About Us

Hours & Directions

We are located at 1304 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803. Click HERE for a map of our location. You can find us most easily off of exit 50 from I-40, going south on Hendersonville Road. We’re less than three miles down the road on the left. We’re also less than a mile from where the Blue Ridge Parkway intersects Hendersonville Road.


Monday through Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Contact Us

By Phone:

Animal Hospital South: 828-277-0600

By Email:

For questions regarding fees, scheduling, or other questions, click here or call for a more prompt response.

By Fax: 828-277-6162

Our Staff

All of our staff members are technically trained in order to facilitate a patient’s care in a careful and expedient manner. Animal Hospital South staff members have contributed generously to Brother Wolf, to the Asheville Humane Society’s recent education and adoption center as well as to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the latter of which is responsible for providing aid to victims of Hurricane Florence and Michael as well as other rescue organizations locally and statewide.


Dr. Tom B. Kuhn, BS, DVM

2013 North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Tom Kuhn is a second generation Veterinarian, having grown up as part of a military family in the west and southeast. His father graduated from the University of Washington, receiving his DVM degree from Washington State University as well as a Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Kuhn earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine with high honors. He served as the 2016-2017 President of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

In 1981, Dr. Kuhn and his wife, Dr. Margaret Kuhn, founded Animal Hospital East and in 1999 opened their second clinic, Animal Hospital South. They have three children. Both doctors are committed to their church and enjoy participating in community outreach and educational programs.  Outside of the practice Dr. Kuhn enjoys boating, reading, hiking and singing in the church choir.

In his daily clinical practice Dr. Kuhn has a special interest and advanced training in ultrasonography, knee surgery, dentistry, and pain management. Dr. Kuhn has received the prestigious 2013 North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year award from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

Pictured with him is Tank, the Animal Hospital East community kitty. Tank tries to be good most of the time.


Dr. Margaret A. Kuhn, BS, DVM, MA

Dr. Margaret Kuhn also graduated with honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Margaret Kuhn completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech with a degree in biochemistry. She interned with Dr. Clint Lowry, a prior surgery professor from the University of Georgia, gaining valuable experience with multiple surgeries as well as emergency care.

Dr. Margaret Kuhn has raised three children and maintained expertise in small animal surgery. She is also involved in the management of both of her hospitals. Margaret is an accomplished ballet dancer and holds a Master’s degree from Duke University. While at Duke, she completed extensive coursework in animal ethics and wrote her thesis on the animal-human relationship.

Interestingly, Dr. Margaret Kuhn is a sixth generation resident of western North Carolina with roots in Hot Springs, Waynesville, Black Mountain, and Asheville. Both of her parents are graduates of UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Margaret Kuhn is also the proud parent of three beautiful horses, Jobono, Buttons and Sparkle. She is pictured here with Tuck, her beloved friend and companion who has recently passed.


Dr. Josh Von Szalatnay, BS, DVM

Dr. Josh Von Szalatnay, BS, DVMDr. Josh von Szalatnay received his undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Charleston with high honors, followed by a veterinary degree from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. von Szalatnay has devoted much of his time and expertise to the welfare of homeless animals as well as extensive participation with Remote Area Medical, an organization devoted to rural medical and veterinary care. Dr. von Szalatnay has a unique interest in international veterinary medicine evidenced by his participation in externships in Germany, Mexico, and Brazil.

He is an avid kayaker and spends much of his free time paddling local rivers. He is the recipient of the prestigious Global Citizen Award given by the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. He is pictured here with Sensi MacEachern, a visiting friend!


Dr. Steve Valeika, BS, DVM, PhD

Before relocating to the southeast, Dr. Steve Valeika spent his youth in New York. He attended Vanderbilt University, graduating with high honors and a Bachelor’s degree in biology.

His studies resumed at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated valedictorian. He accepted an internship at the North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in small animal medicine and surgery when he was offered the very competitive Kenan Fellowship in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

He remained in the N.C. State University Teaching Hospital for several years while completing his academic studies for his PhD. Before completion, he was offered a faculty position at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, where he has remained an assistant professor of epidemiology. He has received several teaching awards validating his sincere love of teaching.

Besides his expertise in infectious diseases, Dr. Valeika is also highly skilled in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and neurology. He has and will continue presenting continuing education seminars to both veterinarians and physicians. Dr. Valeika is delighted to resume daily clinical practice at Animal Hospital South and feels fortunate to work with such an excellent team of doctors. He is eligible to sit for the boards of the American College of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (ACPVM).

Dr. Valeika, along with his wife and daughters, enjoy the outdoor activities that the Asheville area is so well known for. This area also allows him to pursue other interests of photographing and identifying mushrooms! His family shares their home with a kitty named Max. Max has to share his home with their canine companions, Hazel and Boo. Dr. Valeika is pictured with Boo.


