Welcome To Beacon Veterinary Hospital

At Beacon Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are!

Beacon Veterinary Hospital is more than just pet care. We pride ourselves on taking an alternate approach -- one that blends extraordinary pet care with your family’s needs and lifestyle, acting as good stewards for our animals, our environment, and our community.

In the heart of historic downtown Swannanoa, against the gorgeous backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Beacon Veterinary Hospital is nestled between the famous North Carolina artisan communities of Asheville and Black Mountain. As part of this community, we recognize the rich historic nature of our building and the region. Our name is, in part, a tribute to this area’s historical treasure: the Beacon Blanket.

Light from a Beacon guides travelers safely on their journeys, or it can be used to celebrate life’s special moments. Through either turbulence or celebration, the Beacon is constant and unwavering, warm and inviting, joyful and safe. In this way, we see the Beacon as the perfect symbol of our commitment to you and your pet! We invite you to explore these pages and get acquainted, to learn why you will want us as “your other family doctor!"


Dear Pet Guardians and Friends of Beacon Veterinary Hospital,

Over the last few months, you may have noticed a new doc sitting on the floor with your four-legged companions, Dr. Jeff Johansson. We are incredibly pleased to announce that, beginning this summer, Dr. Johansson will be our new full-time vet 4 days a week. He will continue to offer the compassionate and excellent care expected by Beacon clients, drawing upon a strong background in urgent care, emergency surgery, and internal medicine.

Leaving the clinic in Dr. Johansson’s capable hands, Dr. Guenther will reduce his hours to 2 days a week, giving him more time to garden, golf, woodwork, and enjoy some semiretirement. He will continue seeing patients and doing some surgeries.

As many of you know, Dr. Guenther has practiced in WNC since 1973 after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. Over the last 40+ years, Dr. Guenther has practiced equine and small animal medicine in several successful practices before making a career change and earning his MBA/MHA from Pfeiffer University in 1999. As part of his MBA work, he laid the foundation for transforming his practice Biltmore Veterinary Associates (1983-1999) into what is now REACH hospital. Since then, he has worked as a veterinary practice consultant for clinics across the US. He founded Beacon in 2008. Meet Dr. Johansson!

Dr. Johansson is a graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After earning his veterinary degree, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University. He and his wife moved to Fairview, NC in 2008, and they are so proud to call these mountains home!In his spare time, Dr. Johansson enjoys writing and playing music, reading, traveling, and being outdoors with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Tess. He has recorded five albums of original music and has been a part of the live music scene in Asheville since moving here. “We are proud to be raising our daughter in a beautiful area with such a wonderful and inspiring community.” He looks forward to meeting all of the Beacon clientele and continuing the high quality of care set forth by Dr. Guenther.

Improvements to Come!We are continuing to look for more opportunities to improve the lives of our patients. With Dr. Johansson’s set of skills, we are starting the process of implementing some of these services. Please be on the lookout for upcoming emails detailing these improvements.

As always, we thank you for entrusting us with the care of your dogs and cats. We know they are a valued part of your family and we treat them like family!

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