Otter Coultas: Owner of Otter's Ark
Otter Coultas is the owner and namesake of Otter's Ark, he served twenty years in the US ARMY and retired in 2016. Otter was born and raised in Oregon on a farm with seven siblings. When Otter is in the clinic, he will often be found helping out, hindering or chatting up the clients while everyone else is working hard.
Otter likes to spend his little free time fishing, woodworking and hanging out at home with his goats, horses and dogs. His dream is to run a program where he can match veterans with shelter animals and have them train to be service animals for PTSD and other emotional support.
Otter has a huge heart and has yet to meet an animal he hasn't fallen in love with ( and subsequently tries to take home).
Otter Fun Fact: He is one of eight and they were all named after wildlife.
Trieste Coultas: Owner, Operator, O.R. Technician
Trieste has been a veterinary technician for over fifteen years and has worked at many veterinary hospitals all over the country. When they moved to Fort Gordon, she started managing a low cost spay/ neuter and vaccine clinic in SC and saw the need for affordable veterinary care. . After moving to Saluda, she decided to follow her dream and open a clinic of her own. Trieste is the owner, operator, technician, manager, receptionist and housekeeper ( and everything else you can think of here) at Otter's Ark. She and Otter currently live in Saluda.
Dr. Virginia King
Dr. King has traveled all the way from Colorado to join us at the Ark! She worked at a very busy multiple doctor practice in Pueblo and relocated to SC with her husband and two poms. We welcome Dr. King to SC and Otter's Ark, we are very happy to have her at the Ark!
A Dr. King fun fact is that she is originally from the UK! We love when she breaks out into her english accent.
Veterinary Assistant/ tech in training
Taina lives in Aiken with her 4 dogs and 3 children and obviously they are all well behaved because who actually manages to get 4 dogs in one picture like that?
Taina is in her first year of veterinary technician school and will be working at Otter's Ark to gain clinical, hands on experience.
A fun fact about Taina is that she does not like pizza and prefers the "flatties" over the "drummies" in her chicken wings. Welcome Taina!
We are pleased to announce that we now offer grooming services! Tammy runs her own salon outside of town and she has been kind enough to offer her services to the Ark a few days a month.
She is patient and gentle with her 4 legged customers and she does a beautiful job.
Tammy lives in Lake Murray with her family and that enormous dog in her photo.