About Us

Drs. Gregory Schmidt and Ashley Guidry LeMaire have been providing medical and dental care to hundreds of pets in our local community. They are dedicated to helping families manage their pet’s health in a personable, fun practice environment where every single patient (and their human) feels welcomed, loved and is well taken care of. They love being a part of the Lafayette community and it is a place they call home.

Our Doctors

Dr. Gregory Schmidt

Dr. Gregory Schmidt

Dr. Gregory Schmidt is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a Lafayette High School and University of Louisiana at Lafayette alumnus.

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He has practiced in both the small animal and emergency medicine settings and has special interests in exotic animals and wildlife. He has a beautiful family with two young children and a loving wife as well as a small zoo. In his very limited free time, his hobbies include vascillating between playing electric guitar, woodworking, metalworking/welding, and SCUBA diving.

Dr. Ashley Guidry LeMaire

Dr. Ashley Guidry LeMaire

 As a young girl growing up in South Louisiana, with an avid duck hunter for a father and an operating room nurse for a mother, Dr. Ashley Guidry LeMaire was taught not only to the love for her pets but also a love of practicing medicine.

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She recalls a particular memory of a family-owned labrador puppy named “Buddy” that inspired her path towards veterinary medicine. Their poor puppy was diagnosed with parvovirus which has a very low survival rate. At that time, they called their veterinarian and he recommended home treatment. She and her mom and set up a treatment room in their dining area and went to work. Amazingly, after several days of intense home care, Buddy survived! She was overjoyed to see him return to his happy puppy self!

Animals have always been a part of Dr. Ashley’s life. Growing up there were two elderly women who lived in the neighborhood that were very fond of cats. They would feed all of the neighborhood stray cats and Dr. Ashley would often spend time with them feeding the small kittens. Those ladies had such kind hearts…she often look back with fondness of the time that she spent with them.

On days off, Dr. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family. Two little children can certainly keep a mother busy! Her family also enjoys fishing, gardening and most of all, watching LSU football! Geaux Tigers! Time spent at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine will live with her always. She loves South Louisiana – the food, the music, the culture. Dr. Ashley is happy to continue to serve this awesome community and their fur babies!

Our Team

Lacie

Lacie Libersat Carattini

Lacie has a passion for working with all animals, Great Danes and exotics being her favorites.

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Lacie has five cats (Ron, Harry, Hermione, Fleur, and Bonnie), an eclectus parrot (Alastor), a gargoyle gecko (Myrtle), two horses (Buckbeak, and Phoenix), a mini mule (Minerva), and eight dogs (Butter, Fang, Aries, Gator, Cypress, Willow, Magnolia, And Reed). She and her husband love their crew and can’t wait to expand! They are expecting twin girls in March 2020!

Leah

Leah Garb

After a few years of human medicine, Leah decided to pursue her dream of working with animals. 

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Any animal big or small holds a place in her heart! She has four dogs: a Tri-pawd Pitbull named Piggie, a Catahoula named Chui, a Lab named Barkley, and a Bichon Frise named Maggie. She also has a cat named Grayci. Leah can’t wait to love every baby that comes into VAA and to help their owners provide quality care for their pets.

Casey

Casey

Casey has loved animals all of her life and she constantly strives to learn more about them. 

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Working in the veterinary field is very exciting and Casey is passionate about growing in the field every day! When she is not at the clinic, she cares for a barn of 15 horses, her wolfdog, her two dogs, and her five cats. Casey’s animals teach her something new every day. In her spare time, she also enjoys riding her horse and training her dogs. She is very close with her friends and family who are also in the animal field, and they all help each other to learn and grow. Casey has completed one semester at Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician, and hopes to complete her studies one day in the future. She looks forward to learning more and growing in this career because it’s her life’s passion!

Carrie

Carrie

Carrie is a Southern transplant. She was born and raised in the Northeast and moved to South LA in 2017.

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Carrie has been involved in veterinary medicine since she graduated (24 years!) long ago. She has worked in all capacities from kennel work to speciality practice, including surgery and anesthesia for the last 15 years. Carrie looks forward to meeting all of your pet babies and being a part of their lives at VAA.