Admiral Veterinary Hospital

We are your best friend's friend!
Your pets deserve professional, loving care. We are committed to meeting a high standard for conscientious care for the animals you entrust to us. Our staff are specially trained to provide your pets with compassionate attention to make their stay comfortable.

Modern care... old fashioned concern.
  • We have dedicated this hospital and our lives to our patients- your companions.
  • Our pets find a place in our hearts that no other can occupy and our bond with them is precious.
  • We strive to preserve that bond by providing the best in veterinary care.
  • Our practice philosophy is to treat each patient as we would our own beloved companion.
  • Mon. - Fri.
  • 8am-6pm
  • Sat:
  • 8am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Stephanie Hickey

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Hickey joined the Admiral family as a full time veterinarian in 2008. Dr. Hickey was born in Knoxville, then moved to Chillicothe, OH only to return to Knoxville to finish high school. When Dr. Hickey was 10 years old she told her Mom she was going to be a vet and stuck with it through hard work until the day she graduated vet school. She received her bachelor's degree at The University of Tennessee in biochemistry. She then continued her studies at U.T.'s School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2008. Dr. Hickey worked as an associate vet at Admiral until she purchased the hospital in 2014. Dr. Hickey has loved animals large and small her entire life. She says one of her dreams came true the day she and her husband Charlie purchased Admiral Vet. Her goal is to provide the best care possible from the smallest mouse to the largest great dane we see. Dr. Hickey is a strong advocate for animals being served by rescue groups. Helping provide care to animals that have been neglected and in need of a lot of love and attention is what drives Dr. Hickey. She is also the President of The Knox County Animal Cruelty Alliance.

    "Animals are my passion. I love the bond I'm able to form with my clients and their pets. Seeing generations of people and their pets from the same family is wonderful. I look forward to many more years of serving my community."
  • Dr. Sarah Strunk

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Strunk  joined the Admiral Vet family in 2012. She was born in Knoxville. She graduated from The University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in public health. She then attended The University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2012. Dr. Strunk loves all of the animals we see here at the hospital. She does, however, have a special place in her heart for cats. Dr. Strunk wants to make sure our cat population is well taken care of, and not treated like small dogs. She is a strong voice for the feline population to get the species specific treatment they should, along with all small mammals. Dr. Strunk makes herself available to her patients anytime they're in need. 
  • Jennifer Johnson

    Practice Manager
    Jennifer joined the Admiral Vet family in 1999. Jennifer is from Alabama where, from a very young age, her family catered to her love of animals. She started her career in human medicine, then decided to follow her dream and work with animals. Jennifer wears many hats at the hospital, from assisting the doctors in surgery, to greeting our patients as they come in, to managing our accounts, and you may even find her on a ladder fixing something around the hospital! Whatever the hospital and it's patients need, she's there ready to help. 

    "I love my job, because I know I can make a difference in the lives of animals and their humans. I'm blessed get to work with animals and a wonderful group of people. Each day brings a new adventure!"   
  • Judy Golden

    Pet Care Manager
    Judy joined our family in 2004. From the time Judy could walk, she was bringing animals home to care for. She worked 6 years in human medicine, until the day she decided to follow her heart and what she knows to be her calling. Judy has spent many a day and night at Admiral taking care of our hospitalized and in-need patients. Along with being a veterinary assistant, she manages the treatment area of the hospital, where she oversees everything from patient care to our vet assistants. Judy is always available to our pet parents to answer any questions they may have about their pets.

    "I came to work at Admiral, because of my love of animals. Getting to help animals and their owners is very fulfilling."
  • Kayla Spurlock

    Veterinary Assistant
    Kayla joined the Admiral Vet family in 2012. Kayla was born and raised in East Tennessee and started her animal career working at the Knoxville Zoo with the rhinos and otters. She decided to make the switch to veterinary medicine, because as the domestic animal population grows she feels there  is an increased need for passionate animal caregivers, . 

    "I've always wanted to work with animals. I feel that animals need to be heard, working at Admiral allows me to be their advocate/ their voice." 
  • Lindsey Hayter

    Veterinary Assistant and Rescue Coordinator
    Lindsey joined our family in 2013. She is from Indiana and made the decision to move to Knoxville when her fiance started his PhD at The University of Tennessee. Lindsey has a degree in wildlife biology from Ball State. She started at Admiral to work with small mammals to gain more experience in the domestic animal field. Since before Lindsey could walk always felt her calling was to help animals. Lindsey is not only a veterinary assistant, she also oversees our rescue groups.

    "I wanted to do something important with my life and working with animals is important."
  • Lisa Plain

    Veterinary Assistant
    Lisa joined the Admiral Vet family in 2015. Lisa is from New York and has lived in many states. She is working on her Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners Certification through The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. When Lisa is not at Admiral Vet she is working on people. Lisa is Physical Therapist Assistant at human facility. 
  • Mary Burnell

    Front Office Manager 
    Mary joined the Admiral Vet family in 2010. She is from Kingston, TN. Mary is the smiling face you see when you walk in the door. After a long career in retail sales, Mary made the decision to work helping pets. She has always had a special place in her heart for animals. 

    "I now live with three kitties. I love coming to work each day to meet all the wonderful pets and their wonderful people."


  • Stefani King

    Kennel Manager
    Stefani joined the Admiral Vet family in 2014. Stefani grew up in Loudon, TN. As the Kennel Manager, she ensures the smooth operation of the kennel. She, along with her team, are responsible for making sure that our four legged guests are having a good and relaxing experience while their families are away. Stefani is a strong advocate for animals that are in shelter and rescue groups. She has adopted several animals over the years and continues to help those in need.

    "There's no better feeling than making an animal feel loved, wanted, and comfortable when their family members are away."