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.


SAH is always very kind, caring, and informative about my animal. I trust them with any thing that I would need! Highly recommend!
Andrea F. 12/22/18
I love this office everyone has always been very helpful!
Marie H. 12/21/18
The best staff and Dr,s around they are accommodating and caring for my pets Loves them, and that makes things less stressful. I have trust they are getting A-1 treatment. Thanks, everyone.
M. B. 11/14/18
I really felt good about my first visit. Everyone was so nice and accommodating and I really appreciated it. I didn't have an appointment but had gotten a new puppy the night before and needed to get her checked out.
Christina G. 11/11/18
The staff and veterinarians are ALWAYS friendly, and professional. We feel like they are part of our extended family. If you don't have "your vet" yet, go..check them out..this animal clinic is the best!!!
Tiffany S 10/25/18
Very clean, no oder or smell. Dr. Brunette gave Molly a very thorough exam & explained the process for me to understand. Everyone was very professional & genuinely loved & cared for our "babies". Top notch veterinarian office. AAA+
Linda K. 11/02/18
Very friendly staff and expert veterinary care. made Winston and I both feel welcome.
Cheri T. 06/25/18