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

Need a Veterinarian? 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 well being 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 urgent treatment cases for established patients 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.

  • 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. 

  • Katie

    Katie joined the Sylva Animal Hospital team in 2014. She has always had a passion for working with animals. She has a crazy fur kid of her own: Chevy, a lab mix. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors riding rock buggies. She is also enrolled at Penn Foster pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree. 

  • 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 and one cat. She loves stumpy dogs and fat cats! When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Aaron

    Aaron joined our team a year ago.  He lives with his two dogs, Diesel and Roxy, and one snake, Monty in Bryson City. He is currently enrolled at Western Carolina University and ultimately plans to attend Veterinary school at Oklahoma State University.

  • Renee
    Kennel Tech

    Renee has been with our team since 2016 before that she was a dental assistant for 20 years.  When she retired from there she started her own cleaning and senior care business, now she has her dream job working with animals.  She lives in Sylva with her dog Sweet Pea and her cat Baby Girl.  She hopes to be at Sylva Animal Hospital until her next retirement.

  • Amanda

    Amanda has been with our team for a little over a year now.  She lives in Bryson City with her 2 dogs and 2 cats.  Amanda loves horses, she started riding when she was 5 years old.  When she's not at work she enjoys eating good food and hanging out with her friends.

  • Haylie

    Haylie joined our team in April 2019.  She lives in Franklin, NC with her 5 dogs.  She is originally from Austin, TX.  She attended Berea College in Kentucky where she received her BA degree in Biology.  She aspires to be a Veterinarian one day and is currently awaiting acceptance to Vet School.

  • Noree

    Noree is a retired teacher now exploring the wonderful world of veterinary service.  She lives in Cullowhee, and when not at work, she parents Isabella and Angelo with the help of Penny, the black lab, and Lucy, the cat.  They love the great outdoors, gymnastics, soccer, karate, and good stories.

  • Megan

    Megan is the newest member of our team.  She lived with her husband in Alaska for 2 years before returning home to Jackson County.  She has a passion for working with animals and their people. She currently lives in Sylva with her husband, son and 2 furbabies, Boog and Remi.

Featured Articles

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    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

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  • Skunks

    Home and Veterinary Care for Pet Skunks If you're an adventurous pet owner, you may love exotic animals such as skunks. You'll be happy to learn that skunks can indeed make excellent domestic pets, but only if they receive the proper care to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Your veterinary team can help ...

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  • Flying Squirrels

    Much like sugar gliders, flying squirrels make affectionate pets when purchased young and raised by their owner. Unlike sugar gliders, however, flying squirrels are rodents that need veterinary care specific to the species. Your veterinary team can help with the care and treatment of flying squirrels. ...

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  • Fennec Foxes

    Fennec Fox Care Guide With oversized ears and mischievous faces, fennec foxes are cute as can be. But these exotic pets require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. Health At just three pounds, fennec foxes are the smallest member of the fox family. Native to the Sahara desert, fennec foxes are ...

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  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

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  • Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

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  • Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

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  • Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

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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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