Image of a LASPCA Veterinarian administering an annual wellness exam to a dog in the community clinic.

Saving Lives

In 2019, our Community Clinic provided veterinary services to over 22,000 animals in our community!

Meet our Vets

Our veterinarians are some of the best in New Orleans. They take pride in providing affordable, high-quality care to the animals in our community!


Image of LASPCA veterinarian Dr. Kerry Backsen with a dog.


Dr. Kerry Backsen
Dr. Kerry has been practicing veterinary medicine for 9 years and has been the anchor of our shelter clinic since starting at the Louisiana SPCA. A native of Metairie, Dr. Kerry studied veterinary medicine at LSU. Dr. Kerry has just one dog at home, Lolly, who she fostered before adopting. Dr. Kerry’s knowledge of general veterinary medicine is augmented by additional education in veterinary forensics, which she employs to assist our Humane Law Enforcement team during instances of cruelty and neglect.



Image of LA/SPCA vet Dr. Gina Cheuk.


Dr. Gina Cheuk
Dr. Cheuk began practicing veterinary medicine in 2005 and has a special interest in exotic pets and dentistry. Originally from New Orleans, she attended veterinary school at LSU. Dr. Cheuk’s own pets include a dog, 3 chickens, and 2 cats.






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Dr. Gene Jessop
From working with NASA primates to volunteering with Olympic equestrian horses, Dr. Jessop has improved the well-being of countless animals during his 50+ year veterinary career. Dr. Jessop has been the anchor of our Community Clinic's surgery team for the past 10 years and spays or neuters up to 40 animals per day. In this photo he holds a replica gold medal awarded to him by the Olympic Committee in appreciation for his volunteer role with equestrian horses during the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles, an experience which he draws inspiration from to this day. He lives by the words "Give something more than you take" each day.



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Dr. Jayme Lauderdale
Dr. Jayme Lauderdale is originally from Arizona and has been practicing veterinary medicine for 10 years after attending Colorado State University. Dr. Lauderdale is one of our lead surgeons and can spay/neuter dozens of animals per day. At home she has two dogs currently, both adopted from a shelter in Arizona.





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Dr. Laura Managan
Dr. Managan is originally from Lafayette, LA and attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, from which she graduated in 2010. At home she has two Italian greyhounds, who she admits are extremely spoiled. Dr. Managan’s most memorable event from her career so far was treating a dog who had consumed a shish kabob, skewer and all.








Image of Dr. Nicholas Moraites in a surgery lounge.


Dr. Nicholas Moraites
Dr. Moraites recently joined the staff of the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic after serving as a veterinarian at the Jefferson SPCA for a number of years. Dr. Moraites brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Clinic staff and we are happy to have him here!







Image of Dr. Adrianna Smith.


Dr. Adrianna Smith
Dr. Smith recently joined the Louisiana SPCA’s Community Clinic team after working in private practice for 4 years. Born in Chicago, Dr. Smith is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and is currently working on her Veterinary Acupuncture Certification. She is able to perform acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as an alternative to traditional Western medical approach.





 Image of LA/SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Ashley Tahir

Dr. Ashley Tahir
Dr. Tahir joined the Louisiana SPCA team in 2012 after graduating from St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. In addition to working at the Louisiana SPCA, Dr. Tahir has also worked in private practice and runs a mobile veterinary clinic called Fur de Lis. Dr. Tahir has a particular interest in high volume spay/neuter. At home she has 2 dogs and 2 cats, including Q, a 15 year old cat rescued from an abandoned house in Michoud in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.



Do You Care?

A $150 donation can help save lives of homeless animals by providing a spay/neuter surgery for an adoptable animal?


Did You Know?

Did you know that in 2019 the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic helped over 22,000 animals through appointments for wellness, spay/neuter, and more?

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