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Dr. Suzanne Boucher, owner of Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic, moved around a lot growing up. She is a self titled "Air Force brat" and has lived all over the country. She earned her prerequisites for veterinary school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1989. After graduation, she joined the Army and worked for two years in Baltimore during Desert Storm doing chemical warfare research as a veterinarian. She then moved back to Louisiana and opened Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic. From humble beginnings, it has grown over the years into a thriving five doctor practice. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is surgery and she will work on any animal of any species that is in need of her services. Dr. Suzie is married and has 6 children including triplets. She has 12 horses and one on the way. She also has a Papillion named Lady.
When not at the clinic she is usually making donuts down the street at her bakery Fleur de Lis Donuts. Her favorite vacation destination is the beach.
Dr. Suzie's favorite part of ALVC is, "My clients and my staff".
Dr. Gretchen Godbee is originally from Natchitoches, LA. She attended the University of Texas in Austin and earned her B.S. in 1989 and her M.A. in 1991 in Communication Disorders. She worked in San Antonio for two years as a Speech Pathologist. From there she moved to Alexandria and worked as a Speech Pathologist at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital for seven years before attending veterinary school. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She joined the Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic team in April of 2006. As a veterinarian, Dr. Gretchen's focus is small animal internal medicine and exotics and pocket pets.
She and her husband, John, have 3 dogs (Baskerville, Bjorn & Madonna) and 5 cats (Lillie, Lola, Mrs. Stevens, Mr. Dagnabit & The Yeti). In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies (old and new-she really loves Turner Classic Movie Channel and Movies & Music on the Lawn), yoga, going to see live music and spending time with her husband and their many beasts.
Dr. Gretchen's favorite parts of working at ALVC are, "I love the pets and their people. We truly have a wonderful clientele at Azalea Lakes. I also love the variety of patients/species that we see and serve here. And of course, I love our staff, many of whom have worked here for several years, which really says something about Dr. Suzie and her practice."
Dr. Tara Farmer attended Louisiana State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science in 2000. She then graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Upon graduation she worked as a small animal veterinarian in Houma, LA for several years. She welcomed the opportunity to come back “home” to Baton Rouge and joined the ALVC team in February of 2010. Her main focus is small animal internal medicine and preventative medicine.
Dr. Tara and her husband, Rob, have two children, a daughter and a son. She has a wonderful St. Bernard mix named Emma who she adopted as a puppy that came in through ALVC. In her down time, she enjoys reading, photography and gardening.
Dr. Tara’s favorite part about working at ALVC is, “When clients proudly show off their pet’s tricks in the exam room. It is just an outward expression of that human-animal bond we all have with our pets. It’s the reason I love my job and everyday I get to help continue that bond by keeping their pets healthy.”
Dr. Tony Nauta was born and raised in Greenwell Springs, LA. He started at Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic as a kennel worker, then as a technician. It was the experience of working at ALVC which inspired him to go to veterinary school. He earned his B.S. in Animal Science in 2009 from Louisiana State University and was accepted into Louisiana State University Veterinary School in 2008. He continued to work at the clinic part-time while in school. In 2010, he participated in the BP oil spill cleanup. He helped clean and care for oiled birds along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. He graduated from Louisiana State University Veterinary School in May 2012 and has been on staff at ALVC as a veterinarian since graduation. Dr. Tony enjoys both surgery and internal medicine. He also enjoys the large animal side of veterinary medicine and cares for equine and farm animals.
He is married to an energetic, wonderful young lady named Melanie. They have 3 four-legged children: Koda, a black Labrador Retriever, his duck hunting buddy; Jackson a Rat Terrier that struggles with a tennis-ball addiction; and Roux, a Blue Heeler that enjoys heeling her two older brothers as well as playing Frisbee. They also have 4 laying hens. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling, Crossfit, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Tony’s favorite parts about working at ALVC are, "The great staff of receptionists, kennel workers, technicians, and veterinarians, and of course the wonderful and loyal clients. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the ALVC as a veterinarian.”
Dr. Erin Manuel is originally from Eunice, LA. She attended Louisiana State University at Eunice where she earned an Associates of Science and a B.S. in Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science in 2013. She then attended Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her DVM in 2016. Dr. Erin completed her 8 week preceptorship with our clinic and decided she wanted to stay. She then officially became our 5th veterinarian in May 2016.
Dr. Erin and her husband, Mac, have two cats named Bella and Winston. When not working here she really enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, and keeping up with her favorite TV shows.
Dr. Erin's favorite part of working at ALVC is, "How everyone is willing to help each other and the relationships I get to develop with my patients and clients."
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