Doctor and Owner
Dr. Gary Sod
Dr. Sod received his AB, MA and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University and obtained his DVM in 2001.
Upon graduation Dr. Sod completed an internship and surgery residency at LSU. During his surgery residency, he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Research Publication Award in 2004 and 2006. Dr. Sod was awarded the Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society in 2004 and 2005. His research interests include orthopedic surgery, biomechanics, and the design of orthopedic implants. Upon completion of his surgery residency, Dr. Sod joined the clinical faculty of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Surgery. In addition to his work in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinic, he has performed surgery for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Zoos, which included surgeries on camels, alpacas, water buffalo, jaguar, and giraffe.
Dr. Sod has developed several surgical techniques, and he has conducted research in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic implant design, resulting in 21 peer reviewed publications in the journal Veterinary Surgery. He has been a speaker at 34 national and international conferences on both veterinary and human orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sod has designed 5 orthopedic plates and 2 orthopedic screws. One screw design has been adopted by Acumed USA for human fracture patients. Dr. Sod also designed an in-bone implantable shaft for the direct skeletal attachment of external limb prosthesis for the equine and canine patients, which reduces the incidence of marsupialization and infection at the skin-implant interface. He has been the recipient of the School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award 4 times. Dr. Sod was awarded the LSU Rainmaker Research Award, which consists of the top faculty recognized for innovative research.
Melanie is our lead veterinary technician and our longest employee. Melanie is an extremely devoted person who not only works here full time but also attends LSU full time. She plans to attend Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine very soon. In total Melanie has 10 animals, ranging from Quarter horses to rescue pups and cats. Melanie’s areas of interest are surgeries and emergencies, she thrives in a complex case. Melanie oversees all of our adoptions and rescue cases – she has a soft spot for pit bulls, especially blue ones. After vet school, Dr. Sod is already planning to hire Melanie as our second veterinarian. In the words of Dr. Gary Sod, Melanie is a sponge for knowledge, she is always wanting to expand and grow.
Brooke is our surgery and anesthesia veterinary technician. She is experienced, intelligent, and compassionate. Brooke has a rescue American Bully named Tito, from our rescue of course! She loves all the bully breeds! Brooke loves to help us find animals in need from kill shelters and she is always down for a road trip to save a furry friend! Brooke is available to answer any and all of your questions!
Kennel Technician and Animal Handler
What was supposed to be a weekend at the clinic for some extra cash, turned into an entire part time job for Brandon. Brandon is Melanie’s younger brother even though they are nearly nothing alike! Brandon is still in high school and hopes to build a career in our rescue department. Currently he has a helping hand in any department he can, and he absolutely loves it! Weather he is walking dogs or holding them for Dr. Sod, Brandon is always asking questions and wanting to learn more! Brandon’s favorite dog is any kind of Pit Bull. We look forward to seeing Brandon grow over the next few years!