25 Years of Excellence
The American Animal Hospital Association has recognized our dedication to the highest quality of care standards in the veterinary profession and commitment to our patients, clients and community. Proud AAHA Member since 1992.
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.
Our appointment book is computerized which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come to the hospital immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Types of Pets Seen
Because a large number of veterinarians practice at Animal Care Associates Inc., we can care for many types of pets:
- Pocket Pets*
*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.
Animal Care Associates Inc. offers discounted services to senior citizens, military and local area rescue groups. Pre-approval is required to qualify for the rescue group discounts, please call us for more information.
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.
Laser Therapy has been successful in treating post surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. We now offer this surgery free, drug free, noninvasive treatment. Relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing. For more information go to Companion Therapy Laser
Small Animal Surgery
Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery
Sharp high-resolution images improve visualization and provides the details needed to make the most confident medical decisions for our patients.
Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung and kidney disease.
IDEXX in-house analysers offer real-time comprehensive diagnostic results and complete testing flexibility.
Ultrasound is a way of looking inside your pet's body (liver, kidneys and intestines, etc.) without surgery.
Animal Care Associates is proud to provide pet boarding services. If you are planning a vacation or an extended weekend away, do not hesitate to schedule your pet's stay. We provide you with peace of mind while you are out of town. Our caring, professional staff members will ensure that our guests have fresh food and water each day and that his or her bedding is clean. Another advantage of boarding at Animal Care Associates is that we have trained veterinary staff who can recognize the signs and symptoms of illness. If your pet appears sick, we will notify you immediately, and our veterinarian will examine your pet to determine the cause of the illness. If treatment is required, we will call you with options that allow you to determine the best course of action.
Special diets can be accommodated if supplied and the use of refrigeration and microwave is available if needed. We offer Hills Science Diet quality pet food for those pets not on a special diet.
All pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations prior to boarding. However, if you pet is due vaccinations please call our office at 304-344-2244 and speak with one of our client care representatives for more information.
Our Commitment to the Community
Our care for animals goes beyond the walls of the Animal Care Associates facility. Our activities include:
- Working with Three Rivers Avian Center to care for birds of prey and waterbirds as well as raising orphan song birds in springtime
- Caring for the pets that belong to residents at the YWCA Shanklin Center for Senior Enrichment
- Teaching students at the Carver Career Center Veterinary Technology Program
- Providing healthcare for the wounded and sick animals at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association
Emergency & Urgent Care
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty 6 days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as snail bait poisoning, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a team member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.