Mary Beth McDaniel

practice manager

Mary Beth has been a resident of Aiken for over 35 years and her career path mostly has been as an administrative assistant. She has  two sons and two grandchildren. Having owned horses and other pets all of her life, she has always been drawn to working for the welfare of all animals and is excited to be working with  Dr. Atherton as she continues her  passion in life.

Harvey Atherton
large animal veterinarian

     Harvey Atherton is the oldest of three children from a small rural town along the west coast of Michigan.   He grew up on a farm which was originally a dairy pioneered by his great grandfather and namesake.  Harvey’s parents, Dan and Kim, operated and managed a seasonal zoo called Deer Forest in Coloma, Michigan for 25 years. Harvey spent his first 17 years of life between the farm and the zoo. It was not uncommon in the Atherton household to see one of his siblings bottle feeding a baby black bear, his mom caring for a newborn zebra, or his dad training a camel. Harvey was very fortunate to have had many interesting pets while growing up, but was always most fascinated with large animals like camels, elk and draft horses. 

      His life had always been geared toward caring for animals; so Harvey knew he wanted to become a veterinarian since childhood.  Harvey attended Michigan State University where he completed a bachelor’s degree in animal science while working on a university farm. While at MSU he became a member of Farm House fraternity and several other agricultural groups. His love for horses and adventure lead him to Yellowstone National Park for several seasons to host tours of the park while driving teams of draft horses. 

      Harvey entered Ross University on the beautiful island of St. Kitts in 2004 where veterinary medicine is taught with a “hands on” approach.  He was awarded the large animal medicine proficiency award while studying there. Harvey met his wife and best friend, Mary Tricia, as a classmate while on the island.  They completed their senior year of veterinary medical school at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and both graduated with Doctorates of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.

      In Ohio, Harvey worked as a mixed animal practitioner, but after a year decided to move to the south east to be closer to Mary Tricia’s family located in southern Georgia. Since moving to Aiken, SC in 2009, they have married, built a new home, and Harvey has fulfilled his life’s dream by opening his own veterinary practice.  Atherton Equine Services launched in the fall of 2010.  Harvey and Mary Tricia are parents to a beautiful baby girl named Alayna (born Feb. 9th 2012) as well as 3 dogs and 3 cats. They hope to acquire a team of draft horses in the near future. They enjoy the outdoors, going to local horse events and treating animals together.


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