The Purpose of Wateree Animal Hospital is to provide exceptional service to our clients and exceptional veterinary care to our patients. In a way that reflects our motto, “Caring Hearts and Caring Hands,” through the compassion and sensitivity that the doctors and staff have for our clients as well as for their pets. So that our patients receive exceptional veterinary care and treatment, and our clients have a high sense of value for the services we provide.
We have 5 amazing veterinarians at our practice. We encourage you to meet all 5 doctors and get to know them better. Our doctors work as a team, and often consult with each other about our patients. After hour emergencies are seen on a rotating schedule by our doctors.
Defining Ourselves through Exceptional Care
At Wateree Animal Hospital, we believe that the best caretakers blend high-level veterinary skills with a nurturing outlook, a professional attitude and a fellowship with animals. By treating others’ pets as we would like ours to be treated, we have been able to enjoy more than 36 years plus of service as your Midlands veterinarians.
We feel blessed to care for your pets. Browse our veterinarian staff listing, or feel free to contact us to learn more about our animal care philosophy and for job opportunities.
What sets us apart:
- Wateree Animal Hospital is fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association
- Luxury boarding facilities with kennel cameras
- Convenient check-in services, early morning drop-off, pick-up and delivery
- Time-saving online forms for new patients, speedy check-ins and more
- House call services available
- On-call emergency veterinarians
- Quality pet products, complete with a drive-through window at the Northeast location
- A knowledgeable and courteous staff
- Recognized leaders in the field of veterinary medicine
Dr. Peter B. McKoy
September 9, 1943 – April 2, 2014
In 1972, Dr. Peter McKoy moved to Camden, SC, to open a veterinary practice. Wateree Animal Hospital was located on Church Street, a small side street one block from downtown. Dr. McKoy knew very little about business, advertising, or marketing. He saw 3 patients during his first week. His filing system consisted of an old cigar box with 100 index cards. Gradually, the word spread and the number of clients grew.
By 1975, Wateree Animal Hospital had outgrown its 3-room facility. With the help of a local businessman, Mr. Bud Davis of Davis Printing Company, Dr. McKoy was able to build on the present Camden location of 500 York Street. Since then, not only has the Camden facility been renovated and expanded, a second hospital was built in Elgin, SC. And the cigar-box filing system has grown into a paperless computer system with 26 computers and more than 15,000 active clients. The practice itself, despite its small-town location and approach, has grown into one of the largest practices in the Midlands of South Carolina.
A large part of our success is having the right people on the team. We look for people who are team players, who can help us carry out our purpose “to provide exceptional client service and excellent medical care in such a way that the clients have a high sense of value for what they receive and reflects our motto of ‘Caring Hearts and Caring Hands.’ ”
Our staff has grown to 6 veterinarians, and 30+ staff at two locations. At our Camden location, the staff have been with us for an average of 7.5 years (with Lee Tention topping the list at more than 35 years of dedication!). Our staff’s love of animals is obvious when you walk through the front door. We constantly solicit feedback from existing and new clients. We listen very closely to our clients’ needs and suggestions, as well as their perception of the service they and their pets receive.
The Lord has blessed our business through the years and continues to do so.