Pet Emergency Clinic

SW Louisiana's After Hours Pet Hospital!

Pet Emergency Doctors

The Pet Emergency Clinic has a team of exceptionally-dedicated and qualified staff veterinarians. 

Dr. Hadley Prince

A native of Sulphur and part of a family veterinary medicine tradition, Dr. Hadley Prince is an LSU Veterinary Medical School graduate. He has been practicing Emergency and Critical Care veterinary medicine at our clinic since 2006.


Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Prince could be found in the defensive backfield of the McNeese Cowboys football team, where he was an All-American.  Now, He is married to Brandi Prince and has 3 daughters, as well as numerous pets. 

Dr. John Emerson

Dr. Emerson is a 1982 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and a practice owner for over 25 years. A founding partner of the clinic in 2003, he purchased the clinic from his partners in 2008. He brings medical and management experience to our clinic. He has a strong interest in Emergency and Critical Care medicine and Veterinary Management.


Dr. Emerson has the goals of providing a veterinary emergency clinic that is on par with any in the United States, and with providing  a great place for staff to work and clients to interact. 


Dr. Emerson is married to Juliet Emerson (who serves as our Practice Manager) and has one son, Gabe, and more pet cats than he is willing to admit to. 

Dr. Sally Kate Scroggs

An honor graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Scroggs has practiced in Southwest Louisiana for the past several years. 


She has been affiliated with Pet Emeregncy Clinic since 2008, and a regular here since August of 2014.


Dr. Scroggs is the mother of two daughters and several pets.

Dr. Katie Tarver

Dr. Katie Shamburger Tarver is a Lake Charles native, graduating from Barbe High and attending McNeese State University before being accepted to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine after only 3 years.


She graduated from LSU SVM, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in May of 2010, and practiced at Downtown Animal Hospital and Bayou South Animal Hospital before joining the Pet Emergency Clinic doctor team.


Dr. Tarver is proficient at all aspects of veterinary medicine, and has a special interest in surgery. When not helping pets at the ER, Dr. Tarver is an avid reader and runner. To date, she has completed 2 complete marathons and 6 half-marathons.


Dr. Tarver is married to local businessman Mr. Eric Tarver and has numerous pets to complete here household.

Cocoa, Zoey, and Eclipse

The Pet Emergency Clinic has three great resident pets: Eclipse, Zoey and Cocoa! They have no degrees, though Cocoa does have a Dog Training certificate from Proper Pets. All are very experienced staff members and have successfully held their posts. Zoey is cuddled up; Cocoa is working in the receptions area; Eclipse is checking the cords behind the front desk.   (Actual size may vary!)

*UPDATE: Eclipse is now living in the home of staff member Alex. She is now "on call" to help the ER when needed!

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