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.
Meg Dowling grew up in Mandeville and moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing but soon decided that she wanted to work with animals. Meg began her career at Animal Health Clinic as a Patient Care Coordinator in April of 2011 and was in love with the veterinary field instantly. She attended Baton Rouge Community College’s Veterinary Technician program and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in May of 2014. Since then, she has been working at Animal Health Clinic as a RVT and became General Manager of the clinic in January of 2018. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside her Animal Health Clinic team and is excited to continue the longstanding tradition of excellence the clinic is known for.
When Meg is not ensuring a welcoming and seamless experience for clientele and staff alike, she is spending time with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Violet. Their family also includes a pit-bull named “Shelby” who enjoys playing dress-up with her human sister and a ball-obsessed Border Collie named “Leo”. The bunch loves to go on bike rides together and regularly attends local functions in their Mid-City neighborhood.
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. If she is not spending time with her niece or watching FIFA, she is bringing her two dogs “Aspen” and “Finn” swimming or hiking.
Patient Care Coordinator
Rebecca Matt began working at the Animal Health Clinic in November of 2017 as a Patient Care Coordinator. Gaining experience in a vet clinic is her number one goal, as she wants to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Rebecca recently was accepted into Baton Rouge Community College’s RVT program. She enjoys conversing with our clients, greeting our patients, and learning as much as she can in the process. Recently, she has begun to gain more experience as a technician by cross-training in the back of house. In her spare time, she loves to bring her happy-go-lucky Lab “Daze” on outings to any pet friendly locale.
Patient Care Coordinator
Shantell Gomez joined our team in November of 2018 as a Patient Care Coordinator. Shantell is originally from Centerville, Mississippi. Having worked in a vet clinic as a veterinary technician, she brings with her a wealth of experience in all aspects of the field. Shantell enjoys greeting clients and patients alike and always has a smile on her face. While she hopes to eventually move out west to Oregon to be with her family, she is dedicated to giving the best care to our patients. In her free time, Shantell makes beautiful art by restoring insects to their natural glory. She also enjoys playing with her three Pit-Bulls “Bane”, “Riot”, and “Kyra”.
Lead Veterinary Technician
Savannah Williamson, originally from Bartow, Florida, is our Lead Veterinary Technician who came to us in May of 2015. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science. Her love for hands-on work and animals led her to our clinic. Savannah moved into her role as a Lead naturally, as she enjoys teaching her co-workers and being a positive example of what a great technician should be. Dental cleanings and phlebotomy are among her favorite skills. In her free time, she can be found hiking with her adorable and vocal dog “Camille” or receiving lizards and mice from her bossy cat “Krull” who loves to hunt. Her family recently grew with an obedient and gentle Belgian Malinois dog named “Hans”.
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.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Julia Perkins rejoined our team in March of 2018, previously having worked for Dr. Hackett as a veterinary assistant. Julia also tried her hand in veterinary research at Pennington Biomedical, but soon returned to small animal practice. She recently graduated from Penn Foster in Veterinary Technology, and passed her state boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her free time, Julia enjoys traveling with her husband Ian and taking time to relax while reading. A Chihuahua named “Ellie Mae” and two cats named “Duke Fluffykins” and “Henry Scutter” complete her family.
Libby Broussard joined the Animal Health Clinic team in the summer of 2017. She enjoys many roles at Animal Health Clinic, including interacting with clients (removed as a Patient Care Coordinator) and caring for our patients as a Veterinary Technician. Libby is currently enrolled at Baton Rouge Community College and is planning to attend the Veterinary Technician Program. She has two quirky fur-pups, “Opal” and “Willow” who keep her on her toes. In her free time, she enjoys going back home to Austin to spoil her precious (removed new) niece named Penelope.