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Metairie Small Animal Hospital (MSAH)

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About Us

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Our Mission Statement

Metairie Small Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care for our patients in a humane, compassionate and caring environment.

We will strive to maintain an open, honest relationship with our clientele. We will constantly improve our care and skills through educational enhancement and personal dedication to our profession.

Our History

Metairie Small Animal Hospital has been devoted to health maintenance and emergency care in the New Orleans metropolitan area for over 75 years. We offer comprehensive care for your pet 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our services range from wellness exams to surgical procedures – and everything in between. If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call and one of our receptionists will be more than happy to assist you.

Metairie Small Animal Hospital has been serving the New Orleans metropolitan area for over 75 years. Originally named Metry Animal Hospital, the practice was founded by Dr. Tom Melius in 1946. In 1952, Metairie Small Animal Hospital was built at its present location at 101 Metairie Road. One year later, in 1953, Dr. Henry Melius joined the practice, and from such humble beginnings, MSAH has evolved and grown to keep pace with the ever-increasing technology and medical advances. The practice currently has 17 doctors and over 90 employees on staff. In addition to the Main Hospital on Metairie Road, we also operate five Out-Patient Clinics in Kenner, Metairie, Lakeview, Freret Street, and the Marigny in New Orleans to better serve our clients.

We thank all of our past owners for their contributions, helping Metairie Small Animal Hospital to become what we are today!

Our Founders & Past Owners

Client Testimonials & Reviews

Our staff at Metairie Small Animal Hospital values feedback from our clients. Here is just a small sample of the hundreds of happy and healthy pets that we have cared for over 75 years.

You have always gone above and beyond your expected duty of caring for all of our dogs…you will always be our vet…even if we get a fish! Thank you so much for your never-ending compassion and caring for our pets, and for us.

Cindy & John

My relationship with Metairie Small Animal Hospital began over 42 years ago, with Dr. John Martin. In the span of more than four decades MSAH has given our pets not only expert medical care but the love and attention that assures our pets are in the very best hands. Whether it was surgery, life-threatening problems or just regular check-ups, our pets have always received the best care by the doctors and staff. I can honestly say everyone at Metairie Small Animal Hospital treats every pet as if it were their own. How fortunate for all animal lovers to have this institution within our midst.


Dr. Brian, you were B.J.'s doctor for 15 and a half years and the quality of his life was due to the wonderful care and compassion he received from you and your staff.

Louise and Paul