Here, you will find a team that is passionate about helping your pet live a better life. And about making your life better, too.
Caring for pets, their people, and each other.
Everything works a little differently here. We are at the vanguard of a movement within the veterinary industry. As a Fear Free practice, we have designed your pet’s entire experience to significantly reduce any fear or stress they may experience. From their experience, it will be vastly different than just another “trip to the vet.” Our team is trained on how to handle them, how to build trust, and how to reduce any possible stressors. Our practice is built to make pets (and the people who love them) feel at home, at ease, and relaxed. In little ways and big, this is a fundamentally different way to care.
Why do we do it? Simple. It allows us to provide higher standards of medical care for your pet. And you’ll feel better about bringing them in, too.
When you walk through our doors, we make you and your pet a simple promise: our best, every time. We understand how deeply you love your pet. That to you, they are truly family. That is why we are constantly working to elevate patient care to even greater heights. Learning, striving, and growing. Incorporating cutting edge science and technology so that we can bring you the future of veterinary medicine, today.
This is a higher standard of veterinary care. Because when it comes to the pet you love, we wouldn’t dream of giving you anything less.
How we care
Dr. Nicole Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
Read MoreDr. Katie Hill Rogers
Dr. Katie Hill Rogers is the owner and founder of Cane Bay Veterinary Clinic.
Read MoreDr. Lawson Hardee
Dr. Hardee is a Charleston native and is super excited to be moving back to the low country!
We are proud to be a locally owned family business. We treasure the deep connection that we have with our community. It helps us to create more authentic, personal relationships with the people and pets we care for. It helps us to create a team and a culture that is deeply supportive, collaborative, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of every single pet and person we see. To better care for them so that they can better care for you.
And it allows us to care for you and your pet like you truly deserve to be cared for. So call us now, and let us make a difference in your life.
"My 17-year-old cat had developed several mats in her long fur. I was referred here by a friend. We got an appointment for the next day and she was sedated and shaved. The staff were very professional and friendly and I felt they were genuinely concerned about giving my old lady the best treatment. They followed up the next day to see how she was doing."
"Dr. Hardee and the staff are always super friendly and welcoming. She saw all 3 of our fur babies. I’m most grateful for their patience with our rescued pup. As nervous as she was, this was by far the best progress I’ve seen her interact with people. I cannot thank them enough for working with her."
"This place help me with a hard part of having a pet my buddy Bently passed before I could get him there but they still did what I need to get done and they never new Bently but they cared for him and his big cry baby owner like they new us for years !! I miss my buddy so much and hurt deeply knowing he’s not here with us still we still have 4 cats and I’m not taking them to anyone else Thank you so much for everything!!!"
"I just witnessed one of your techs jump out of her car without hesitation on a busy country road to save a litter of kittens. Her and I were the only ones who stopped as cars sped by us. I didn't catch her name but she said she works here. The fact that she risked her safety to save them shows how much she cares for pets. Ya'll obviously hire good people. These are the kind of people I would trust with my pets lives."
"Amazing love and care shown today when dealing with a difficult situation with our boxer!! Everyone was amazing and went above and beyond to make not only him but us feel at ease! Will 100% be going back!!"
What your neighbors are saying…
Dr. Zimmerman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has wanted to be a veterinarian since kindergarten and never veered from that path. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal and Dairy Science from Mississippi State University before continuing into their College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2023. After experiencing southern hospitality and the great weather, she doesn’t want to live anywhere else. She is Fear Free Certified and looks forward to helping her patients and their families in an environment free from anxiety. Dr. Zimmerman cannot wait to learn more about the Summerville area with Magnolia, her 1 year old husky mix.
Dr. Katie Hill Rogers
Dr. Katie Hill Rogers is the owner and founder of Cane Bay Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Hill’s passion for veterinary medicine and love for animals began at a very young age. She grew up on a small family farm in Lebanon community, just a short drive from the clinic’s current location. She graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Auburn University and then returned home to begin her career as a small animal general practitioner. She has been practicing locally for several years and is excited about founding Cane Bay Veterinary Clinic! Dr. Hill’s interests include preventative medicine and dentistry. She is Fear Free Certified and strongly believes in providing a stress-free experience for both her patients and their owners. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Travis, her son, Finn and their two dogs: Tupper (German shorthair pointer) and Caesar (dachshund).
Dr. Lawson Hardee
Dr. Hardee is a Charleston native and is super excited to be home! She was born and raised in Mount Pleasant with a family background in medicine and is the first of her family to treat the four-legged species. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Clemson University followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She and her husband moved to Charlotte, NC after graduation for a few years knowing they always wanted to move back home. Her passion for veterinary medicine has been ingrained in her since childhood and she is so happy to be able to help care for your fur babies as well! She is Fear Free Certified and ecstatic to be a part of a Fear Free clinic! Dr. Hardee and her husband, Matthew enjoy spending time with their daughter, Sterling and their three fur children: Squirt and Pearl (cats) and their golden retriever, Callie. They love all outdoor adventures including hiking, paddle boarding, swimming, boating, camping, and many others!