Our Doctors

Dr. Rick Grgurich

Dr. Rick Grgurich is orginally from Johnstown, PA. After serving three years active duty in the US Army as a veterinary technician, Rick then received a BS in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. After managing the Cambria County Humane Society for the next year, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then worked for 5 years as an associate veterinarian. On July 1, 1988 he opened Emmaus Animal Hospital. Dr. Grgurich is married to Roxanne, who has been the office manager since opening. They are very proud of their two sons, Justin and Brad. Dr. Grgurich is a member of the AVMA, the PVMA, the LVVMA, and the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Art Obenrader

Dr. Art Obenrader is a native of Bethlehem, PA. He received a BS in animal science from Rutgers University in 2010, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Following in his father's footsteps, he is the second veterinarian in his family. He hopes to serve the people of the Lehigh Valley as well as his father has. He has a feisty cat named Maddox. Dr. Obenrader is a member of the AVMA.

Dr. James Higgins

Dr. James Higgins is a native of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Villanova University in 1969; following graduation, he proudly served in the United States Navy. After his years of military service he attended the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical School, graduating in 1977.

Dr. Jim has practiced small animal medicine and surgery since 1977. While the majority of his time has been spent working the greater Lehigh Valley, he also practiced in North and South Carolina for two years. Dr. Higgins joined the staff of the Emmaus Animal Hospital in January of 2016.

Our Staff

Emmaus Animal Hospital employs a fine support staff that is highly qualified and compassionate. They share in the joy you feel when you first get a new puppy or kitten, as well as the sorrow you experience when it comes time to say goodbye to an old friend. These dedicated nurses, assistants, and receptionists look forward to serving you and your companion.

Roxanne Grgurich
Allie Yost, CVT
Melissa Hanson, Mary Minnich (with
Adeline, Nellie, And Bryar)
Donna Barton
Kelly Lester and Julie Hanford, CAHT

Allie Yost, CVT and Jenn Summers, CVT