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Our Veterinary Team
Meet Village Veterinary Center’s amazing veterinarians and staff. We take great pride in giving your pets the best possible care!
Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Drew LeCompte
Dr. Drew’s grandfather was a farmer, and from him, Dr. Drew developed a love and respect for agriculture and animal husbandry. He enjoyed spending time with horses, dogs, cats, squirrels, turtles, and even a dairy cow that his family kept while growing in rural Iberia Parish. For Dr. Drew, a career in the veterinary world was simply a natural fit!
Dr. Drew is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Iowa State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He opened his first veterinary practice, Home Veterinary Services, in downtown Lafayette in 1993. Dr. Drew owned and operated the clinic until his office could no longer accommodate his clients and business. The wonderful small city of Youngsville beckoned, and, in January of 2009, Village Veterinary Center opened its doors to serve the pets and people of Youngsville and surrounding areas.
Dr. Drew enjoys fixing things, whether it’s an outboard motor, an old radio, or a Cocker Spaniel. As a veterinarian, he enjoys the detective work of diagnostics and has a special fondness for ultrasonography. Most of all, he enjoys the relationships he gets to build with clients; he considers many of them his personal friends!
In August of 2000, Dr. Drew was able to intertwine his Cajun heritage with his passion for fixing things when he purchased an original Acadian home that was more than 200 years old. He disassembled the house, moved it to a section of undeveloped land on the edge of a small Cypress swamp, and has spent the last 14 years restoring his home. Dr. Drew is also an avid musician and began playing the guitar over 40 years ago. Currently, he plays in an all-veterinarian band called The Sinus Rhythms!
Dr. Ana Leah Meaux
Dr. Ana Leah Meaux joined Village Veterinary Center in July of 2022. She is so happy to be here and is looking forward to meeting you and all your pets! Dr. Meaux grew up in the small town of Abbeville, Louisiana. Her love of all furry and four-legged friends began early. Since she was an infant, she was always surrounded by animals in the household. In fact, the first thing that made her giggle as a baby was her mother’s dachshunds.
As she continued to grow, she was always fascinated to learn all that she could about animals. As an only child, they gave her so much joy and companionship – and the longing to give back to them for that grew greater and greater.
She attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 4 years where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Then, she was thrilled to attend Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge. While in veterinary school, she developed an interest in Integrative Medicine and pursued a certification in Veterinary Acupuncture as well. She believes that we were all put on this earth to be stewards of creation, meaning it’s our responsibility to help care for all God’s creatures, both big and small!
When she is not here at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Wesley, friends, and family. She loves photography. She has three dogs: Easy, Jeffrey, and Enzo, and two cats: Peter Parker and Harvey, who are always ‘willing’ to pose and help to improve her photography skills! She is a lover of good food, live music, and just being outside, enjoying the weather!
Dr. Dana Thomas
Dr. Dana was called to the veterinary profession from a very young age. Her first words as a child were “Hi Cocoa,” as she popped out her pacifier to greet their family German shepherd in her birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Returning to her father’s native city of New Orleans where she grew up, she developed a strong love of animals, a deep desire to help care for them, and was encouraged by her family in her pursuits of a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Dana had many pets ranging from ferrets and birds to cats and dogs that taught her the importance of their health care and instilled in her a sense of responsibility and appreciation for all animal friends, big and small.
Dr. Dana attended her undergraduate studies in Massachusetts at Amherst College and completed her DVM degree at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana before returning home to Louisiana to practice small animal medicine. Dr. Dana finds the most joy in caring for each of her patients as if they were her own and bonding with clients through education about their pets and a shared desire to help them live happy long lives.
When she’s not at work she loves playing with her energetic 5-year-old son, tending to her flock of chickens, and caring for her 2 dogs, Bean and Bailey-Mae, along with her 4 house-panthers Bosco, Luna, Jazpurr, and Whisker, and her ball python, Dartagnon. She savors the outdoors, especially anything having to do in/on/ or around the water and particularly loves kayaking the bayous and lakes that adorn our southern Louisiana landscape. Spending time with family and friends keeps Dr. Dana grounded as do her yoga and meditation practices.
