided that the animal field was the path for him. In 2010 he started his career with animal welfare as a veterinary technician in Maryland. In 2014, he moved to Virginia where he worked as an animal care technician with a nonprofit animal welfare organization.
Albert relocated to the Charleston area in April 2018 with his wife, Mimi, and their cat, Arya. When Arya was only a couple days old, she was dropped off at Albert’s previous work after being abandoned by her mother. Albert took the malnourished kitten home and nursed her back to health. Today, Arya is a happy grown cat, and loves her new home in Charleston.
When not at work, Albert enjoys hiking, skateboarding, cooking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife exploring the beach.
Matt came from the Midwest, Indiana to be precise. He arrived in Mount Pleasant in 2002 and came to work with us in 2003. He is our HydroSurge bathing magician. The pets he bathes shine after his brush out. Matt enjoys photography and offers some amazing photographs for sale on his website.
Alex is very excited and honored to be one of the newest members of the Shuler Veterinary Clinic family! Originating from Virginia, Alex and her family have moved to numerous locations with her fathers position as an engineer but none have felt quite like home like Charleston has. Growing up it was not uncommon for Alex and her family to share there love with numerous fur babies. That love has translated into a passion to help both the four legged friends of the area and there families. Alex started her journey in veterinary medicine as a Technical Assistant at Veterinary Specialty Care but after sometime decided that she needed to take a step back from the fast pace of the Emergency Care Unit and focusing on General Practice.
When Alex isn’t at the hospital, she is an also a full time actress/musical theater performer in the area. She has been performing in Charleston for the last 12 years and is currently a member of the Village Repertory Ensemble Company and Black Fedora Comedy Troop. Fun fact, Alex actually met her now fiancé performing in a show together in 2017! They have two sweet fur babies of their own, a Lab/Chow Mix named Bear and a “slim-thick” cat named Fletcher.
Jennie is from New York, born and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She always loved animals! Her grandfather encouraged her love of animals with a lot of different pets, including a goat and a duck. At a very early age she wanted to become a marine biologist, but life and a change in interest changed her path. She has a bachelor’s degree in business specializing in Marketing and management. She moved down to Charleston in 2013 for a fresh start. She brought her English bulldog and two cats with her from New York to start her new adventure in their new home. She worked retail for the first few years living in South Carolina but in 2019 she started a new path in the Veterinary industry reigniting her love of animals. Since then, She has been enjoying learning, fine tuning her technical skills and loving on all your amazing pets!
Sarah was born and raised in a small town called Page in the Arizona desert. Military orders brought her and her husband to Charleston, South Carolina, in April of 2019. Sarah’s passion for animals started young when she joined a livestock club in which she raised various farm animals, rode horses, and participated in county fairs. She always had an abundance of family pets in the house growing up, including rabbits, geckos, dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. Caring for people and animals is Sarah’s vocation; she adores spending her free time baby and pet sitting for family and friends, exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog, cooking, lifting weights, playing instruments, and learning veterinary medicine. She is currently working towards a degree in the veterinary technician program at Penn Foster College.
Alli was born in Delaware, but raised here in Charleston, SC. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston with a major in biology and a minor in environmental & sustainability studies.During her time in college, she volunteered at the SC Aquarium for almost three years as an exhibit guide and conservationist. After college, Alli went on to work as an animal caregiver at the International Primate Protection League taking care of white-handed gibbons and asian small-clawed otters. This is where she developed an interest in the animal medical field. She is excited to be working with us, not only to expand her knowledge, but also to provide great care for your pets.
I was born and raised in Charleston,Sc. I grew up having animals throughout my life, there were always atleast 2 in the house throughout my childhood. I’ve always had a passion for animals and I have worked in the doggie daycare industry for roughly 5+ years as well as working with cats during that time. I’ve worked with farm animals like goats, horses, pigs, donkeys, etc for about 3 years. I’ve also rescued quite a few dogs and cats from rough situations and one of those being my own dog Chief. I nursed one of my cats; Callie back to health after being left alone with no mom to care for her at only a few weeks old and she was also unfortunately worminfested. I have 6 animals, 2 dogs, a lab mix named Sadie and a shepherd mix named Chief; I also have 4 cats, Skye, Bubba, Callie, and Bean. On my downtime, I love spending time with all of them and taking my pups out to the park to run around and swim or take them on walks to the beach.
Jessie was born and raised in a small town in Illinois called Morris. Jessie and her cat Snellie made the big move down to South Carolina in August 2022 where she moved in with her long term boyfriend while he completes his Doctorate. Throughout high school and college she worked at Lakewood Animal Hospital where her love for animals began. She realized she loved helping people and animals equally when she got her degree in Biology with concentrations in Chemistry, Medical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine along with a minor in Psychology and began working as a Phlebotomist. She is very excited to be at Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital where she can continue to learn new things every day.
Valarie was born and raised in Port Orange Florida. After high school she attended college at UNCG where she played basketball. She returned to Florida to finish her degree in Marine Biology. She was able to do her internship at Sea World, working with the penguins.
Valarie, her husband, 2 children, and 2 cats recently moved to Mount Pleasant to be closer to family. She has worked off and on in the veterinary field for 15 years, taking time off to be home with her kids while they were young.
Outside of work she is a volleyball coach and spends most of her time inside a gym with the kids. She also volunteers her time to coach kids at the local middle school.
Caytie is a Charleston native who has always loved animals and the outdoors. After graduating from Ashley Ridge High School, she earned a degree in biology from the College of Charleston. Before joining our team, she has worked as an intern and volunteer at the South Carolina Aquarium and as a stable hand at Middleton Place Farm. She has cared for farm animals large and small, exotic animals, family pets, and a few endangered animals. She has said goodbye to one beloved pet, a cat named Simba who was with her seventeen years, so she understands pet loss and caring for animals in crisis. She has rescued kittens, birds, and a flying squirrel. Her own pets currently consist of two dogs and two cats, all rescues. Her favorite part of her work experience has been learning how instinctual behaviors of animals influence their domesticated behaviors and how we can use that information to care for them and understand them better.
Theresa grew up in small town Ohio, loving sports and animals. I have always had at least one furry companion, Cats & dogs.
In 2012 I jumped into rescue work with a couple of local Rescues and Shelters in Ohio. Fostering multiple litters over 10 years was bound to have a few “failures”, which are my current babies, Jake, Thor, Barry, and Izzy. I moved to Charleston to help family and live now with my furry son Thor. I have always been drawn to work with small animals because all lives matter to me.
I am so excited to work in the Clinic setting, helping our clients and patients in any way I can.
My name is Brittany and I am a born and raised South Carolina native! Since as far back as I can remember, I have had an overwhelming passion and interest for all animals of all shapes and sizes. I have always had a pet in the home and sometimes multiples at once! I currently have 3 dogs: Chapo, London and Medusa & 2 aquariums: one housing community fish and the other housing cichlids. When I’m not tending to my animals or tanks I prefer to spend my time outside. I hike trails on weekends as long as the weather allows and enjoy other outside activities like kayaking, taking my babies to the dog park, and I can’t forget fishing! I enjoy good music & mozzarella sticks! I also have a small plant collection that I enjoy nursing and watching grow.