Dr. Joshua Powell, DVM, BS

Dr. Powell holding a cat


Nursing Care


Traci has been giving our patients compassionate care for over 16 years. She is an integral part of the Animal Hospital South team and helps our operation run smoothly. She knows many of our patients personally and gives each pet that enters her care individual attention and support.

Traci is a North Carolina native who enjoys reading, fishing, and hiking. She shares her home with 2 cats and her dog Spot (pictured).



Having spent his life in Charlotte, Will packed his bags for Western North Carolina to attend the top school for Veterinary Technology, Asheville Buncombe Technical College. He volunteers for the Humane Society of Asheville to encompass a more comprehensive view of the problem of homelessness in animals.

In fact, he was working on a four year old shelter dog for a class presentation when he decided Bruce had to come home with him! Together Bruce and Will enjoy the outdoor activities the Asheville area is so well known for, hiking, camping and fishing. Will brings the same compassionate care Bruce enjoys to all the patients at Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South.



Ryan transferred from UNC Greensboro to UNC Asheville to take advantage of all Asheville has to offer while pursuing a degree in film editing and photojournalism. He has prior experience working in an animal clinic from working under his father, a veterinarian in Greensboro at Cardinal Animal Hospital.

Ryan had just begun his work at  Animal Hospital South when Nubs showed up! Nubs is an adorable kitty with no tail who knows no stranger. On his days off from school and work, Ryan is out hiking the trails, camping, and playing guitar, banjo, really anything with strings. His beautiful golden retriever, June, always comes along. Ryan is shown here with Nubs.



Kailah holding a hamster wearing a sweaterKailah was drawn to the Animal Hospital East and the Animal Hospital South wonderful group of people because of the one hundred percent emphasis on patient care. Having spent several years managing puppies, kittens, and pocket pets in a pet sales division, she was ready to expand her knowledge and abilities. She was already aware of the compassion and care that every patient receives at Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South.

Kailah volunteers for the Furever Friends Animal Rescue Organization. She was interviewed on WLOS for her tireless commitment to the job of taking care of animals whose pet parents lost their way and could no longer care for their pet. This is a mammoth job as anyone engaged in this work can relate.

Kailah has ten rescued guinea pigs and a bunny in her home! She recently added to the smallish herd a surrendered kitty with many medical problems. Kailah is apprenticing at Animal Hospital East as a Veterinary Technician. She will take this knowledge and complete her certification at the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College.

Kailah is also a writer of children’s books of which several have been published. Many of her themes are developed out of a keen awareness of caring for those who have no voice. She also enjoys listening to popular culture music of the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Kailah is shown here with Poncho and his adorable sweater. Poncho is so lucky to have found his forever home with someone who loves him!



Morgan standing next to a dog while holding a cat



Jamie, CVT, Head Nurse South

JamieBioPictureJamie is an Asheville native who attended Warren Wilson College and is a graduate of the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. His career at Animal Hospital South has spanned over eleven years.

Jamie is an avid bird watcher and has engaged in psittacine education, understanding these unique birds’ behavior and health.

When he is not at work Trixie and Jacque love to hike surrounding farmland and Jacque has even had a swim-in with a local beaver! Scary! Jamie also has a keen interest in black bear wildlife biology and is looking forward to attending veterinary medical school with this interest concentration in mind.

Anyone who has frequented Animal Hospital South knows the calming reassurance Jamie brings to all of his patients. Jamie is shown holding Trixie. Trixie looks as though she has no trouble telling the doggie in the picture who is boss here!


Brittany, CVT

Brittany holding a small dog wearing a sweater







Tiffany moved to the Mills River area from Virginia Beach, Virginia with her companion lhasa apso, Weber. She grew up in Virginia Beach and attended a vocation technical school, receiving certification as a licensed practical nurse in 1998.

She then worked as an office manager for a Disabled Veterans Tidewater Store for nine years. She transitioned easily to the veterinary medicine world, and she is very proud to be a member of the Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South client care team.


Client Care


Amy is a long time staff member who has been with Animal Hospital East for greater than 25 years. Amy is married to Bill and has a son William, who plays a mean round of golf and a young daughter Peyton, who is “already heading to veterinary school.”

Amy enjoys her two kitties, Cookie and Smokey, who think they possess a healthy amount of clout within the family household! She also enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her family. She is pictured here with Wynni who has since passed, but Amy keeps her fondly in her heart.

Ask Amy anything about Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South because she knows everything!



Abigail holding a golden puppy in front of a large painting of a dog being pet


Sara holding dogs


Our Facilities

The facilities of Animal Hospital East are some of the best in the business. Our locations and equipment provide a comfortable environment for our clients with top-notch care for your pets. See our photos section for pictures of each location.