Gateway Animal Hospital – St Petersburg FL 33702

8000 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Service Area: 33701, 33702,33703, 33704

Phone: 1.577.6500

Type of Pet Practice: Small Animal Companion Animal Hospital/Veterinary Hospital

About Gateway Animal Hospital in St Petersburg FL 33702

Gateway Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic, located in St. Petersburg, Fl, providing total medical, surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic care for your our clients in Pinellas Couny. We offer examinations and consultation, vaccinations, routine and specialized surgery, dentistry, hospitalization and intensive care services, digital radiology, a complete medical laboratory, diagnostic ultrasound, emergency care, and boarding.


Staff Veterinarians

Our doctors have over 125 years of veterinary medicine and surgery experience. With our highly experienced doctors, assistants and administrative staff, Gateway Animal Hospital is highly trained in handling any veterinary medical problem.

St Petersburg FL Veterinarian | Dr John McLemore

Dr. McLemore is a 1982 graduate of Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to attending college, Dr. McLemore served in the US Army, as

Veterinarian - John McLemore Gateway Animal Hospital St. Petersburg, FL 33702

an air traffic controller in Korea. He moved to the St. Petersburg area in 1983 and purchased Gateway Animal Hospital in 1987. In 1994, Dr. McLemore moved Gateway Animal Hospital to its new and much larger location.

Dr. McLemore is very active in the veterinary profession and is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA)
Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Society (PCVMS)

Dr. McLemore served as president of the Pinellas County Veterinary Society in 1995. In 1996, he received the FVMA Gold Star Award for outstanding service to the veterinary medical profession.

Dr. McLemore has a special interest in Radiology and Internal Medicine. He also performs ultrasonography at the hospital.

Dr. McLemore is an avid golfer and even had a hole in one on the 17th hole at the Vinoy Golf Club. He also supports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, professional, football team and the Tampa Bay Rays, professional baseball team.

Dr. McLemore has been married to his wife, Laura, for 26 years and has two daughters, Katie and Stephanie.


Member: American Veterinary Medical Association

St Petersburg FL Veterinarian | Dr Robert Blanchard

Dr. Blanchard is originally from Prince Edward Island (PEI), a Canadian Province. It consists of the main island plus 231 minor islands and is north of Nova Scotia and east of Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Rob Blanchard - Gateway Animal Hospital St. Petersburg, FLDr. Blanchard attended college at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and graduated from the university in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then  continued his education at UPEI and obtained a Master of Science degree (1990) in Pharmacokinetics.

Dr. Blanchard’s veterinary medical and surgical education was also completed at UPEI, at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Blanchard graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1994.

After graduation, he decided to leave the cold of Canada and moved to Florida, where he practiced in Gainesville and Clearwater Florida, before coming to Gateway Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida.

Dr. Blanchard is married to Jackie who is a school teacher with the Pinellas County School System. Dr. Blancahrd is also an avid golfer and carries a very low handicap. He also enjoys photography and has a liking for Shih Tzus.


St Petersburg FL Veterinarian | Dr Robert Blanchard

Dr. Burgard has over 40 years of veterinary medical and surgical experience. Dr. Burgard has attended Colorado State University, Columbia University and obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1969, from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, in Alabama.

Dr. frank Burgard - Gateway Animal Hospital, St. Petersburg, FLDr. Burgard also served his country in the US Army Veterinary Corps. He completed a one year small animal residency at the ASPCA Henry Berg Memorial Animal Hospital, in New York City.

Before coming to Florida, Dr. Burgard, worked in California and New Jersey. Dr. Burgard owned and operated Caladesi Animal Hospital, in Dunedin Florida, for 30 years. Dr. Burgard is not only licensed in Florida, but he also maintains licenses in North Carolina, Alabama, New Jersey and California. He is also accredited with the USDA and is authorized to perform Health Certificate examinations and is prepared to perform duties, if needed a in an animal disease outbreak.

Dr. Burgard is married to his wife, Peggy, and has two children, Florie and Jessie. Florie is a Physical Therapist and Jessie is a Psychologist and administrator for the Veterans Administration. Frank and Peggy have five grandchildren and one 17 year cat, Simba.

Dr. Burgard’s interests are music, photography, sailing and tennis.



Veterinary Pet Care Services

Gateway Animal Hospital is your full service neighborhood animal hospital that provides a wide range of medical, diagnostic and ancillary animal care services.

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We Offer The Following Services

Medical Care and Hospitalization

Being a full service veterinary hospital, means we are prepared to diagnose, treat, and hospitalize those patients who are very sick or severely injured and provide the best medical and surgical care available today. The administration of injectable and oral  medications, intravenous fluid administration, oxygen therapy and tube feeding may be some of the procedures required to treat one of our patients.

General Surgery

Most of our surgeries are performed by Dr. Roy Faulkner, our staff surgeon. Dr. Faulkner can handle not only our more routine surgeries but also specialty type surgeries, thus giving us the ability of keeping our patients in their primary veterinary care facility and not having to be referred to a specialty veterinary hospital.

Orthopedic Surgery

We also provide general orthopedic surgery including fracture repair, stifle repair (knee surgery), medial patella luxations, femoral head ostectomies, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for cruciate injuries, etc.

Laser Surgery

We utilize a CO2 laser surgery machine which is very useful in certain surgeries, especially for feline declaws.

Digital Radiography and Ultrasound

With the state of the art digital radiogrphy system (x rays), we can obtain very high quality radiographs, very rapidly, and if needed, have them electronically transmitted for review by a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist, which helps to remove the guess work needed sometimes to read  (interpret) a radiographic image.

Ultrasound  is another modality available to us, and its images, can also be digitized for transmission. Ultrasound is a non-invasive way to look into the thoracic and abdomen body cavities and also evaluate the internal organs present in those cavities… Read more

Prophylactic Dental Cleaning and Both Simple and Surgical Extractions

Prophylactic dental cleaning, to remove that built up plague, is very important in maintaining the health of your pet. Infected gums with periodontal disease is a source for bacteria to escape into the blood stream and infect the internal organs (heart valves, liver, kidneys, etc). Through veterinary technicians we  can perform a thorough dental cleaning and remove that infectious plague. when needed we can perform dental extractions, whether they be a simple extraction or that requires surgical intervention to remove the affected tooth.

In House Laboratory

Gateway Animal Hospital maintains its own in house laboratory which provides us with full battery of chemistry profiles and complete blood counts whcih include a differential. We also perform fine needle aspirate, for cytological examination.

In House Pharmacy

Gateway Animal Hospital keeps stocked a full medical pharmacy so that our clients don’t have to make another stop on the way home, after bringing or picking up their pet from the hospital.

Preventative Health Care and Vaccinations

Gateway Animal Hospital provides routine vaccinations in accordance with the latest vaccination recommendations of the veterinary profession. Our vaccination program can be tailored to the individual needs of the pet and/or client.

Pet ID Services

We recommend Pet Identification, through micro-chipping, for all of our patients. We have seen too many lost dogs and cats, without microchips,being transported to either the SPCA or Pinellas Animal Services and not having a microchip. Checking for a microchip is SOP for these organizations and also most veterinary hospitals. Losing a loved pet can be very traumatic to the whole family, especially not knowing what has happened and not knowing if your pet may be injured.


We provide boarding for our clients for those times they must leave their pets. We have ample facilities for cats, small-medium sized dogs and lasrge breed dogs.

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