Where you and your pet are part of our family.

About Us

Forest Acres Animal Hospital specializes in skilled, practical veterinary medicine for animals of all life stages, with comprehensive services such as boarding and grooming.

We understand that hospital visits for your pet can be a stressful time, and pride ourselves in our welcoming environment. We promise to improve your veterinary experience with a calming and quiet clinic, individualized care from our trained staff, and the latest advances in veterinary medicine.

We are conveniently located on Forest Drive across from Richland Mall, five minutes from downtown Columbia in the heart of Forest Acres.

Dr. Graham

Jessica Graham - Veterinarian / Practice Owner

Dr. Graham graduated from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She has been practicing in the midlands for 11 years. Eighteen months ago, she established her own house call practice. She has a passion for a stress free enviorment for all pets.

Fun Facts:
Dr. Graham lives with her husband of 10 years 1 son, 5 dogs, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 12 chickens, a Vietnamease pot-bellied pig, and a Japanese fighting turtle.

Dr. Graham is fear free certified. Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.

Fear Free Certified



Joey Abstance

Joey Abstance - Practice Manager

Joey is the practice manager of FAAH and takes on multiple responsibilities throughout the hospital. He resides in Chapin SC with his wife and two kids. Before getting into the animal field he made his career as an Uber eats driver but knew he had a deep passion for cats. So, soon after he quit, he found a position at an animal hospital. He loves felines so much that he refuses to work with dogs on any occasion. Even his free time is spent at the shelters playing with cats and feeding kittens. Joey is an easy going guy that truly enjoys his job, mostly because of all the cats he gets to meet.




Rachael

Rachael - Groomer / Kennel Manager

Rachael is truly a wonderwoman, and to describe her as anything less would be an understatement! She joined the Forest Acres Animal Hospital family in 2014, and is a certified groomer with 17 years' experience. She has a special talent calming nervous clients and has transformed many pets who have previously been excused from other grooming facilities for fear or aggression. We are so lucky to have her on the team!

Her passions outside of work include being outside and yardwork/landscaping, any and all things Disney, and spending time on the lake with her Labrador Retriever, Pearl. She also has 2 poodles Nason and Nena, and an African spurred tortise Gus.

Fun Facts:
Previously coached USSSA softball and contributed to a three-peat winning streak.
There's not a Disney movie she hasn't seen--which might explain the unique vintage Disney posters that decorate her grooming room.

Rachael is fear free certified. Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them.

Fear Free Certified



Nick

Nick - Technician / Assistant Kennel Manager

Nick Schaffer was born in Sumter, SC but resides in Columbia, SC. From a very young age he has had a love for animals and is following his dreams of being a vet tech. He has one dog of his own, a German Shepard mix named Noble. In his off time he enjoys various activities including reading, watching movies, and playing video games. He drives a 1985 EL Camino.




Morgan

Morgan - Technician

Morgan was born in Columbia, SC but now lives in Blythewood, SC. Since Morgan was younger she has always wanted to become a veterinarian because of her huge love for all animals. She recently just finished her Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in Veterinary Medical Sciences and plans to go to veterinary school next fall. Morgan currently has 2 dogs, 3 horses, and 2 cats. She enjoys going to the beach and being outside. As a passionate and caring person, Morgan cannot wait to meet and love on all of our clients animals.




Kristen

Kristen - Kennel Worker

Morgan was born in Columbia, SC but now lives in Blythewood, SC. Since Morgan was younger she has always wanted to become a veterinarian because of her huge love for all animals. She recently just finished her Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in Veterinary Medical Sciences and plans to go to veterinary school next fall. Morgan currently has 2 dogs, 3 horses, and 2 cats. She enjoys going to the beach and being outside. As a passionate and caring person, Morgan cannot wait to meet and love on all of our clients animals.




Betty White

Betty White - Hospital Kitty

Betty came to us from a friend of Dr. Graham and is a 10 year old lady. When she first showed up we all had high hopes of a loving and welcoming cat, but we soon learned that her only thoughts were of our destruction. In the early days we realized that she may in fact have some actual mental issues and she would claw and scratch at us because she knew we wanted to love her and her heart was closed to any affection. It took us a few weeks before we could show her that she was safe with us and the delicious food we provided for her. She has come around to us and is now a very tolerable, possibly loving, cat. She is a welcome addition here for as long as she chooses to stay out of our canine patients mouths.




Ken Weems

Ken Weems
Business Manager

Clinic Staff

Clinic Staff

Weems Family

Weems Family

Forest Acres Animal Hospital

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