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Jacquelyn Holmes Burns, DVM

Chief, Dr. Burns, Fiddler and Comet

Dr. Jackie H. Burns is a native of Laurens.

She attended Laurens District High School and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  She received her D.V.M. from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia, where she was inducted into Phi Zeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Burns is deeply committed to excellence in companion animal practice and is constantly studying and learning new approaches to patient care.  She aggressively pursues continuing education and completes roughly three times the state’s yearly requirement for continuing education credits.  She is a member of the AVMA, the SCAV and VIN.

Dr. Burns and her husband Tommy have a teenaged son and live on a small farm.  They have two dogs, including Dr. Burns’ beloved Robert Earl, a Jack Russell-Beagle mix, an ever-changing number of Robert Earl’s cat friends (great sports, all) and Fiddler, the luckiest Appaloosa gelding in the world.

Dr. Burns is an audiophile and is passionate about all kinds of contemporary music, especially classic country and classic rock, and she enjoys going to concerts  She likes reading novels, short fiction and eloquent outdoorsy essays.  She enjoys all things outdoors, especially birding, hunting, fishing and bicycling.  She also collects mammalian skulls and license plates.

Dr. Burns is a published author and writes or has written newspaper columns, essays, veterinary industry articles, outdoors articles, novels and nonfiction books.  To view her blog, River of Muscadines: Wry Wit and Wisdom with a Southern Accent, click here.

Patrick Mornane, BVScDr. Patrick Mornane

Dr. Patrick Mornane has been an active veterinarian for over 40 years.  He is a 1967 graduate of the University of Melbourne in Australia.

After doing mixed practice and equine work, Dr. Mornane moved to Darwin, Australia in 1972 and established a large multidoctor practice which serviced the Top End of the Northern Territory. When he began his practice, the nearest private practice was 1000 miles to the south in Alice Springs and 1000 miles to the southeast in Mt Isa.  Referral institutions being over 2500 miles away, a natural self-reliance developed and he gained expertise in a wide variety of surgical and medical procedures.

In 1992 Dr. Mornane sold his practice in Darwin and completed a post graduate course at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, then was selected as the Charlie Bild VIP at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where he stayed for 6 months before taking over a practice in Miami, Florida.

In addition, he  also opened two satellite practices in Miami Beach and Pinecrest and pursued an interest in advanced canine reproductive techniques including cryopreservation of canine semen.

Early in 2010, Dr. Mornane sold the last of his practices in Florida and  moved to the Upstate of South Carolina where he remains active in private practice.

Bill Suro, VMD

Bill Suro, VMD

Dr. Bill Suro and his wife Nanci moved to Gray Court from Colorado in March of 2006.  They drove across country with three dogs and three cats, all adopted strays, and have since adopted a new stray dog.  They left behind five children and nine grandchildren and moved to a small home on the rural land when Nanci was raised.  There they have put in a vegetable garden, half a dozen trees and two flower gardens.  They joined Highland Home Baptist Church, the church in which Nanci was raised.

While Nanci was growing up here, Bill was raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, went away to college at Penn State and then to veterinary school at Pennsylvania.  After securing his V.M.D. he has spent his whole career in small animal medicine.  Most of this time was spent building a small suburban Denver practice into one of Colorado’s largest and most prestigious veterinary practices, with five hired veterinarians.  After selling this practice Dr. Suro was Colorado manager for PetsMart Veterinary Service for several years and then founded and developed a low-cost vet clinic in association with the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center.

The MaxFund is Bill and Nanci’s proudest professional achievement.  It still has the same mission as when they started it twenty years ago.  Nanci was Bill’s practice manager at the time but the mission–to save injured animals with no known owner–was too compelling. Under her direction (and a little bit of his) this nonprofit grew from a few volunteers and a donation jar on a veterinary counter to an organization with two million dollars in real estate and a budget of a million and a half dollars.  Even at this size the MaxFund won the Charity Navigator Four Star Award the last three years in a row for conversion of donated dollars to mission.

Bill farms and sells organic vegetables and serves as a deacon at Highland Home Baptist Church.

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