Both of Dr. Liz Waguespack’s parents worked as nurses, and she grew up on a Lafayette farm alongside horses, cows, ducks, rabbits, dogs, and cats. From an early age, Dr. Liz was exposed to the unconditional love of animals and the fascinating field of medicine. She knew she wouldn’t be happy doing anything other than working with animals; a career in veterinary medicine was the obvious choice!
In August of 2002, Dr. Liz began her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in animal science and minors in biology and psychology. She stayed at LSU for veterinary school, graduating in 2010, and began practicing veterinary medicine in the Carencro area that same year.
Dr. Liz holds a special interest in Eastern medicine, which she began pursuing in 2011 after witnessing a patient regain full walking ability after just one acupuncture treatment. Dr. Liz is now certified in veterinary acupuncture and in food therapy. Her next planned certification will be in herbal medicine.
Dr. Liz and her husband, Kyle, live with four dogs. Their Border Collie, Brie, accompanies Dr. Liz to work every day and is a clinic favorite. Norma Jean is a terrier mix who spends most of her time looking for things to eat and chasing down varmints! Cooper is a goofy Dalmatian that is always involved, interested, and trying to “help”. Jimmy is their newest rescue addition. He was found extremely matted with severe corneal ulcers that required both eyes to be removed. He has adapted exceptionally well and is just the happiest dog. Dr. Liz and her husband also keep horses, a diary cow, and several chickens on their farm.
Dr. Liz has been riding horses since she was eight years old, and it’s still her favorite hobby. She was even a member of Louisiana State University’s equestrian team throughout her undergraduate studies. Whenever she has the chance, she enjoys showing her horses in competitions and taking them out for a trail ride. When not at work at the clinic or at her farm, Dr. Liz contributes time to mentoring 4-H students and volunteering with the LSU AgCenter’s Master Horseman program.
Dr. Molly Waltman was first inspired to care for animals while watching the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, on television. She quickly began learning every fact she could about all sorts of creatures. As she grew older, Dr. Waltman realized that teaching others about the things she knew was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life!
Dr. Waltman grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana with her parents, two brothers, and her childhood Golden Retriever, Rudy. Upon completing her undergraduate studies in animal science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Waltman headed to Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine to earn her veterinary degree. After graduating in 2015, she and her husband moved to Lafayette where she began practicing veterinary medicine in the Carencro area.
Medically, Dr. Waltman enjoys ultrasound work because of the unique perspective it can offer on a pet’s health. She’s also passionate about client education — her early fondness for teaching has never wavered, and she loves informing pet owners about the best ways to care for their animal companions.
Dr. Waltman’s husband, Brandon, works as a soil scientist for the United States Department of Agriculture. They welcomed their daughter, Emelia, into the world in 2015 and their son, Lucas, in 2017! Dr. Waltman and Brandon also share their home with two lovable dogs named Dexter and Remy, as well as a plump black cat.
In her time away from the clinic, Dr. Waltman enjoys spending time camping, hiking, and hunting in the great outdoors. She also loves teaching her dogs new tricks and taking them out for runs; their care-free attitude tends to be contagious!
Helping animals is something Lainey has been dreaming about doing since she could walk! Animals have been a huge part of her life. She has a PitBull named Connor Blake, a mixed dog, Draco Malfoy that she raised from birth, two cats Brad and Chadd, and a duck named Wellington! She also has a little human named Eli. She knows your pets are more than just pets, because her fur babies are just that, her babies!! She always tries to make you and your pet as comfortable and as informed as possible during your visit.
Dana always dreamed of having a job where she can help and be around animals all the time. She has two fur babies of her own, a pit bull named Rocky, and a pit mix name Hemi. She feels very fortunate to have a job where she loves what she does and the people that she works with. In her spare time she enjoys skeet shooting, spending time with friends, and crabbing.
Melissa's deep love for animals has been with her since she was a little girl. She grew up next to a farm with pets such as rabbits, dogs, pigeons, and a goat. She is so excited to have the opportunity to work so closely with animals again. It brings joy into her life helping them and being around them. Melissa's hobbies include watching horror movies, practicing special effects makeup, and reading about anything and everything.