Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Animal Health Clinic in Baton Rouge! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us today to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!
Dr. Clarence B. Hackett
Dr. Hackett is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana & moved to Baton Rouge in his elementary years. His interest in becoming a veterinarian came at an early age. After graduating from University High School, Dr. Hackett completed his pre-vet with a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. With no vet schools in Louisiana at the time, Dr. Hackett was accepted to Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. While at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Hackett married Edith Smith from Baton Rouge. In 1967, Dr. Hackett received his DVM from Oklahoma State University and was the recipient of the Upjohn Award for proficiency in Veterinary Clinical Medicine.
Dr. Hackett opened Animal Health Clinic in 1972 and has practiced veterinary medicine for the past 42 years. Dr. Hackett is a current member of the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, past president of the Baton Rouge Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He was also a previous member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. His special interests include veterinary dentistry, internal medicine, endoscopy, ultrasound, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hackett enjoys cycling, fly-fishing, golfing and spending time with his five grandchildren. He also enjoys grooming his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Belle” and “Harper”. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Timothy Leonards
Dr. Leonards was raised in a rural setting in Crowley, Louisiana with a large focus on agriculture. Dr. Leonards attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude. He spent his summers at the LSU Ag Center Rice Research Center focusing mainly on agricultural work. He then moved to Baton Rouge with high hopes of being accepted into the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During that time, he was employed at the LSU Ag Center Poultry Unit & worked for two summers at Animal Health of Baton Rouge as a veterinary assistant. Dr. Leonards graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 & received the Bayer Award for Excellence in Dermatology during his clinical rotations. Professional interests include Dermatology, Internal Medicine, and Diagnostic Imaging.
Dr. Leonards and his wife, Holly Bofinger Leonards, have a 5 year old son, Nathan. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and trying to stay in shape. Personal interests include tinkering with electronics and building things. Dr. Leonards’ extended family includes an orange tabby named “He-Man”, a Highlander-Simese cross named “Ibby”, and a Red-Footed tortoise named “Ray”. His cats generally do nothing around the house, but do enjoy waking their family in the early morning for no reason at all.
Dr. Brittany McClendon
Dr. McClendon was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in St. Francisville. Her love for animals began at an early age as she found herself caring for numerous dogs, cats, squirrels, gerbils, birds, and horses. Prior to and during vet school, she acquired a passion for the veterinary industry in her work as a technician at several animal hospitals in the Baton Rouge area. She graduated from LSU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology; in 2020, she earned her doctorate degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She was honored to receive the Bayer Award for Excellence in Communication during her clinical year of vet school.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, and listening to podcasts. She serves her local church in Prairieville alongside her husband, Connor. Her professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, and soft tissue surgery. She has extensive experience treating feline behavioral and medical disorders thanks to her high maintenance cat, Oliver. Connor and Dr. McClendon also have a derpy Golden Retriever named Hadley.
Dr. Lisa Ciolino
Dr. Ciolino grew up in Baton Rouge and is excited to be back in her home town. She is a 2010 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ciolino spent the majority of her career practicing at a very busy 24 hour referral center in St John Parish as both a general practitioner and emergency clinician. In 2016, Dr. Ciolino's interest in and concern for veterinary pain management and geriatric medicine led her to begin her acupuncture studies in her spare time. In 2017, she obtained her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida. She then went on to pursue further training and work experience in integrative medicine and rehabilitation at LSU. In addition to acupuncture, pain management, and herbal medicine, Dr. Ciolino has a love of feline internal medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and spending time with family, including her dog, Richard, and kitties Ella, Dasani, and Francis Arugula.
Megan Quigley previously worked at Sherwood South Animal Hospital, but took a hiatus to take care of her three spunky kids, Kael, Quinn, and Callie. We were lucky to have her join our team in September of 2017. She fit in seamlessly and brought with her experience, drive, and positive energy. Her favorite part of being a Veterinary Technician is the ever changing work day and exposure to challenging cases. She enjoys assisting the doctors in surgery and improving her skills daily. On the weekends, Megan loves to spend time with her kids, husband, and fur-baby Boxer “Katy” in the great outdoors.
Lead Patient Care Coordinator
Mary Taylor is our most seasoned Patient Care Coordinator, joining our team in April of 2018. Originally from Greenville, Mississippi, Mary worked at a veterinary hospital there but moved to Baton Rouge in 2017. While she received a degree in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi, she decided to use this with her passion for animals. Mary enjoys being the first line of communication with our clients and patients. Recently becoming “Lead” Patient Care Coordinator, Mary has excelled at streamlining the front office and ensuring that all of our client and patient experiences are handled with the utmost of care. If she is not spending time with her niece or watching FIFA, she is bringing her two dogs “Aspen” and “Finn” swimming or hiking.
Our newest technician, John, is anything but new to the industry as a whole. John grew up in Slidell aside his father who owned and practiced at veterinary clinic up until very recently. We are so excited to see how he grows in his position at AHC after having nearly 10 years of experience working with his father. In his free time John enjoys fishing and playing fetch with his black lab, Snipe. He hopes to finish out his schooling, alongside two bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Economics & Finance, by becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Coming all the way from Chico, California, Christin relocated to Baton Rouge in 2017 to pursue a degree from LSU. She quickly realized that her calling was in the animal industry and immediately began to work her way up the ladder. She began her journey at Petz Plaza as a receptionist, then a kennel technician, shortly thereafter transitioning to a department lead in no time at all. Two years after her journey began, she decided she wanted to begin training as a veterinary assistant at Animal Health Clinic on her way to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. We were so pleased to welcome her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and unwavering compassion for any animal that crosses her path. When Christin is not caring for her patients at AHC she enjoys walking her Goldendoodle, Lodi, around the LSU lakes and playing with her frisky felines- Nova, Kilala, and foster Milo.