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  • Dr. Darby Shope
    Veterinarian

    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
    Veterinarian

    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
    Veterinarian

    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 predominately small animal medicine along with some exotic 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
    Veterinarian

    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
    Chiropractor

    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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