Dodge City Veterinary Hospital

102 Hatchell Lane
D.S., LA 70726
Phone: (225) 664-6441
Fax: (225) 664-6455

Our Staff


  • Dr. Scott F. Smith


    A native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, he is married to Melynda R. Smith with six children and two granchildren. He and his family are active members of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Livingston. Dr. Smith is extremely active in getting youth in touch with Christ. Dr. & Mrs. Smith, along with their family and many pets, are proud to call Denham Springs their home. 


    *Graduate of Denham Springs High School
        Class of 1989

    *Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree - Louisiana State University 
        Class of May 1997


    *Practiced with his father, the late Dr. Jimmy B. Smith, Sr., until 1999 when Dr. Jimmy Smith retired.

    *Owner and practitioner of Dodge City Veterinary Hospital since 1999

    Special Interests:

    *Small and large animal general practitioner with interest in orthopedic injuries and internal medicine/endocrinology.


  • Dr. Stephanie J. Thomas


    Dr. Stephanie Thomas moved to Denham Springs12 years ago. She is a native of Baton Rouge and graduated from Christian Life Academy. She attended Louisiana State University and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She is married to Derrel Thomas and they have 5 wonderful children. Stephanie and Derrel enjoy traveling, scuba diving and riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle. They have 2 dogs, 2 African Greys, 2 Sun Conures and a bearded dragon. Dr. Thomas is passionate about being a veterinarian and enjoys both small and large animal medicine.Vetsuite_Img_171368

  • Lindsey A. McWhorter

    Dr. McWhorter is an LSU graduate and has joined our family full-time. 
  • Dr. Larry D. McCaskill


    Dr. McCaskill grew up in Central, Louisiana. He is married to Mrs. Lucille "Lu" McCaskill with two children and three grandchildren. They presently reside in New Roads, Louisiana. He has been a veterinarian for nearly 30 years originally practicing in New Roads, Louisiana. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. McCaskill was a USAF fighter pilot and a combat veteran of both Vietnam and Gulf War I. His flying career spanned for 40 years, when he retired from United Airlines flying a 747-400.


    *Bachelor Science Degree - Louisiana State University 
        January 1970

    *Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree - Louisiana State University 
        May 1981

    *Certified Veterinary Accupuncturist -Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine
        May - 2009


    *Owner and practitioner of McCaskill Veterinary Hospital, New Roads, Louisiana.
       August 1991 - August 2001

    *Small animal practitioner at Dodge City Verterinary Hospital.
       April 2005 - Present


    *Veterinary accupuncture and traditional chinese veterinary medicine.


Management Staff

  • Melynda R. Smith , VPM


    A native of Denham Springs, Louisiana, she is married to Dr. Scott F. Smith with six incredible children and the two most amazing grandchildren that a "Granna" could ask for. She has also been blessed with many more children that God has placed in her life and call her "Momma M." She and her family are long-standing members of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Her family is complete with five dogs including four rescues, three cats, a rescue and two maine coons, and six horses. Prior to working at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital, Mrs. Smith spent 12 years in the legal field.


Grooming Staff

  • Kimberly


  • Karley

    Karley is a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana and has been working as a receptionist at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital since November 2011. Karley and her fiance, Ben are the proud parents of an American Pitbull Terrier named Zues. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

    Karley has been an amazing asset to our team here at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital. Karley is so much more than a receptionist to us and we are honored to have her as an employee.

  • Raven

    Raven is a resident of French Settlement and a graduate of French Settlement High School and Aveda Institute. She is happily married to Jamie. Raven and Jamie have two dogs, Mia and Drake. Although a lover of animals, Raven's greatest dedication belongs to her family and her precious nephew who has cerebal palsy. "TEAM DYSON" She begun here at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital as a kennel worker while still in high school. Once she became a high school graduate, she left us to attend hair academy which she still pursues on the side.  Raven has been a receptionist with us since May of 2013. "I love my job and everyone who works here, we are a big family!" ~ Raven Vetsuite_Img_171372

  • Zulay

  • Angela

  • Megan

  • Christina

  • Michaela

Laboratory Technicians

  • Lauren

    Miss Harris is a student presently pursuing her certification as a veterinary technician. Lauren works full time and is a student at Penn Foster University. She has been an employee of Dodge City Veterinary Hospital for over two years and is presently in training to perform canine dental care, along with her normal duties. Lauren is Dr. Smith's right hand on farm calls due to her love of large animals as well as small.

    Lauren rides competitively in American Quarter Horse Association as well as local horse clubs. She competes in performance events which include western pleasure, western horsemanship, showmanship and trail events.

    Lauren has two toy poodles Buddy and Zoey, one being a rescue. She affectionately refers to them as her "kids".

    Lauren has been a huge asset to Dodge City Veterinary Hospital due to her kind heart as she unknowingly works her way into the hearts of others.

  • Jennifer

  • Joseph

Surgery Technicians

  • Ryan

    Ryan has been here throughout his junior and senior years of high school and other than his precepterships, throughout college. He is a graduate of Denham Springs High School and a 2013 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. He is currently applying for PT school. Ryan has worked every aspect of this clinic and we have been very blessed to have him. He currently works as a surgical technician here at Dodge City Veterinary Hospital.  Ryan is usually the first to arrive and the last to leave. He
    loves life and has a way of keeping people laughing.  He also happens to be our prankster.  

Kennel Technicians

  • Ash-lin


  • Jennifer

  • Tiffany

High School Employees

  • Hannah

Pet Portals