Sandhills Veterinary Hospital

Quality, Compassionate Care for Your Pets


At Sandhills Veterinary Hospital, we know that pets are a part of your family. We understand that you want quality, compassionate care for your cat or dog, and that you want to feel comfortable with the people helping you make health care decisions for your pet. We understand this because we are pet owners too, and we’ve designed our clinic, tailored our services and hired our staff with that in mind.

Whether your pet needs treatment or surgery for an illness or injury, or preventive care to keep him healthy for many years to come, Dr. John Thomas and his staff will provide up-to-date medical care and advice to help you care for your pet.

Our well-equipped veterinary office is designed to make you and your pet feel comfortable, both during office visits and hospital stays. In addition, we offer boarding in our clean, climate-controlled cat and dog wards for when you are away and need a safe and comfortable place for your pet to stay.

Sandhills Veterinary Hospital is located in Northeast Columbia in the Clemson Road Office Park, between I-77 and Hardscrabble Road. Our street address is 125 Barton Creek Court, Columbia.


Meet Dr. Thomas

Dr. Thomas

Dr. John Thomas graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, after previously graduating phi beta kappa from Wofford College with a degree in biology. He practiced for several years in a large veterinary hospital in Atlanta, before he and his wife decided to return home to South Carolina to raise their family.

He was a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Defense at Ft. Jackson for five years where he enjoyed working with active duty and retired military families as well as the military working dogs and their handlers. He and his wife, Stephanie, and their two children live in Blythewood along with their own four-legged family members.

Dr. Thomas, who is a certified state constable, also enjoys volunteering with the Richland County and City of Columbia sheriff and police departments.


Meet Dr. Rosmer

Dr. Rosmer

Dr. Kari Rosmer joined Sandhills Veterinary Hospital in October 2017 after 8 years of practice at other local veterinary clinics. Her practice includes both dogs and cats, and she strongly believes in the importance of educating clients on the benefits of preventative care.

Dr. Rosmer structured her higher education and summer work schedules around her goal of becoming a veterinarian. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. While in college at USC, she worked as a veterinary technician at a local veterinary clinic. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004, she attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rosmer received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and then returned to Columbia to begin her practice of veterinary medicine. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Rosmer lives in Columbia with her husband and son as well as their two cats. As a mother of a young child, she doesn't really have "spare time" but she does cherish spending time with her family. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and boating.


Meet Dr. Beard

Dr. Beard

Dr. Gavin Beard joined Sandhills Veterinary Hospital in April, 2020. Dr. Beard was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina. While at USC, he worked as a veterinary assistant at a veterinary clinic in Northeast Columbia. After graduating from USC with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he attended Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He graduated Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and then returned to Columbia to begin practicing.

Dr. Beard lives in Columbia with his wife, as well as three dogs and two cats. Together they enjoy spending time with their fur children, and his hobbies include cooking, traveling and modified cars.




125 Barton Creek Court
Columbia, SC 29229
Phone: 803-788-9799
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