At Charleston Harbor Veterinarians you’ll find a relaxed home environment helping decrease anxiety for you and your pet. Your pet’s comfort is vital to successful health outcomes. We want you to feel like you are walking into a friend’s living room when you visit CHV, not the ER. What you won’t find are typical medical grade floors, seating, or the cold sterile décor that’s found in many healthcare facilities.
The vet clinic is equipped with state of the art diagnostic and surgical equipment further ensuring a first rate medical option for your pet. Their Team consists of some of the most skilled and compassionate professionals in the veterinary field who are trained in low stress handling. They will always share with you the best possible treatment plan, but are skilled at providing options for you that help to balance what is best for your situation.
Sometimes your pet gets sick or injured at the most inconvenient time. Our drop off program is for those instances. Simply fill out our drop off form online no matter how last minute it is, drop your pet off, tend to your busy day and return at the end of the day for pick up. We will attend to any emergencies, monitor your pet throughout the day, handle all necessary examinations or treatments and communicate with you throughout the day.
Dr. Christa Kahuda
Lots of kids grow up wanting to be a veterinarian. Dr. Kahuda wasn’t one of them. It wasn’t that she didn’t love animals, she just never really thought about it. So she went to college, became a math major and then did what lots of kids do when faced with the career options of their degree. She went back to school to do what she really wanted to do. High school algebra teacher by day, organic chemistry student by night for 2 years then 4 more in Vet School at Virginia Tech and she finally got it right. Now, 7 years after graduating from vet school, she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything different.
- What she loves about veterinary medicine: “The animals – and their people! I love getting to know owners and teaching them ways to keep their pets healthy. Many people don’t realize that I have two clients – the pet… and its owner.”
- Something she’s learned about practicing medicine: “The owner knows the pet better than blood work, radiographs, and sometimes even a physical exam. My goal is to listen to and to never negate the gut instinct of a pet owner.”
Dr. Janette Blackwood
Dr. Blackwood still remembers the strong bond she and her younger sister felt immediately with the kitten their family adopted when they were both young children. This connection to her own family pet, along with a strong desire to know in detail how the biological world worked, easily lead her to choose a career in veterinary medicine at the age of fifteen.
Before starting Charleston Harbor Veterinarians, LLC in 2015, Dr. Blackwood spent 11 years working as a small animal veterinarian in private practice in both Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. The last 4 years were spent working full-time as a relief veterinarian, giving her the unique perspective of getting a behind the scenes view of over twenty South Carolina veterinary practices. “I started seeing all of these great little individual ideas that each veterinary practice was trying to do to increase client satisfaction or decrease patient stress,” she says. “I had been running several of my own ideas through my own head, and I just kept thinking it would be great if there could be a place I could combine all these exciting practices into one clinic.” When she found out that Dr. Kahuda was working on a similar set of goals for a new veterinary practice, the partnership just seemed to make sense.
- What she loves about veterinary medicine: “To engage the client as much as possible in the veterinary visit. I feel that the greater the client understands and participates in the visit, the more likely they are to commit to keeping their pet healthy and foster that bond with them. So, please, ask me questions while you are here.”