Meet Our Veterinary Team in Charlotte, NC

Introducing the Dedicated Team at SouthPark Animal Hospital! We take great pride in delivering advanced veterinary care for your beloved pets.

Meet Our Veterinary Team

Dr. Wayne Mercer


Dr. Wayne Mercer graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 after graduating with a BS in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he started his career in Winston-Salem before moving to his hometown for two years. He moved to Charlotte in 1985 and after working for 11 years, he purchased Hagaman Animal Hospital and established what is now known as SouthPark Animal Hospital. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Mercer served as the president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association in 2000 as well as the chair of the ethics and grievance committee. He has also volunteered as assistant Scoutmaster with the boy scouts and in his spare time enjoys outdoor activities including gardening, fishing, going to the beach, and watching sports. He and his wife, Elizabeth, Practice Manager, live in Charlotte with their 26 year old African Gray Parrot, Sophie.

Dr. Chandler Mercer


Dr. Chandler Mercer graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Born and raised in Charlotte, he attended UNCC and received a B.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University. During his time at Clemson, he traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to perform
veterinary care for underserved communities. Upon graduation, he returned to Charlotte to work at the family veterinary practice. When Chandler is not at work, he enjoys traveling, snow skiing, riding his dirt bike, hunting and fishing, and hanging out with friends. His special interests include preventative care and practice management.

Dr. Sophie Mercer


Dr. Sophie Mercer graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Also born and raised in Charlotte, she received a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University. After graduation, Sophie spent two weeks in the Galapagos Islands to do research on sea turtles, sea lions, and giant tortoises. She moved home to join the family veterinary practice. She and her husband, Chris, live in Charlotte with their golden retriever, Decker and their crested gecko, Fig. Sophie enjoys gardening, good food, baking, fly fishing, traveling to the mountains, and woodworking. Sophie’s interests at work include ultrasonography, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery.