Meet Our Executive Board

Dr. Kevin Kunkel, President

Dr. Kunkel earned his B.S. degree in physiology from Cornell University and his D.V.M. from Colorado State University. After four years in private practice, Dr. Kunkel began his specialty training. He completed a rotating small animal internship at Oklahoma State University and a small animal surgery internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Connecticut. He joined VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina in 2007 and completed his residency and board certification in 2012. His clinical and research interests include both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery with special interests in cruciate disease and orthopedic implants.

Dr. Kunkel is a certified PennHIP member. PennHIP represents the non-profit veterinary health service University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program that developed a multifaceted radiographic methodology to more accurately measure and assess canine hip quality and joint laxity and the existence or likelihood of developing osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), the hallmark of hip dysplasia (HD). For more information about PennHIP, please visit http://research.vet.upenn.edu/GeneralInformation/WhatisPennHIP/tabid/3232/Default.aspx)

After hours Kevin enjoys working on his farm with his wife, son, dogs and horses and enjoys hunting, fishing, and polo.




Dr. Sara Fritz

Dr. Fritz from Philadelphia joins SCVSEC as a doctor of Small Animal Veterinary Oncology. She completed her Bachelor of Animal Bioscience with a minor in Veterinary Medicine at Pennsylvania State University where she competed on the Division I Women’s Water Polo team. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Mississippi State University and completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Kansas State University. She finished her small animal oncology residency at University of Minnesota where she served as chief resident her final year.

During her residency, Dr. Fritz lectured nationally on a spectrum of tumor types and was awarded a research certificate on osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Professional interests include osteosarcoma, lymphoma/leukemia, and novel therapeutics to treat cancer, radiation oncology, palliative care and maximizing cancer patients’ quality of life.

After Hours: Dr. Fritz enjoys running, swimming, gardening, and anything involving the outdoors. She never turns down a relaxing night with good friends, food, and cuddle time on the couch with her dogs, Jackson and Brutus.




Dr. Sam Hocker

Dr. Hocker grew up in Central Illinois. He received his BS degree in political science and biology from Illinois State University in 2008. He earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 2012 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Missouri. Following completion of his internship, he returned to Kansas State University for his medical oncology residency.

Professional interests include molecular targeted therapies, lymphoma/leukemia, nasal carcinomas, multi-drug therapies, and exotic animal oncology.

After Hours: Dr. Hocker’s family includes his fiancée, Sara, their two dogs, Sadie and Jasper, their cat Floyd, and Stuart their rabbit. He enjoys fishing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his family in Illinois.




Dr. Crystal Knight-Pumphrey, Secretary

Dr. Crystal Knight has worked at Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital and is currently at St. Andrews Animal Clinic. She graduated from Clemson University in 1995 with a degree in animal science, and then attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2000.

Dr. Knight enjoys spending time on Lake Murray with her husband, Chris, and sons Creighton and Colden; reading; playing softball and volleyball; and playing the piano and handbells with her church.