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
  • After Hours Small Animal (910) 864-2844
  • After Hours Large Animal (877) 468-8607
  • Email Us
  • Get Directions
  • 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


  • Isabelle Rivera, DVM


    Dr. Rivera grew up in Miami and studied and practiced nursing for the first 20 years of her professional career. She earned her DVM degree at Ross University and completed her clinical requirements at the University of Florida. 

    She has two sons, Daniel and Michael and enjoys the great outdoors on her free time. 
  • Lauren Gross, DVM


    Dr. Lauren Gross grew up in the Midwest, raising sheep, goats and horses on the family farm. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University where she worked in the equine and sheep programs.

    She went to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. She worked on large and small animals with additional emphasis on nutrition and dentistry. She practiced in New Jersey for a couple years before moving to North Carolina. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, nutrition, rehabilitation and soft tissue surgery.

    In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband hiking, reading and baking; as well as hanging out with her cat and dog.
  • Nikki Harris, DVM

  • Niki Morrison

    Practice Manager
  • Reception

    Bre, Amanda, April, Ali, Shelby
  • Tammy Taylor

    Inventory Manager
  • Donna Raymond

  • Courtney Faircloth

    Client Relations Specialist 
  • Veterinary Assistants

    Beth, Tory, Megan, Tiffany
    Chris - Pharmacy 
  • Amber Lapene, RVT

    Laboratory Technician 
  • Surgery Assistants

    Victoria and Brianna 
  • Hospital Assistants

    Jenn, Marianne, Cait, Tyler
  • Large Animal and Small Animal Veterinary Assistants

    Brenda and Brittany                  
  • Kennel Staff

    Karly, Hally, Shular, Alyssa, Taylor, Chance
  • Grooming

    Inger Laimo - Groomer