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Animal Hospital South

1304 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803
Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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


Animal Hospital South: 828-277-0600


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 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 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. 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 at the top of his class. 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 remained an assistant professor of epidemiology for several years. He has received several teaching awards validating his sincere love of teaching. Dr. Valeika is currently an adjunct professor in epidemiology for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 is currently serving on the Buncombe County Public Health Board.

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! In fact, Dr. Valeika is the official mushroom identifier for the Veterinary Information Network. 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, BS, DVM

Upon graduation from high school, Dr. Powell took a circuitous route to becoming the astute veterinary clinician he is today.  After speaking to a Navy recruiter, rather than filling in college applications, he found himself on the bus to the Nuclear Power Program.  His training began in Orlando, Florida and completed in Saratoga Springs, New York.  He was then assigned to the USS Charlotte stationed at Pearl Harbor.  Lucky for him, he lived in warm and sunny downtown Waikiki, Hawaii.  He has certification as a nuclear electrician as well as certification in high radiation.  He also claims accomplishment as a scuba diver for the Navy certified at the highest level.
Upon completing his tour of military duty, he returned to his home state of South Carolina where he matriculated at Clemson University.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Science.
Since Dr. Powell has a bit of wanderlust, he pulled up his Southern roots and made his way to the American West.  He applied for a coveted scholarship from the United States Army Veterinary Corps and received one of only thirty nationwide.  He then graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.
Moving farther west to Tacoma, Washington, he spent three years caring for the Army's highly trained elite working dogs as well as soldiers' personal companion pets.  Dr. Powell wrapped up his military service and worked in private practice just outside of Seattle, which is also where he met his wife Emily, a primary school teacher for the deaf.  Together they like to ski and snowboard the very high and very steep mountains of the western half of America.
Never one to turn down a challenge, Dr. Powell and his wife camped their way across the entire United States on their way to Animal Hospital South,  Asheville, North Carolina.
Simon is the rather large orange kitty seen holding Dr. Powell!  He was diagnosed with food aggression before moving into the Powell household.   Must be careful with treats!

Dr. Josh Von Szalatnay, BS, DVM

Dr. 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 speaks many languages and, according to him, some are spoken better than others!

He is an avid kayaker and spends much of his free time on the local creeks and 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. Stephanie Spring, BS, DVM

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Asheville Dental Health for Animals

Dr. Ron Altman, BS, MS, DVM

Specializing in Dental procedures. Bio to come.


Jamie, CVT, Head Nurse

Jamie 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

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 loves the beach! She grew up on it in sunny Florida. As a small child, she decided she would be a veterinarian. What she discovered as an adult was how much she enjoyed the hands- on experience associated with being a veterinary technician. She traveled to Asheville because of close friendships and graduated from the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program.

She interviewed with several hospitals and was immediately struck with how "super friendly" Mindy, our practice manager was to her. Brittany says Animal Hospital South and Animal Hospital East feels like a family. She describes her employment as a necessary "puzzle piece" in her life. "Everyone here cares. I love this place!" We couldn't be more thrilled she picked our hospitals!

When she has time away from her patients, she enjoys movies, music, and traveling.

Roody is pictured with Brittany. A doggy daycare Brittany worked in many years ago had a Dog Bus. As the bus was pulling out, a small 6 month old puppy ran toward the vehicle, they opened the door, and little Roody entered the Dog Bus. Eleven years later, Roody can notch that day as his best!

Krista, RVT

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Cheyenne, RVT

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Francis, RVT

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Client Care


Kailah was drawn to Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South 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 rec

ently 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!


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Patient Care


Vanessa has consistently shown to always be helpful in all ways possible.  That is because she loves what she does, caring for pets who come in the Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South.

Vanessa is enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Asheville working toward her degree.  We are fortunate she has joined our team consisting of state of the art skill as well as compassionate care! 


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AAHA Member

Animal Hospital South is proud to be an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Our accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of veterinary care. AAHA regularly inspects our hospital to ensure that we comply with the association's standards for facilities, equipment, and quality procedures. AAHA standards are recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine. Approximately 12 percent of animal hospitals in the United States are accredited by AAHA.


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1304 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803
Monday - Friday:
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Animal Hospital South

1304 Hendersonville Rd

Asheville, NC 28803


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Phone: 828-277-0600

Fax: 828-277-6162