Our Veterinarians

Dr. Eddie Crittendon

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Eddie Crittendon’s parents remember him proclaiming that he wanted to be an “animal doctor” from the time he was six years old. As he progressed through school, an intense love of the sciences and a passion for problem solving began to grow in young Dr. Crittendon. Combined with his deep-seated adoration for animals, one career choice simply made sense: Dr. Crittendon was destined for the field of veterinary medicine!

Dr. Crittendon—Dr. C to many of his clients and staff—grew up in the small town of Calhoun Falls, South Carolina with his parents and older sister. The family always kept more than one pet around the house, and it wasn’t difficult for Dr. C to develop an affinity with animals very early on in life. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from Clemson University in 1987, and then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to earn his Doctorate in 1991.

After working as an associate in Mt. Pleasant and Aiken, SC, Dr. Crittendon joined a clinic in the Upstate in 1994 and worked there until he opened Paw Prints Animal Hospital in May of 2001 at the clinic’s original strip-mall location. He moved into the hospital’s current site in December of 2004, where he’s been happily serving the pet owners of the Easley area ever since.

Dr. C has particular interests in surgery, ophthalmology, and orthopedic exams. His favorite part of practice, though, is working directly with clients in the exam room. He absolutely loves being able to educate a pet owner with personalized healthcare tips!

Dr. Crittendon and his wife, Mary, have two wonderful children: Anna and Drew. As a family, the Crittendons enjoy camping and hiking around the Upstate area, attending Clemson University sporting events, and remaining active in their community and church.

Dr. C and his family share their lives with several pets of their own: Sallie, a border collie adopted from a client of Dr. C’s; Willis, a stray who was dropped off at the door of Paw Prints Animal Hospital; a cat who goes by IPTAY (named after the Clemson University athletic organization); Opie, a cat named after a character from The Andy Griffith Show; and 7Up, named for the seven toes he has on each of his front paws.

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Dr. Chris Cousins

Veterinarian, Part Owner

After two years of work as an auditor in downtown Atlanta, Dr. Chris Cousins decided to make a change while he still had the chance. He’d always been fascinated by veterinary medicine, but had no real-world experience—he decided to start volunteering at a local veterinary clinic to get his foot in the door. It didn’t take long for Dr. Cousins to get hooked! Now, he serves the pet owners of Easley daily as a licensed veterinarian here at Paw Prints Animal Hospital.

Dr. Cousins is a native of Marietta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn his DVM degree. He took his first job as a veterinarian in a clinic outside of Atlanta, and married his wife, Laura, shortly afterward. Laura works as a veterinary internal medicine specialist; when she took a job in Greenville, Dr. Cousins accompanied her and was thrilled to discover an opening here at Paw Prints Animal Hospital. He’s been a member of the clinic family since 2006.

In his time away from work, Dr. Cousins enjoys spending time with his two young daughters (both of whom are growing up far too quickly), playing golf, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. Along with his wife and girls, Dr. Cousins shares his home with Herschel, an English bulldog who enjoys nipping at his owners’ toes when he’s not scavenging for food; Whiskers, a crazy cat who insists on being petted at all times; and Winky, a guinea pig who loves eating so much that he starts whistling when he hears the refrigerator door open.

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Dr. Melissa Elledge

Associate Veterinarian

When she was a teenager, Dr. Melissa Elledge was heartbroken to find out that her cat, Zachary, had developed a urethral blockage. Her family veterinarian saved Zachary’s life, and their cat ended up sticking around for another 18 years! Ever since, Dr. Elledge has known she wanted to do the same thing for other pet owners—now, she’s happy to help pets every day as a member of the Paw Prints Animal Hospital team.

Dr. Elledge grew up in a suburb of Chicago with her two brothers and two sisters. She began her veterinary studies at Michigan State University’s veterinary school before completing an externship at the University of Illinois. Dr. Elledge then worked for a private practice in Illinois before moving to South Carolina with her husband, where she signed up at the Spartanburg Humane Society. She would tend to pets there for the next 10 years before being referred to Paw Prints Animal Hospital by a colleague. Dr. Elledge started here at the clinic in the fall of 2014 and couldn’t be happier.

Medically, Dr. Elledge enjoys surgical work and never tires of seeing the immediate relief her gentle touch can bring. Most of all, she loves meeting new clients and their adorable pets; nothing brings her greater joy than knowing she’s played a part in improving the life of an animal!

Dr. Elledge lives with her husband Mark, who works as a mechanical engineer, and their two dogs. Bessie is a Newfoundland mix who enjoys giving Dr. Elledge and Mark her signature 95-pound hugs, and Lab mix Porkchop loves soaring off the Elledges’ boat into the water.

When she isn’t spending time with her family or caring for the area’s pets here at the hospital, Dr. Elledge can be found reading or spending lazy summer days on her boat. She’s also very fond of decorating her home for Christmas. The process usually begins in October and culminates a few weeks before the holiday with six to eight fully decorated trees!

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Dr. Pate

Associate Veterinarian

Biography coming soon!

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