Welcome to Sylva Animal Hospital
in Sylva,NC
Call us at (828) 586-8587

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (828) 586-8587!

If you live in Sylva or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Sylva Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. We have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Sylva veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (828) 586-8587 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Sylva veterinarian office is very easy to get to - just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Sylva pet owners.

At Sylva Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Sylva Veterinarian | Sylva Animal Hospital | (828) 586-8587

1307 Asheville Hwy.
Sylva, NC 28779

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Sandra Black

    Dr. Sandra Black earned her BS and DVM at the University of Florida. Shortly after graduation, she moved to western North Carolina and worked in Hendersonville and Etowah for a couple years. She joined Sylva Animal Hospital in 1994, working part time while pursuing her MBA at WCU. Since 1998, she has been a co-owner of the clinic, working full time as veterinarian and unofficial practice manager.

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  • Dr.
    Dianna Bragg

    Dr. Bragg was born and raised in the Charleston, WV area. She obtained her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and her degree of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University. She moved to this area when her husband took a position at the paper mill in Canton. The animals in her life include a Great Dane, two cats, and a horse. In her spare time, she enjoys training her Great Dane and showing him in obedience trials, riding her horse, or going to the movies. 

  • Dana

    Dana joined our practice in 2011. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2006 and received her BS in Animal Science from Berry College in 2010. She has one dog, a mixed breed. She loves all dogs and cats. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling and going to concerts.

  • Katie

    I joined the Sylva Animal Hospital team in 2014. I have always had a passion for working with animals. I have two crazy fur kids of my own: Chevy, a lab mix, and Bailey, a Catahoula mix. In my spare time, I enjoy playing softball, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.

  • Amy

    My name is Amy and I have been working with animals since 2001. I have 7 fur babies which I love dearly. When I’m not at work, I enjoy shooting pool, bowling in a league and spending time with my nieces and nephew.

  • Allyson
    Veterinary Technician

    Allyson has been with our practice since 2005. She received her degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2006 from AB Tech. She has five dogs, three cats, and two goats. She loves stumpy dogs and fat cats! When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Alyssa

    My name is Alyssa. I’ve been a technician at SAH since March of 2017, but I’m not new to the veterinary field as I started as a tech back in 2010. Working with animals is a huge passion of mine. Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors and video games. 

  • Aaron

    Aaron is the newest member of our team. He lives with his two dogs, Diesel and Roxy, and one cat, Ginger in Bryson City. Currently enrolled at Southwestern, his goal is to continue his pre-med/biology studies at Western Carolina and ultimately attend Veterinary school at Oklahoma State University.

Featured Articles

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  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

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  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

    There is nothing cuter than a pet in a colorful sweater, but do our furry friends really need to wear clothing? Although clothing is not a necessity for every pet, some animals benefit from a little extra protection during cold or damp days. Others enjoy wearing festive clothing during holidays or other ...

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  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Exceptional quality care, lovely people who really do truly love animals, well priced, very knowledgeable, and always willing to accommodate if you have an emergency that needs prompt attention. I take all of my dogs and foster dogs there for care and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. An excellent local business who also do wonderful work with local rescues to ensure that all animals get the vet care they need."
    Sarah Little
  • "Our dog got sick two weeks ago, and we had to put her down today. I am amazed and grateful for the way that Dr. Black saw us through this. She must have known from the beginning that this is how it would end, but that didn't stop her from trying everything possible to help our girl. She also guided us gently to this point and helped us have the confidence to do what was right for our pup. The fact that Dr. Black hasn't become hardened to the sadness she sees made her all the more effective and supportive for us. She is one of a kind, and we are beyond grateful."
    Braden Bowers Henry
  • "Thank you all so much for the care and support you showed my dog when I took her to see you guys for her vet visits. I just got a card in the mail from you offering your sympathy after she passed, and my heart is truly touched. Wonderful people."
    Julia Elise Lewis


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Office Hours

24/7 emergency services available for existing clients.

Sylva Office


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm