dr.mikeDr. Mike McElveen

Dr. Michael McElveen graduated from Amite High School and went on to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston LA where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Dr. McElveen graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine class of 1989. He then went back to Ruston to work in a mixed animal practice for a year, and later began working at an emergency clinic in New Orleans, where he developed his interest in emergency and critical care medicine. Dr. McElveen opened Baton Rouge Animal Hospital and Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital in 1991 as a full-service primary and dental care hospital, offering emergency care after hours services for the greater Baton Rouge community. With Dr. Ron Ponthieux, Dr. McElveen established Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital in July of 1995. Dr. McElveen has been committed to providing the best emergency care in the Baton Rouge area since 1995 and will continue to provide that care to the area for many years to come.


dr.ronDr. Ron Ponthieu

Dr. Ron Ponthieux completed East Jefferson High School in Metairie, Louisiana and moved on to Louisiana Tech from 1978-1981. Dr. Ron went on to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine from 1981-1985. He gained practical veterinary experience at Helouin Veterinary Hospital from 1985-1990, and then opened Bluebonnet Veterinary Hospital in April of 1990. Dr. Ron and Dr. Mike McElveen opened the Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital in 1995. Dr. Ron’s special veterinary interests include ophthalmology, general preventative care and emergency medicine. Dr. Mike and Dr. Ron bring a total of 49 years of emergency experience to the Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital and have taken care of more than 43,000 emergency cases for people in the greater Baton Rouge area.


Stephanie Charles, Practice Manager

Dr. Greta Goranova graduated from Portland High School in 1998 and went on to receive a BA from Clark University in 2002. She continued there for a MSc in 2003, and on completion, moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where she attended a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Doctorate Program in Biology, receiving her PhD in 2010. She then went on to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with the class of 2016. She proudly joined Baton Rouge Animal Hospital and Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital and Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital in 2018, where she serves as medical director provides primary preventative care as well as emergency critical care. Dr. Goranova enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but by far she enjoys the challenges of emergency critical care, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery the most.