Knox County Veterinary Services

Our commitment to the people of Knox County, as well as the surrounding areas, will be to provide comprehensive veterinary services that will promote happy, healthy, and productive lives for them and their animals.

We strive to get to know our pet owners and farm producers on a personal level to better understand and meet their needs.  We invite you to visit our website as well as our office on High Street in Barbourville and let us show you how we care for you and your pet.

Founded in 1996 by Dr. Mark S. Smith and Dr. Tammy Thomason-Smith, Knox County Veterinary Services, Inc. is dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgery to pets and farm animals.



  • M,F: 8:00AM-6:00PM
  • Tues, Wed: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sat: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Thur, Sun: Closed
  • After Hours ER: 344-6914
  • Dr. Mark S. Smith

    Dr. Mark S. Smith, a native of Knox County Kentucky, is the son of the late Roy S. and Merle Smith of Gray Kentucky.  He is the youngest of their five children.  He attended the Knox County school system, graduating from Knox Central High School in 1982.  His college career began at the University of Kentucky where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1986.  Dr. Smith then attended Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1991.

    Dr. Smith’s lifelong ambition was to be a veterinarian.  His passions include his two sons Matthew and Aaron, raising his own American Quarter Horses, and watching the University of Kentucky football and basketball teams.

    Dr. Smith began his veterinary career practicing in Mt. Washington Kentucky, later moving to Louisville.  Finally returning home, Dr. Smith opened his own practice providing Knox County and surrounding areas with a veterinary hospital.

    Dr. Smith is currently serving as the President of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association for the 2013-2014 term.  This organization represents over 1000 veterinarians throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 05, 1991
    Education:
    University of Kentucky, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Tammy Thomason-Smith

    Dr. Tammy Thomason-Smith is a Louisville native.  She is the youngest of three children to the late Richard and Roxana Thomason.  After graduating from Iroquois High School in 1986, she attended Western Kentucky University on a music scholarship for her undergraduate work.  She then entered Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.

    Following graduation, Dr. Thomason-Smith returned to Louisville to begin her career in companion animal medicine.  In 1996 she and Dr. Mark S. Smith married and moved to Barbourville where they jointly started Knox County Veterinary Services.

    Today they share a home with a menagerie of 4-legged friends ranging from a Chihuahua to horses.  She is also active in the community, participating in several state and local organizations.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 05, 1993
    Education:
    Western Kentucky University, Auburn University
  • Amanda Smith

    Amanda Smith was born and raised in Knox County. She married her high school sweetheart in June 2007 and began her dream job in August 2007 when she started working at Knox County Veterinary Services.  She and her husband, EJ, recently expanded their family in March 2012 when they welcomed their son, Jeffrey.  Amanda hopes one day that Jeffrey will grow up with a passion for animals like she has.

    One day she plans to return to college to pursue a degree as a veterinary assistant.
  • Jennifer Painter

    Jennifer Painter was born and raised in Harlan Kentucky.  After graduating high school, she attended Southeast Community & Technical College to receive an associate in science degree.  She then attended Lincoln Memorial University to earn an associate degree in Veterinary Technology.  Next she completed a 6 week internship at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is a licensed veterinary technician with 3 years experience from the Harlan Animal Hospital.  She began working at Knox County Veterinary Services in July 2013 and has a passion for caring for animals.  She still resides in Harlan with her 4 dogs-Kielana, Tigger, Yoshi, and Tippi, 2 cats - Luna, and Happy Feet, and a ferret named Zog.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2010
    Education:
    Lincoln Memorial University
    Interests:
    veterinary technology
  • Abby Burger

    Abby was born and raised in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  She recently moved to Harrogate Tennessee with her boyfriend, 2 cats, a dog and a rabbit.  She graduated from Pittsburg Veterinary Technology Institute in 2012 as a licensed technician.  She joined Knox County Veterinary Services in August 2016 and loves what she does!
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012
    Education:
    Pittsburg Veterinary Technology Institute
  • Haylee Vaughn

    Haylee Vaughn is a senior at Barbourville High School.  She has 2 dogs, Sophi who is a beagle and Dolly who is a red heeler.  She has lived in Barbourville her entire life but next year hopes to attend the University of the Cumberlands.  She would love to become a Physician's Assistant or attend veterinary school afterward.  She says the opportunity to work at Knox County Veterinary Services is a wonderful experience to help her determine her future career pathway.
    Years in Practice:
    Sep 28, 2016
    Education:
    Barbourville High School
  • Dr. Ann Combs

    Dr. Ann Combs is a native of Pineville Kentucky.  She is the daughter of Rosemary Combs and the late Mason Combs and is the youngest of their six children.  She attended Pineville schools and Western Kentucky University before graduating from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.  The returned to the mountain from 1989 to 1998 as co-owner of the Harlan Animal Hospital and then practiced in Beaufort South Caroline for a few years before coming home again where she began working part time at both Bell County Animal Clinic and Knox County Veterinary Services.  She married Robert Gaines of Harlan Ky in 2008 and they welcomed their son Jack in 2011.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1988
    Education:
    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine