Slidell Veterinarians

Slidell VeterinariansBlaine J. Firmin, DVM, Owner

A Metarie, LA native, Dr. Blaine J. Firmin credits the time he spent during his childhood on both his maternal and paternal grandparents' farms with motivating him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. "Between the two farms, they raised quail, ducks, chickens, hogs, cows, and horses," he recalls. "The farms taught me the care and respect it took to raise animals. I just used my education to go one step further."

Dr. Firmin served for six years in the United States Navy on the nuclear cruiser USS California. After the Navy, he attended the University of New Orleans, where he was a pre-med and biology major. Following his junior year, Dr. Firmin was accepted to Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 1994 with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and purchased Slidell Veterinary Hospital in 2005.

For Dr. Firmin, it's the problem solving aspects of veterinary medicine that he finds the most rewarding. "Everyday is a new challenge and totally unique, so you have to make the solution fit the individual patient," he says.

Dr. Firmin is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association (as well as its past president), the Florida Parishes Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include orthopedics, ophthalmology, and ear surgery.

When not working at the hospital, Dr. Firmin stays active in veterinary organizations. He also enjoys fishing and woodworking. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons: Christian, who is following his father's footsteps at LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine, and Jacob, who is 6 years old. The family has two pets at home: Cole, a black Labrador, and Demon, a grey tabby cat. Dr. Firmin also cares for Puff, his clinic cat, and a golden retriever named Stanley.

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Slidell VeterinarianRonald C. Francis, DVM

Dr. Ronald Francis founded Slidell Veterinary Hospital in 1962, and, although he sold the practice to Dr. Firmin in 2005, continues to bring his considerable experience and skill to our patient care.

Dr. Francis earned his bachelor's degree in animal science from Louisiana State University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, the Florida Parishes Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. His areas of professional interest include dermatology and surgery.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Francis enjoys fishing and watching Fox News. He has also been active in the Rotary for 50 years. He and his wife Joyce have five children and 14 grandchildren. They also care for four cats.

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Slidell VeterinarianRobert C. Gros, DVM

Dr. Robert C. Gros has been an associate veterinarian with Slidell Veterinary Hospital since July 2008. Originally from New Orleans, Dr. Gros wanted to become a veterinarian ever since a compassionate veterinarian treated and saved his first puppy from distemper, even though Dr. Gros had very little money for payment.

While curing illness and returning happy, healthy pets to their parents are his greatest sources of satisfaction, it was Dr. Gros's brush with local fame that is one of the most memorable of his veterinary career. "Joey Heatherton, a singer and actress, flew into New Orleans to play at the Blue Room with a Yorkie puppy in her coat pocket," he recalls. "On arrival, the puppy started having seizures due to hypoglycemia. On an emergency call after midnight, I treated and saved her puppy. The incident made the paper. In the article she said, 'A very cute veterinarian saved my puppy.'"

Dr. Gros earned his bachelor's degree in veterinary science from Louisiana State University. He went on to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1972.

Dr. Gros is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (past president), the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the South Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a past member of the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission and an alternate delegate representing Louisiana in the American Veterinary Medical Association. His areas of professional interest include soft tissue surgery and dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Gros enjoys travel, photography, boating, and fishing. He and his wife Gerri have two daughters, Stephanie and Kimberley, and four grandchildren. They also have a cat, Jumper.

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Slidell VeterinarianTiffany Hammant, DVM

Dr. Tiffany Hammant has known that she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a child. Growing up in Metairie, Louisiana, she would bring her family pets to the local veterinary clinic and was inspired by the level of care provided to the animals. After losing three of her dobermans to heart disease, Dr. Hammant knew that she wanted to make a difference and try to improve the quality of life for these wonderful animals. She wanted to understand heart disease in animals and help to find a better treatment to improve their quality of life.

In 2016, Dr. Hammant graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Business. She then went on to graduate from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. While in college, Dr. Hammant worked in a Kennel and got hands-on experience caring for animals in need. In June 2020, Dr. Hammant joined our team full-time and has helped to provide care in areas of surgery, internal medicine, and cardiology. Dr. Hammant is a member of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Hammant has two pets of her own, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Beaux and a Ragdoll cat named Baloo. In her free time, Dr. Hammant enjoys crafting, painting, and knitting. She also loves exploring and trying new experiences. We are so grateful for the level of care that Dr. Hammant provides to our patients. She helps to bring comfort to sad and stressed pet parents because they know that their animal is getting the best possible care!

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