VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital

Laurel Berger-Bishop, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Georgia


I grew up in Norway, Tanzania and Kenya, and came to the US to go to college.  Growing up overseas was a great adventure, and biology has always been a primary interest in my life.  This interest was fueled by a mother who was a parasitologist, and of course being in places where we spent all our vacations on safari in the bush.

This interest in biology led me into research as a career, and I worked in various fields including marine biology, plant pathology, chemical analysis and phytoremidiation before deciding to go back to school for my DVM at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Here at VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital I work mainly with cats and dogs, but I also love to see reptiles and amphibians. My areas of special interest include acupuncture, stem cell therapy and therapeutic laser.  I love to teach, and feel like it is important as a veterinarian to be able to communicate information to clients that can help them care for their pets in the best possible way.  I myself strive to continue to learn and improve my skills and knowledge, so that I can offer the highest quality medicine to all clients and their animals.  I also believe in caring, personal service for each individual client and patient, tailored to fit individual needs.

My husband (the love of my life) and I have 5 furry children: 3 Pomeranians, a rescued American Eskimo and a Georgia Yard Cat. 


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.

4808 HWY 501 Myrtle Beach, SC 29579