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March 24, 2016 - 5:38pm

The phrase "Never stop learning" is important in veterinary medicine. Throughout the year all of our staff members participate in continuing education, whether it be online, attending national conferences, seminars at universities, lunch and learns or presentations from visiting experts. Each of our veterinarians attend national veterinary conferences which offer classes by the most highly regarded speakers in their respective fields.

This year Dr. Wootten and Dr. Duncan attended the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) 2016 in Las Vegas during the week of March 6-11th. The Western...

March 22, 2016 - 4:29pm

We are proud to announce that Animal Hospital of North Asheville has once again been awarded the American Animal Hospital Association’s top honor, AAHA accreditation.  Only 12-15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada maintain AAHA accreditation. We were the first animal hospital in Asheville to gain accreditation, and our hospital has been continuously accredited since 1979.

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February 16, 2016 - 8:40pm

By Dr. Dave Thompson

Dr. Betsy Thompson, Dr. Jim Earley and I recently attended the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, FL, which is a learning experience for veterinarians that has no equal. The NAVC has occurred each year in January since 1984, and Betsy and I have attended almost every year. We were delighted to have Jim with us this year. The purpose of this article is to give you a little insight into this exciting learning opportunity that also gives us the chance to examine and learn about the latest equipment.

The NAVC is the largest veterinary...

February 16, 2016 - 7:04pm

It's about that time of year again when the “big time change” happens. Daylight Savings Time is usually accompanied with a cheer or a groan. No matter if you look forward to more sunlight in the morning or being able to enjoy the natural light a little longer after work, adjusting your clocks means a change to your daily routine. It not only affects people but it can cause stress and confusion in pets too.  

Do you have a dog or cat that can tell you when meal time is to the minute? Does your dog wake you up every day at the same time to go out to eliminate? Does your cat know when...

February 16, 2016 - 6:54pm

Our own Dr. Jim Earley and his wife, Georgia, are happy to announce an addition to their family-and not a four-legged one. Obie is a border collie from West Virginia who suffered severe damage to his right rear leg when he got caught in a leg-hold trap. The leg was so badly damaged and infected that it required amputation. Poor Obie suffered terribly before he was found, but he is now all set for a wonderful life as the beloved three-legged member of the Earley family.

Jim and Georgia are very grateful to a wonderful veterinary technician, Emily Sowards, who was working in...

January 24, 2016 - 10:20pm

Animal Hospital of North Asheville recently upgraded our ultrasound capability with a new machine for the fourth time. Why did we spend over $80,000 to upgrade again? Because the new ultrasound machine produces amazingly detailed images that can improve our ability to make quick and accurate diagnoses. This ability can make the difference between life and death for your pet, and that makes us happy. 

We have always been a leader in ultrasonography in Western NC, and to really use our high level skill at ultrasound we need state of the art equipment. Developing technology continues...

January 18, 2016 - 4:29pm

Thank you to everyone who donated cat food, dog food, blankets, toys, treats or money to the AHNA Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive. The caring and generosity that you showed for needy dogs and cats was heartwarming and made the AHNA staff joyous as we watched the food and supplies pour in for needy pets. By the end of our Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive, our Education Room was loaded as we carefully divided the food and supplies into piles for Asheville Humane Society, Meals on Wheels Pet Food Program, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

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January 18, 2016 - 12:42pm

AHNA now has a vaccine to help prevent the new strain of flu (H3N2) that affected many dogs in the Asheville area last summer. In November 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture granted a conditional license for the vaccine to address outbreaks. This is a killed virus vaccine which requires two doses, 3 weeks apart in adult dogs and puppies. The series cannot be started in puppies until they are 8 weeks old. Once initial immunity is established by the two vaccines, the pet will need an annual booster. This vaccine will offer your dog the best protection possible at this time,...

December 16, 2015 - 12:04pm

AHNA wants to give two amazing young people our most sincere thanks for their extraordinary generosity. Selfless and caring sisters Lindsey, age 10, and Lauren, age 12, both asked for donations of pet food instead of birthday gifts for themselves! They carefully stored the donations until our pet food drive began and are thrilled that the food will benefit three organizations that work to help needy pets. This is Lindsey’s second year donating her birthday gifts and now Lauren has joined her, which means that many more hungry pets will be helped! Lauren and Lindsey are seen in this picture...

December 15, 2015 - 3:14pm

All of us at Animal Hospital of North Asheville are thrilled that Tails at Twilight-Taste of Compassion raised over $100,000 to help needy pets in our community. We feel fortunate to have an organization such as Asheville Humane Society caring for the needy pets of our community, so we feel honored to be a sponsor for this great event.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it spectacular and to everyone who came out to help the animals! See pictures and read more below.

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