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Southwind Animal Hospital

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Careers at Southwind Animal Hospital

Our Mission

At Southwind Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide trusted and exceptional veterinary services to the pets and families of Maryville and surrounding communities. Our practice focuses on delivering the highest quality medical care with compassion and a personal touch. Our hospital loves our clients and their pets like family, and we also feel the same way about each other.

Core Values


As individuals we will treat each other with respect, build each other up, and work together to be a dedicated staff that enjoys a productive work environment practicing high quality veterinary medicine. Each team member is valued for their positive contributions to our inclusive environment and demonstrates their appreciation for others.


Each employee commits to continually improving their personal knowledge of veterinary medicine, pet care and compassionate treatment. By sharing their expertise with their peers and clients we will be a progressive veterinary practice that works with pet owners to provide top notch care for our patients.


Providing accurate and timely information to each other and our clients is key. Listening to the concerns of others and responding openly fosters an environment of understanding.


Clients trust our staff to care for their pets ethically and compassionately and this responsibility is held in high regard. Staff members hold each other accountable to a superior standard in regard to patient care and interpersonal interactions.


Every individual strives to exceed the needs and expectations of our clients, and entire team by providing professional, consistent, reliable service in our daily actions.


Through our experience in veterinary health, our hospital focuses on building a space for doctors, staff, and pet parents to feel encouraged, empowered, and proud. Our focus is wellness care & prevention, which begins with education. Preventive healthcare enables us to provide high-quality care and promote a long, rewarding relationship between pet owners and their companions. We believe in fostering a community culture that empowers our staff to make the right decisions, feel supported in delivering care, and try fresh approaches to daily tasks. We aim to surprise and delight our clients, and that starts with building an incredible team.

We’re looking for a knowledgeable professional who is gentle with animals, has great communication skills, and is committed to building long-term relationships with our pet parents and community.

We can offer you:

  • Generous uniform allowance
  • Pet benefits
  • Simple IRA matching
  • Paid holidays
  • End of year bonus

Join our team

If this sounds like the place for you, please check our current openings—but keep in mind that we're always accepting resumes from skilled, compassionate individuals. We’d love to see a cover letter highlighting why you think you’d be a good fit for our practice as well as a full updated resume or CV. Please send all questions and inquiries regarding applications and/or open positions to info@southwindpets.com

“Southwind has been the most wonderful place to pursue my career! This is a hospital filled with some of the most caring and positive people I have met. The doctors care so much about each pet and person that walks through our doors and they display that through the way they practice good medicine and create personal relationships with the clients. It is such a blessing to work in a place that makes me love what I do more and more each day!"

Malorie, Veterinary Assistant

Open Positions

Future OpportunitiesLearn More

We’re always looking for great people to join our team! If you’re interested in becoming part of the Southwind Animal Hospital family, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Contact Dr. Deborah Hicks or Kelly Ortagus via email at info@southwindpets.com with your resume, cover letter, and the type of position you are interested in.

We look forward to hearing from you!

ExternshipLearn More

Interested 4th year veterinary college students are encouraged to apply to Southwind Animal Hospital’s externship program through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. 

We’re an exceptional small animal practice located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Maryville, TN that sees an average of 100 medical cases and performs approximately 10 surgical procedures per week. Our facility is equipped with a dedicated surgical suite, in-house laboratory, digital radiography including dental, and integrative ultrasonography and echocardiography. Our two doctors have a combined 22 years of experience and are eager to mentor and provide a comprehensive teaching environment for new graduates.

Our Program

  • Our practice is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The extern will be expected to arrive at 7:15am to help check in surgical patients or assist with in-hospital patients.

  • Working alongside a veterinarian, the extern will perform physical examinations, communicate with clients and staff, interpret blood work results and diagnostic radiographs, and implement treatment plans.  

  • The extern will have the opportunity to assist with all surgical and dental procedures throughout the externship period, developing their skills and techniques in general practice.

To Apply

Please reach out to Dr. Deborah Hicks or Kelly Ortagus via email at info@southwindpets.com with your resume including references, as well as a cover letter indicating your dates of interest and why you feel our hospital will help you complete your training.  We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your interest in our hospital!