(VOTING ENDS May 21st) 
We are so thankful to our clients for voting us 'Best Veterinarian in WNC' year after year. Winning this award means the world to our staff because we do our  very best to treat every pet with not only the best technology and medicine available, but also with love and compassion. Our entire team, from the client care representatives who greet you at the front desk to the technician and nursing staff members to the veterinarians themselves, all care deeply that you and your pet have the best possible experience at our hospital.

When you vote for Animal Hospital of North Asheville as best 'Veterinary Services in WNC' you are voting for each member of our amazing staff - and we all thank you!

Please take a moment to Vote for AHNA - voting ends May 21st!

We were honored by being named Practice of the Year for 2014 (this isn't the Mountain Xpress award - we still need your vote!) during a major veterinary conference with the judges saying: For their devotion to bettering their community; their dedication to staying on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine; their commitment to their team; their passion for educating their clients using both modern and traditional methods; and their emotional investment in the work they do every day, from leadership on down - Animal Hospital of North Asheville is Petplan's 2014 Practice of the Year. 

We know that we stood out for, among many other things, our efforts to eliminate stress associated with veterinary care, whether it is a dog or a cat, and most recently achieving the Gold Standard for a Cat-Friendly Practice. We have totally separate areas for cats and dogs with the exception of radiology, ultrasound, surgery and dental surgery, which are strategically located so that cats do not have to catch a glimpse of a dog to get to them. We stay abreast of the constantly evolving knowledge of what provides comfort and reduces stress in our cat patients. Cats definitely think differently than dogs and, therefore, need to be treated differently in a medical setting. Of course, we are just as concerned about the anxiety level of our dog patients and stay abreast of all new information on canine anxiety. Needless to say, we give lots and lots of treats to both dogs and cats in order to lessen any anxiety they may be feeling.

We also do not separate pets from the people they love during treatments or hospitalizations. We encourage you to accompany your pet for any non-anesthetic procedure anywhere in the hospital except radiology and chemotherapy (due to safety regulations). We have glass pods in our treatment room to accommodate you and your pet during hospitalizations. We provide all-night nursing care each weeknight with shifts of staff so that staff members are constantly attending to pain control and patient care. We provide Saturday morning hours as well as Saturday and Sunday urgent care hours for our patients, and evening hours until 8:30 p.m. each weeknight.

Here are a few things our clients have said about us:

I LOVE knowing that AHNA is committed to providing excellent care to not only my dogs, but to me as well. Everyone we have ever encountered there has been awesome! - The Cody Family

Every interaction we have had with AHNA has been extremely professional and caring. It is so impressive to be able to get a diagnosis to problems in such a timely manner, because they have the most advanced equipment. We have referred many friends to AHNA, and tell anyone who will listen. We couldn't be happier with the choice we made to come to AHNA. - Linda and Bill Brown

I feel like everyone at AHNA is more than our dogs' caregivers, they are truly our friends. They are absolutely wonderful!! - Sherri Johnson

I have been coming to North Asheville Animal Hospital since 1986, and they have always treated my family with the greatest of care and respect. - Amanda Woodworth
Just some of the reasons you should vote for AHNA:
  • You are welcome to be with your pet throughout outpatient visits or  hospitalizations, just as you would be with a human child. Our goal is keep your pet relaxed and happy!
  • We are one of three veterinary hospitals in North Carolina to meet the Gold Standard level of The Cat Friendly Practice. One requirement is separate facilities for cats so that they do not see or sense dogs. Our staff and equipment are specialized for cats!
  • We are staffed for gentle all-night nursing care & pain prevention should your pet need to be hospitalized. 
  • You choose your own personal veterinarian and a life-long bond forms with you and your pet. This provides individualized care while also providing you and your pet the best in equipment at affordable prices as well as the advantage of collaborative knowledge available in a group practice.
  • We have a full time Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist on staff;  a full time Board Certified Feline and Canine Practitioner; a veterinarian devoted to dentistry and anesthesia; a veterinarian with extensive ultrasound training; each veterinarian with areas of special interest; all veterinarians collaborate on cases ; we offer consultation through telemedicine and the Veterinary Information Network.
  • We have stringent requirements for continuing education for our  veterinarians and staff.
  • Our 48 staff members are the very best and have an average of 11 years of experience at AHNA.
  • We are proud to have 11 certified veterinary technicians on staff to provide your pet expert care.
  • We offer Saturday and Sunday hours for continuity of care for your pet in a familiar place.
  • We have diagnostic capabilities not commonly found in veterinary practices:  laparoscopic biopsies and surgery for less post op pain; endoscopy for diagnostics and to remove foreign bodies without surgery; otoscopy to diagnose and treat ear infections; rhinoscopy for nasal diagnostics and surgery; digital dental x-ray;  highest quality digital x-ray system; color flow doppler ultrasound for abdominal and cardiac diagnostics.
  • Our electronic medical records are outstanding; our 40 computer work stations throughout the hospital keep your pet's medical record at our finger tips and our generator provides constant access to life saving care.
  • Our amazingly equipped surgery and dental suites each have their own air system to maintain sterility.
  • Our goal, along with providing a loving experience, is a fast and accurate diagnosis which gets your pet better more quickly and actually saves you money.
  • We have been AAHA-accredited since 1979, and we live the AAHA standards every single day.  
  • We are Living Wage Certified and have the Superior Service Award from Angie's List. 
Community Work, Awards, and Accolades

