Choosing Daniel Island
When the Flood family moved to Daniel Island in 1998, it was a sleepy collection of homes in the middle of nowhere. The town existed only as a concept on paper. To get to our home, we exited the interstate and drove miles on a winding, two-lane road, across a creek, through woods, meadows and corn fields, to reach what would become a town someday - we hoped.
A nostalgic town, with neighborhood parks, churches, schools, sidewalks, front porches, bike paths and pedestrians appealed to us as a place we might want to stay. For several years, we watched as homes were built in park-centered neighborhoods as promised. Our boys rode the school bus to a county school across the river, and played on recreation teams from other towns. We drove across the river to go to church, shop or eat out. Eventually, a bank, a general store and a gas station were opened and the Department of Transportation created an interstate exit for Daniel Island. Our town center started to grow. As we watched the progress, I realized the town would need a veterinarian, and I started to look into opening a hospital of my own.
Building Our Hospital
I had worked as an associate veterinarian in six different veterinary practices in four different states as my husband's army career moved us around. All that experience contributed to my idea of an ideal animal hospital, so I sketched out a floor plan and hired an architect to turn that sketch into drawings which could be approved by the Daniel Island Architecture Review Board and the City of Charleston. I worked with a builder to turn those drawings into reality, and a licensed veterinary technician I trusted helped me order equipment and supplies, choose a practice management software program, and develop a schedule. For months Missy Baldwin and I worked to make our dream a reality.
In January of 2004, we opened Daniel Island Animal Hospital; not a particularly original name but I liked the idea of being an old-fashioned "town doc" and we wanted to emphasize the island town location. We anticipated being slow at first, waiting for people to discover us, but the day we opened, and for days afterward, we had trouble getting any work done while the telephone rang constantly!
Ten years later, we have grown from a one doctor, one technician practice to a team of seventeen. We now employ five veterinarians, four licensed veterinary technicians, a practice manager, receptionists, assistants, and administrative personnel; and last year we added 1250 square feet to the original facility! Our hospital also houses Island Dog Cuts by Teri, an independent grooming salon established in 2007. In 2013, we founded DIAH on Wheels, a non-profit organization offering pet food and veterinary care to needy, homebound seniors in Berkeley County.
Our Passion and Promise
For ten years, Daniel Island Animal Hospital has been blessed to help this community of animal lovers care for their pets as members of the family. Our goal is to treat each pet as if they were our own, and we strive to work with pet owners as we would our personal family and friends. We make recommendations based upon best medicine and we continually educate ourselves to stay current.
Though veterinary medicine is how we make a living, we practice a calling in our love for pets and pet owners. We strive to be good neighbors to our clients because we honestly like what we do and we respect the pet owners with whom we work. I hope these priorities are communicated to you each and every time you call us on the telephone or enter our hospital.
Thanks to the support and commitment of our team, clients, vendors, and community, our hospital is celebrating 10 years of business on Daniel Island. We look forward to growing and thriving within our island town for many years to come, sharing in the joys of caring for your furry, four-legged family members.
Lynne M. Flood, DVM