Your Best Choice for Veterinary Care
There is a reason why our clients drive from as far as Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia to see our staff: we set a standard for veterinary care that is unsurpassed. In fact, we are the only veterinarians in the Charleston area accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Since 1992, we have been evaluated on over 900 standards required to achieve this accreditation, and we are reevaluated every 3 years to ensure we continue to meet them.
Animal Care Associates, Inc. has been treating pets since 1984. Having independent professionals consistently assessing our standards for care, keeping up with the latest technology and hiring the best and most qualified staff are just a few of the reasons why our business continues to grow decade after decade.
Interest in Avian, Exotic and Pocket Pets
At our practice, we treat more than just cats and dogs. We are a leading healthcare provider in the area for birds as well as exotic and pocket pets. We see uncommon animal companions like Bearded Dragon lizards, snakes, sugar gliders and hedgehogs as well as more common pocket pets like bunnies, hamsters and ferrets. Seek us out for all of your small animal healthcare needs.
Paul G. Gunnoe, DVM (Owner)
Doctor Gunnoe was born in Charleston, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University/Tech. and West Virginia University during his three undergraduate years, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Tuskegee University in Alabama in 1981, graduating with honors. During his years at Tuskegee, Dr. Gunnoe developed his interest in surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic).
In 1984 he founded Animal Care Veterinary Hospital. Starting out as a solo practitioner with 2 employees, the hospital has since grown into a five doctor, 25 employee practice. As the practice continued to grow, we moved into our new hospital in 1993 and shortened the name to Animal Care Associates. Affiliation with AAHA ( American Animal Hospital Association) was also established in 1993. Animal Care Associates is one of only a few hospitals in the whole state of WV to have this affiliation.Animal Care has always treated a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds and exotics. We continue this commitment today.
Dr. Gunnoe is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. He served on the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association Board of Directors for twenty years. During this time he was instrumental in the establishment of the Humane Society's Early Spay/Neuter program and mandatory spay/neuter of animals before adoption. During his tenure on the Humane Society Board, Dr. Gunnoe was recognized by The Charleston Gazette along with local building contractor and Board member Rodger Monk in developing and overseeing the construction of the new animal shelter that stands today. Dr. Gunnoe also served as Board president for three years and guided the animal shelter through two major destructive floods. It was a busy 20 years!
Dr. Gunnoe is now enjoying retirement with his wife Robin and three children in South Charleston. His menagerie consists of a Yellow Lab, 2 French Bulldogs, a shelter cat, Flemish Giant rabbits, chickens, ducks, swans and Koi fish.
Jeffery K. Patton, DVM (Owner)
Doctor Patton was born in Shady Spring, West Virginia. He did his undergraduate work at Marshall University and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University in 1994.
It was at Ohio State that Dr. Patton decided to work with Exotic animals. As a student he studied at both the Columbus Zoo and The Ohio State University Exotic Outpatient Clinic in order to further his knowledge in exotic medicine. In addition, he spent a month at the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii studying dozens of exotic animals including: chimpanzees, black and white rhinoceros, cheetahs, giant tortoises, and flamingos to name a few. Dr Patton now works with birds, reptiles, hamsters and numerous other animals in addition to dogs and cats.
He is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association.
He and his wife Monica work together at Animal Care Associates, Inc. Monica is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Head Technician. She is the founder and former President of the West Virginia Association of Veterinary Technicians and was recently appointed to the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. They are both clinical instructors at Carver Career Center Veterinary Technician Program. They reside in Charleston and share their home with; five birds, two dogs, one turtle, one tortoise and multiple fish .
Mark D. Webster, DVM
Dr. Webster grew up in Teays Valley, West Virginia, and has been interested in Veterinary Medicine since he was five. He and his parents trained dogs and exhibited them in Obedience for 15 years. Scruffy, the first dog he trained, was an intelligent and headstrong terrier that became the eighth Cairn registered by the American Kennel Club to earn a Utility Degree. Volunteering at the local Animal Shelter gave him first hand experience with the overcrowding, disease and funding problems that plague the shelter system.
Dr. Webster's formal education included a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from West Virginia University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Georgia in 1991. He is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
His wife Toni and his three children also love animals. They have a menagerie which includes dogs, cats, and iguana, a chinchilla, and a ferret.
Beth Tackett, DVM
Doctor Tackett was born in Columbus, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate training, earning Bachelor's degrees in both Biology and Zoology. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with honors.
After graduating from school, Dr. Tackett completed an internship at the Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Copley, Ohio. During this time, she worked with veterinary specialists in the areas of surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and cardiology.
Dr. Tackett currently lives in Dunbar with her husband and their dog, Annie
Catherine Robinson, DVM
“Dr.Cat” as she is known at Animal Care Associates was born on a farm in Steeleville, Illinois. Growing up she was active in 4-H with horses, livestock, dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens.
She knew that she wanted to be veterinarian since 1st grade and worked as a veterinary assistant with a hometown vet while attending school.
Dr. Robinson has a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky on scholarships, while simultaneously completing a Veterinary Technician Program. She attained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, taking extra rotations in Oncology.
After graduation she worked for 5 years at a small animal practice in Evansville Indiana before moving to Shady Spring, WV and working at New River Animal Hospital in Nimitz, WV for 3 years.
Dr. Robinson now resides in Hurricane, WV with her husband Josh, dog Eli and three cats. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and quilting. She will also be teaching at Carver Career Center’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2013.
Melissa Andritz, DVM
Doctor Andritz is a graduate from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she concentrated on small animal and exotic animal medicine. A native of upstate New York, she completed her undergraduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and is currently finishing a Masters of Public Health through the University of Minnesota.
Her veterinary special interests include pocket pet and exotic animal medicine as well as veterinary public health.
In her spare time, Dr. Andritz enjoys yoga and hiking with her yellow Labrador mix, Zeus.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Monica Patton, RVT; Elizabeth Jernigan, RVT; Carmel Gray, RVT; Crystal Queen, RVT
Jennifer Dick, RVT; Brea Hileman, RVT
Robin Gunnoe, Monica Patton RVT, Pat Thomas
Client Services Manager-Shanae Mace
Patient Services Manager-Elizabeth Jernigan, RVT
Kennel Manager-Rae Conway
Laura, Shanae, Mari, Melissa, Courtney, Jenny
Heather, Tina, Pam, Jessica, Kimberly, Kasarah
Rae, Devonda, Randy, Genna
Our Commitment to the Community
Our care for animals goes beyond the walls of the Animal Care Associates facility. Our activities include: