Due to COVID-19 we are now providing curb side service for our patients, appointments are necessary. Please call for a convenient time and be sure to have your cat in a secure carrier and your dog on a secure leash.

Thank you. Dr. Metroka DVM

front entrance to Metroka Animal Hospital


1616 Columbus Avenue Sandusky, OH

Staff & Equipment
to Diagnose and
Treat Any Ailment

Our Compassionate Staff will Take Care of Your Pet

Compassionate care for your animal companion is the cornerstone of Metroka Animal Hospital. We are dedicated to providing a relaxed experience for you and your pet at every visit. Whether it’s a routine check-up or an emergency treatment, our staff responds quickly to your pet’s needs and takes the time to explain examinations and procedures clearly before any treatments are given.

Our standards are high because we understand how important your animal friend is to you – and nothing less than the best will do. Your pet is a devoted companion, and when you entrust that friendship to us, our staff takes the responsibility seriously.
Ivan Amerine, Historical staff member

Dr. Ivan Amerine

The Metroka Animal Hospital has a historical past. It is very possible that it is the oldest or at least one of the oldest Animal Hospitals still existing within its original walls. The hospital originally opened in 1932 with its original veterinarian Dr. Grey. The hospital was predominately a large animal facility. In those times horses and other farm animals had a greater value as compared to dogs, cats, and other small pets. In 1945 Ivan Amerine D.V.M. purchased the hospital from Dr. Grey and enjoyed a magnificent reputation throughout his thirty-nine year career. In his early years Dr. Amerine was predominately a large animal veterinarian, however by the end of his career the practice was predominately small animal. This transformation occurred as the value of veterinary service to the large animal community declined in the Sandusky area, at the same time small animal pet ownership grew exponentially creating a great demand for small animal veterinary services. In 1986 Michael E. Metroka D.V.M. purchased the practice from Dr. Amerine. He continues to practice at this hospital to this day. During the past twenty-two years the practice has transformed into a full service veterinary hospital.
Dr. Metroka, owner of Metroka Animal Hospital, holding the dog Porkchop

Michael E. Metroka, D.V.M.

Michael E. Metroka, D.V.M. grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became the youngest individual to achieve the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout. He graduated with honors from John Marshall High School and went on to Ohio State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in pre-Med Animal Science. He continued his education at Ohio State to get his D.V.M. Dr. Metroka has lived in Sandusky, Ohio for the past 32 years running the Metroka Animal Hospital, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Erie County Humane Society. Dr. Metroka enjoys traveling and boating in and around Sandusky Bay and the Erie Islands. He looks forward to continuing to provide high quality veterinary care to his clients and their beloved pets.

Elizabeth (Beth) Molnar Rothgeb

Elizabeth (Beth) Molnar Rothgeb was a in Sacramento, California native, but she grew up in Germany as an Air Force dependent. She graduated from Huron High School, attended Porlock Vale Equitation Center, and is an honor graduate of General Animal Science. Elizabeth has worked on the Metroka Animal Hospital staff for over 30 years. Beth has four cats, three horses, and a dog. She enjoys riding her horse, Genius Boy’s Iceatopic, and driving a carriage for Dreams Come True Carriage and Limousine Service.

Meghan Erney

At Ivan & Izzy’s Grooming Salon, we know that grooming your pets regularly is just as important to their health as their regular veterinarian visits. With over 12 years of experience, groomer Meghan Erney uses her love of animals and training to provide the best care possible for your pet. Meghan is the granddaughter of Dr. Ivan Amerine, who owned the practice prior to Dr. Metroka. She enjoys being part of the history this practice offers and is privileged to continue providing animal care to the community.

Ivan & Izzy’s believes your pet is a part of your family. Owned and operated by Mike and Meghan Erney, both born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. After college, they’ve returned to the community they love to work and raise their five children. Meghan received her groooming training in the Cleveland area, as well as many years of hands on experience in her grandfathers practice. She is also a veterinary assistant.

Deborah Amerine-Brown

Deb is the daughter of Dr. Ivan Amerine and grew up working in the practice and is excited to be back as a veterinary assistant. Deb has a life long love of animals and is passionate about carrying on Dr. Amerine’s legacy with Dr. Metroka. She her hobbies include her pets, reading, and spending time with her five grandchildren. She also works as an assistant with her daughter Meghan and son in-law Mike with Ivan & Izzy’s Grooming.

Sadie the dog, a.k.a Porkchop

Sadie ("Porkchop")

Sadie (“Porkchop”) is always excited to welcome new and returning clients to Dr. Metroka’s office. Porkchop is a Jack Russell Terrier, and serves as the office mascot. The humans of the office may claim to be in charge, but Porkchop knows who really runs the office.

Our Philosophy for Pets in the Greater Sandusky Area

Dr. Metroka is confident in his abilities to treat your pet. He knows that honest service and low cost is important to his clients, so he works hard to keep his prices low and to always be sincere with his patients. With over 30 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Metroka knows what he can and cannot do. If he thinks that your pet’s illness is out of his ability to treat, he can recommend you to one of the local university veterinary hospitals for critical care. This self-awareness is why Dr. Metroka is one of the most trusted veterinarians in the Sandusky area. When you come to our office, you do not have to worry about whether your pet is getting the best care possible.

We Diagnose Before We Treat

Our staff knows that going to the doctor—for pets and humans—can be stressful and, oftentimes, expensive. Our staff is more than willing to answer any of your questions over the phone. If we need more information about your pet’s illness, Dr. Metroka will call you back the same day. We provide exceptional care with specialized diagnostic and life-saving skills. We have long standing relationshiips with specialist in all vet disciplines, and will work with them and you when referral is necessary.

Metroka Animal Hospital – Veterinary Services in Ohio

• Wellness exams
• Vaccinations
• Spaying/Neutering
• Declawing
• General surgery services
• Anesthesia
• Pain management
• Diagnostic blood and urine profiles
• Consultation with board certified specialists

• Micro-chipping
• Dentistry
• Radiology
• Pharmacy
• Prescription diets
• Flea/Tick control
• Boarding/Daycare
• Grooming

Equipment to Diagnose Your Pet Faster

The staff at Metroka Animal Hospital takes pride in the fact that our office provides top-notch care quickly and efficiently. We have state-of-the-art equipment in-house to test your pet for various illnesses and diseases. This keeps the cost and wait time low, so you do not have to spend time worrying. Some of our diagnostic equipment includes:

• InnoVet 20KHz Power Select X-Ray Mach
• Automatic X-Ray Processor
• Ultrasonic tooth scaler
• Electro cautery
• Isoflurane gas anesthesia (matrix UMS)

• Vet Centric EKG and PO2 monitor
• Complete In-house laboratory for blood testing through Idexx
• Ophthalmoscope
• Microscope

©2018 Metroka Animal Hospital | All Rights Reserved

building where Metroka Animal Hospital is located


1616 Columbus Avenue • Sandusky, OH

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

building where Metroka Animal Hospital is located


1616 Columbus Avenue • Sandusky, OH

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

©2018 Metroka Animal Hospital | All Rights Reserved