We are here to be of service to pets and their owners. We provide the highest quality medical and surgical care and offer information, advice and assistance whenever needed – always in a kind and compassionate manner.

We treat your pet with the same attitude that we would our own.  We place priority on providing meaningful care to restore your pet to complete health.

We are small enough to give your pet the individual care it needs and large enough to be known as leaders in our field.

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We are a full service veterinary hospital and boarding facility in Charleston, WV. We provide complete nose to tail care for our pet patients, including behavioral medicine, dermatology, microchipping, pain management, nutritional counseling and more. 

In addition to treating a wide array of small animals, we have a special interest in birds, pocket pets and exotic animals such as iguanas, snakes and other reptiles.

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Our Hours

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30am to 7:30pm

8:00am to 4:00pm

9:00am to 3:00pm

Doctor Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm

3:00pm to 7:00pm

9:00am to 3:00pm

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About Us

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)

Paul GunnoeDoctor 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)

Jeffery PattonDoctor 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

Mark WebsterDr. 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

Beth TackettDoctor 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

Catherine Robinson “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.   

Katherine Faulkner, DVM

Katherine FaulknerKatie is the newest member of our team. Katie is from Moorefield, WV. She completed her undergraduate education at West Virginia University. She then attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated Cum Laude in 2011.

Katie lives in Fayetteville, WV with her husband Matt. They have one dog named Scout. In her spare time, Katie likes to run, mountain bike, ski, rock climb, garden, and read.


Registered Veterinary Technicians

Monica Patton, RVT; Elizabeth Jernigan, RVT; Carmel Gray, RVT;  Crystal Queen, RVT
Jennifer Dick, RVT


Robin Gunnoe, Monica Patton RVT, Pat Thomas

Client Services Manager-Shanae Mace 

Patient Services Manager-Elizabeth Jernigan, RVT


Laura, Shanae, Mari, Courtney C. and Morgan

Veterinary Assistants

Heather, Tina, Pam, Jessica, Ashlee 

Animal Caretakers

Melissa, Stephanie and Erin

Our Commitment to the Community

Our care for animals goes beyond the walls of the Animal Care Associates facility. Our activities include:


Patient Care

Complete Nose to Tail Treatment

When your animal companion is cared for by our veterinarians, we do more than just evaluate their most prominent problem areas. We believe preventative care is essential to the well-being of your pet. When we recommend treatment options, our goal is greater than curing today’s aches and pains; we want to better each pet’s long-term quality of life.

We care for each of our patients using the same methods and standards for treatment we would offer to our own animals. We hold ourselves to this higher standard of care so that each of our patients receives the attention required to return them to complete health. 

We work to identify not only the needs of the animal, but also the needs of the pet owner. We consider all options available and tailor treatments to improve situations for both clients and their pets.  


Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Avian and exotic medicine
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Digital radiography and telemedicine
  • Endoscopy
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Pain management
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wellness Clinic


Boarding Facilities

We offer safe and clean boarding for your pets with a dedicated kennel staff to provide plenty of love and attention. Boarding with Animal Care Associates means your pet has comfortable accommodations, and you have the peace of mind that a veterinary hospital is located steps away. 

If you are interested in boarding during the holidays or summer season, please know these are our busiest times. Make your appointment well in advance.

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American Animal Hospital Association Accreditation

We understand that your pet holds a valued place in your life and your heart. We have made it our goal to respect and honor that special bond by providing the best possible care for your pet. As part of that goal we have chosen to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and have our hospital measured against the most rigorous published standards in the industry.

To be accredited by AAHA, our hospital must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service. Our hospital has been successfully evaluated by an outside consultant on 900 standards that directly correlate to the care we are providing your pet. The standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they remain consistent with changes in veterinary medicine and technology. To maintain our accredited status and to make sure we are keeping up with industry updates, we are reevaluated every three years.



Helpful Links from Around the Web

Caring for Your Pet

  • American Animal Hospital Association’s Healthy Pets: We are an AAHA accredited hospital. Visit their site for the latest news on keeping your pet in good health.
  • Keeping Exotic Pets: We are the leading provider of exotic pet healthcare in the area. We recommend this site as an excellent resource for caring for your exotic pets.
  • Hill’s Nutrition and Health: Hill’s is our top choice for dog and cat food.
  • HomeAgain Microchip: We offer this top pet recovery system. Learn more about how HomeAgain can offer security to you and your pet at this site.
  • Veterinary Pet Insurance: If you’re interested in insuring your animal, we recommend going through this site.
  • Help Em Up Harness: A complete support and lifting harness, featuring “Hip Lift” that can stay on your dog.
  • HealX: Healx Product Information Cards - Harrison's Pet Products


Community Partners


Memorial Pet Services



Client Information Form

Hospital/Surgical Admission Form

Exotic Pet History Form


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Animal Care Associates, Inc.

840 Oakwood Rd. Charleston, WV 25314 

Phone: 304-344-2244

Email: petdoctor@acawv.com

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30am to 7:30pm

8:00am to 4:00pm

9:00am to 3:00pm

Doctor Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm

3:00pm to 7:00pm

9:00am to 3:00pm

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