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. 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 - 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 and certified in cat and dog first aid. 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 - Veterinary Assistant / 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.


Meredith - Veterinary Assistant

Meredith is a receptionist, training to be a Vet assistant at FAAH. She will be graduating in 2023 and is hoping to go to vet school. She has 4 dog, 2 cats and 3 horses. Meredith spends her free time drawing and riding her horses.


Maddie - Veterinary Assistant

Maddie has been in the field of veterinary medicine for about 8 years and has a strong passion for the care and wellbeing of animals. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Biology from USC in 2020 and plans to get her license as a veterinary technician in small animal practice. Maddie has a dog named Loki, a cat named Peaches, and a crested gecko named Charybdis. When not at work, Maddie enjoys hiking with her friends, playing with her dog, and traveling.


Candice - Veterinary Assistant

Candice has been working as a vet tech for 8 years. She has spent time at general practice as well in the ER. She has 2 dogs and 1 3 legged cat. She enjoys being in the sun near the water for fun.


Kristen - Kennel Worker

Kristen is a Kennel Technician at FAAH. She has two Geckos named Piper and River, and a Dog named Cali. 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.


Larren - Receptionist

Larren Kneale has 7 years experience as a vet tech and also now receptionist. She absolutely loves what she does and has always had a touch for working with pets and their owners. FUN FACT: She has 4 pets of her own (3 dogs & 1 cat). In her free time she loves spending time with her 2 sons.

Nacho Larry

Nacho Larry - Hospital Kitty

Betty White

In Memory
Betty White - Hospital Kitty

When Betty 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 was a very tolerable, possibly loving, cat. Betty White passed in early 2022 and we miss her.

Ken Weems

Ken Weems
Business Manager

Clinic Staff

Clinic Staff

Weems Family

Weems Family

Clinic Staff


Weems Family

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Forest Acres Animal Hospital

Phone: (803) 738-1515

Text: (844) 953 07175

Email: forestacresanimalhospital@gmail.com

Forest Acres Animal Hospital
3327 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29204

Do you need a home visit to care for your pets? Contact Graham Vet to Pet to schedule a home vet visit.

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