Meet Our Team

Palmetto Animal Hospital is home to a team of friendly, skilled, and experienced veterinary professionals with a shared goal to keep your furry family members happy and healthy for a lifetime!

Lee Burnett


Dr. Burnett graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He worked with a mixed-animal practice for many years before focusing strictly on small animal veterinary medicine. His interests include internal medicine, preventive care, and ultrasound. He is also certified for the treatment of felines with hyperthyroidism. Dr. Burnett has one dog named Molly, and three cats named Limpy Lou, Maggie, and Moo Cow. All of his cats are three-legged and run around the clinic freely.

Brenda McKinley


Dr. Brenda McKinley graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts in 2004. She is an accomplished doctor committed to providing her clients and patients with the very best services and care. Along with her gentleness and superior client communication, Dr. McKinley is highly skilled in laser surgery and general surgical procedures. Dr. McKinley cares for six felines and a Chihuahua, all rescues from the golden state, and enjoys arts & crafts as well as participating in animal fundraisers.

Chandler Bruening


Dr. Chandler Bruening earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 and her areas of professional interest include working in exotic animal medicine and surgical care. Originally from in El Paso, Texas, she currently calls Sumter, South Carolina home. She enjoys spending time with her two lop rabbits Dabo and Watson, cat, Wobbie, chocolate Lab, Kona, and shelter mutt, Chipper. She loves horror movies, reading, and hanging out with her friends and family in her spare time. A fun fact about Dr. Bruening is that she lived in Germany for four years and can speak limited German!