VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital

Shawna Buerkle, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Georgia


Dr. Buerkle grew up in Charleston SC, and never wanted to leave.  But her love of science took her to Hartsville to the SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. She then spent the next decade out-of-state pursuing higher education. She received her undergraduate degree majoring in Zoology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC, where she also minored in Spanish and was a member of the marching band. She also spent a semester abroad in Western Australia prior to graduation.  She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens GA.  Since she wanted to pursue further excellence in veterinary medicine, she spent a year outside of Chicago IL at VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital completing advanced training in a small animal internship. At long last, she has returned to her home state to join the VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital family in July 2014.
Her roommates include a charming but neurotic Miniature Pinscher named Peter, and a shy Kenyan sand boa named Basil. When not in the clinic, she enjoys combing the beach while watching shorebirds, cuddling with Peter (Basil isn't much of a snuggler), and trying her hand at cooking.


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