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


    Laura Bartle was raised in North Carolina and obtained her B.S. in Biology degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Upon graduation, Dr. Bartle attended North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and pursued her interests in ophthalmology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.  Dr. Bartle followed her husband to Tennessee after receiving her DVM degree and spent several years at a small animal exclusive practice with wonderful mentors and coworkers.  She recently returned to North Carolina for her husband to pursue military medical training at Fort Bragg.  Dr. Bartle spends her free time with her wonderful husband and two young sons, on her parents’ farm and snuggling with her three cats. She also enjoys horseback riding, baking and fellowship with friends. 

  • 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

    Bri, Ali, April, Amanda, Jennifer, Rachel
  • Tammy Taylor

    Inventory Manager
  • Donna Raymond

  • Courtney Faircloth

    Client Relations Specialist 
  • Veterinary Assistants

    Beth, Nicky, Sara, Tory
    Chris- Pharmacy 
  • Surgery Assistants

    Victoria and Brianna 
  • Hospital Assistants

    Jenn, Amber Lapene, RVT, and Dom
  • Large Animal Veterinary Assistants

    Brenda and Meagan 
  • Kennel Staff

    Shelby, Haley, Kamaylah, Marianne, Megan, Tiffany, Tyler
  • Grooming

    Inger Laimo - Groomer
    Melissa - Assistant