Dr. Mike Schlicksup, DVM

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Mike Schlicksup received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007 where he graduated salutatorian. Following graduation he completed a one year small animal internship and three year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon finishing the residency program Dr. Schlicksup became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He remained on staff at the University of Pennsylvania helping train students, interns and surgical residents for the next 2 years. For the past 7 years he worked as a staff surgeon at a facility in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Schlicksup’s interests include wound therapy, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy & laparoscopy) and joint replacement. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on topics that include; brachycephalic airway disease, vascular stenting, adrenal gland surgery, cruciate ligament disease and middle ear disease. In 2011 his research was recognized at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons symposium. Dr. Schlicksup is the co-owner of CVets with his wife Dr. Tracy Schlicksup.  Their goal was to open a speciality hospital in the Columbia area that was focused on the client experience while practicing the highest level of medicine.

Dr. Tracy Schlicksup, DVM

Dr. Tracy Schlicksup, DVM

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Tracy Schlicksup received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007. Following graduation she completed a six month small animal internship at North Carolina State University. For the next 6 years she worked as an emergency doctor at a 25 doctor specialty hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During this time she received rigorous additional training in emergency medicine and surgery.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and is currently undergoing advanced training to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has experience in creation and implementation of technician training programs and educational rounds. She also currently assists in human resources focusing on staff interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and career development. Dr. Tracy Schlicksup is the director of Emergency and Client Services.

Dr. Diana Phillips

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Phillips is an ER doctor at CVETS. She grew up in Seneca, South Carolina with her parents, brother, and a myriad of pets. She had dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since she was 5 years old when she started caring for animals in her bathtub. After graduating Seneca High School, she attended Clemson University majoring in biology completing her bachelor’s degree. She worked at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) veterinary pharmacy and attended the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2002. Dr. Phillips immediately started practicing emergency medicine after graduation from veterinary school. She quickly developed and still maintains a passion for emergency medicine. She was drawn to the CVETS team because she shares the same passion and goals of this practice. She enjoys practicing veterinary medicine as the field continues to advance with new technology and new treatments. CVETS is the perfect environment for her to continue to develop her skills and provide high-quality care for her patients.

Dr. Wynter Gantt

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Wynter Gantt is an emergency veterinarian at CVETS. Dr. Ganttis a native of South Carolina, originally coming from the Charleston area. She graduated from USC-Aiken with her Bachelors of Science in Biology, with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and Immunology. After completion of two years of research in this field, Dr Gantt attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State where she graduated at the top of her class. Dr. Gantt’s interests include the treatment of emergent conditions include GDV, septic shock and poorly controlled diabetes.

Dr. Rudy Rivas

Dr. Rudy Rivas

Veterinary Radiologist

CVETS is the only specialty hospital in South Carolina with a staff radiologist. Dr. Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Barinas, a town in the southwestern part of the country. Growing up on a farm in Venezuela, he always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rivas completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and then matched for a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rivas reviews all of the x-rays and CT scans completed at CVETS and performs all of the ultrasound examinations. In addition, he reviews x-rays and performs outpatient ultrasounds for the CVETS referral community.