Cartersville Animal HospitalMeet Our Veterinary Team
Kevin McElwee, DVM
Dr. Kevin McElwee was born in a central West Virginia farming community. His interest in veterinary medicine began at an early age and was piqued by his school librarian aunt who gave him James Herriot’s books to read. During his summers, he worked at a mixed animal practice, gaining experience with large and small animals and cementing his decision to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. He attended West Virginia University and graduated in three years with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science.
Following graduation from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, Dr. McElwee began practice at Cartersville Animal Hospital, becoming the owner in 1997.
Dr. McElwee has always been active in volunteer service clubs and organized veterinary medicine. He is a 26 year member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. He served as President of the Northwest Georgia Veterinary Medical Association in 1994, then as a member of the Board of Directors to the Georgia VMA. While a director, he was Chairman of the Public Relations committee, member of the Executive Board, chaired several task forces, and served on the Legislative Action Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and on the working group that developed the State of Georgia’s Spay-Neuter license plate program. He was elected in 2005 to the Presidency of the GVMA. During his yearlong term, Dr. McElwee travelled the state, meeting and listening to other Veterinarian’s issues and concerns, worked at the State Capitol on legislative issues that dealt with veterinarians, spoke to the students at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, and wrote the Policies and Procedures Manual for the GVMA.
Dr. McElwee has been a long time member of the Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange, serving as President, Secretary, Director, Chair of the Child Abuse Prevention Month committee and as Chair to the annual Exchange Club Christmas Parade. He and his family are members of Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church where he has served on the Administrative Board and on the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee.
He is a Webelos leader for the Cub Scouts and volunteers time for the District and Council levels of the Boy Scouts of America. In his spare time, he enjoys college football, camping and spending time with his family.
He met his wife Dana in 1995 and they were married in 1998. They have two children, a daughter named Ally and a son named Kase. Their family also includes a Buddy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a cat named Cutie and Briggs, a Golden Retriever.