Dogwood Animal Hospital

Our Practice

Dogwood Animal Hospital has been serving the pets of South Knoxville since 1988.

Welcome to Dogwood Animal Hospital! We are a small animal hospital serving South Knoxville and the surrounding areas.  Our goal is to provide quality care for your pet at prices you can afford. 

Your pet's health is our top priority.  After all, they're part of the family.


Meet the veterinarians.

J.R. Killey, DVM

Dr. Killey received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2014.  Upon graduating, he spent a year practicing in Seattle, WA.  A South Carolina native, he made his way back to the Southeast and began practicing in the Knoxville area.  Dr. Killey enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, but takes particular interest in critical care. He enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Ryan Jenkins, DVM

Dr. Jenkins graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. He currently splits his time between Dogwood Animal Hospital and Village Veterinary Hospital in Maryville. In his off time, Dr. Jenkins can be found spending time with his wife Christina and their two dogs.


Meet the team.

Samantha Hankins , Receptionist

Samantha began working at Dogwood Animal Hospital in 2014. She and her husband, Mark, have a chocolate lab named Rainey who loves cuddling and belly rubs. They also have a cat named Sara who will let you love on her all day. Most weekends you can find Samantha and her husband at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN where they enjoy dirt track racing. They also love cheering on the Tennessee Smokies and Knoxville Ice Bears.

Leslie Lohrber , Receptionist

Leslie joined Dogwood Animal Hospital in 2014 as a part-time receptionist. She originally began working in the veterinary field at Foothills Veterinary Hospital in 1998. She and her husband, Jerald, have one son and a cat.

Jenny Allen, Vet Tech

Jenny has worked at Dogwood Animal Hospital since 2006 and has over 20 years experience working in a veterinary clinic. As a South Knoxville native, Dogwood Animal Hospital feels like home. She and her husband, along with her step-daughter, currently have two yorkies and a dachshund who can do no wrong. They also have two guinea pigs that love Jenny’s gourmet salads. During any home game, Jenny and her family can be found cheering on the Ice Bears.

Angela Gause, Vet Tech

Angela began working at Dogwood in 2002. Prior to that, she spent her time caring for animals on the family farm in South Carolina. After relocating to Tennessee, she helped care for horses and other large animals at UTCVM. Over the years, Angela has had a menagerie of animals but currently is the proud pet-parent to a bouncy little collie mix who enjoys long walks in the woods and ripping squeakers out of chew toys. She also has chickens and a cat who rules the roost. When escaping the fur, Angela can be found enjoying all that Knoxville and East Tennessee have to offer.

Sheena Zarb, Vet Tech

Sheena started as a Technical Assistant at Dogwood in 2012, with 7 years prior experience from other veterinary practices. She attended the University of Tennessee and received her bachelors of science degree in 2009. She and her husband Phil have two beautiful boys, Oryon and Jasper. They have multiple pets including a standard poodle, a husky, a rag doll cat, and a number of chickens. In her free time she loves being outdoors, hiking, camping, and biking with her family.