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Top row left to right: Dr. Gailene Holland, Lloyd, Loraine, Caleb, Gabrielle,Terri, Jen, Dr. Brian Spilker
Bottom row left to right: Mary, Lyanne, Britt, Alexis, Tara, Gina
Dr. Brian Spilker
Practice Owner and Veterinarian
Hello, my name is Dr. Brian Spilker. I grew up on a farm near Beatrice, Nebraska where we always had several pets. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science in 1993 and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1997. After graduating from veterinary school, I moved to the Lugoff area and worked in a local small animal veterinary clinic for eight years. For the next three and one-half years, I performed emergency work at South Carolina Veterinary Emergency Care in Columbia, SC. In December 2008, my dream of veterinary clinic ownership was accomplished when I became the new owner of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. I have been blessed with a wonderful, friendly, and well-trained staff who works well together in a family atmosphere. For the years 2012-2013 I was awarded as the Business Person of the Year by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to providing excellent patient care for your pets.
My wife, Jennifer, moved to Camden, SC from Leavenworth, KS. She was a professional hunter jumper horse trainer/rider. We were introduced to one another by one of my employees at the time who rode horses with Jen. We were married in April 2005 and have been blessed with two wonderful children. Trenton was born June 2007 and Skylar was born May 2010. We have several pets in our household: an Australian Terrier named Jackson, a black Labrador Retriever named Abby, a Jack Russell Terrier named Nike, and a Ragdoll cat named Milo.
Please stop by Veterinary Medicine & Surgery for a visit - we would love to give you a tour of our facility!!
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. I am able to communicate using American Sign Language. After 4 years of teaching, I pursued my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. I joined the VMS team in 2003 and honestly could not have found a better place to work. I love being a veterinarian and am proud to be part of a team that practices such high quality medicine. I am married to Derham, who is a native of Florence, South Carolina. He is a Special Education teacher. We are the very proud parents of a son who was born in November of 2008. We have 3 Labrador Retrievers and 3 black cats. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my husband, son, and pets, especially doing outdoors activities. I also enjoy watching movies and eating Mexican food.
Dr. Holland is a member of AVMA, AAHA, and AAFP.
Hello, my name is Loraine Melero. I am the accounts manager at VMS and have been working here since 2005 when I moved from Florida. My pet family consists of two cats, Rudy and Charlie, who I adopted from VMS ten years ago. VMS is a great place to work because Dr. Spilker and Dr. Holland and all the support staff are very caring people and are like a second family to me.
Hi! My name is Tara. I am glad to be a part of the great family we have here at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. I love interacting with the pets we see here as well as their owners. I am married to Ronald and we have four children. We also have three pets, our dog Samantha and cats Abel and Logan. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and I love to read.
Hello, my name is Ashley Outen. I started my career at VMS in November of 2009 and I am a Veterinary Technician/Receptionist. I have two dogs (Snuggles & Vinny) and one cat (Conrad). I am currently enrolled at Columbia International University seeking a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In my free time, I love to draw, paint, and spend time with my family, friends, and pets.
I was born in the year 1872 upon the vessel Mary Celeste while on a voyage to Genoa. Oh, the seas were angry the day I entered this world. But not a fortnight after my birth all crew were forced to abandon the disheveled vessel due to a giant squid attack. We took refuge off the coast of Gibraltar were my family stayed for some time. Then at the tender age of 12 in the year 1884 a terrible plague overtook our small fishing village and my dear parents succumbed to disease and left me alone in this world. That was the day I had to become a man. So I took to the seas once again. I sailed the world for the next 23 years in search of a place I could call home. I took shelter in the Township of Camden, SC in 1907 and I have been here since. I live out my days caring for the animals at VMS. I also have two cats and bearded dragon.
Hi, my name is Lyanne Torres. I joined the staff of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in January 2006 from an internship I got through school and volunteered here for about three years. In June of 2009 I became an employee, working as a veterinary technician. I absolutely love all animals and think they are all beautiful and amazing in their own way. My favorite animals have always been the cheetah and the wolf. I hope to one day be able to work with animals such as these, but in the meantime I enjoy coming into work with all of the small animals at VMS. I graduated from high school in 2009 and have yet to attend college, however this is something I would like to pursue. I probably have too many of my own pets. I have a black Lab named Barret, Oskar a Chihuahua mix, Maxie a Husky, Skylar a Beagle/Whippet mix, Oliver a silver tabby, Mila a tabico, Nala a cream tabby, and Chester Cheeto an orange tabby. I love them with all my heart, I don’t know what I would do without them. I hope that one day when I finally get my own house I can start building a mini farm with pygmy goats and maybe a few other animals. I enjoy listening to music and watching movies, but mostly I'm just hanging out with friends and family.
