Gwynn Hardee, DVM
Doctor Gwynn Hardee grew up on a small farm in rural Horry County, not too far from where he currently resides. He was always around cattle, pigs, and dogs growing up. In fact, Gwynn considered his dogs his best friends and they went everywhere on the farm with him. While fishing, hunting, and playing, there was always a dog with him. Brownie, one of his dogs, was injured by a car, and his dad was not going to let Gwynn keep him. After Gwynn pleaded not to let Brownie suffer, his dad allowed him to stay in an old barn and after several weeks of nursing care, Brownie returned to his place by Gwynn running and playing on the farm. Although Gwynn loved animals he had never entertained the thought of becoming a veterinarian. He did well in school and gained admission to Clemson University with an interest in becoming a chemist. However, a professor’s interpretation of what chemistry was all about led Gwynn back to his farm roots and a major in Animal Science. Even though he saw students interviewing once each year to get into veterinary school, he still did not think about becoming a veterinarian. He graduated from Clemson and moved to Atlanta and he found a job managing the local animal control unit. Horrified by disease, misery, and the sheer number of unwanted pets he found there, he sought help from local veterinarians in giving him aid in handling the large population of unwanted pets the facility had to deal with. During the time he had to deal with diseased and hurting animals, and feeling like he had poor knowledge to help them, Gwynn became interested in veterinary medicine. A series of books by James Herriot, DVM, including All Creatures Great and Small, gave him a passion to apply and gain acceptance to the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.
Gwynn is married to Peggy and they currently reside on a farm in the Loris and raise Quarter horses. Together, they have 9 Poodles, 1 Chinese Crested, 5 Russian Wolfhounds, 1 Scottish Deerhound, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 1 Scottish Terrier, Tanner the Magnificent in the Loris office, and Boo Kitty the Terrible in the Conway office. He loves being a veterinarian because of the great joy it gives him when he is able to return a pet back to health so that the owner and their pet can continue the wonderful relationship that we all have with our beloved four-legged children. Nothing is as loyal as our dogs, nothing as mysterious as our cats, and nothing as impressive as our horses.
Dr. Hardee has always had the desire to give his clients peace of mind about the health and wellbeing of their pets. He aspires to help pets to live a longer, happier life which allows us to build relationships with their owners….all the more time to experience the joy of having a pet that loves Meadowlawn.