Animal Hospital South
1304 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803
Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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
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 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 eighth 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. 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. Susan Welsch, BA, DVM
Prior to her relocation to the southeast, Dr. Susan Welsch hailed from the New Jersey, New York area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. Dr. Welsch extended her studies at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City.
She is a skilled sonographer, having trained under Dr. Eric Lindquist, the founder of Sonopath. This expertise is highly sought in veterinary diagnostics and we are fortunate she has chosen to join Animal Hospital South.
Having previously owned a practice in New Jersey, Dr. Welsch understands the value of a state of the art facility as well as tenured and certified professional staff, both evident at the Animal Hospital South. She understands the importance of the bond between human and animal and respects the opinions of those whose lives are so closely aligned with their companion.
She and her husband enjoy their small farm in Henderson County where they raise berries and vegetables. Helping them on their farm are their two "girls," Fiona Francis Bean and Emmy Lou, both wire haired pointers! The couple enjoy seeking the outdoor beauty our mountains offer as well as a nice night listening to good music!
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Dr. Ron Altman, BA, DVM
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 mind.th.
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!
Krista, RVT, Fear Free Certified
Krista initially decided to pursue attending veterinary school when she considered her plans for advanced education. She received her associate degree tangentially with her high school diploma through the Buncombe County Early College. Her senior project was interestingly a complete filming of a TPLO orthopedic surgery on a patient with a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. She transferred to Western Carolina University in the pre-veterinary program where she spent her junior year.
After some soul searching, she decided to apply to the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program on the last day before admissions applications were no longer accepted. She received acceptance with flying colors! She is now a graduate of that institution.
Zoe, who is shown in Krista’s arms, was adopted from Brother Wolf by Krista’s mother a few years ago. What Krista and her mother discovered was that Zoe thought Krista was tops! Hence, Zoe moved in with Krista to live her best life in her forever home.
Krista chose Animal Hospital South to continue her quest of excellence in veterinary medicine because of the extraordinary care focused on all patients. She particularly seeks to establish relationships with her patients and enjoys assuring they have everything they need for a healthy and fun life.
When Krista is not at the hospital, she can be found with friends, hiking, or pool lounging with a cooler and hotdogs. She is an avid grower of succulents and there is even one tattooed on her arm!
Cheyenne, RVT, Fear Free Certified
Cheyenne and Eli make a special twosome. Eli was previously an Asheville Humane Society kitty with a healed bullet wound to the femur. Cheyenne was working her clinicals at the Humane Society as part of her degree program in veterinary medical technology. Post amputation, the stars aligned, and this kitty found his most beautiful life with one of the most compassionate humans on the planet.
Growing up with chickens, ducks, nine bunnies, a hamster, a german shepherd named Malavita, and milking goats, Cheyenne’s natural path in life was to continue care for those with no voice. Her moment of revelation was when she was only thirteen years of age and her family rescued a giant schnauzer puppy who lived to be three years of age. The multiple trips to the doctor coupled with the needed continual medication cemented Cheyenne’s path into veterinary medicine.
She is now a proud graduate of the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program. She chose to continue her life’s work at Animal Hospital South because of the “over the top” care given to each and every patient.
On her days away from her work, she enjoys hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah Forest. When not hiking she chills with her furry loved ones as well as her fiance’ Shannon. Shannon is one lucky man!
Frances, RVT, Fear Free Certified
What a compliment to her parents, that Fran loves to spend her time with her family!
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 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!
Tina grew up with a dog and cat always in the household. From these early years she learned the special value animals bring to a family. For this reason we are fortunate Tina is the first point of contact for pet parents calling the Animal Hospital South with all questions concerning their pet's needs.
Tina previously worked with a small animal hospital in the area for several years gaining valuable experience understanding the unique needs of many and varied patients. She was familiar with the stellar reputation of Animal Hospital South, hence when a position became available, she was first in line to connect with Mindy, our practice manager.
When Tina is away from the hospital, she keeps busy with her own family! She has two kitties, Dixie and Gemma, and a dog named Onyx. Apparently Dixie keeps the four legged family members under her paw!
In 2017, Kiatcha moved to the California desert south of Los Angeles. It was not long before she encountered the wildfires in that area and had to make a lightning-fast decision to evacuate her pets as well as other’s pets in need of escape.
Dahlia is her sweet doggie with the big doggie smile in the picture. Dahlia loves to hike and swim, having lots and lots of energy. Two kitties also live in Kiatcha’s household, Ashton and Mike Jones. All three furry friends enjoy each other’s company.
Dina familiarized herself with the world of animal protection working in the Brother Wolf Shelter for several years as a supervisor. Obviously she had a great affinity for care of those not able to care for themselves.
Originally from the Bronx, she left to move to Colorado. She discovered Asheville through a friend and has not left yet! Nash, shown hamming it up with Dina, and a kitty named Frankie round out Dina’s household. The two boys do very well together eager to hear Dina’s voice when she arrives home.
When asked what Dina loves most about Animal Hospital South, she is quick to respond “the doctors and the team.” Also she “loves the animals who come here every day.” Dina is sharp and always quick with the answer needed when anyone calls the front office.
On her days spent with Nash and Frankie, she enjoys a good bonfire hanging with friends. Nash loves to hike around the lake at Montreat. Frankie, not so much.
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!
Richard is a true out west native having grown up in Texas and New Mexico. He is accustomed to the desert life and hot dry air. He knew some friends in Hendersonville and they invited him to visit. He came, he saw, and he stayed.
Richard was making a living in the customer service industry when he felt the need to make a change which would create a difference in his life work. He felt led to inquire of a position at Animal Hospital South. He found for what he was searching.
Richard is shown in the picture with Nutmeg who is small. She is in strong contrast to the doggies Richard shares his life with in his home. His red lab, Moses, his Catahoula lab, Aaron, his Bloodhound, Joshua, and his German Shepherd, Echo all get along well and as one can imagine, eat large amounts of food. Joshua, in particular, has a wee bit of trouble understanding personal space. Richard shops for bulk when he purchases food for his dog family.
When Richard is not engaged with clients and patients at Animal Hospital South, he plays music. He plays pretty much everything having been in several bands. Jam sessions and gigs are a part of his daily routine.
The furry companions in Richard’s home are lucky to have such high quality background music!
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
Animal Hospital South
1304 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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