Welcome to Shallowford Animal Hospital


Our Philosophy

From the inception of our practice, we have seen ourselves as dedicated professionals working together to do an excellent job for our clients, patients, and the profession. We attribute our success to our well-trained compassionate staff and the variety and quality services we offer.

The strong points of our philosophy are our teamwork attitude, our emphasis on communication, and maintaining a relaxed, family atmosphere. We believe in the delivery of modern medical treatment to our patients in the most compassionate and humane manner that we can carry out, as well as being caring and sensitive with our clients.



Our Clinic History

Dr. Charles Byles established Lakeside Veterinary Clinic in 1983. The original was located on Highway 58. The current location is on Shallowford Road. The name was changed to Shallowford Animal Hospital to better identify with it’s new location. Dr. Byles was a practicing veterinarian in Chattanooga for 40 years, becoming highly revered and beloved during that time, both for the care and interest he took in his professional career, and his participation in community events.

Dr. Catherine Mabe is a native to Chattanooga, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing veterinary medicine in Rockville and Bethesda, MD, she returned to Chattanooga to become an associate of Dr. Charles Byles at Lakeside Veterinary Clinic in 1988. Upon Dr. Byles retirement in 1994, Dr. Mabe joined with Dr. Bearden in purchasing Lakeside Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Troy Bearden is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a 1987 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Between 1987 and 1989 he practiced veterinary medicine as an associate in Chattanooga. In 1989 he established Mobile Animal Care, a house-call practice for dogs and cats. In addition to making house calls he provided relief veterinary services to many Chattanooga veterinary hospitals. In 1994 Dr. Bearden joined with Dr. Mabe in purchasing Lakeside Veterinary Clinic.

Upon Dr. Byles retirement in January 1994, Drs. Bearden & Mabe purchased Lakeside Veterinary Clinic. The clinic’s name was changed to Shallowford Animal Hospital in 1997. They have expanded the facilities previously provided, so that now Shallowford Animal Hospital provides full hospital, surgery, radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy facilities. Shallowford Animal Hospital has established a history and policy of the best professional care possible, with a personal, caring touch. Drs. Bearden & Mabe have carried on the tradition started by Dr. Byles, and plan to continue it for many years to come.


The staff at SAH is friendly and courteous. I also love the preventative care plan that takes a large part of the expense for veterinary care away. The monthly fee makes it manageable and ensures my dogs get the best care that they should receive.
Lindsey H
We've been to Shallowford Animal Hospital numorous times in the last couple of months. They are always friendly and caring. One of our dogs is very scared and they are always going the extra mile to make her comfortable. We LOVE SAH!!!
Amanda B
This was Bentley's first vet visit. He loved the staff and so did we! Outstanding care and would recommend to anyone looking for a fun, friendly vet!
Austin R
Wonderful care overall! We came in following a very scary situation, and I felt that all of the staff who came in contact with Zoe and myself were genuinely compassionate and caring. Happy to have found you all!
Jennifer G
The staff here are so friendly and knowledgeable. They have a genuine love and concern for your pet. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
I always highly recommend SAH to everybody with a pet. I have used two other animal hospitals that are just down the street from me but I would much rather drive a little farther to a clean, friendly, caring and knowledgeable vet. You are great!!
Vicki O
Dr. Hamilton is awesome, and my fur babies got to meet Dr. Mabe for the first time and she was pretty awesome as well! The receptionist helped me with my two dogs while we waited for our apt time. I just love the envionrment - overall it's great!
Absolutely wonderful experience! This was the best vet visit I ha e ever taken a pet to.
Mary R
Staff super friendly and helpful. Doctors worked with my budget and provided me with medication that my dog needed within my budget.. I will continue to take my pets there and highly recommend them to my friends.
Anna T
Dr. Hamilton is very thorough and caring. all other staff also very helpful. thank you for being such caring people.
Diane K
I do not have to worry about my babies when they stay there, it is worry free. Forget 5 stars it is 10 stars, thanks!
Eugene B
The vet, techs and receptionists are all professional. They are kind to my dog and considerate.
We were absolutely delighted in every respect with our first visit to the Shallowford Animal Hospital, our interactions with the support team and Dr. Hamilton! Truly a great experience for Abby, Princess and us!
Donald K
The staff and Dr. Mabe exceeded my expectation, in the care of both myself and my pet. Dr. Mabe even took the time afterwards to contact UTK Vet School to ask some questions, regarding my pet, to make sure he was receiving the best care available.
Cindy G
Dr Hamilton and her staff are amazing. We have brought our 3 dogs there since we moved to Chattanooga. They have always taken great care of our 3 fur babies. We wouldn't go anywhere else.
Amanda B
Caring courteous staff.
Kathy B
I will recommend this animal clinic to friends, plus they can get a Groupon for extra savings on yearly checkup.
Perfect experience!
Awesome all around. All care deeply & do professional job.
Sally M
Extremely friendly knowledgeable staff. They love my little baby as much as I do.
You all know that I expound the virtues of everyone at Shallowford everywhere I go! In fact our wonderful friends next door are going to be coming in. They have four wonderful dogs from a great Dane down to Dahli, my baby doll. So I have it made! :-)
Lin W
The staff is always very friendly. I can clearly see that they enjoy their jobs and the pets they care for.
April J
The service was great and the membership opportunities are a wonderful way to save money & ensure your pets have the care they need.
Christian
My dog has received the best care and the staff is very friendly. I feel that they really care when we come through the door.