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Dr. Bethany Parnell, Veterinarian

Dr. Parnell received her BS in Biological Sciences in her home state at the University of Kentucky, and graduated Cum Laude from Ross University to obtain her DVM.  After a clinical year at Auburn University, she relocated to Columbia and joined the Elam Animal Hospital team in November of 2012.  Her professional interests include endocrinology, dentistry, and surgery.


After Hours: Dr. Parnell lives with her husband Bryant, an athletic trainer, and their Rhodesian Ridgebacks Mia and Nola, her rescue cat Solo, a turtle and fish.  She loves any opportunity to travel, reading Stephen King novels and spending time at the beach.

Fun Facts:

She grew up with a deer and squirrels as childhood pets

Her turtle, Myrtle, is 15 years old!

Sailed the British Virgin Islands during college



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.  


Devin - Veterinary Technician

Devin is a Texas native that now calls SC home. She has been a dedicated veterinary technician her whole career and has a passion for ophthalmology.  She was a technician for a veterinary ophthalmologist in her home state for several years before moving to SC and joining the Elam team in 2013.  She has a soft spot for neglected animals and rescued Mina (pictured here) while working at our clinic. 


Outside of work, she and her husband, retired Army, enjoy traveling, particularly to Nascar races.  As an "empty-nester" of 4 children, Devin has become a very talented baker and loves visiting antique stores.  They share their home with 2 cats, 2 dogs and 2 birds.  

Fun Facts:

Obsessed with Marie Antoinette

Die hard Dallas Cowboys fan



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 extreamly 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

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. 

Fun Facts

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

Taylor - Kennel Technician

Taylor joined to Elam team in the summer of 2017. Her favorite part of her job is being able to care for animials of all sizes and all personalities. Taylor is currently a High School Junior. She spends a lot of time working in the theater department, weather it be on stage or back stage. Taylor is intrested in pursuing a career in the medical field. She has a darling black Labrador named Bella.

Fun Facts

Talor is very active in her church groups/

She is debating to become a Veterinarian or Forensic Pathologist.

Kristen - Kennel Technician

Kristen joined the Elam team in the summer of 2017. She has 6 animals. 3 Chihuahuas named Buddy, Sassy & Pepper, and 1 Doberman Pinscher named Holly. She also has a Bearded Dragon named Dragoness. She also has a Sugar Glider named Nikitah. Kristens carrer path is to become a Veterinary Assistant. 

Fun Facts

Her favorite genre for movies is Horror.

Her father owned a kennel.