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The Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians was formed to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine in the Midlands for South Carolina by providing opportunities for professional veterinary education, development, and fellowship. The GCAV aspires to enhance the relationships between Midlands Area veterinarians, pet and live-stock owners, government and the public at large, and to protect the public health by promoting appropriate and humane involvement in human and animal health care by the veterinary profession.

Interested in becoming a part of the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians?
Veterinarians interested in joining the GCAV should contact Dr. Amanda Dennis at for more information. We also encourage you to be our guest at our next GCAV and Continuing Education meeting. See our calendar of events link for our next meeting. The GCAV typically meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month; again please see our calendar of events.

Find out how you can join and be a part of our organization.
Learn about the GCAV Scholarship to recruit veterinary students.
See a list of members of the GCAV and find out how you can contact them.


Update on the Animal Welfare Bill (S687) by Dr. Mary Keisler

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 8:33 pm.

I am Dr. Mary Keisler.  I have served for the past seven years on the board of the SC Association of Veterinarians and I am currently the President of the association.  I have practiced veterinary medicine for 31 years in a small animal practice and I have provided volunteer veterinary service at shelters and rescue organizations.  I also served on the Board of Veterinary Medicine for the District of Columbia and the executive board of the Greater Columbia Area Veterinarians.

Much has been written and commented on as relates to the Animal Welfare Legislation that is moving through the SC Senate (S687).  Unfortunately for everyone, and especially animal lovers, a massive campaign led by some in the shelter community misstates almost everything about the process to date as well as what the bill actually does.  This has led to needless confusion and uncertainty by the public and the media. (more…)

SC War Dog Memorial Website

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 9:15 pm.

Please visit the SC War Dog Memorial Website to read about this dedication to these wonderful working dogs and American’s forgotten hero’s and see the link to donate!

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Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:38 pm.

Jennifer A. Rogers the executive director and founder of Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) gave an amazing talk at the GCAV September meeting at Za’s about the overall mission of PAALS and some incredible personal stories.  If you are interested in more information about PAALS and their upcoming events please visit the website at  If you did not have a chance to attend the meeting and would like a copy of the various hand outs please email with that request.

Rabies Information

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:57 am.

The Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners often gets inquires about rabies, schedule of vaccinations, and interstate travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has valuable information on rabies; and the CDC site has answers to various questions regarding rabies.  The link to the CDC website is provided below.