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
  • Our Team

    We are a dedicated team of animal advocates. 
  • 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."
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  • Dr. Patty Pleinis

    Veterinarian
    Bio Coming Soon.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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!"   
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  • 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."
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  • 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."


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  • Lindsey Hayter

    Kennel Manager 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."
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  • Rachel Bercaw

    Veterinary Assistant
    Rachel joined the Admiral Vet family in 2017. She is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rachel and her husband came to East Tennessee on vacation and fell in love with the area. Rachel attended the University of Central Florida, where she received her degree in psychology. After she graduated, Rachel knew she would be able to help both humans and animals by working in veterinary medicine.

    "I love being a voice for animals and helping people at the same time."
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  • Eliza Burbank

    Veterinary Assistant
    Eliza joined our family in 2018. She is from Nashville, TN. Eliza is a student at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She attended college at American University in Washington, DC before coming to Knoxville. Eliza volunteers at Zoo Knoxville when not at Admiral Vet. 
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  • Ashley Coane

    Veterinary Assistant
    Ashley joined our team in 2018. She is from Indiana and moved to Tennessee with her family in the summer of 2018. Ashley is a student at The University of Tennessee where she is pursing a degree in veterinary medicine. She has always loved animals and holds a special place in her heart for horses. 
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  • 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 a human facility. 
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  • Hanna McClish

    Veterinary Assistant
    Hanna joined our team in 2018. Hanna grew up in Farragut, where she attended Concord Christian School. Hanna is currently enrolled at The University of Tennessee. In her spare time, Hanna volunteers with the American Eagle Foundation. She hopes to one day become a certified animal rehabilitationist.
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  • Jessie Mullins

    Veterinary Assistant
    Jessie joined our family in 2017. She is local gal who attended Greenback High School. When Jessie was 4 years old her first pet was "Dolly" an Australian Shepherd / Border Collie. Since "Dolly" Jessie has had horses, birds, fish, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs in her life. Jessie is a certified dog trainer that focuses on basic obedience and aggressive dog modification. 

    "I want to be the voice for the animals that need to be heard."
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  • 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." 
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  • Andrea Fitzgerald

    Customer Care Representative
    Andrea joined our team in 2018. She is from a military family and had the privilege of growing up abroad. Andrea spent many years in Okinawa, Japan. She was a groomer specializing in shoe cuts. When her family decided to settle down in East Tennessee she joined them here.
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  • Brittany Myers

    Customer Care Representative
    Bio Coming Soon.
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  • Carissa Davis

    Kennel Assistant
    Carissa joined the Admiral Vet family in 2018. Carissa is from Clinton, TN. She has always known she was meant to work with animals. Before joining our team she worked as a petsitter and at The Little Ponderosa Zoo. Carissa loves working with all the species of animals here at the vet hospital. Most days she can be found in our kennel having talks with our boarders.
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  • Nicole Cordero

    Kennel Assistant
    Nicole joined our family in 2017. She is from Lenoir City, TN. Nicole grew up with many different species of animals. Being a compassionate person has helped her with all the animals here at the hospital. Nicole is the keeper of the cookies for our boarders, all the dogs let us know when it's time for Nicole to come to work. 
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  • Hannah Pierce

    Kennel Assistant
    Hannah joined the Admiral Vet family in 2018. She is from California. Hannah has moved with her family to Knoxville, where she attends The University of Tennessee. Hannah's plan is to become a veterinarian. She has had many family pets and wants to be able to treat all animals.
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