Dr. Southard, Sr. attended local schools as a child. He was entered into the Hall of Fame as an Evening Post All-star Football Player in 1962 and is also an Eagle Scout. His undergraduate work was done at Clemson University and he graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. After graduating, he served in Vietnam as Port Veterinarian in Cam Rahn Bay. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service by the United States Army. After his tour in Vietnam, he and his wife, Willa, settled back in Charleston where he worked with Drs. Sample and Kemmerlin until 1971, when he opened the doors of Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic.
Dr.Southard has 2 children - James Jr. and Heather. Collectively, they have 6 grandchildren, all of whom are very loved and spoiled!
Throughout his career, Dr. Southard Sr. has been very active in serving his community. He has been on the Board of Directors for the local Humane Organization for 37 years and served as President of that Board for 6 of those years. He has served the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) is various capacities including 4 years on the Board of Directors and 1 year as President of the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. In 1990, SCAV recognized him as “Veterinarian of the Year,” and in 2004 again recognized him, this time as “Distinguished Veterinarian.” Dr. Southard Sr. is an active member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club. He was recognized by this club as “Rotarian of the Year 1991-1992” and has served as President of the club. As a Paul Harris Fellow, he serves his Baptist church as Sunday School Teacher, Chair of the Deacons, and other committees in years past.
Dr. Southard Sr. has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for 50 years, receiving numerous awards and recognition as an Eagle Scout and he thoroughly enjoys collecting Boy Scout patches.
Dr. Southard, Jr., grew up at Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic – literally! Always an independent thinker, he earned the honor of being an Eagle Scout when in high school. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and graduated from veterinary school at Tuskegee University where he earned an Academic Performance Award. After graduating and becoming licensed in 1996, he returned to the family business and joined his father as a Veterinarian. Presently, Dr. Southard Jr. is a member of the St. Andrews Rotary Club and sits on the Charleston County Planning Commission.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Southard Jr. enjoys real estate ventures and land development. In 1997, he established Developments Unlimited, (www.developjim.com) his “other” business for managing all of his real estate endeavors.
In 1998, he and his wife Terri welcomed their triplets, Abby, Bailey and Jamie into the world. Their fourth child, Jordan, was born in 2002. They have 2 dogs at home, a malti poo, Charlie, and a peka-poo, Logan
Gina Cheatham - Office Manager
Gina has been in the veterinary field since 1982 and has been with AHVC since 2000. She has always had a strong passion for animals. As a youngster growing up in Warrenton, Virginia, she was very involved in showing horses (hunter/jumpers). In adulthood, she became an avid exhibitor of Labrador Retrievers at AKC conformation shows. She was blessed to have had and bred a few of the top winning labs in the nation. With the birth of her children, Gina no longer has time to show dogs, however, her daughter, Sydney, has followed in her footsteps and is actively involved in showing horses.
Gina grew up primarily in Virginia but also spent several years living in Germany and Iran. She was married and settled in Charleston in 1982. She and her husband Charlie have two children, Cole – 16 and Sydney – 12. Her family is her pride and joy. Also included in that family are Thyme and Mosey (Labs), Mr. Hobbs (cat), Strawberry (horse), and 6 chickens.
After all the years in this field, Gina still loves working with the animals and “their people” as much as she did the first day.
Cindy Seyle – Assistant Office Manager
Cindy joined the Air Harbor team in 2000. After studying to be a registered nurse, Cindy found her passion in veterinary medicine instead. Known at work as “Momma Seyle,” she is always pleasant and paced. Cindy’s calm nature makes her a natural at working with animal patients who are sometimes uneasy in the veterinary clinic.
Cindy grew up on a farm on Edisto Island. She and her husband Paul have lived on a large tract of land in Ravenel for the better part of their married life. They have raised two children, Daniel, a graduate and employee of USC, and Nicole, a graduate of the College of Charleston, who works in advertising in Las Angeles. Daniel and his wife Kelly have blessed them with their first granddaughter, Kinley, who is the apple of their eye. They have a cat – Momma Kitty, and two dogs, a hound mix – Hobo, and a Boxer – George.
Cindy is very active in her church and community. She enjoys reading, long walks and relaxing on the beaches of Edisto. She and Paul look forward to times out on their boat and enjoying their family and friends.
Heather joined AHVC in 2011. She was born and raised right here in Charleston and has never left. Ever since she was little, Heather has had a soft spot for animals of all shapes and sizes, particularly rescue animals. After the workday is over, she enjoys baking, spending time on the lake, wakeboarding, volunteering for the elderly and spending time with her amazing twin girls- Amber and Starr, along with her four-legged family: Zoey- a rescued German Shepard, Gator the Boston Terrier, and three cats, Mo, Oreo and Tinkerbell!
Regan was born and raised in Columbia,SC. After getting married in March, she moved to Charleston to live with her husband who is stationed here in the Coastguard. Regan has always had a passion for animals, from adopting, fostering, volunteering, and picking up strays. She has two dogs named Joye and Jackson, and enjoys spending time with them, whether it be going to the dog park or just going on a walk. She loves being around animals and has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with them as well.
Born and raised in SC, Katherine had a love for animals early in life and began riding horses at age 8. While earning her bachelors degree, she continued riding and competing in horse shows on her college’s IHSA and “C” level teams.
In 2010 Katherine graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now called St. Andrews University) with her BA in Business Administration specializing in Equine Studies. In June 2012, after working with horses for two years, she relocated to the Charleston area and started working at Air Harbor. Katherine lives with her husband and their cat named Bandit.
After several years exploring the Northwest, Mexico, and South Africa, Judy returned to Charleston to set roots with her high school
sweetheart, and her fur babies.
Always more comfortable outdoors than indoors, a life long love of nature
and animals has always been her constant since childhood. Judy's best
friends have always had four legs, so working with them is a dream come