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 through Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
ahe_ahs@bellsouth.net or call for a more prompt response.

By Fax: 828-298-6898

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 East’s 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 KuhnDr. 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 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!

Nursing Care


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 also wanted to be associated with a top hospital to enhance his training. He chose Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South.

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.



On moving day from Greensboro to Asheville, Ryan saw the sign to Animal Hospital East and was enchanted by a veterinary hospital with such natural beauty on a hillside. He drove right up to the front door and inquired as to if there was a job available. There was and so started his second veterinary job, his first having been with his father, a veterinarian in Greensboro at Cardinal Animal Hospital.

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. Ryan had just begun his work at Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South when Nubs showed up. Nubs is a pretty adorable kitty with no tail and 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. Nubs is a lucky kitty because Ryan gave him a forever home!



P1050485_doneAnna is originally from Charlotte and came to us after attending Sweet Briar College on academic scholarship, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish. While at Sweet Briar she was an avid participant in the equine hunter program.

In addition to providing personal and nurturing care to all the animals at Animal Hospital East, she is a youth mentor at the YMCA and volunteers for the Asheville Humane Society and Groce United Methodist Church, where her sister serves as pastor.

Before moving to Asheville Anna worked for a year in the Arcadia National Park, enjoying the natural beauty of Maine. She is attracted to the Asheville area because of the openness of the community and the opportunity for involvement in so many different areas of interest.

Anna has a 14 year old black persian kitty named Harriet, as well as 4 year old Alice, who is not at all fond of Harriet!






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.


Katie, RVT

done_DSC_5525bKatie spent her early years in New Jersey and her high school years in North Carolina. When she made the decision to attend veterinary technical school, she chose to return to Western North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in veterinary technology.

One of seven children, Katie has a certain compassion when it comes to injured or debilitated animals. She is the pet parent of seven dogs, all of them special needs cases. They are from large to small, Nanook the great pyrenees, Bella, Lilu, Goomba, Ceasar, Midder, and Waylon the yorkie. She also has three kitties, Dexter, Trixie and Chloe.

She feels that each one of her animal family was in trouble and somehow had a way of finding her! Katie is the proud mother of two young sons. She obviously has a full household to keep her busy and she chose Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South because of the sincere compassionate hospital care always evident.

She is shown with Goomba. Goomba has one eye and an incredibly sweet face and personality. She is so lucky to be a part of Katie’s household!



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!



Night Nurse


rebeccaRebecca 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 sight 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!!

Jack, CVT, Night Nurse

7/17/1986 – 7/8/2013

Jack has lived in Asheville several years having moved here from Charlotte in order to attend University of North Carolina Asheville. He holds a degree in biology with an emphasis on ecology and evolution.

With the possibility of veterinary medical school in his future, he completed certification from the veterinary technology program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. Jack has two “cute as a button” dumbo hooded girls, Lucca and Meche. He is an avid swimmer and enjoys comic books!

He is delighted to be a part of the Animal Hospital East and Animal Hospital South technical and nursing team. Jack is pictured here with Tuxedo, a visiting friend!



Practice Managers

Mindy, Office Manager

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 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!



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.