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Bayou South Animal Hospital was founded in 1997 by Dr. Ted Shope and Dr. Jay Carter partners of Southern Veterinary Associates. Bayou South was opened as a second location to their original location, Downtown Animal Hospital. In 2011 Bayou South become its own entity with Dr. Shope assuming sole ownership and continues to serve southwest Louisiana as a locally owned and operated veterinary hospital. Until 2015 Dr. Shope practiced large animal medicine alongside his colleagues in both large and small animal medicine until his passing in 2015. Many of the staff of Bayou South have endured the difficult transition of losing the heart and soul of Bayou South. Since the passing of our founder in 2015, Bayou South continues to operate under the legacy of Dr. Ted Shope but is now owned by his daughter and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Darby Shope.

Bayou South Animal Hospital is proud to serve the Lake Charles, LA area and surrounding Southwest Louisiana for everything pet-related. Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Dr. Darby Shope, who is a licensed, experienced  veterinarian.

Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Bayou South stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.

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