Meet the Team!

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As a family, the Shulers have a long history of supporting their community by providing quality veterinary care. In 1953 Dr. Lanier Shuler, an Auburn graduate, started it all by opening his clinic in St. George, SC to provide services for small and large animals. His son, Glenn Shuler, joined him in practice in 1984 after graduating from Georgia.

The late Dr. J.O. Shuler opened Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital in 1959 after graduating from Georgia. His was the first full time veterinary hospital in the town of Mt. Pleasant! J.O. had the first X-Ray machine “East of the Cooper” and it was used in emergencies for both people and pets! In 1968 Kenneth (K.C.) Shuler joined his uncle J.O. in practice. K.C. Shuler, a Georgia graduate, expanded the business by building Shuler Veterinary Clinic, also in Mt. Pleasant, in 1992. It was a good thing he did too, because his two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Kevin and their wives all became veterinarians.

Kevin and Laura Shuler and Dr. Marian Shuler-Holladay (niece of Dr Glenn Shuler) practice in Mt. Pleasant at their two locations. Kenneth and Heather Shuler bought and expanded Santee Animal Hospital in 2002. They gave it the rustic red barn color to help them remember their farming background. They’ve been happily involved in the community since that time.

The Shulers are indeed a unique family. All of the Doctors are proud of their heritage in both the veterinary profession and in the community in which they live and work. As always, we pledge to continue the long family tradition of providing the best quality care in a caring and professional manner.

Our Doctors

Kenneth Shuler, Jr is a graduate of the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine with his Bachelor and Masters degrees from Clemson University. He enjoys golfing, fishing, football, and managing wildlife on the family farm in Vance.

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Dr. Kenneth and Dr. Heather

Heather Shuler is also a graduate of the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine with her Bachelor degree from Clemson University. She enjoys reading, football, and being with friends.

The doctors met while attending Clemson. They went on to veterinary school together and were married after freshman year. They spent the next three years in class together, even being called upon by professors as a unit! They now enjoy working together. They have two daughters, Savannah and Riley, which you may see around the office learning the ropes. Two Tennessee Walking Horses and two dogs, Ellie and Marlin, round out the family.

Dr. Breland

Deborah Breland is a graduate of Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine with her Bachelor degree from Auburn University. She enjoys reading, antiquing, renovating her old home with her husband, who is also a TUSVM graduate, and spending time with their daughter. Dr. Breland enjoys not only seeing cats and dogs but she also sees pocket pets. She also works at Sunset Animal Hospital in Columbia. At home she has two dogs, Hoss and Josie Kate along with 3 cats, Petunia, Pansy and Big Girl.

Our Staff

Jessica D.

Jessica Deabate is our head Vet Tech and has been with us since 2011. She is from California and after serving in the US Coast Guard for 8 years, she moved to SC. She graduated from Trident Technical College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2010 and became a licensed technician in the state of SC in July 2011. She lives in Eutawville with her husband, 3 boys and dogs, Baby Girl and Patty, 4 cats, Smokey and Morgan, chickens, rabbits, turtle, and two beta fish.

Chelsea and Shikamaru

Chelsea Nester is our Office Manager, she originally began her career in the field with us back in 2011 as a kennel assistant. She took a short amount of time away from the hospital and recently came back in January 2018. She is currently in school for Business Management and is working to earn her CVPM. She was born and raised in the area and currently resides in Eutawville with her two four-legged children, Kurama and Shikamaru. She enjoys volleyball, football (New England Patriots), anything Ed Sheeran, penguins, and  Harry Potter. She also has a huge love for Jeeps and the color teal.


Courtney Broome is one of our assistants at the hospital who has been with us for a little over a year. She is currently in school for pre-vet at USC Beaufort, majoring in Biology. She is from Hanahan, SC and has resided in Walterboro for about a year and a half. Courtney has a passion for animals, as well as anything outdoors. She enjoys traveling and discovering new places along the way. She has a grey tabby named Kona and a pit named Blue.


Megan Mizell is one of our technicians, she has been with us since May 2016. She is currently in school full time for dental hygiene. She has a small farm of her own that she raises goats, rabbits, pigs, turkeys, chickens and ducks. She has 3 dogs, Pete, Annabelle and Jules, 3 cats and an old donkey named Henry. She enjoys doing anything outside and spending as much time as possible with her family.


Rene Bagwell is one of our receptionist. She has been working in the veterinary field for a number of years and absolutely loves it. She is a mother of two boys, Austin and Stacey, and has 6 pets of her own.

Hope and Birdie

Hope Singletary is one of our receptionist who just recently started out with us. She is originally from Tampa, Fl and now resides in Holly Hill. Her favorite place to be is with her husband, family and fur children, preferably by the pool! She enjoys crafts of all kinds and pinterest is her best friend. Hope and her husband have four fur-children- A Boykin Spaniel named Birdie, two Boston terriers named Bentley and Gracie, and a cat name Pepper. Hope loves people as well as animals and looks forward to making you smile!

Julia Massenburg is our newest kennel technician.  She currently lives in Santee with her fiancee and they have one dog and one cat. She is taking classes for Real Estate at OC Tech. She loves to draw, read and hike in her past time.  She also spends much of her time commissioning artwork for other people and attending fundraisers for type I diabetes.  She also enjoys the outdoors and helping people!