The Animal Hospital of North Asheville is proud to be an integral part of the Asheville, NC community. During our years in Asheville, we have donated a great deal of time as well as our resources to a variety of local animal shelters and pet organizations. We have also been recognized by many local publications and organizations for the charitable work that we have done. Here are some of the community work, awards, and accolades we are most proud of:  

  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville has been repeatedly voted "Best Veterinarian" by readers of the Mountain Express, Asheville's local weekly newspaper, and is recognized in their "Hall of Fame."
  • Dr. David Thompson has assisted the Madison County Animal Shelter with fundraising, consulting and rabies control clinics. He also served as a member of the Animal Shelter Advisory Board for the Commissioners of Buncombe County.
  • The veterinarians and staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville raised more than $7,000 for animal rescue and healthcare at Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine for animals lost in Hurricane Katrina.
  • Drs. David and Betsy Thompson served on the steering committee as chairpersons of the veterinary committee of Asheville Humane Society Capital Building Campaign for the Nancy H. Clark Adoption and Education Center.
  • In 2007, Animal Hospital of North Asheville raised funds for the purchase of comfortable and durable elevated beds for dogs in the Asheville Humane Society.
  • Our veterinarians personally donated more than $30,000 for the construction of the Asheville Humane Society's Nancy H. Clark Adoption and Education Center completed in 2010.
  • Dr. Betsy Thompson served as Secretary and Vice Chair of Asheville Humane Society's Board of Directors and recently completed a six year term.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville provides discounted care to cats and dogs through Animal Haven and Mary Paws rescue organizations.
  • For the past several years, we have provided more than $23,000 per year in free medical care to dogs and cats through the Asheville Compassion Network and Asheville Humane Society.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville provides discounted services for service animals and pets residing in nursing homes. We also provide discounted services to the Asheville Police Department's K-9 officers.
  • Dr. Warren Riggle was a frequent guest on WCQS Public Radio call-in program "Conversations." He discussed many interesting topics related to pet health care.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville has received Beautification Awards from the Men's Garden Club and Quality Forward. We have also received the Treasure Tree Award from Quality Forward, in recognition of our preservation for many years of a large tree on our property.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville serves as a Corporate Sponsor several times each year  for events held by Paws for a Cause, Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf. In addition, we were a corporate sponsor for Pet Harmony.
  • We are very proud of our Annual Pet Food Drive held in December of each year. Last year we collected over 5 tons of pet food which we donated to Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, Brother Wolf and the pet food assistance program of Meals on Wheels.  Our hospital donated one ton of the food ourselves!
  • Several of our veterinarians are members of Asheville Humane Society's Leadership Circle, a group that provides sustaining funds for special programs such as foster care and medical care.
  • Each year the staff members of Animal Hospital of North Asheville sponsor several of Buncombe County's  foster children by providing gifts and clothing for them during the holiday season.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville provides weekly puppy socialization/preschool in our large Education Room free of charge.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville provides at least one monthly free Behavior Help Session in our Education Room for people to learn the latest in ways to help their pets.
  • Animal Hospital of North Asheville actively supports and provides meeting room space for Friends of North Asheville Dog Park.