Dr. Tom Ellenburg
Dr. Tom Ellenburg is the owner and founder of Westside Veterinary Hospital. He leads a specialized team of four 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 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 Clinic -- 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 sophomore at Auburn University studying pre-vet and son, Luke, is a sophomore at Samford University with plans to attend medical school.
While the children may be off at school, the Ellenburg's are not considered "empty nesters." They enjoy the company of Cinders, a miniature poodle; Sparky, a cairn terrier look-a-like; Socks, the barn cat; Happy, a thoroughbred mare; Lucy, a paint mare; and frequent visits from their "grand dog" Millie, a long haired dachshund.
The Ellenburg's are members of Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Ellenburg serves as a Deacon. Among his various charity works is his desire to provide care to the disadvantaged and abused children, and his personal favorite charity is the Big Oak Ranch.
Big Oak Ranch was founded by University of Alabama football star, John Croyle, to be a Christian home for boys and girls needing a chance. The Boys Ranch campus is located in Gadsden, Ala., with the Girls Ranch campus in Springville, Ala. Dr. Ellenburg's family has been blessed to be a small part of this effort for many years. If you have a similar passion for underprivileged and abused children, please consider Big Oak Ranch in your charitable giving. You can be assured that your financial support will be used wisely for the good of the children. To learn more go to http://www.bigoak.org/.
Dr. Emilie C. Harris
Dr. Cay Harris joined Westside Veterinary Hospital in 1993 to assist Dr. Ellenburg in his ever growing practice. She enjoys working with older cats and dogs.
Born in Huntsville, Ala., Dr. Harris has lived in Mississippi, Georgia, Kansas and Kentucky. After graduating from high school in Russellville, Kentucky she attended Mississippi State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 1980 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.
After graduation, she practiced in Kentucky and Tennessee before returning to North Alabama and began her career as an "on call" veterinarian for various clinics before joining Westside. She loves to travel, having been to all states but a few in the Northeast United States. Dr. Harris still frequently travels to Mississippi to visit her parents and to cheer on her favorite Mississippi State Bulldogs; she has even traveled as far as New York and Hawaii to attend games.
Dr. Harris is very involved in her church, West Hartselle Baptist Church, where she enjoys participating on mission trips which have taken her most recently to Costa Rica in 2009. She also enjoys spending time with her animals including Big, a horse; Gracie, the African Gray Parrot; Lefty, a lab; Ruthee, a bulldog; and her sweet Pomeranians, Tatum and Cammi.
Dr. Andy Wilks
Dr. Andy Wilks joined the team at Westside Veterinary Hospital in 2000 after working for a clinic in Boaz for two years. He enjoys helping our clients manage the care of their pets, and has a special interest in companion animal medicine, orthopedic surgery, laser surgery, small ruminant (goats and alpacas) and equine medicine.
Dr. Wilks is a fourth generation native of Arab and enjoys living on the family farm and working in his hometown. He is a 1987 graduate of Arab High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and Economics in 1992, and then graduated Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, both from Auburn University.
He is an active member of Hopewell Baptist Church and plays the rhythm guitar in a bluegrass gospel group called Canaan's Crossing, which is currently on the recording label "Song Garden" and has been nominated for a Dove Award and SPBGMA music award. They travel regionally and perform at concerts and churches.
Dr. Wilks enjoys the company of his dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, named R.J.
Dr. Dixie Laurel Leeann Mahan
Dr. Dixie Mahan joined the Westside team in 2007. She enjoys the challenge of providing care and surgery to both small and large animals.
A native and current resident of Lacey Springs, Ala., Dr. Mahan is a 1999 graduate of Brewer High School. She attended Judson College and completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in the spring of 2003. She continued her education at Auburn University where she received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in spring 2007.
Dr. Mahan is a Christian who loves spending time with her family including her mother, sister, and two brothers. She also enjoys the company of her beloved pets, Sue Ellen, an Old English bulldog mix; Andy, her orange tabby cat; and two Boxer mixes, Lucy and Angus.
She is an avid sports fan who played basketball, volleyball, and softball in high school and continued to play both basketball and softball while attending college.
Dr. Jarrod Harney
Dr. Jarrod Harney joined Westside Veterinary Hospital in summer of 2012. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University (MSU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Harney enjoys working with both large and small animals. He is especially interested in large and small animal reproduction, and equine medicine.
Dr. Harney is originally from Decatur, AL, but has resided in Starkville, MS for the past 8 years while completing his degrees. He met his wife, Katherine, while at MSU and they have one son, Cooper. They also have a spirited Boykin Spaniel named Wheeler.
In his free time Dr. Harney enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, bow fishing, and training retrievers. He and his family have recently joined Arab First Baptist Church, and they look forward to becoming engaged in the Arab community.