About Us
Quality care provided by quality people.

Hartsville Animal Hospital

Who We Are?

We are your hometown animal care providers and have been since 1982 when Dr. Woody Morgan started the practice. We have evolved over the years along with the evolution of veterinary medicine. Dr. James and Dr. Tochiki are now working hard to continue the tradition of quality care for your pets that you have come to expect from Hartsville Animal Hospital.

We are a full service veterinary hospital with services ranging from routine checkups to emergency surgeries. We pride ourselves in working with our clients on an individualized preventative care plan that best fits the needs of your pet. We care about the quality of life of your beloved pets, and your bond with them just like you do and want to help you provide them with the happiest and healthiest life possible. We strive to keep ourselves up to date on the latest tests, treatment options, and surgical procedures by attending continuing education conferences and being vigilant readers of veterinary journals.

We hope that your pet never gets sick, but if they do we hope that our continued diligence towards learning will help lead them to a speedy recovery. We know that there is an abundance of information about pets out there these days, but we would like to help you sort through some of it so you don’t get led astray. We hope this website will help you inform yourselves, and that we can work together to provide your great pets with the greatest care possible.

Our Staff

Dr. Ryan James


Dr. James was born and raised in neighboring Darlington, SC. He started working at Hartsville Animal Hospital in the summer of 2006 as a vet assistant. He attended college at Clemson University from 2004-2008, and remains an avid Tigers fan. He went to vet school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, which is located on the tiny island nation of St. Kitts from 2009-2011. He then attended Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine for a year of clinical training from 2011-2012. He enjoys spending time with his great wife Kelsey and all kinds of outdoor activities during his time off including fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. He has two dogs, a border collie mix named Rho, and a Pitt bull named Case. He also has two horses named Koozie and Kitt, and two cats named Reba and Tina.

Dr. Kenzo Tochiki


Dr. Tochiki was born in Lima, Peru but moved to Charlotte, NC when he was 8 months old. He attended High Point University where he captained the men’s soccer team and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He worked as a veterinary technician for Miller Animal Hospital in Matthews, NC before moving to St. Kitts, West Indies to attend Ross University for veterinary school. He spent a year of clinical training at The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and then returned to Charlotte. Kenzo worked as a veterinarian at Miller Animal Hospital before joining Hartsville Animal Hospital in early 2014. Kenzo currently lives in Hartsville with his two dogs Irie and Marty. He is happily married to his wonderful wife, Caitlin. Kenzo enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and gardening, and is an avid Carolina Panthers fan.

Dr. Kristen Sponseller


Dr. Kristen Sponseller was born and raised in Richmond, VA.  She attended Bridgewater College where she received a B.S. in biology.  She moved to St. Kitts to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and attended Wisconsin University for her clinical year. She practiced veterinary medicine in Wisconsin for 4 years before moving to Hartsville with her husband, Dr. Kevin Sponseller.  Kevin is a family practioner at  Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. They have four dogs Yeti, Sage, Rigby, Dooley, and one horse Liam. Dr. Sponseller  has special interest in dermatology, chronic disease management, and client education / preventative medicine. She can’t wait to meet all of you and your pets, and we’re excited to be able to bring in an excellent doctor that will help us provide your pets with the best care possible.

Ashleigh Burkett

Ashleigh is married to Jamie and has a daughter named Paisley.  She enjoys going on cruises, going on walks and spending time with her daughter.

Corey Benjamin

Corey graduated from vet tech school in May 2016 from Iowa Western Community College.  He is a vegan and enjoys playing guitar and working out.  One goal of his is to gain more experience in handling exotic animals and reptiles.

Brooke Faile

Brooke attends college and is majoring in psychology.  She has four dogs named Briley, Fuzzy, Rascal and Levi.  She would like to be a psychiatrist one day.

Jenna Gainey

Jenna is married to Bill and has three children named Austin, Maklon, and Addison.  Her three dogs are Bella, Chino, and FeFe.  Her favorite drink is a margarita on the rocks.

Danielle Eads

Danielle is from Darlington, SC and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend.  She loves the outdoors and traveling.  She has five pups and one beautiful bay pony.

Jessica Thomas

Jessica is a full-time student at Coker College and works for us part-time.  She has 4 dogs and loves spending time with her nephew.

Kyle Smith

Kyle has one dog named Shiloh and loves anything outdoors.

Casey Graham

Casey has a son named Trevor and two dogs.  She enjoys fishing, being outdoors, reading and spending time with her son.  Her favorite color is pink.

Samantha Bryant

Sam is from Lamar, SC and enjoys reading and writing in her free time.  She loves to travel and experience new things.  Sam has a dog named Bella and she is awesome.  Her favorite food is green eggs and ham.

Tayler-Shea Flowtow

Tayler-Shea grew up in Bradenton, Fl and moved to Hartsville to attend Coker College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  She is currently engaged to be married to her fiance Jonathan.  She loves to travel and is currently looking forward to advancing her education.

Michael Watkins

Michael has lived in Hartsville for 13 years and has worked for HAH for 11 years.  He is married to his beautiful wife, Kirstie and has an amazing daughter named Summer.

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