Scottie was born and raised in the small rural town of Rayville, LA. She began showing an interest in animal care at an early age as she was surrounded by agriculture and farm life. Scottie moved to Lafayette in 2016 and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned a B.S. in biology with a concentration in veterinary bioscience as well as minors in chemistry and ballet. She spent the summer of 2021 in the rainforests of Costa Rica interning at a wildlife rescue center, where she fell in love with exotic wildlife and conservation work.
Scottie is currently applying to veterinary school where she wants to specialize in wildlife medicine and eventually work with wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers. Her favorite things about being a vet tech are being able to contribute to the health and happiness of her patients and also being in an environment that allows her to constantly learn and grow. When she’s not at work, Scottie enjoys reading, painting, drawing, tending to her house plants, and taking care of her 2 dogs, hedgehog, and crested gecko.
Sophie is from Opelousas, Louisiana where she currently lives. She earned an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology & Science from Baton Rouge Community College. She has been working at Village Veterinary Center since July 2022 and loves to spend time with our clients’ babies! When she’s not at work, Sophie loves showing her dairy goats and helping other kids grow their passion for animals inside and outside of the show ring. Sophie and her mother also make goat milk soap and lotion and sell them at local farmer’s markets and festivals. Sophie’s favorite animals are her goats and her dogs, especially her Basset Hounds. If she would ever get another breed of dog, it would be a Bloodhound. Her favorite breed of goats that she owns are her Lamanchas, which are known for “not having ears” and being very mischievous!
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Samantha has loved animals of all shapes and sizes for as long as she can remember. When she began to study Veterinary Medicine, she fell in love with the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. When Samantha is not working at the clinic she can be found at her home in St. Martinville that she shares with her husband Benjamin, their two horses Lady Mae and Sundance, their cat Kitty Boy, their four dogs Aleu, Aeganon, Levee, and Hoss, along with their two rats Willie and Waylon.
Kimberly has worked in veterinary medicine since 2014. Of the many roles she has filled, being a technician is her favorite. Dermatology and nutrition are the two areas that interest her the most. “Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the dramatic change when a patient recovers from chronic skin disease and seeing their quality of life improve.” She is currently working toward her degree and becoming a registered veterinary technician. When not caring for your fur-babies, Kimberly enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Dallas has been working with animals of all sizes since she was very young. She grew up in a small town in Texas, where she raised rabbits, horses, ducks, and dogs. Working with her grandfather on his farm is what spiked her interest in the veterinary world.
When Dallas is not at Village Veterinary Center, she is spoiling her own pets Bruce Wayne, Izzy, Anouk, and “Rajah the Giant” a Munchkin Ragdoll Cat in their Youngsville home with her Husband, Torey.
Joanna was born and raised in Louisiana. She has been a veterinary technician at Village Vet Center for 2 years and is currently working on becoming certified. Joanna has 3 fur babies of her own consisting of two kitty meows named Perdita and Guillermo, and a canine friend named Freya. Loving animals for as long as she can remember, Joanna knew she wanted to work with them from a young age. She finds herself very blessed and fortunate to have found a career in veterinary medicine where she gets learn more about our furry friends and help care for them each day. She absolutely loves accomplishing this here at VVC and appreciates the great team of hardworking people she gets to work with. Joanna firmly believes that the lives of all pets and animals are important; and she most enjoys helping provide excellent care for them and teaching clients how to best take care of their animal babies in their everyday lives. It is a special thing to care for those that enhance so many others’ lives, and Joanna couldn’t have found a more fulfilling line of work. When not on the clock, Joanna enjoys DIY projects and playing video games.
Born in Colombia and raised by a pediatrician mother, Maria grew up with a fascination for all things medical. With a deep appreciation for nature and animals, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the veterinary field. After moving to the U.S., Maria attended Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where she graduated with a bachelor’s in Biomedical Science. She has now been a veterinary technician for the past six years. For her, the best part about being a vet tech is watching patients overcome a severe illness after an extensive hospital stay and go home happy and healthy to their grateful, loving families.In her free time, Maria enjoys being a homebody and getting lost in a good book or taking her furry kids on outdoor adventures. She has three dogs, Charlie, Benji, and Max, and one tiny lion, Kitty Mo. Traveling is one of her favorite joys in life. She loves submerging in different cultures, exploring new places, and tasting all kinds of different foods. As a part of her health and wellness, she enjoys practicing breath work, meditation, and yoga. Maria always strives to provide the best love and support to every living creature she encounters!