The History of Lange Animal Hospital
Lange Animal Hospital first opened its doors in West Knoxville on December 26, 1977, under the direction of twin-brother veterinarians, Rick and Randy Lange. Originally from Iowa, the Langes lived in South Florida before deciding to relocate to Eastern Tennessee. They chose Knoxville as their new home because they loved the beauty of the area and the friendliness of the people.
Evidence of our commitment to excellence can be found in our being the first private animal hospital in east Tennessee to be certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), with its stringent standards guaranteeing the highest-quality medical service and patient care. We obtained our certification in 1980, and have maintained that distinction ever since.
Our Longstanding Commitment to Excellence
At Lange Animal Hospital, we’re committed to going above and beyond by providing our patients with veterinary care that’s compassionate and personalized. We know the value of investing in long-term relationships with our clients and treating our patients like they’re our own pets. Our West Knoxville animal hospital has been serving local pets and their families for almost 40 years. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve earned in the local community for exemplary medical care and customer service.
Practice Growth and Changes
Our commitment to excellence has never wavered, but there have been some changes to our practice over the years. In 1993, our original building was torn down by the state of Tennessee to make way for the Pellissippi Parkway. We relocated two blocks west to our current location on Kingston Pike. Relocating gave us the opportunity to draw on our years of experience in veterinary medicine and design our new animal hospital from the ground up. Our patients and clients greatly appreciated our expanded and upgraded facilities.
When we first started out, we had just two doctors on duty, in addition to a single receptionist up front. The practice has grown steadily since then; we now have four veterinarians and 17 support staff members. Tragically, Dr. Rick was involved in a fatal car accident in November of 1999, and he has been sorely missed ever since. To this day, our hospital and staff continue to be guided by his spirit, leadership, and determination to provide the best veterinary care to pets in West Knoxville and surrounding communities.