Southern Oaks Animal Hospital

Southern Oaks Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Hope Mills, NC. The professional and courteous staff at Southern Oaks Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Southern Oaks Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Hope Mills, NC and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how Southern Oaks Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

  • 5733 Rockfish Road
  • Hope Mills, NC 28348
  • Phone: (910) 424-3011
  • Fax: (910) 426-2098
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  • Mon, Tue: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wed: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thu, Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sat, Sun: Closed
  • Kent Dean, DVM

    Veterinarian/ Practice Owner

    Dr. Dean was born and raised in Hope Mills, NC where he still lives with his veterinarian wife, Dr. Julia Hix Dean and their two children, Nicholas and Kentley. He graduated from NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and established his first practice, Southern Oaks Animal Hospital, that same year. He opened a second practice, Cypress Lakes Animal Hospital. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the NCVMA. In 2012 he was appointed by the Governor to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. 

    Dr. Dean’s main interests are orthopedics and surgery in small animal medicine. He also practices equine medicine and reproduction. He works in a mixed practice seeing a variety of animals and equine. He breeds and shows Arabian Horses all over the country with his children and they have had multiple national champions over the years. He enjoys spending time with the mares and foals at his barn; as well as his two boxers, Sasha and Karma. 

    His true love away from practice is boating and salt water fishing. He prefers to spend his spare time with his family and on the water. 

  • Julia Hix Dean, DVM

    Veterinarian/ Practice Owner
  • Jamie Stanley, DVM

  • Erin Barney, DVM


    Erin Barney grew up in York, PA, and earned her undergraduate degrees from Cabrini College in Biology and Elementary Education. She then went on to study marine mammals and obtained an M.S. in Biology from UNC-Wilmington, where she did her thesis work on bottlenose dolphins. While in graduate school, she found her way to veterinary medicine under the wing of Dr. Dennis Jackson with Port City Animal Hospital in Wilmington.

    Dr. Barney earned her DVM license from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and practiced in Florida and then the Outer Banks, NC before making her way to this area. Her special veterinary interests include medicine, geriatrics, and soft tissue surgery.

    She has a wonderful husband, C.P. White, a Wildlife Officer for Bladen County, and a beautiful daughter Cecelia. She also has four furry dog children and two cats. She enjoys jogging, hiking, and reading in her spare time.  

  • Laura Bartle, DVM

  • Paul Nader, DVM

  • Niki Morrison

    Practice Manager
  • Reception

    Jamie, Chris, Rachel, Taryn, and Alicia 
  • Tammy Taylor

    Inventory Manager
  • Donna Raymond

  • Angie Adams

    Registered Veterinary Technician 
    Angie graduated from WV Tech with a BS in Biology in 1998, and an AAS in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2006 form Central Carolina Community College. She is currently considering Specialty Certification in Clinical Pathology, following her career-long goal of finding the elusive Giant Kidney Worm. She lives in Parkton with her daughter Cami, two yorkies, and two cats. 

  • Veterinary Assistants

    Courtney, Beth, Marianne, Monica, Tory, Nathalie, Shan, Rebecca
  • Surgery Assistants

    Victoria and Chassidy
  • Hospital Assistants

  • Large Animal Veterinary Assistants

    Brenda and Meagan 
  • Kennel Staff

    Angel, Ryan, Kierstin, Michael, and Karly
  • Grooming

    Inger Laimo - Groomer
    Melissa - Assistant 
  • Chris

    Building and Maintenance