Welcome to Bayou South Animal Hospital

At Bayou South Animal Hospital in Lake Charles, LA, we treat animals like they’re our family because they are.  What makes our animal hospital unique is that we treat both small and large animals at the same location. Our team has years of experience offering comprehensive veterinary care to animals of all kinds in Lake Charles, LA, and the surrounding areas. From small animal care to specialized treatments for your bovine and equine companions, we will work with you to ensure your animals are happy and healthy. 

Services We Provide

  • Grooming and boarding – We provide boarding and grooming services for your dog or cat. Some of our grooming services include nail trimming, baths, shaving, and more. Our boarding services include daily meals, vet monitoring, playtime, and much more. Your pet will love it here!
  • Spaying and neutering – We provide spaying and neutering services for your new pets. Spaying and neutering can reduce levels of aggression in your pets as well as greatly reduce or eliminate many reproductive issues and diseases. Spaying and neutering also help reduce animal overpopulation.  
  • Vaccinations – Vaccinations are incredibly important for your pet’s health. Your pet should come in once a year to receive their rabies and other vaccinations as well as medications for heartworm. Our veterinarian will track your pet’s vaccinations and update them when necessary.
  • Dental care – Dental care is a priority for your pet. We deep clean your pet’s teeth and gums. We also examine your pet’s mouth to check for gum disease, rotten teeth, and any other dental issues.
  • Imaging services – We have an in-house x-ray machine to check for any broken bones or muscle tears as well as a radiology clinic to look for any issues involving your pet’s organs. 
  • Large animal services – Our bovine and equine services include hoof trims, teeth cleaning, castration, and vaccinations. Our building includes a full-service barn so we can treat large animals safely and effectively. We also treat pigs, sheep, and goats.

 Call Us Today!

If your pet or large animal is experiencing health issues or needs a regular checkup, schedule an appointment with us today. In the case of a serious health issue, emergency appointments are available. To learn more about Bayou South Animal Hospital or the services we offer, call us at (337) 480-1500. You can also request an appointment online.

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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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Lake Charles Office


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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