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. 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.
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. Michelle Hodgson
Dr. Michelle Hodgson grew up in Houma, Louisiana surrounded by her mother’s love for animals, so it’s no surprise she felt called to be a veterinarian at 18. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from LSU, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Michelle spent 5 years training under various veterinary surgeons in multiple states to further her knowledge base while also working as a relief veterinarian at emergency practices, including our sister hospital, Sherwood South Animal Hospital. During this time she accomplished first author publications in both the journal of Veterinary Surgery in 2017 as well as the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association in 2018. Michelle’s professional interests include surgery, shelter medicine, and emergency and critical care medicine. She is a member of the AVMA, LVMA and SLVA. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is watching the excitement an animal displays when reunited with their families after treatment. In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, tailgating and cheering on the Tigers & Saints, live music, swimming and scuba diving. She has three dogs, Isabelle, Annie and Tilly, as well as a cat named Lilly. Michelle also recently joined the Fat City Drum Corps, so if you’re a Saints fan you just might see her marching in Champions Square or on the big screen in the dome.