A Veterinary Hospital was built on this site in 1958 by Dr. J.R. Brooks.. At that time, it functioned as an equine hospital for Jefferson Downs Race Track located across the street at the present site of Lafreniere Park. David Drive was a dirt road which served as the “backside” of the track.
In 1990, the clinic was purchased by Dr. Steve Slaton and has changed and grown over the years into the small animal veterinary hospital known as Pet Care Center. After many years of planning, in 2006, the decision to build a new facility was set into place. The next two years brought much planning, construction, and two new partners: Dr. Erica Brooks and Dr. Michelle Boudreaux. In the years since, the David Drive location has become a full service 24-hour Emergency Hospital. In addition, Pet Care Center has expanded by opening multiple locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
The first satellite clinic that was opened is located in the beautiful French Quarter, on the corner of Esplanade and Burgundy. The building that this clinic occupies was built in 1830, and is listed on the National Historic Register. This property has continuously functioned as a veterinary hospital since 1887. The second satellite clinic opened in Chalmette in 2013. Tragically, this property, which also had served as a veterinary hospital for 40 years,was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and remained vacant and in disrepair for many years. Pet Care Center purchased the property, and restored it to its original purpose. It has been operating as a veterinary clinic there ever since. In the spring of 2014, in conjunction with Jefferson Feed, a local feed store which has served the New Orleans area for over 60 years, Pet Care Center-Midcity was born. This boutique clinic operates inside the feed store and is located on the corner of N. Carrolton and Bienville. The summer of 2016 brought us our fourth satellite clinic. This clinic is located in historic downtown Covington, on the banks of the Tchefuncte River. Covington is a very quaint and somewhat rural community located just north of the city of New Orleans.Our fifth satellite location brings us into another venture with our friends at Jefferson Feed. This clinic differs from all of our other locations, in that it functions as a low cost spay/neuter and vaccine community clinic. Through this clinic, which is located inside of Jefferson Feed’s main location on Jefferson Highway, we are able to support local humane groups, such as the Jefferson Parish SPCA, rescue organizations, as well as, members in our community who may need a little help taking care of their pets. We consider it an honor to be able to do our part in supporting a local community that has been so wonderful to us.
With such a tremendous growth in facilities and services, we have also added three new partners at Pet Care Center. Dr. Amelie Lanaux, Dr. Claire Scott, and Dr. Julie Wheeler. We are so proud of our P.C.C. family!