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Dr. Diane Givler, Veterinarian

Dr. Diane Givler graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BS in Biology, and received her DVM from Ross University in 2008. She is originally from Pennsylvania, although she has been practicing in the Columbia area since 2013. She lives in the Elmwood Park neighborhood with her spouse Dusty (a hydrogeologist), Gravy (a Boston terrier), Roux (a hound mix), and Brooks (a vicious mouse-hunting house cat). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, sailboat racing on Lake Murray, and tailgating (go cocks!).

Fun Facts

She has lived in six states and one foregin country

She has owned and renovated two historic houses (built in 1890 and 1920)

She plays the baritone horn and prefroms in the Newberry's Tuba Christmas


Guin - Licensed Veterinary Technician

Guin received her BS in Biological Sciences / Conservation with a cognate in Wildlife Biology from Thiel College in Pennsylvania, and completed her Associates in Veterinary Technology from Tri-County Technical College here in South Carolina.  She has worked at Elam Animal Hospital since 2010 and particularly enjoys our exotics patients.


Outside of work, she loves spending time with her son Silas and a menagerie of animals including Pele the Brazilian Mastiff, Jorah the German Shepherd and C.H.I.P.S. the pot-bellied pig. 

Fun Facts:

Guin is our resident Dr. Doolittle and has worked with all creatures great and small-- she is almost always rehabilitating a lost or injured animal for release back into the wild.


Jennifer - Veterinary Technician

Jennifer joined the Elam Animal Hospital family in 2016 and is excited to be back in general practice after a career in specialty medicine both here in Columbia and in her home state of New Jersey.  As a previous Oncology Technician, she has a passion for patient care and attention for detail that shines through in everything she does!


Outside of work, she is incredibly active with her three dogs, Moo, Lilith and Ollie.  They enjoy dock diving, agility, training in FastCatl, and hiking with her husband, Tim.  She also loves to snow ski.  

Fun Facts:

Has been a tech for over 10 years.

Worked as a technician at a cardiology research center with pigs, sheep, large hounds and calves.

Danced jazz, tap and ballet starting at the age of 3.  


Rachael - Certified Groomer / Kennel Manager

Rachael is truly a wonderwoman, and to describe her as anything less would be an understatement!  She joined the Elam family in 2015, and is a certified groomer with 15 years' experience.  She has a special talent calming nervous clients and has transformed many pets who have previously been excused from other grooming facilities for fear or aggression.  We are so lucky to have her on the team!

Her passions outside of work include being outside and yardwork/landscaping, any and all things Disney, and spending time on the lake with her CAt (carbon astitine)  and Labrador Retriever, Pearl.

Fun Facts:

Previously coached USSSA softball and contributed to a three-peat winning streak.

There's not a Disney movie she hasn't seen--which might explain the unique vintage Disney posters that decorate her grooming room.

Ash - Veterinary Technician

Ash has been a Veterinary Technician for almost two years now. She is currently in school to get her degree as a licensed Veterinary Technician. She truly has a soft spot for the smaller breeds. Ashley joined the Elam Family in the Fall of 2017. We are extremely excited to have her on our team. She is excited to meet our clients and help them get to their best potential.

Fun Facts:

Ash recently tied the knot on October 29th.



Bekah - Kennel Technician/ Reception

Bekah joined the Elam team in the fall of 2017. She studied nursing at Midlands Technical College, but realized she wants to work with animals. Bekah has a love for all animals. She loves to with cuddle all of our clients. Bekahs dream is to become an Exotic Veterinarian.

Fun Facts

Bekah is an animal lover no doubt, but reptiles are her passion.

Kristen - Kennel Technician

Kristen joined the Elam team in the summer of 2017. She has 5 animals. 1 Chihuahua named Pepper, and a Doberman Pinscher named Holly. She also has a Bearded Dragon named Dragoness. She also an African Grey Parrot names Harpy. Kristen's career path is to become a Veterinary Technician. 

Fun Facts

Her favorite genre for movies is Horror.

Her father owned a kennel. 

Nick- Kennel Technician

Born and raised in South Carolina. Nick has grown up with multiple dogs and cats. Nick has been working in the animal field for over 5 years. He is a quite hard working individual that gets along with everyone. Nick has one dog of his own a 5 year old shepherd mixed named Noble. He also drive an awesome El Camino. Nick has a special place in his heart for all animals here at Elam. 

Fun Facts

He was certified in pet CPR.

He has a twin brother. 

In his spare time nick likes to get lost in a good book.