New Orleans Veterinarians Above the Rest

Teresa Gernon, DVM

Dr. Teresa Gernon co-owns Magazine Street Animal Clinic with her husband, Dr. Scott Gernon. A small animal general practitioner, Dr. Gernon has cared for pets at Magazine Street Animal Clinic since 2003.

Dr. Gernon grew up in New York and southern Illinois and moved to the Baton Rouge area while in high school. She attended Louisiana State University and majored in Pre-Veterinary Medicine before she went on to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gernon was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Internal medicine, dentistry, and soft-tissue surgery are among her many professional interests. Dr. Gernon is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

“When you’re a veterinarian, every day is a new experience and you’re always learning,” Dr. Gernon said of her profession.

She and her husband are the proud parents of three children: Sophia, Avery, and Bryce. The family includes three dogs: Marcel, Abby, and Luke, as well as three dwarf rats, three snakes, and eight pet chickens. When not busy with her duties at the hospital, Dr. Gernon enjoys gardening, exercising, and cooking.

Scott Gernon, DVM

Dr. Scott Gernon co-owns Magazine Street Animal Clinic with his wife Dr. Teresa Gernon. Dr. Scott Gernon is a native of Louisiana. “My father owned a feed store for forty-plus years. It’s where I spent a lot of my childhood,” said Dr. Gernon about why he wanted to become a veterinarian. “Seeing him help livestock and pets made me want to do more.”

Dr. Gernon attended the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology in 1996. He went on to attend the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He has received continuing education certifications in ultrasound, video otoscopy, dentistry and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Gernon is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Dental Society.

Along with his busy professional and family life, Dr. Gernon finds a little bit of time for leisure activities. He enjoys taking his three dogs, Marcel, Abby, and Luke, for long walks. Dr. Gernon also shares his home with two corn snakes, Corny and Carnage and three dwarf rats, Cheerio, Rice Krispy, and Choconana. His hobbies include fishing, boating, landscaping, working out, and home renovation. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Sophia, Avery, and Bryce.

Amy Dilger, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

General practitioner, Dr. Amy Dilger Lea said she wanted to be a veterinarian while still in kindergarten. “As long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to work with animals,” she says. While still a teenager, she volunteered at the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center. She’s been caring for pets at Magazine Street Animal Clinic since 2007 and loves the advanced care and proactive medicine she can offer here. Dr. Amy has special training and surgical expertise in the care and treatment of exotic pets, including, but not limited to: ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Amy attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and majored in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She received early acceptance into the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Amy went on to complete an internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists from 2003 to 2004. There, she trained under veterinary specialists and performed extensive emergency work and completed special electives in exotic animal medicine. Recently she has pursued continuing education into the areas of advanced surgery, dental therapies, and backyard poultry medicine.

Feline medicine, pediatrics, and exotic pet care are among her many professional interests. Dr. Amy is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association.

Dr. Amy married a native of New Orleans and recently had a baby girl. She has another baby, who is a cat named Bunny (please don’t tell her she is a cat), and three very spoiled chickens.

Johanna K. Ecke, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Johanna started working at hospital June of 2011. She enjoys developing pain management plans, administering acupuncture, performing soft tissue surgeries, internal medicine, oncology, and preventative care. Dr. Ecke is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Southwest Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

She loves watching patients grow up and see the special bond that pets share with their families. She loves making a difference in every pet’s life and feels incredibly honored to care for every pet that comes through these hospital doors. She completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University where she double majored in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology and French. There she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Ecke then went to the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

Dr. Ecke grew up in Great Falls, Montana. There she was always rescuing injured or stray animals (even bugs!). She adopted a dog named Tigger, who was riddled with medical issues that became her main inspiration for becoming a veterinarian and wishing that every pet could have a long, happy life. During this time, she started volunteering at the SPCA. Then she began working at Magazine Street Animal Clinic from 2005-2007.

At home, Dr. Ecke has three rescue dogs named Buck, Leona, Poquita and fosters a fourth dog named Sugar. She also has a guinea pig named Artichoke and six chickens! In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, kayaking, spending time with her dogs and going to the beach.

Dr. Nellie, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Nellie joined Magazine Street Animal Clinic in August 2017. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative care, diagnostic imaging, and pain management.

Growing up on the outside of Washington D.C., Dr. Nellie constantly played vet with her stuffed animals at an early age and she was quite excited to learn that being an animal doctor was a career choice! She’s been focusing on this goal ever since and has achieved her dreams.

Dr. Nellie attended the University of Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Religious Studies in 2011. For veterinary school, she attended Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2016. She proudly received the Paul & Phyllis Memorial Award Scholarship for small animal medicine and surgery.

Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Nellie worked at the Del Ray Animal Hospital in Arlington, VA, the Penter Veterinary Center in Fairfax, VA, and volunteered at the SPCA and SPIRIT.

At home, Dr. Nellie has a dog named Finn, a Great Pyrenees mix, and loves doing anything outdoors, traveling, playing tennis, and baking.

Kevin Zamer, DVM | Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kevin Zamer has been our Associate Veterinarian here since July 2013. His professional interests within pet care include emergency medicine, dentistry, and surgery. He’s a member of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Kevin Zamer has been our Associate Veterinarian here since July 2013. His professional interests within pet care include emergency medicine, dentistry, and surgery. He’s a member of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Zamer attended Tulane University and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Economics and Pre-Vet. He continued to follow his dream and further his education by attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduating in 2013, starting his journey with Magazine Street Animal Clinic around this time.

Growing up in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Zamer spent most of his summers taking care of the animals around the neighborhood he grew up in. Before applying to veterinary school, he worked at multiple clinics, including Magazine Street Animal Clinic for three years.

In his spare time, Dr. Zamer enjoys fishing, canoeing, and cooking. He has four mixed breed dogs – Rye, Sierra, Malik, and Sheep.