Quality Care for Your Pets
Animal Care Associates, Inc. is an award winning facility that was designed by the owner Dr. Paul G. Gunnoe. It was built in 1993 and is 7,500 square feet. The hospital is two stories, the upper floor consists of the main hospital area and the lower floor is our boarding facility.
You are invited to inspect our hospital and boarding kennels. We welcome visitors, but please check with the receptionists if you would like a tour of our facilities.
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 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, the hospital has since grown into a four doctor practice. As the practice continued to grow, he moved into our new hospital in 1993 and shortened the name to Animal Care Associates. Animal Care has always treated a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds and exotics. We continue this commitment today.
Dr. Gunnoe is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Gunnoe is now enjoying retirement with his wife Robin and three children in South Charleston. His menagerie consists of a dog, cats, chickens, ducks, swans and 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 current President of the West Virginia Association of Veterinary Technicians. 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, and a turtle.
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.
Registered Veterinary Technicians
Monica Patton, RVT; Elizabeth Mullins, RVT; Carmel Gray, RVT; Crystal Queen, RVT
Robin Gunnoe, Monica Patton RVT, Pat Thomas
Client Services Manager-Shanae Mace
Patient Services Manager-Elizabeth Jernigan, RVT
Kennel Manager-Pam Higginbotham
Shanae, Mari, Melissa, Courtney, Teresa
Heather, Tina, Jessica, Kimberly, Nate
Pam, Devonda, Christy, Devin, Rae, Beth