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Dr. SamThibodeaux, an Erath native, is a 1986 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he worked at University Animal Clinic, a busy high quality small animal practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana for 2 and 1/2 years before buying Dr. Harold's Animal Hospital from Dr. Harold Travasos in 1989, changing the name to Thibodeaux Animal Hospital. He is a past president of the Acadiana Area Veterinary Association, a founding member of the board of directors of the Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic being board president for several years until the emergency clinic was sold in 2005. He has been a church organist/pianist for over 20 years. He enjoys boating, fishing, scuba diving, cycling, camping, and traveling.
Our hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory updated in 2014 providing quick results for blood chemistry panels, electrolytes, thyroid function, CBC's, and clotting times. We utilize an outside lab for other tests that may be needed in the diagnosis or followup of your pet's problems. We have an in-house digital xray machine and utilize gas anesthesia for surgical and dental procedures.
Dr. Thibodeaux performs routine dental cleanings and most tooth extractions, routine spays and neuters, and most soft tissue surgeries. He refers orthopedic surgeries to trusted and experienced surgeons for fracture repairs and other bone and ligament surgeries.
We provide routine wellness care, recommending yearly visits and exams to detect any problems before they become major issues, vaccinations, yearly heartworm tests, as well as year-round heartworm prevention and flea control.