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 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.
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.
Joey is the practice manager of FAAH and takes on multiple responsibilities throughout the hospital. Joey resides in Chapin with his wife and three kids (Sydney, Luke and Haley). Joey is also the proud pet parent of 2 dogs (Marshall and Wyatt), 2 birds (Lexie and Charlie) and a guinea pig (Zoey). Joey graduated from Chapin High School and furthered his education at Clemson University graduating in 2004 with degrees in Animal Veterinary Science and Biological Science. He has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field.
When he is not at work, he enjoys being outside, watching his kids play sports, and even likes to do yard work. During the summer months he enjoys going to the beach with the family as much as possible and hanging out on Lake Murray. During the fall months Joey enjoys watching college football (Go Tigers) and deer hunting.
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.
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.
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.
Kristen is a Kennel Technician at FAAH. She has two Geckos named Piper and River. She is very passionate about reptiles and volunteered at Riverbanks Zoo for a year before becoming a Kennel Tech at FAAH. Kristen is going to college to study Criminal Justice, however animals are a huge part of her life. She was born in Lexington SC and has always lived near here.
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.