Phillip Graham, DVM
Dr. Phillip Graham was born and raised in the upstate in Spartanburg where from a young age he had a love of animals and a desire to become a veterinarian. Enduring several bad bites, he developed a rather strong fear of dogs and was looking elsewhere as to a career. Through a friend who started working at a new veterinary office, Dr. Graham was given a chance to volunteer and the veterinarian took time to work with him on his fears and the rest as they say is history.
Dr. Graham graduated from Wofford College in 1985 with a degree in Biology then in 1989 from the University of Georgia with his degree in Veterinary Medicine. After 2 years of private practice in Pittsburgh, PA, he was accepted for a year’s internship at the University of Minnesota where he received additional training in small animal medicine and surgery while helping teach senior students in their clinical rotations.
Per family health needs Dr. Graham returned to his home of Spartanburg briefly, then moved to Lewisburg, PA near his wife’s home, and then settled in Summerville, SC from 1999 until 2016. In the lowcountry he wore several hats working first in the emergency and critical care department of a local referral hospital, then working for a 4 doctor day practice. During that time he was also an adjunct professor in the Veterinary Technology Department of Trident Technical College teaching Emergency/Critical Care, Nutrition, and Small Animal Disease.
In late 2016 Dr. Graham felt it was necessary to leave Summerville and landed here at Meadowlawn Animal Services among some great doctors and staff. Within a few months of being an associate, Dr. Hardee advised him that he felt their practice ethics were so compatible, that he offered him the chance to become a partner, which he accepted. In veterinary medicine Dr. Graham has broad interests but often seems to gravitate to surgery (especially wound care), critical care, ophthalmology, and neurology.
Dr. Graham has been happily married since 1990 to his wife Wendy who is also a licensed veterinarian, but who has been dedicated to the homeschooling of their children and directing a statewide homeschool accountability group. Their 3 children are: Jonathan, who graduated in 2018 from the College of Charleston with a degree in Classics and has been accepted into Law School at USC; Sarah, an occupational therapy assistant and professional dancer with the Savannah Ballet Theater; and Joshua, pursuing a major in architecture and minor in computer science at Clemson. Jonathan and his wife Olivia are the parents of 2 grandchildren: Augustine Phillip and Alasdair Vincent Graham. Their four-legged family includes 5 dogs and 3 cats, plus their myriad number of finned family. Dr. Graham and family are all active in their church, affiliated with the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod. Outside of the clinic and church Dr. Graham enjoys metal detecting, golf, and fishing.