VCA Dekalb-Gwinnett Animal Emergency Hospital

Kathy Kero, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Ohio State University


Born and raised in California, Dr. Kathy Kero received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis. After graduation she left the land of fruits and nuts in California for the Big Ten Buckeye nut of Ohio State University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1993. As if the transition from Southern California to the Midwest was not crazy enough, she then moved to Starkville, Mississippi for a rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Mississippi College Of Veterinary Medicine. Her next journey was to Memphis, Tennessee where she was in private general practice, then 24hr general and emergency medicine, and ultimately started my own Veterinary Relief Business.
In 2002 Dr. Kero left Memphis for Athens Georgia, the SEC, and The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where she spent 9 years teaching freshman and sophomore veterinary students about general practice medicine and small animal dentistry. Dr. Kero also practiced medicine alongside senior veterinary students, training them how to be compassionate, General Practice Veterinarians that focused on communication with the clients and gentle comprehensive examination skills with pets.
Dr. Kero returned to emergency medicine in June of 2011, when she joined VCA Dekalb-Gwinnett Animal Emergency Hospital as Medical Director.
When she is not working, Dr. Kero loves to be home with her 4 year old daughter and her spouse. Their family also consists of cats, dogs, rabbits, and a guinea pig. To unwind, Dr. Kero enjoys home improvement projects, woodworking, and spending time with their horses.


“I enjoy educating clients and treating their pets, while providing top quality medicine and care.”


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

All of your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.

VCA Dekalb-Gwinnett Animal Emergency Hospital provides emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff during normal business hours. We are open nights, weekends, and holidays.

Please call us at 770-491-0661. We are located at 6430 Lawrenceville Highway. Tucker, GA 30084.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.