Dr. Southard, Sr. attended local schools in Charleston 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 the 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. 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 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 and Sydney. Her family is her pride and joy. Also included in that family are Thyme (Lab), Mr. Hobbs (cat), Strawberry (horse).
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.
Born and raised in SC, Katherine had a love for animals early in life and began riding horses at age 8. While earning her bachelor's degree in North Carolina, 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 known as 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 Derreck, dog an two cats.
Molly was born in Hagerstown, Maryland and was raised here in beautiful South Carolina. Molly grew up surrounded by all types of animals as her grandparents showed Bloodhounds. She especially loves all things scaly and slimy. Molly is a big reptile lover and goes to local reptile conventions. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family or out camping and fishing with her fiance and dog Kayla.
Emily joined the Air Harbor team as a Veterinary Assistant in August 2017. She was born and raised in South Carolina and has a strong passion for all animals. Emily has volunteered at many animal shelters in the Charleston area and is an experienced exotic animal handler. She loves to spend time with her family and travel in her free time while currently living in Charleston with her three rescue kitties: Biggie, Liz, and Mars.
Robin's love for animals began as a child her love of veterinary medicine started as a teenager when she actually began working at Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic. In 2002, after 20 wonderful years here at the clinic, Robin and her husband moved to Virginia where she continued her career path in the field of veterinary medicine. In 2018, after 16 years away, they moved back to Charleston. She still enjoys her career path and is very happy to be back "home" at Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic. In her spare time, you are most likely to find Robin trail riding her horse, Maxx.
For more than 18 years our family have been privelaged to have the two Drs. Southard take care of our pets. They are compassionate and caring. I also enjoy never feeling rushed out of the exam room while they patiently explain why and what they are doing during a medical exam, or taking the time to answer any concerns. Thanks.
The vets and staff at Air Harbor are truly one of a kind. The genuine care and professionalism they show us is outstanding. They are the perfect vet office for me and Daisy. With no reservations at all, I highly recommend them to anyone in the Charleston area looking for a veterinarian.
Thank you to Dr Jim (Sr) for calling on Sunday afternoon to check on Nia after her seizure on Saturday. Air Harbor has such a wonderful & caring team that we just love! Wouldn't think of taking my fur babies anywhere else.
I've been taking my animals to Air Harbor practically my entire life! My parents always went there with my childhood pets, and now I continue the tradition. The personal relationship with Air Harbor vets and staff is immeasurable. The care received is invaluable. They treat you like you and your pets are their only, and most important clients, and that means a lot nowadays!
All our dogs have been members of the Air Harbor family. They excel at diagnosis and treatment of unusual conditions and the personal attention they offer every family. The entire staff makes sure you are comfortable with any treatments given as well as assuring you your pet will receive personal attention during their boarding stays.
From the girls in the front office to the vet techs who handle your pet, you and your pet are welcomed with a smile and greeted by name. We recommend them highly for the care of a new pet or the transfer from another vet's office. You can be confident that your pet will be well taken care of.
My family and I have used this vet for almost 30 years. They are wonderful. The father son team is brilliant and kind and have wonderful bedside manner. The whole team there works really well together, I always leave feeling appreciated and educated about my pet and her health. These guys can handle anything with grace and love.