Veterinary Technician / Receptionist
Hi. My name is Britt. I had the pleasure of joining the VMS team in 2003. I went on to work for an equine practice in 2013, but found I missed working with small animals and was happy to return to VMS in January of 2015. I have a special interest in rescue and rehabilitation of neglected or mistreated animals, especially bully breeds. My own pack consists of three rescued mixed breed dogs, Beetle, Piper, and Squishy, one cat that was orphaned as a kitten, Hissy Fit, and one very special human, Peter. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to share my compassion and knowledge on a daily basis in order to better the lives of so many animals.
My name is Caleb. I am a veterinary technician here at VMS. I have been here a little over a year. I plan on getting a masters in nursing and becoming a nurses practitioner. I am currently enrolled in Central Carolina Technical College where I will earn my associates in science before transferring for a bachelor’s degree. I have two Lab/Pitbull mixes, Mia and Sadie, and several outdoor cats that have adopted me. I hope to pursue a career that allows me to continue work in the medical field, as I enjoy science and the day to day challenges of this job.
Hi, my name is Gina. I am the newest member of the VMS team. I have lived my entire life on the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, but have recently relocated to South Carolina! Veterinary medicine is a completely new career direction for me and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Animals have always been a huge part of my family and we have had a great variety of species and quantities. In my time off I enjoy spending time with my family (four legged too) exploring the south east!
Receptionist, Technicians Assistant
Hi, my name is Madison. My family and I made the journey to South Carolina in August of 2015 from the sun shining West Coast. With us we brought all of our beautiful animals, varying from cats and dogs to paint horses and smaller equines. Many of our pets have been rescued, as we have never been able to turn away an animal in need of a loving family and a forever home. Since working at VMS our animal family has grown! We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to adopt five gorgeous Muscovy ducks and a wonderful little kitten! Working at VMS has been such a great experience and I look forward to see where this new adventure takes me!
Hi, my name is Jennifer Spilker. I grew up in Leavenworth, KS, after living briefly in Alabama and Germany. My family always had dogs and cats, and when I was six years old I began riding and showing horses, which quickly became my main passion in life. I turned professional in 1994, and moved to Camden in 2001. I married Dr. Brian Spilker in 2005, and we had our wonderful baby boy Trenton in 2007 and beautiful baby girl Skylar in 2010. We have a Jack Russell ( Nike), a Labrador (Abby), an Australian Terrier (Jackson) and one cat (Milo). I’ve been helping out as a receptionist, and really enjoy meeting all of the clients and their pets.
Ripley came to us in December of 2001. When she was a kitten she was found by a kind woman outside of a local hotel and was brought here to Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. At the time she has a severe upper respiratory infection that caused her eyes to become ulcerated and rupture and surgery had to be performed to remove her painful, infected eyes. Everyone was so enamored by this little miracle kitten that it was decided to adopt her into the VMS family. Although she is now blind, she gets around like any other cat that has normal vision. She uses her heightened sense of hearing to navigate around the clinic. She enjoys sunbathing in the windowsills, chasing crinkled up paper, and curling up in boxes for a cat nap. Be sure to ask for her when you come into Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, she loves visitors!
Bad Black Kitty came to us in December 2007. He was attacked by a large dog and suffered severe injuries to his spinal cord. After the incident, Bad Black Kitty was paralyzed in one hind leg and had partial use of his other hind leg. The nerves to his colon and bladder were also affected so he was unable to use his litter box. The veterinarians later discovered that one of his ureters and a kidney had been damaged, so he had one kidney surgically removed. Now, after lots of TLC from the staff at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Bad Black Kitty has almost full function of both hind legs. His bowel and bladder functions did not return, but he is quite a happy cat with lots of attention from the staff at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. Bad Black Kitty loves to greet clients and show off how well he can get around. Come visit and see for yourself!!