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.


Very friendly staff and expert veterinary care. made Winston and I both feel welcome.
Cheri T. 06/25/18
From the moment we walked in, we were greeted and felt at home. The staff was wonderful with my big scared baby. This was the first time in 9 years he has not tried to bite the doctor, which made a big impression on us. Thanks so much to the staff !!
Anonymous 06/19/18
Shallowford continues to provide the best service at a fair price. My dog, Happy, a Havaton, is always curious to see the other dogs. Techs are concerned about his comfort & feelings & the vet is clear about his needs. Grooming is offered now.
Anonymous 06/09/18
Shallowford Animal Hospital, doctors and staff provided our fur babies quality trusted treatment and advise for over 7 years. We feel they are a part of our family.
Carolyn P. 06/08/18
My dog jack and I had a great experience at your facility. Everyone there was helpful and extremely nice. They even gave Jack a goodie bag. I have already recommended your clinic to several of my friends.
Michele C 05/26/18
You and your staff are always so nice and friendly. Always able to answer my questions. The care and concern for Dexter shown by Dr. Hamilton is unlike any I’ve ever seen, even though Dexter is a redneck, she’s so patient with his little growls.
Mark R. 05/25/18
We appreciate the communication, the outreach and thorough information I receive to ensure Cody and Lucie's care - thanks to a great team!!!
Patti D 05/17/18
Everyone was nice. First visit was free and that was relieving to know that they will work with you. Very informative. My dog was very accepting of vet so she's fabulous.
Morgan B 05/13/18
From the front desk to checkout everyone was welcoming and courteous. They took the time to answer all of my questions and conducted a thorough exam of our new puppy. The icing was the payment plans offered making pet-care so affordable!
Rebecca F 03/22/18
Love this place! Wouldn’t trust anyone else with my cats!
Jade B 03/20/18
It was such a nice experience for both me and my dog. He is at the end of his life and I just want him to have the best most compassionate care possible. I think I have found that with Shallowford Animal Hospital.
Teresa W 03/05/18
Doctors and staff go above and beyond to make my puppy to feel loved and safe. They do anything to make his visits pleasant.
Linda B 03/11/18
This was my first visit, and I was EXTREMELY pleased! I will definitely be bringing Tom and Jerry back to you all for all of their needs. Thank you for doing such a great job and for making us feel welcome!
Erika T 02/10/18