Meet Our Staff

Dr. Paul Szluha

Dr. Paul Szluha

Owner
Dr. Paul Szluha
Dr. Paul Szluha is our full-time vet and owner of the practice. He graduated from vet school in 1996. He worked with “Mickey” McArthur for many years, and also was the full-time veterinarian at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter before he and his wife, Sarah started their own practice in Knoxville. After Mickey’s passing in 2007, the Szluhas had the opportunity to purchase McArthur Animal Hospital. They have one son, 2 cats, and a dog. During his down time, Dr. Paul enjoys spending time outdoors, repairing his rusty old truck, and tailgating with friends at the ORHS home games.

Dr. Jill Illick

Dr. Jill Illick

Veterinarian
Dr. Jill Illick
Dr. Jill Illick has been working Saturdays at McArthur Animal Hospital for several years.  She spends the rest of her time as a mother, but enjoys a few hours of adult company.  She is a UTCVM graduate.
Dr. Holly Kennedy

Dr. Holly Kennedy

Veterinarian
Dr. Holly Kennedy

Dr. Holly Kennedy is a 1999 LSU Vet School graduate and has been practicing at McArthur since 2016.  She has a Labrador named Cricket, a Bully mix named Blue, and a Poodle named Max.  In her spare time, she enjoys taking the dogs swimming, hiking, and camping.  She enjoys working with Dr. Paul and the McArthur Hospital family because they are such an integral part of the Oak Ridge community.  You can find her at McArthur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Taylor

Taylor

Taylor
Taylor has been at McArthur since 2016.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2016, majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Wildlife and a concentration in Animal Industries.  She is currently CPR certified as well.  Her love for animals carries over at home with her malti-poo, Jack and her cat, Sugar.  In her spare time, she enjoys going on hikes and to the park with her family and dog, Jack.
Jana

Jana

Jana

Jana should be a very familiar face at McArthur.  She has been here since 1999, and currently works part-time.  Although she has other demands at home, she is always willing to help us out when we get in a bind.  Jana owns the best dog in the world, Sassy.  Sassy was brought to McArthur as a stray puppy in 2001, and has been by Jana’s side ever since.  Some of Jana’s hobbies include bossing people around, celebrating with friends, tailgating at the ORHS home games, and watching the horse races.  Jana should have been here to write her own bio…J

Emily

Emily

Emily

Emily has been at McArthur since 2008 (minus a couple of years when she moved to North Carolina).  She manages the day-to-day operations of the clinic, so the vets can focus on what they do best—taking care of your pets!  Emily received her BS in Animal Science with a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee in 2003.  She is a native of Clinton, TN, and now lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 dogs (and sometimes a foster dog if her husband allows it).  When she isn’t working or driving her kids around, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out at Crafter’s Brew, tailgating at the ORHS home games, and taking classes at ORKC with her dog, Quark.

Groot

Groot

Groot
Groot was brought in as a stray in 2014.  He is our kennel manager—he stays in the back and makes sure the dogs are kept in line.  Groot enjoys napping, eating, napping, tormenting the dogs, napping, scratching on his scratch post, killing cave crickets, and napping.