Our friendly team is dedicated to providing your pets with quality, personalized care as well as giving back to our local communities. Each year, we proudly participate in NBC TV’s Clear the Shelters event. Since 2003, we’ve also facilitated continuing education seminars at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, where twice each year we present our “Babies and Pets” lecture series to discuss ways to safely introduce new babies to the family pets.
Please take a few moments to meet our compassionate, highly skilled team of veterinarians, technicians, and staff. We are here to provide the convenience of top-notch, local services that you need, plus everything your pet needs for a lifetime of optimal health.
Dr. Chris Slay
Dr. Chris Slay is a Baton Rouge native and brings over 30 years of experience to our team. He received his undergraduate at LSU and is a 1989 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. While Dr. Slay loves small animal internal medicine, soft tissue surgery & dermatology, he has a special interest in behavioral medicine. He is an advocate of Fear Free Handling and is Fear Free Certified. Dr. Slay is a member of the LVMA, AVMA, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Slay is a father to 3, step-father to 3 and grandfather to 3. In his free time, Dr. Slay enjoys fishing, watching LSU Sports, weightlifting and spending time with his wife, Cindy & their Maltipoo, Tucker.
Dr. Carter Ward
Dr. Carter Ward was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the Nutramax Companion Animal Award for medicine and surgery and the Veterinary Pathology Award during his clinical rotations in vet school. Growing up, he always knew his goal in life was to help others by tending to their companion animals in need. From early on, becoming a veterinarian was his dream. Once he graduated vet school, he decided to further his knowledge base by performing a 1-year internship with a focus in Internal Medicine at Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists. After completing his internship, Dr. Ward began his career as a general practitioner at Sherwood South Animal Hospital & then South Baton Rouge Animal Hospital. Dr. Ward has a special interest in internal medicine & small animal surgery. He has a passion for health & fitness not only for himself but for animals as well. He enjoys creating diet & exercise plans for overweight pets to improve their quality of life. He is a member of the AVMA, and LVMA, and acting president of BRAVMA. Outside of work, Dr. Ward enjoys being outdoors, bringing his dog, Rocky, to the dog park, cheering on the LSU Fighting Tigers, staying active with his wife, Victoria, & hanging out with his recently adopted cat, Maisie.
Dr. Stephen Lee
Dr. Stephen M. Lee, Jr. was born and raised in Minden, a small town in North Louisiana. Growing up on a ranch surrounded by animals, he always had a special interest in veterinary medicine. Dr. Lee attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate receiving a degree in Dairy Science. While at LSU he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was accepted into the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and graduated in 2002. Dr. Lee is a member of the AVMA, GVMA, LVMA, BRAVMA, American Veterinary Dental Society, and is a member of the Veterinary Honor Society, Phi Zeta. Dr. Lee has a special interest in small animal medicine, soft tissue/orthopedic surgery, and dentistry.
Ashley Bodin first started with our sister hospital, Sherwood South Animal Hospital in 2013 as a part time kennel assistiant. After graduating from LSU with her Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences, she joined our staff full time. Ashley has held several positions within Sherwood South- Kennel Assistant, Receptionist, Treatment Assistant, Client Coordinator and Head Veterinary Technician. Ashley loves all animals but takes a special interest in felines. In the spring and summer months, you can find her fostering orphan neonate kittens. When she’s not working, Ashley enjoys live music, hanging out with friends and family, and reading. Ashley’s orange tabby cat, Mike the Tiger (named after Mike VI), runs her household with Frasier, a bottle baby kitten she raised then adopted last year.
Head Veterinary Technician
Shantell Gomez began her career in veterinary medicine at our sister location, Sherwood South Animal Hospital, in 2014. She started as a receptionist and quickly moved into an ER veterinary assistant position discovering she loved taking care of animals in need. After leaving Sherwood South, Shantell spent the next 4 years as a veterinary technician and office manager at another veterinary clinic. We're so excited Shantell decided to return to the Sherwood South family and take on the role of Head Technician at South Baton Rouge Animal Hospital. Shantell is a mom to three Pitbull's: Kyra (pictured above), Riot & Bane. When she's not taking care of animals, Shantell enjoys biking, photography, gardening and creating artwork.
Jessica Greco has 4 years of experience in the veterinary field. Raised in Lafayette, Jessica grew up with many pets but credits her horse, Shadow, and her first dog, Peaches, for giving her a love and understanding of animals. With Shadow’s patience, Jessica became a competitive equestrian show jumper. Jessica is a recent graduate of LSU with a bachelor’s in Animal Sciences and she hopes to apply to veterinary school. Jessica loves traveling across the country to attend concerts, hiking, Crossfit and bringing her two rescue dogs, Ezra & Brew, to the dog park.
Kayla Vilardo joined Sherwood South Animal Hospital in November 2015 after graduating from Southeastern University. Kayla's excellent organizational skills and work ethic lead her to quickly excel to Kennel Manager at Sherwood South, a position she held for over 2 years. In December 2019, Kayla transitioned to a new role as the Lead Receptionist of South Baton Rouge Animal Hospital which showcases her passion for customer service. In her free time, Kayla enjoys reading, watersports, and staying active. She is a huge fan of the Houston Astros, making frequent trips to attend games. Kayla is the mom of four cats: Montana (pictured above), Dutchess, Rockette, and Princess.