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VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina

VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina

3912 Fernandina Rd | Columbia, SC 29210

Call 803-386-8952
Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

Our specialists are available on an appointment basis Monday through Friday to see pets as a referral from your primary veterinarian. We have an excellent team of specialists who are board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Neurology!

While our doors may not be open 24/7, our hospital is always staffed with veterinary personnel capable of handling any emergency situation, as well as specialists who are available on call after hours for the most critical of patients.

VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina serves the local community of Columbia, South Carolina, as well as reaching out across the state, and even into the state of Georgia. Although many of our doctors have been practicing much longer, VCA has been serving this area for over five years!

Everyone on our staff believes that the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible care for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through a consultation.

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Michelle Waschak, DVM
Michelle Waschak, DVM

Dr. Waschak, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, received her D.V.M. from the University of Georgia. After internships at the University of Tennessee and at a private surgical referral practice in Cincinnati, she completed surgical residency and a Masters in Veterinary Science degree at the University of Missouri. Board certified in surgery in 1997, Dr. Waschak joined South Carolina Veterinary Specialists after being an associate professor in Mississippi State University's clinical teaching program.

Dr. Waschak has previously served as an officer of the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians and she is the rising President of the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery where she interacts with some of the country's best soft tissue surgeons. Her interests include oncological surgery, reconstructive and dermatologic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, thoracic surgery and minimally invasive surgical procedures. She frequently lectures on these subjects at local and regional continuing education seminars.

Dr. Waschak is a homebody and book nerd who enjoys spending her free time with a good book or with her family, friends and pets. She currently has two dogs: (Rottweiler and Chihuahua), a love bird and a duck.

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Kevin Kunkel, DVM
Kevin Kunkel, DVM

Dr. Kunkel earned his B.S. degree in physiology from Cornell University and his D.V.M. from Colorado State University. After four years in private practice, Dr. Kunkel began his specialty training. He completed a rotating small animal internship at Oklahoma State University and a small animal surgery internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Connecticut. He joined VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina in 2007 and completed his residency and board certification in 2012. His clinical and research interests include both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery with special interests in cruciate disease and orthopedic implants.

Dr. Kunkel is a certified PennHIP member. PennHIP represents the non-profit veterinary health service University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program that developed a multifaceted radiographic methodology to more accurately measure and assess canine hip quality and joint laxity and the existence or likelihood of developing osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative joint disease, the hallmark of hip dysplasia (HD). For more information about PennHIP, please visit

After hours Kevin enjoys working on his horse farm with his wife, sons, dogs and horses and enjoys hunting, fishing, and polo.

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William Draper, DVM
William Draper, DVM

Dr. Draper earned his BS in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University and his DVM from Ross University. He was an associate in a Small Animal General Practice in Illinois for a time before matriculating to Texas A&M University for his Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship. He then completed a Neurology Specialty Internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Draper completed his residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Florida in 2012. Dr. Draper joined the veterinary staff at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina in August of 2012.​

Dr. Draper is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Neurology sub-specialty. He has completed the requirements for his Neurosurgery Certificate of Training and is certified to perform the Cervical Disk Arthroplasty surgical correction for Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler Syndrome). Dr. Draper has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally at conferences and at academic institutions.

Dr. Draper goes home to his lovely wife Charla, 2 daughters (Vera, 5 years, and Reagan, 4 years), 2 sons (Sully and Porter, 1 year old twins), Axl the family cat, Pete the farm dog, their quarter horse Bea, and Chase the mini pony. He enjoys traveling, golf, home-brewing, and collegiate athletics in his spare time.

Dr. Draper is the only Board Certified Neurologist/Neurosurgeon in South Carolina currently offering Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. Patients with suspected Wobbler Syndrome can be referred to Dr. Draper at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina.

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