Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Westside Veterinary Hospital in Arab! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 256 586 2561 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our Owner

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.


Our Veterinarians

Dr. Emilie C. Harris


Dr. Harris, or Dr. Cay, joined Westside Veterinary Hospital 21 years ago in 1993. She is very happy to have been serving this community and watching the practice quadruple in size. Her interests in the practice are with geriatrics and dermatology.

Although born in Huntsville, she lived in several states, Mississippi, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. After graduation from high school in Kentucky, she attended Mississippi State University and received a BS in Animal Science and her DVM. She recently enjoyed her 30th reunion from MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation from Veterinary school, Dr. Cay worked in several clinics before settling in North, Alabama; she now resides in Hartselle. At the present time, she lives with Tatum and Cammi, two Pomeranians; Gracie, an African Gray parrot that is 40 years old; Smokey Edna a gray and white cat and bantam chickens.

Dr. Cay is a member of West Hartselle Baptist Church, and has participated on mission trips most recently to Costa Rica. She loves to travel and has been several foreign countries including Panama, Canada, Japan and China and most of the 50 states. She also frequently visits Mississippi to visit her brother and to cheer on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.


Dr. Andy Wilks


Dr. Andy Wilks joined the team at Westside Veterinary Hospital in 2000 after working for a veterinary hospital 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 numerous music award. They travel regionally and perform at concerts and churches.

Dr. Wilks enjoys the company of Derby, an exuberant Boxer.


Dr. Dixie 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; Lucy a Boxer mix and Freddy a silver tabby cat.

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.


Front Office Manager/Receptionist

Mary Henegar

Front Office Manager/Receptionist

Veterinary Technicians

Rita McClaran

Veterinary Assistant

Abby Stegall

Veterinary Assistant

Alicia Rosson

Veterinary Assistant

Heather Stepp

Veterinary Assistant

Ginny Lake

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jess Goss

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Animal Care

Patsy Simmons

Animal Care


Angel Hornsby


Brooke Suttles


Pet Care Attendant and Grounds Keeper

Aaron Baker

Pet Care Attendant and Grounds Keeper