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Driven By Excellence.

Driven by their vision to advance veterinary medical care while fostering an inspiring hospital culture, Drs. Michael and Tracy Schlicksup created CVETS with the intention of forming a full-service, privately-owned, veterinary hospital in Columbia. CVETS has quickly become Columbia’s only privately owned veterinary hospital that provides 24 Hour Emergency and Specialty Care in Surgery, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Dentistry in one facility.

“Our goal has always been to provide exceptional care and client services in a culture that allowed our team to grow, develop, and flourish in their jobs.”

Drs. Mike and Tracy Schlicksup
Co-Founders of CVETS
What We Do

The CVETS Difference

CVETS is a veterinary hospital in Columbia, SC that provides 24 hour emergency care and has specialists in Surgery, Critical Care, Cardiology, Oncology, Radiology, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and Dentistry in one facility.

24 Hour Emergency Care

We know emergencies don’t wait for appointments, that’s why we offer emergency care at CVETS 24/7/365.

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Specialty Services

Our specialties include surgery, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

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Advanced Anesthesia

The CVETS anesthesia department provides general anesthesia, local anesthesia, as well as pain management services for all specialties within the hospital.

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Outpatient Services

CVETS is pleased to provide high quality outpatient ultrasound teleradiology and services for veterinary practices.

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Coming This Summer

We are very excited to announce that we are opening a CVETS Urgent Care clinic in West Columbia, SC! See you this summer!

2989 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC

Get to Know Us

We know bringing a pet to the hospital can be a stressful experience, and we want to make the process as comfortable as possible. You can have peace of mind knowing that we've staffed our hospital with the absolute best of the best when it comes to veterinary medicine. Click on the link below to learn all about our team of board-certified specialists and doctors.

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Modern, Vibrant, and New Age

Here’s How We Do It…


CVETS was born out of a passion to create a vibrant and modern veterinary hospital that could provide the highest-level of medicine, and create a pleasant and fulfilling environment for our team.

You can expect to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the leaders of our hospital to ensure you are constantly seen, heard, and valued directly by those directly at the top.

Professional Development
Stellar Benefits
Frequent C.E.

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Contact Us

Emergency care at CVETS is available 24/7/365. We know emergencies don’t wait for appointments. Whether we need to work in conjunction with your primary veterinarian to provide advanced and emergency care or you need assistance after hours, we are here for you.

Our Address 1321 Oakcrest Drive

Phone Number 803-995-8913

Hospital Hours: 24/7/365

Monkeypox - What do pet owners need to know?

  • People can catch monkeypox from animals, but the chance of this happening in the United States is currently low. In fact, our understanding of how the disease has spread outside Africa suggests you may have a higher chance of catching monkeypox from another person.
  • Dogs are susceptible to monkeypox, and other pets may be as well. Virus transmission from infected people to pets may occur through close contact like hugging, kissing, licking, and sharing beds. To keep pets safe, people with symptoms of monkeypox—particularly pox-like skin sores—would do best to avoid all contact with animals. Do not surrender, euthanize, or abandon your pet because of potential exposure to an infected person.
  • The initial signs of monkeypox in animals are similar to signs of other, much more common infectious diseases. These include fever, cough, reddened eyes, runny nose, lethargy, and low appetite. If you notice these signs in your pet, and the pet has had no known exposure to someone with monkeypox, the cause is likely to be something else. Even so, these signs signal your pet is sick and should be seen by a veterinarian.
  • If your pet develops at least two of these signs or a pimple- or blister-like rash within 21 days after possible contact with someone with monkeypox, immediately contact your veterinarian. They can advise you on next steps, including testing to confirm infection.
  • If your pet is suspected or confirmed to have monkeypox:
    • Keep the animal separate from other animals—including wildlife—and minimize contact with people for at least 21 days after signs first appeared or until your pet has fully recovered. This is especially important for people who are immunocompromised, pregnant, or younger than 8 years, and those who have a history of atopic dermatitis or eczema.
    • Follow CDC recommendations to protect others in the home from infection.
  • If someone in your home has monkeypox, you can take steps to protect your pet:
    • If that person did NOT have close contact with your pet after developing symptoms, have the pet stay with friends or family members outside the home until the infected person has recovered fully.
    • If that person DID have close contact, keep the pet at home and away from people and other animals for 21 days after the most recent contact. If possible, have another person in the home care for the animal until the infected person has recovered fully. The pet may need to be isolated in a facility outside the home if there are people at risk of severe disease outcomes present (e.g., immunocompromised, pregnant, younger than 8 years, or history of atopic dermatitis or eczema).
  • If you have monkeypox and have a healthy pet you must care for yourself, follow CDC recommendations to protect them from infection. 
  • For further information, visit https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/one-health/veterinarians-and-public-health/monkeypox