This is Our Calling

A team of animal lovers at your side.

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This is Our Calling

A team of animal lovers at your side.

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A team of passionate animal lovers focused on being the best in everything we do. Because when it comes to your pet, we will accept no less.

Doctors

Tracy Bright

I always had a soft spot for any animal, always wanting to help them, make sure they are happy and safe. I grew up an only child surrounded by multiple animals. I always had 2-3 dogs and cats and as a teenager add horses to the group. I traveled to Australia in college and worked on a sheep farm where I was able to interact with the local vet. It was then I realized I could turn my compassion for animals into a profession. I started working for Dr. Gill in 2010 after moving back to Lake Charles from Las Vegas. We worked well together, he was accepting of new ideas that complimented the practice. My passion is to always make sure animals have a voice and have the care they deserve. Outside of work, I spend time traveling with my family and friends. I also love downtime to finish projects, exercise and play tennis.

Sherwood Gill

I grew up with pets as a child. I had turtles, dogs, cats, lizards, and snakes in my room. At some point I knew I would like to work with animals in some way as an adult. Because I wanted to help animals the best way I could, I knew I would have to spend a lot of time studying. I also wanted to work at a vet’s office to see how I would like it as a career. I knew I wanted to go to LSU Vet school. I was so lucky to have Dr. Morris take me under his wing and allow me to see all sides of veterinary medicine. His guidance was the most important aspect with me deciding to be a vet. I owe him for my choice to becoming a veterinarian. I have been very lucky to do what I love for over 40 years. I have had such great people to work for me over the years and owe them for any success that I have. Our clients are my friends and I am amazed how much they do for the love of their pets. Outside of practicing medicine, I enjoy fishing and boats in general. I normally run and swim every day to exercise. I’ve started to travel a little more and enjoy Costa Rica and Mexico fishing. I spend 24 hours a day with my dog, Creola and have two awesome children, Cameron & Haley.

Tim Thibodeaux

My passion for animals was sparked by by growing up on a cattle farm. I was inspired to go to LSU and work to learn as much as I could about animal medicine. I spent time in Las Vegas, which gave me experience to bring down to Louisiana and bringing new ideas to Gill Bright. I’m passionate about increasing the quality of care for all pets. We have been very successful. Outside of the hospital, I am very family oriented. I enjoy working on the farm during my free time.

Kevin Shrewsberry

My passion for animals grew over time as I grew up coming to see Dr. Gill with my parents’ pets. I focused on sciences in school and worked to make good grades. I also worked with many vets outside of my job and spent a lot of time with animals. Gill Bright has been home to me since I was 14 years old. I am passionate about helping our hospital meet the needs of our pets and providing the best care that I can to our clients. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy hunting, watching Texas A&M football and baseball, gardening blueberries, blackberries, and citrus, grilling, spending time with wife, friends, and dogs.

Catherine Kohler

When I was young, I always said I wanted to be a veterinarian or a comedian. When my many knock-knock jokes fell flat, I began to realize my true strengths were more geared for science. Growing up with our family zoo of dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, and fish, I always loved the responsibility of caring for our pets. After a few years of undergraduate study, my childhood dream became a reality when I was accepted into LSU Veterinary School. It has been a long road, but this profession has brought me the joy and satisfaction that I had always hoped for. Being with animals all day is the ultimate dream! I knew I had to stay focused on my schooling since veterinary school is so competitive. It has been very satisfying to see all of my hard work paying off in the clinic.

Gill Bright Animal Hospital has been my family’s pet care provider since I was young. I have always admired the team there and it has been a lifelong goal to join them in their pursuit of animal care. I am honored to work among my mentors and I hope to bring SWLA the same quality of care our family has known for years. Outside of the clinic, you can find me running with my dog, trying to travel the world, cooking adventurous recipes with my husband, or reading a good book by the pool!

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

-A.A. Milne

Care Team

Jacqueline Stelly

Hospital Manager

I wanted to work for a company that appreciates their employees and presents opportunities for growth. I am a firm believer, that everything happens for a reason. This position was the perfect opportunity; especially since I am compassionate for animals.

I enjoy my job and the people I work with. The environment is fun and friendly. Each day is different and unique. As the manager I strive to grow the business efficiently while maintaining excellent customer service and a positive culture. I am very passionate about the team members. It is important that all the employees enjoy their positions, respect me, and contribute to the business growth.I believe that hard work drives success.

Outside of the office, I enjoy exercising, particularly training for ultras and marathons, spending time with my family, and baking goodies for my team.

Alyssa Ross

Assistant Hospital Manager

I’ve always had a huge heart for animals to the point where I minimize how much meat and dairy I eat. I wanted to do something that was meaningful and working in the restaurant industry didn’t give me that sense of purpose. I’m really thankful that Gill Bright has been able to provide me the opportunity to make this a lifelong career.

I don’t live near my family, so I’ve grown really close to my co-workers. We work long hours together that they’ve become my family.  I’ve spent many holidays and weekends with them. They help make work fun. I also love watching how passionate they are about what they do. Everyone here really cares about the wellbeing of your pet.

I’m very passionate about training and growth. I want us to be able to offer the best veterinary care in SWLA and that means our staff has to be well educated. Our clients deserve the absolute best so I strive every day to make sure we are offering top of the line services and that our clients feel heard when they voice their concerns. I love seeing how far our hospital has come and to be a part of that growth has been very rewarding.

