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New Orleans Veterinary Care and the Community

Known by many nicknames, New Orleans, Louisiana is most often referred to as “The Big Easy” or “America’s Most Interesting City.” Located on Magazine Street, appropriately-named Magazine Street Animal Clinic can be found near New Orleans' Touro neighborhood – just northwest of the French Quarter.

Dr. Teresa Gernon and her husband Dr. Scott Gernon co-own the clinic and have been caring for pets there since 2003. Both are graduates of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

New Orleans: An Overview

The largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana, New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major U.S. port and home to more than 343,000 residents. The city was named after the French Duke of Orleans and is highly influenced by the culture of the French colonists who established it.

New Orleans is best known for its:

  • French and Spanish Creole architecture
  • Mardi Gras celebrations and festivals
  • Cuisine
  • Music/Jazz

Hurricane Katrina and Pets

When Hurricane Katrina hit the area in August of 2005, the city called for its first-ever mandatory evacuation. What followed was termed “the worst engineering disaster in the world since Chernobyl.” When the federal levee system failed, 80 percent of the city was flooded and tens of thousands of residents who hadn’t evacuated required rescuing or shelter at the Louisiana Superdome or the Morial Convention Center. At least 1,500 people died.

According to a survey by the Fritz Institute, 44 percent of those who “chose to ride out the storm” did so because they didn’t want to abandon their pets – as no provision was made with evacuating animals with their families. Approximately 70,000 pets remained in the city during the storm and only about 15,000 were rescued. Twenty percent of those were reunited with their families, according to LA/SPCA disaster preparedness coordinator Heather Rigney. Displaced pets were rehomed with families nationwide.

New Orleans Veterinarians Who Care

Magazine Street Animal Clinic’s own Dr. Johanna Ecke now shares her home with a dog that was abandoned during Hurricane Katrina. Named Phoenix, the Bull Terrier/ Pit Bull mix is deaf. She also has Alesia, a hound mix that was adopted from the LA-SPCA; Bella, a Shepherd mix that was found as a stray; and Tigger, a Boxer/Pit Bull mix (also adopted).

At Magazine Street Animal Clinic, we’re pet parents ourselves and are always here to provide quality care to the pets of New Orleans.

Our NOLA Veterinary Services

At Magazine Street Animal Clinic in New Orleans, LA, we provide a wide range of veterinary services - including:

We are committed to providing pets and pet owners in the area with the finest veterinary care possible. Throughout our history, pet owners have come to rely on us as a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of their beloved companions. Our team of New Orleans veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants are highly trained and skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Give us a call today at (504) 891-4115 to schedule an appointment or request more information.