Dr. Matthew Nathan was born and raised on Long Island, and received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at C.W. Post University. Dr. Nathan then obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed veterinary school with his clinical year of veterinary training at University of Florida during which he discovered his passion for emergency medicine and oncology.
Dr. Nathan went on to complete a Small Animal Surgery and Medicine Internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in North Carolina where he was able to concentrate on emergency and critical care in their high volume ER. Concurrently, he pursued several oncology externships to further broaden his knowledge base in medical and surgical oncology. After veterinary school, the appeal of southern living lured him to South Carolina. During his 4 years in the Low country, Dr. Nathan has practiced in a busy emergency and referral practice as well as in general practice gaining extensive emergency, medical and surgical experience.
Dr. Nathan always felt that the work-life balance in veterinary medicine, especially emergency medicine, was strained. Dr. Nathan’s long term vision has always been to invoke change in the veterinary field. His vision for change is multifaceted: to decrease burn out, improve work-life balance, train employees to be the best in their field, improve community relations and last, but not least, to set a new, higher, standard for veterinary medicine.
While practicing emergency medicine, Dr. Nathan quickly realized the Beaufort/Bluffton area was underserved for emergency and specialty care. Unfortunately, many clients were forced to make the long (not to mention stressful) trek to seek 24/7 specialized and emergency care. Dr. Nathan has sought out a like minded partnership team with the ever-present goal of providing the highest quality medicine and personalized client care. Dr. Nathan remains committed to providing not only the best medicine for your pet but also compassionate care during traumatic situations.
Dr. Nathan has many interests but above all, he values his time with family and friends. Exercise and personal fitness (especially if outdoors) is important to him and he tries to make time to enjoy hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding. Living in the south also comes with a vast array of amazing cuisine, and Dr. Nathan loves trying new restaurants as well as attempting new recipes himself. He is a voracious reader and book collector and loves all aspects of world history. He has made several trips abroad and hopes someday to be able to do so again. During veterinary school, Dr. Nathan traveled abroad to contribute to provide veterinary services in underserved communities. He worked with SAWorldVets in an intensive Rhino conservation program in South Africa. The following year he traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to provide veterinary medical and surgical care for the local communities. Dr. Nathan hopes to continue improving the level of veterinary care both locally and internationally. Dr. Nathan’s only current pet is his extremely vocal and assertive black cat (Toothless).