About Us

Hours & Directions

We’re right off I-40 in East Asheville! We’re located at 1275 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805. Click HERE for a map of our location. You can find us most easily off of exit 55 from I-40, taking a left on RT. 70. We’re about a mile up the road on the left.


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

Contact Us

By Phone:

Animal Hospital East: 828-298-6585

By Email:

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

By Fax: 828-298-6898

Our Staff

Our staff for both hospitals is listed here, as each employee is capable of working both our East and South locations. All of our staff members are technically trained in order to facilitate a patient’s care in a careful and expedient manner. Both hospitals and their staff members have contributed generously 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 Katrina 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, Dr. Tom Kuhnhaving 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. 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!


Asheville Dental Health for Animals

Dr. Ron Altman, BS, MS, DVM

Specializing in Dental procedures. Bio to come. 



Vickie, Chief Nurse

Vickie has been with Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South immediately following her graduation from UNC Asheville. Vickie holds a BA in Biology and she received every scholastic honor given through the university. She enjoys the fast pace of our hospitals and is a master of organization. You can count on Vickie to know what is on the agenda and the status of all our hospitalized patients. If you have a question she is pleased to be of assistance. She is pictured here with Fanny.

Brenda, RVT

Brenda knew in elementary school what she wanted to be when she grew up, a veterinary technician.  A native of Asheville, her parents and family encouraged her academic studies. Brenda is living her dream now as she has matriculated in Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program.

Brenda has expertise with handling kitties.  She has had feline companions in the home as long as she can remember.  

Pappa is her forever friend always lending a playful paw!  Brenda is pictured with Pappa.  


Practice Managers


Mindy has lived in North Carolina all of her life. She has worked for Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South since she was sixteen years of age. Mindy shares her home with three dogs – Patton, BB, and Rosey.

Mindy can answer any question you might have concerning patient or client care. Mindy enjoys shopping and spending time with her husband Ross, her children Coleson, Charlee, and Bladen, family and friends. She is pictured with Patton.


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 three kitties, Jackson, Tiger, 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!


Rebecca had a wish to be a part of the Animal Hospital East patient care group after having been a client for many years with her two canine companions, Jasmine and Kane, who have since passed away. She was acquainted with Amy and Mindy, two women who have created a loving and safe environment for all patients entering the hospital.

Rebecca spent five years in Hawaii with her husband Corey, an army combat medic. The awesome “fun in the sun” ended when both Rebecca and Corey decided to come home to family in their native Asheville.

Rebecca managed an Enmark store for ten years which kept her busy with an incredible amount of clerical tasks as well as on site management.

Along came Phoenix, the couple’s beautiful son, and a change in heart for Rebecca’s future employment. Rebecca is usually caring for patients but she can also be found in the front office at times. She has also made herself available as the Night Nurse should she be needed.

What is most satisfying to Rebecca is to see a sick patient make that long journey home to his or her pet parents! Chilling out for movie night is a marvelous time together for Rebecca and her family. Rebecca is pictured here with Django. Django also has to share his home with Crimson. Sometimes Django does not like sharing!!


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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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Our Facilities

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