Dr. Brian Gallery
Dr. Brian Gallery grew up in Columbia, SC and is a graduate of Heathwood Hall. He earned a bachelor of arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. From there, he attended the University of Georgia and completed his veterinary degree in 2009. Dr. Gallery has worked as a small animal veterinarian in Columbia for the last 9 years. Dr. Gallery is married to Dr. Cara McKinnon, and they have 2 children together. In addition, Dr. Gallery has 2 dogs and 1 cat. In his free time Dr. Gallery enjoys supporting USC and UGA athletics, spending time outdoors, and being with his family. He is a member of AVMA, SCAV, and the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians.
Dr. Cara McKinnon
Dr. Cara McKinnon joined Companion Animal Hospital in the summer of 2017. Originally from Douglas, GA Cara is a graduate of Valdosta State and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked at both Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital and Banfield Pet Hospital. She has a special interest in surgery; both soft tissue and orthopedic. In her free time Dr. McKinnon enjoys reading historical fiction and would like to travel to Scotland one day. She is a member of the AVAM, SCAV, and the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians.
Brianna Donnell Veterinary Technician
Brianna Donnell currently resides in Columbia and has lived in South Carolina all her life. Brianna has worked at Companion Animal Hospital since February of 2012. She has an infinite passion for working with animals. Brianna started working in animal hospitals in 2010 and fell in love with her profession. She attended Blythewood High School and is currently enrolled at Midlands Technical College in pursuit of her Veterinary Medical career. Her hobbies include reading, baking, and spending time with her family including her three fur children.
Raquelle Farley, Veterinary Technician
Victoria Azize, Groomer
Victoria has been with the practice since 2014 - She is our groomer, but also moves around and works up front or in the kennel when needed. She loves animals and is trying to decide what field she may want to enter, but for now is happy just helping the furry friends we see in the clinic. She has two dogs of her own - a Westie named Bella "Bongos", and a Chihuahua named Luna. They're both spoiled rotten and she tells them all the time that they need to get jobs of their own - They even eat better than she does!
Mary Ellen Tobias Receptionist
Upon retiring from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, where she served as the State Equine Marketing Specialist for 25 years, Mary Ellen started at Companion Animal Hospital in June of 2010. A Blythewood area resident for 35 years, Mary Ellen and her husband owned and operated Ashley Oaks Farms where she bred, raised and trained Registered American Quarter Horses. In addition, she has raised Registered Polled Hereford cattle, a few Nubian goats, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits and very spoiled dogs and cats (thrown in for good measure).
She is still actively involved in the state’s equine industry, serving on numerous boards and advisory committees as well as serving as a consultant on equine issues. Mary Ellen’s other interests include gourmet cooking and catering, gardening, and traveling anywhere horses or snow skiing are available. Her love of all animals, great and small, and her marketing abilities are a welcome addition to our group.
Grace Johnson, Kennel Assistant
Grace is a member of our kennel staff, but also helps a lot up front and anywhere else needed. She has been working here for about a year and a half, but volunteered long beforehand, so she's been with this clinic for a long time! She goes to Midlands Tech, and will transfer to USC to finish her classes and become a nurse. She has two dogs, Oreo and Lassie, along with two cats, Harper and Bandit, plus a very lively hermit crab named Sebastian!
Jasper, Clinic Cat
Jasper (Jas-Purr) is our resident clinic cat/office king. He loves anything and everything, including the animals that can't stand him... He is extremely sweet and a great cuddle buddy, but loves to chew on you for fun - So watch your hands! He's about 3 years old, but is definitely a forever kitten, just an extremely large one. If you're ever looking for him, be sure to check out his favorite hang-out spots - He's usually either taking a power nap in his bed, scoping out his kingdom from atop his cat tower, or even outside bullying the poor birds (He means well, we promise!). Everyone laughs at him and calls him horrible (because he is), but deep down we all love him to pieces, and we know he really is a great feline friend to have around!