Bees Ferry Vets

Dr. Saenger and Dr. Lanford | Bees Ferry Vet

Bees Ferry Animal Hospital is home to one of the largest, licensed veterinary teams in the state. Our team is comprised of veterinarians (DVMs), veterinary technicians (LVTs) and nursing assistants who are committed to helping pets and people. Education plays a crucial role in that, and all of our staff members participate in weekly training sessions to maintain high quality service standards. 


Please take a moment to learn more about our compassionate team of veterinarians (DVMs) and their unique credentials. And then visit our Vet Staff page to learn more about our talented vet techs (LVTs) and nursing assistants.  


Sally Lanford | Bees Ferry Vet

Dr. Sally Lanford, DVM

Dr. Sally Lanford partnered with Dr. Saenger in 1993 to open Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital after having worked together at another vet clinic. Together they built a small practice that was recognized as a Veterinary Economics Practice of Excellence and later accredited (in 2004) by the American Animal Hospital Association. Bees Ferry is now Charleston's largest AAHA accredited general practice.

Dr Lanford is particularly interested in strengthening the human/animal bond. From helping with pet selection, to teaching classes on introducing pets to new babies, all the way through end of life care and in-home hospice - the special connection between us and our pets is what motivates her. She especially enjoys working with geriatric patients to keep them healthy and active for as long as possible.

When not working, Dr. Lanford is heavily involved in animal rescue work, both in conjunction with the Berkeley Animal Center, and through Bees Ferry Rescues. She also enjoys spending time with family, her daughter Anna who is currently living in Atlanta and her son Jake who will soon graduate from Porter Gaud.

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Georgia, 1989

Pets

A “Carolina ditch dog” named Leo;and a crazy tortoiseshell cat named Lola


Dr. Katherine Saenger | Bees Ferry Vet

Dr. Katherine Saenger, DVM, CVJ

Dr. Katherine Saenger partnered with Dr. Lanford in 1993 to open Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital after having worked together at another vet clinic. Together they built a small practice that was recognized as a Veterinary Economics Practice of Excellence and later accredited (in 2004) by the American Animal Hospital Association. Bees Ferry is now Charleston's largest AAHA accredited general practice.

Dr. Saenger is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and she strives to keep Bees Ferry on the cutting edge of feline veterinary medicine. She is also a certified veterinary journalist (ASVJ) and has contributed to The Island Connection, Island Eye News, and Charleston Doggy Town.

Dr. Saenger enjoys traveling, sailing, cycling and cross-country skiing. She has lived in Cairo, Egypt; Maribor, Slovenia; and Mbabne, Swaziland where she opened a spay-neuter clinic.

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
Purdue University, 1990

Pets

A dog named Alp and two cats, Dazbog and Chernobog


Dr. Brooke Hardymon | Bees Ferry Vet

Dr. Brooke Hardymon, DVM

Dr. Brooke Hardymon, a Lowcountry native, joined the Bees Ferry team in 2003. She worked as a veterinary nurse for five years and left to attend the University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. She began practicing as a veterinary doctor at Bees Ferry in 2013. 

Dr. Hardymon is also an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College Veterinary Technician Program where she was asked to be the keynote speaker a number of years. She participates in additional teaching opportunities by providing continuing education to the veterinary community. When she isn’t working, Dr. Hardymon enjoys climbing, kayaking, backpacking, and yoga.

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Georgia

Pets

An Alaskan malamute, Riker; a terrior mix (pictured), Professor; and a cat named Zissou


Dr. Karen Ellis | Holistic Vet at Bees Ferry

Dr. Karen Ellis, DVM & Reiki Master

Dr. Ellis graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Keenly interested in alternative healing methods, Dr. Ellis achieved a certification in Massage Therapy from the Atlanta School of Massage in 1994 and a certification in Neuromuscular Therapy from the Heartwood Institute in 1995. Karen studied Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction, and became a Reiki Master in 1997. She completed training in veterinary acupuncture the same year and was certified by International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is working toward a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine at the Chi Institute, after completing an initial course of training in 1999.

On a personal note, Karen Ellis is an avid organic gardener. She enjoys hiking, flat water kayaking, reading mystery novels and playing with her own pets. In the 1990s, Karen did extensive HIV/AIDS and Altercare volunteer work. 

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Georgia

Massage Therapy Certificate,
Atlanta School of Massage

Neuromuscular Therapy Certificate,
Heartwood Institute

Acupuncture Certificate,
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

Pets

A springer spaniel, Dilly; a toy poodle, Eydie; a Boston terrier, Miss Bug; and a cat named Lord. Q. Purrington


Dr. Laura Wurst | Bees Ferry Vet

Dr. Laura Wurst, DVM

Dr. Laura Wurst grew up in Mount Pleasant, SC and developed a love for animals as a child—riding horses, raising Labrador puppies and "playing doctor" on her springer spaniel. She joined the Bees Ferry team in 2015, after graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Wurst enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but special areas of interest include dentistry, behavior and preventative care. She also enjoys cheering on the Clemson Tigers, serving in her church, cooking, swing dancing, visiting the beach and spending time with family—her husband, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews who all live locally. 

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 
University of Georgia

Pets

A sweet springer spaniel named Lina


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Dr. Sarah Fowler

Dr. Fowler fell in love with the lowcountry during visits when she was a student at Clemson University.  After graduating veterinary school in 2016 from the University of Tennessee, she decided to call Charleston home.  When she was in vet school she had an internship with Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital (2015) and is excited to now be a part of the Bees Ferry family after a few years of practicing elsewhere.

Her professional interests include dermatology, internal medicine and preventative care. When not at work, she enjoys spending time at the beach or exploring the marsh on her stand-up paddleboard. She also loves doing anything outdoors with her mixed breed dogs, Finn and Tillman.  In addition to Finn and Tillman, she also has two lovebirds, Mango and Molly.

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Tennessee

Pets

Mixed breed dogs, Finn and Tillman, and two lovebirds, Mango and Molly