Biographies

Case Veterinary Hospital is unique because it is the only veterinary hospital worldwide that can boast four direct generations of veterinarians.


Dr. Erle Case

Dr. Erle Glenwood Case, Sr. (1883-1949) was born in Preston
Township, Pennsylvania. It was while teaching grammar in a small school in Wayne County that he took a change in direction and decided to become a veterinarian. He attended the University of Ontario in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1908.

Upon graduation, he accepted a job offer in Savannah, Georgia. The optimistic young man packed his belongings and bought a one-way steamship ticket to Savannah, but on arrival discovered that his plans
had gone south as well. The offer had been rescinded. There was no job waiting. The veterinarian who had extended the offer decided he couldn’t afford to hire anyone after all, and Case didn’t have the money
to return to Canada. He approached the town’s only other veterinarian who couldn’t take on an associate either. But in order to prevent competition with the large animal aspect of his business, that veterinarian did offer Case a single stall in his building and commissioned Dr. Case to work on the growing number of small animal patients coming his way. At the time, caring medically for pets was not nearly as common as it is today. Families placed priority on farm and working animals because they could put food on the table.

“This vet thought the dogs and cats that farmers’ wives were bringing him were a bother, so here was a chance to pawn that business off on the new guy,” says Carla Case-McCorvey, DVM, in recounting the story of how her great-grandfather started his career and then founded Case Veterinary Hospital that she and her father, Dr. Jerry L. Case, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, still own and operate today — almost 100 years later. Once he raised enough money, Dr. Case opened his own practice, Case Veterinary Hospital, in Savannah, GA, in 1909. Dr. Erle Case and his wife Elsie had four children together: Eleanor, Glen, Harlan and Francis. Both Harlan and Francis decided to become veterinarians just like their father.

Dr. Francis Case

Dr. Francis Horace Case, Sr. (1919-2002) grew up working with his father until he moved to Auburn, Alabama to enter veterinary school. The University of Georgia’s veterinary college was closed during WWII as Georgia and Alabama combined resources to educate veterinarians creating an accelerated program to provide more veterinarians for the war effort.

Francis received his veterinary degree from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1943. He then began to work side by side with his father and eventually took over the practice. During his career Francis saw the practice change from large to small animal medicine and surgery and he served as President of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Associatio in 1979. Just as his father before him, Dr. Francis Case enlisted the aid of his wife Christine to help work in the hospital as the office manager. They had three children together: Horace, Gail, and Jerry. It was their youngest, Jerry, that decided to carry on the family practice.

Dr. Jerry Case

Dr. Jerry Case grew up helping his father, Francis, work with the animals as a young boy. This peaked Jerry’s interest just enough to allow him to strive to continue his father’s legacy. In 1975 Dr. Jerry Case graduated from UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine and eagerly joined his father’s practice in Savannah, GA. Francis and Jerry moved the practice to its third and present location in 1978. In 1986 Jerry achieved Diplomat status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners becoming the first general practice “specialist” in canine and feline medicine to practice in Savannah. Like his father, Jerry also served as President of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association in 1996. While in undergraduate school and before being accepted to study veterinary medicine, Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Gail Halstead. Like her mother-in-law before her, she also became an integral part of the practice. The couple had two daughters while attending University of Georgia, Laura and Carla. It was Carla who followed in her father’s footsteps.

Dr. Carla Case


Just 2 years old when her father earned his veterinary degree and moved his family back to Savannah to join the family business, Carla’s earliest memories are of playing with her older sister at Case Veterinary Hospital. After graduating from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, she has enjoyed being the 4th generation (yet first woman) to run the family practice.

Dr. Carla Case-McCorvey is unique. She is following in the footsteps of three generations of Cases who have dedicated their careers to being advocates for Savannah’s pets. Her hospital, Case Veterinary Hospital, holds the honor of being the world’s oldest direct –family owned veterinary hospital and is celebrating its 102 year Anniversary. Priding themselves on the basics of good veterinary care that means delivery of compassionate, caring service, Case Veterinary Hospital also delivers leading edge technology. In 2007, Dr. Case-McCorvey brought rigid laparoscopy to her practice being the first in her region to routinely offer this minimally invasive surgical option to her patients to include routine laparoscopic spays. The use of laser surgery, endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, ultrasonography and digital radiology enhance the patient’s care at Case. And Dr. Case-McCorvey’s dedication comes from the understanding that Case Veterinary Hospital is not just a hospital – it is her family history.

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