Having cared for pets and their families for 36 years, Dr. Roger Troutman of Catawba Animal Clinic, P.A.,announces he will be stepping down from small animal practice at the end of September.
Following the dream of becoming a veterinarian set in middle school years, Dr. Troutman completed his undergraduate work at Clemson University, then graduated with honors fromThe University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. After practicing a brief time in Atlanta, Roger established Catawba Animal Clinic (CAC) in 1978 in a small retail office. His wife, Kathy, was the only support staff in the early months.
With emphasis on compassion and excellent medical care along with an understanding of people’s relationships with pets. CAC has grown into possibly the largest general veterinary practice in South Carolina. With Dr. T’s leadership, CAC currently has a team of 9 veterinarians with over forty paraprofessional staff providing comprehensive care. Through the years, 9 staff members have fulfilled their ownaspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
Besides care for pets and their families, service to our community has been a part of the DNA of Catawba Animal Clinic and Dr. Troutman. The office annually provides “surgical care” at the Come-See-Me Teddy Bear Surgery and has been a participant at the Rock Hill Paws in The Park. Dr. Troutman also is the consulting veterinarian for the Hospice & Community Care Pet Grief Support Group.
On a personal note, Dr. Troutman has been very involved in several leadership positions and is currently Vice-Chairman of Deacons at First Baptist Church. He has served on mission trips to Peru and Alaska. His “extra clinic“̋ services include being a trail veterinarian for over 10 years at the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, sometimes sleeping in tents with temperatures as low as -50F. Dr. T. is a past president of The South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and he completed a 6 year term on The South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medicine Examiners. He was honored as the South Carolina Veterinarian of The Year in 2008. Roger is also a long term member of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a Rotarian.
A particular passion of Roger’s has been serving in various roles for Clemson University as an alumnus. He has served terms on the Clemson University Alumni National Council, Clemson University Student Affairs Parents Council and Student Affairs Advising Board. He is currently involved with the Will to Leadcampaign, is an IPTAY Representative and is on the Board of Visitors. He is a York County Clemson Club Past President, and he and Kathy host the York County Clemson Club Student Sendoff Picnic at their home every summer. In 2007, Roger was presented the Clemson University Distinguished Service Award—the highest award presented by The Alumni Association.
As he continues to exercise his passion to serve the Lord, his family and Clemson University, the practice he started back in 1978 will continue to carry out the mission of serving people by helping pets. In Dr. T.’s words, “It has been a genuine privilege to serve families and their pets for over 35 years. I treasure the memories of my time and experiences at Catawba Animal Clinic. I truly wish the very best for our patients as well as the entire CAC team as they continue to provide the very best veterinary care for the special pets entrusted to them”.