Welcome to Bayou South  Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Lake Charles,LA
Call us at (337)480-1500

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (337) 480 - 1500!

Welcome! Bayou South Animal Hospital is an established mixed animal practice that has been serving Lake Charles and the surrounding areas for over 20 years. We are a full service hospital deeply committed to personal, quality care of your extended four legged family. Bayou South Animal Hospital prides itself on offering quality care at affordable prices to its clientele. The staff of Bayou South exudes southern hospitality and is eager to serve both current and new clients.

Our team services encompass both small and large animal medicine and surgery.

- The Small Animal/Exotic Team provides preventative healthcare (vaccinations, flea and heartworm prevention, etc), soft tissue surgery (such as spays and neuters), orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery, breeding, behavior management and boarding just to name a few.

- Our Large Animal Team provides palpation and herd management, castrations, teeth floating, hoof trims, Coggins testing, preventative healthcare (vaccinations, dewormers, fly control), cosmetic surgery Mobile Services, and Emergency After Hour Care.

Our facility includes onsite blood machines and x-ray, ultrasound, reproductive and soft tissue indoor kennels, fenced in play yard, surgery suites, equine recovery area, full service barn with hydraulic chute, indoor horse stocks and power float.

Come and check us out!

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Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Darby Shope

    Dr. Darby Shope is a native of southwest Louisiana, as she has grown up and continues to reside on her family's ranch Shope Land & Cattle, LLC in Longville, LA. She attended McNeese State University for three years and received a Bachelors in Agricultural Science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. She accepted an offer to attend Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May of 2018. Dr. Shope is the owner of Bayou South Animal Hospital; a mixed animal veterinary clinic where she primarily practices large animal medicine. While not working Dr. Shope's love for animals continues as she enjoys riding horses, mostly barrel racing and trail riding around her family's ranch with her two dogs.

  • Dr. Lauren Jackson

    Dr. Lauren Jackson is a Mandeville, LA native that attended Louisiana State University for both her undergraduate and doctoral studies. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and entered the profession practicing in Lake Charles. Dr. Jackson joined the staff of Bayou South Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian in 2018, specializing in the care of small animals. She presently resides in Lake Charles, LA with her family - husband, Joel, and son Ben and two dogs. During her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, gardening, cooking, and reading.

  • Dr. Courtney Fontenot

    Dr. Courtney Fontenot is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2018 and is an alumna of McNeese State University where she earned her Bachelors in Agricultural Science. Dr. Fontenot is a full-time associate veterinarian at Bayou South Animal Hospital where she practices small animal medicine.  Dr. Fontenot grew up in DeRidder Louisiana and now resides with her husband Nick and fur baby Zoey in Ragley, Louisiana. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family or reading the latest Nicholas Sparks novel.

  • Dr. Ted Shope

    In 1982 Dr. Ted Shope graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon earning his veterinary license, the LaGrange High School and McNeese alum returned to Lake Charles to practice. His career started with Dr. Morris at Morris Animal Clinic on McNeese Street as a small animal doctor. Later, he joined Dr. Mark Quilty and Dr. Jay Carter at Downtown Animal Hospital where he took over the large animal portion of the practice and assisted with small animal care as well. After Dr. Quilty's retirement, Dr. Shope and Dr. Carter became partners of Southern Veterinary Associates. In 1997 they opened a second location, Bayou South Animal Hospital to better serve the needs of their large animal clients, as well as expand the small animal practice. In 2011, Bayou South Animal Hospital became its own entity with Dr. Shope as sole owner.

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  • Dr. Jana Kingrey

    I was born and raised in Southern California. I graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and received a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Parker University in 2014. I am certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association as an Animal Chiropractor. I moved to Louisiana when my husband and I opened our chiropractic clinic in Westlake. I joined the staff of Bayou South Animal Hospital in 2015 and have been tending to their patient's chiropractic needs since then. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, playing with my dogs, and riding my horses.

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Lake Charles Office


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm




Read What Our Clients Say

  • "I’ve been a customer of Bayou South for years. They’ve always been kind to both my personal pets and my rescues. I really appreciate Dr. Jackson and all she has done for my sweet Pookie. She’s provided updates every step of the way and I feel that he has been in great hands since becoming sick. A big thanks to everyone! I look forward to picking my sweet kitty up tomorrow and bringing him home."
    Katie Roush
  • "I went to this hospital with intentions to put my fur baby down after leaving a local vet with the news I have received I couldn't pay what they demanded I pay before treating my pup. Walked in the bayou south in tears and told the lady I was the one that called about putting my pup down cuz she tested positive for parvo she went above and beyond to help my pup Dr was amazing even willing to help with payment arrangement if needed. They were the BEST!!! Thanks to bayou south my puppy are doing soo much better I recommend anybody to bring your fur babies there #1 so friendly and just waiting to help. Thank you"
    Beth Touvell
  • "This is the most exceptional Veterinary Clinic that I have ever been to. The staff goes above and beyond their calling. They are so caring, thoughtful, and insightful. I brought in my Maltese that was two years old, he had a very bad seizure and was very sick. They gave him round-the-clock care to try to help him and to save him. We ended up having to put him to sleep but they made me feel that I made the right decision and they were right beside me through it all. You all have a special place in my heart. My family and I thank you-from the bottom of our heart."
    Raven Adams