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.
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.
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!
Dr. Pate
Associate Veterinarian
Biography coming soon!
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    • LeeAnn StricklandLeeAnn Strickland

      I love the doctors here, especially Dr. Cousins. They have taken wonderful care of all 4 of our dogs and we're so precious when we had to put our oldest down.

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    • Jacklyn BrownJacklyn Brown

      I have been bringing my animals here for YEARS! I absolutely love them! The staff has always been very nice and compassionate! I absolutely LOVE the way everyone treats my sweet Kimber Elena!!! ���

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    • Brittany HillBrittany Hill

      My dog of 9 years was having very serious problems. I called my usual vet and they could not "fit him in". I called Paw prints around 745 last Wednesday morning, told them what was going on and the receptionist asked that I be there at 830. I took my baby in and it turned out that he was having major complications and the best option for him was not him coming home with me. Dr. Cousins and the nurse that seen my baby were absolutely wonderful. They hugged me, held my hand, even almost cried with me. Even the staff at the desk were so very sweet and gave me their condolences. Although my first visit here wasn't under best circumstances, I am so very thankful that this is where I took my baby. They have since then sent a card thanking me for allowing them to care for my baby and another card with the sweetest message and told me I made the right decision. I will be eternally grateful for their love compassion and care they showed for my baby. Highly thinking about switching and making this my new vets office!

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    • Gail CraigGail Craig

      I do recommend the vets there. Some of the staff I was not really happy with when they would not muzzle my dog to clip his nails. Then he had to have a couple of lumps removed and the C collar is so big on him. After I paid almost 600.00 which 20.00 of that was for the C collar they told me I could go to pets mart and get one that would fit him for 19.99....Really you couldn't have someone to run up to pets mart and get one. That upset me. So now I have to hold his food bowl up to him to get him to eat because the C collar is so big he can't get to his bowl.

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    • Hali StephensHali Stephens

      Had our youngest Yorkie in for pain that he was having in one of his knees yesterday. Dr. Elledge did a whiz bang job of examining him from head to toe and everything in between. It was determined that he has luxating knees...the left kneecap is worse than the right one. An anti-inflammatory is helping! LOVE that Dr. Elledge did not make me feel like we were being rushed in any way (and they were really really busy yesterday). "Erin", who assisted her, is just the best at what she does, and is right where she needs to be. THANKS for getting us in on such short notice "ladies at the front desk"...YOU ROCK! As always, our experience at Paw Prints Animal Hospital was positive in every way...

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    • Mark ElledgeMark Elledge

      They employ the best Veterinarian in the upstate!!

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    • Laurie HallLaurie Hall

      I have been going to Paw Prints for many years now. These are awesome doctors!! I have never been anywhere that they care as much about your pet as they do. I almost always get a phone call after vaccinations to make sure they're doing OK. Dr. Cousins has gone above and beyond working with me on a rather unusual issue with one of my cats. Very highly recommend!!

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