Veterinarian of River Oaks Animal Hospital

carolina forest VetHeather Duncan, DVM, Owner

Animals have always been an important part of Dr. Heather Duncan's life. She remembers the kitten she was given to help ease the trauma of moving to a new home; the Lhaso Apso puppy named Simon that was with her from first grade through veterinary school; and the wounded and homeless animals her father would bring home to help. She first learned about a career in veterinary medicine when she was in elementary school and, in her words, "It sounded like the most awesome job ever."

Dr. Duncan is a native of Conover, North Carolina, and she graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. While there, she founded the Companion Animal Club. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Duncan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Her professional interests include preventive care, internal medicine and dentistry. She opened River Oaks Animal Hospital in June 2014 to provide not only compassionate and highly skilled medical care to Myrtle Beach pets, but offer something she felt was lacking in other veterinary practices: exceptional customer service that truly engages each client and gives them the support they need to be the best possible caregiver to their pets.

"One of my very first clients was this incredibly cute, older German couple with a shih tzu named Kaiser," Dr. Duncan recalls. "Gradually he started having problem after problem and eventually developed kidney failure. He is memorable to me because of his pet parents. They were so devoted, and it was a humbling experience being a part of his life and helping them make the decision to end his suffering. He was the first patient and family I became a part of and they helped shape the vet I am today."

Outside of work, Dr. Duncan shares her time with her husband Michael and their children Carter and Grace. The family has a Miniature Schnauzer/Yorkie mix named Mattie Sue, a Shih Tzu named Marshall who was adopted from a local rescue group, and a Wirehaired Pointing Retriever named Goose. With Goose, she is a member of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Dr. Duncan enjoys camping with her family, knitting, quilting and reading.