Lauren Covelli, Chandler Poche, Emilie Charbonnet, Anita Ernst Hotard, Carlie Knight, Sarah Kron, Hope Everhardt

Lauren Covelli graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northshore Technical Community College in 2015. During her schooling, Lauren volunteered at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital for clinical hours and never left! She spends most of her days as a surgery technician. Not only is she a talented technician, Lauren is also a gifted photographer and took most of the photos on our website! You can view more of her work at

Chandler Poche is Linda’s grandson and Dr. Ernst’s great-nephew. His presence here continues our commitment to family at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital. Chandler is attending college and spends as much time as possible with his dog Nyx, a German Shepherd. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Emilie Charbonnet started working at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital in 2012 when she was a junior at Ponchatoula High School. Emilie is a very hard worker and has advanced to a full-time veterinary technician. She is a proud mother of 2 and loves to keep our hospital clean and organized.

Anita Ernst Hotard is one of Dr. Ernst’s sisters and has been a surgery technician since Ponchatoula Animal Hospital opened in 1980. Anita is our “personnel manager” because she is always willing to lend an ear and she offers calm, practical advice for any of life’s glitches. She enjoys gardening and raising Monarch butterflies. Her greatest joys in life are her children and grandchildren.

Carlie Knight is our Lead Technician and has worked at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital on 3 separate occasions since 2003. Carlie nominated us for The Daily Star’s Best Place to Work and we were honored to win in 2018. Her favorite breed is the Boston Terrier, the “American Gentleman”, and she has 2 of them named Rebel and Bijou.

Sarah Kron began working here in 2013 while attending Ponchatoula High School and is now pursuing a nursing career. Sarah has two Australian Shepherds and two beautiful horses. During her time off, she enjoys running and just completed her first 15k!

Hope Everhardt has been a Kennel Technician since 2017. Hope is a mother, grandmother, and an extreme animal lover with 4 dogs and 2 cats of her own. She takes pride in having the cleanest kennels in Ponchatoula!

A family operated practice, Ponchatoula Animal Hospital welcomes you into a professional, yet warm and friendly atmosphere.

Contact Info

42133 N Hoover Rd

Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 12:00pm

After-Hours Emergencies

If you have an emergency with your pet after regular clinic hours, please contact one of the following facilities:

Sherwood South Animal Hospital

MedVet - Mandeville

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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