Dr. Tom Ellenburg
Owner & Veterinarian
Dr. Tom Ellenburg is the owner and founder of Westside Veterinary Hospital. He leads a specialized team of five doctors who are dedicated to the care and well being of your animal.
Dr. Ellenburg's two favorite aspects of his practice are small animal and equine surgery. He also enjoys observing the various behavioral patterns of his patients and values his interaction with clients who genuinely care about the well-being of their pets. Raised in the Strawberry Community south of Arab, Ala., he is a 1967 graduate of Fairview High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. in 1971. He began his professional career as a teacher, but soon decided to pursue his dream of Veterinary medicine.
In 1978 he received the degree Magna Cum Laude of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University where he finished academically first in his class of 120. Following graduation, he completed an internship in surgery at the University of California Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Davis, Ca.
Returning to Arab, Dr. Ellenburg and his father built the original two buildings at Westside Hospital -- opening the doors for business in December 1980. Since then the facilities have grown with the addition of two barns to accommodate Westside’s large base of equine patients.
Dr. Ellenburg and his wife, the former Jane Waldrop of Arab, have two children, twins, Lauren and Luke. Their daughter, Lauren, is a junior at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Their son, Luke, is a junior at the University of Alabama Birmingham College of Medicine.
While the children may be off at school, the Ellenburg's are not considered empty nesters.