Lives that Inspire: Dr. Lauren Tierney

We are so proud of Dr. Tierney, one of the owners and veterinarians of West Ashley Veterinary Clinic. She was recently featured by Ashley Hall School in a video as an example of how a little girl can grow up to be whatever they dream. Dr. Tierney has always known she wanted to work with animals and has been with West Ashley Veterinary Clinic since she was a teenager, working after school to help clean. Now she is one of the owners of the clinic and a practicing veterinarian. Take a look at her journey from school girl to veterinarian and small business owner:

Animal Hospital in Charleston, SC

Caring for Pets at Our Animal Hospital in Charleston Since 1987

Our animal hospital was founded in 1987 by Dr. Merrill Irvin and the late Dr. Thomas Hutto. We are advocates not only for our patients but also for the people who love them. From preventive care to dentistry to surgery, we offer more than a dozen services under one roof. Among traditional veterinary services like wellness care, medicine, surgery and dentistry for dogs and cats, we are proud to offer non-invasive diagnostics like ultrasound as well as multimodal pain control with drug-free choices like laser therapy and acupuncture.

During our long-standing presence in the community, we have adopted a local animal sanctuary, participated in community and school service events, and sponsored sports teams and equine events. We are happy to accept vouchers from local rescue organizations like Charleston Animal Society and Pet Helpers. Every year we host qualified externs from veterinary colleges around the country.

"Experienced team with genuine love and care for animals.”

- Matthew W.

"This was my very first visit. Everyone was very friendly, courteous, and professional. This is my vet for life."

- Tina S.

"I always have a great experience here. The facility is clean and the staff treat you like you've been friends for years. I wouldn't change a thing."

- Tyler B.

We absolutely loved our first visit! From the quick appointment scheduling to everyone there being so welcoming to us, it was a great first experience. I left the office saying 'this is where we are bringing our babies from now on.'

Rosalie F.

Features of Our State-of-the-Art Animal Hospital:

  • Spacious waiting and treatment areas
  • Imaging room for diagnostic imaging like ultrasound
  • Seven examination rooms
  • Digital radiography room
  • Two surgical suites with advanced anesthetic machines and monitoring equipment
  • Intensive care and post-operative recovery areas
  • Large in-house laboratory for diagnostic testing
  • Quiet room for euthanasia, equipped with separate side door exit
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Veterinarians with a cat
Cat sitting on bench outside the animal hospital

Banish Worry and Build Trust with our Vets

  • Separate entrances, exam rooms, and treatment area for cats and dogs
  • Cat rooms with pheromone diffusers, cat trees, and toys
  • Pet beds on exam tables
  • Gentle approach with distraction
  • Minimal restraint and floor exams
  • Comfort medication packs for routine visits and surgery
  • Treats, including peanut butter and cheese
  • Relaxation pheromones, including Feliway® for cats and Adaptil® for dogs
  • Species-specific travel recommendations
  • Tranquilization as needed