When I’m not at the hospital, I enjoy running, playing tennis and hanging out with my two dogs, Bear & Theo. We enjoy going to all of the local dog friendly places in Lake Charles. I also love making dog treats and recording/editing videos.

Laura Bruchhaus

Veterinary Technician Manager

My earliest childhood memories are working side by side with my Dad to tend to sick or stray animals on our family farm. I have heard of people having this “aha” moment where they realize what their passion in life is and others have said they developed their passion over time as they grew older… but, for me personally, my love of animals and my desire to advocate for their care has always been a part of who I am.

Two things stand out in my mind as keeping me coming back to work everyday after 10 years in this industry: the first and foremost are my patients- the desire to see them heal, to be of comfort to them while they are ill and away from their families, and to see them healthy again is… and always will be the most rewarding part of my job. The second thing that keeps me coming back are my amazing coworkers. Everyday I get to walk into work and be surrounded with an entire team of people who, from our customer care representatives that greet you when you walk in the front door all the way back to our kennel staff that care for your pets while you are away from home, are completely dedicated to their job. Their enthusiasm for caring for our patients, working as a team, commitment to continual learning, and the genuine love for what they do on a daily basis is both a joy and an honor to be around.

I feel my varied interests and experiences over the years lend me a number of ways to support my team at Gill Bright Animal Hospital. Working on a farm taught me a strong work ethic, and the value of being a team player from a very young age. My degree in Animal Science and my years in the veterinary industry have grown my communication and technical skills, improved my ability to multi-task, and taught me how to be a better leader. From my family I learned patience, loyalty, compassion, and the power of always having a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. All of these things help me daily in my passion for caring for our hospitalized patients, my commitment to my team of technicians as a leader, and my love of all things surgery.

When I am not at work, you will usually find me training at the gym or outdoors hiking, kayaking, or camping. I fuel my need to create with my artwork by sketching, painting, and ceramics as much as I can. In my down time I love spending time with my friends and large extended family, reading a book somewhere quiet, or cuddled up with my fur babies.

Taylor Carnahan

Lead CSR

My passion for animal care sparked when I was a young child. My mother made a huge impact on me as a child always teaching me how important it is to make someone or something feel safe and loved. When I was 8 years old a small black terrier mutt showed up at our back doorstep, she was cold, trembling in fear, spray painted red, and looked unbelievably bloated. Instantly we took her in, and I helped my mother as she tirelessly bathed this poor dog and brushed all the paint out of her taking hours and hours. After she was clean, fed, and resting comfortably we decided to give her a name Noel, it seemed fitting as it was close to Christmas. The next morning, we woke up to Noel birthing 6 beautiful puppies. Overnight I had become an 8-year-old with no pets to 7 best friends! Even at a young age I remember thinking “who could hurt, beat, and paint such a defenseless animal”. From that day on I knew every animal big or small I encounter in my life it will be my responsibility to make sure that they feel loved, safe, welcome, and nurtured!

The thing that drives me the most every day to get up and come to work is knowing everyday no matter how busy or chaotic it may get throughout my day I will see at least one patient that will make my day, whether it’s a new puppy/kitten or one of our regulars. There is never a day that passes that I don’t have a moment of clarity reminding me why I am in this profession.

There are many characteristics that I pride myself in having but my best quality and what I feel I bring to Gill Bright Animal Hospital is my loyalty. In times like these where the average length of employment is 2 to 3 years it is hard to find employees that want to dedicate their time and efforts into one employer. I am not only loyal to Gill Bright Animal Hospital but I am also loyal to all of our clients and their fur babies. My loyalty does not just benefit the hospital but I believe it is comforting for our clients as well, to see familiar faces. I am passionate about our client and patient standard of care. No matter what the circumstances every single client should not only feel welcomed to our clinic but feel safe knowing that their pet is in the best hands, and will receive the absolute finest patient care in SWLA.

What rounds me out as an individual is defiantly my personality. I am a very caring and fun loving individual. I strive every day to make sure I am the best version of myself I can be. When I am not at the clinic you can find me relaxing at home with my husband, when we are not spending time with our 5 fur babies we are out kayaking, fishing, and crabbing.

Madison Carter

Lead CSR

I’ve had a love of animals since a very young age. At four years old, I started helping my mom raise our rabbits and chickens. At five years old, I started showing rabbits. I became very involved in learning about the type of care they needed.

To me, coming to work is less of a chore and more of an extension of my compassion for animals. The dogs and cats that come into our hospital cannot speak for themselves; it is being their voice that keeps me coming back every day. I get to be a part of so many big experiences, from meeting a child’s new puppy to feeling the pain of losing a beloved pet. The clients that I’ve gotten to know, my co-workers, and the pets I’ve seen grow up in form of my eyes, have all become my family.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my fur baby, PB.

Madelyn Crador

Kennel Manager

Growing up my family always took in stray animals that were injured and we would nurse them back to health. Whether It was birds, cats or even a bat. All of these different animals taught me what it meant to be responsible for an animal life. I’ve had a passion for animals since I can remember, but one of our “strays” struck me particularly hard. We found a wounded dove, nursed him back to health, then released him. The day after we released him, we found him sitting on our front porch. I always found it so odd, yet so amazing that he decided to come back to us.

Some days I really can’t believe I found such an amazing place to work with such incredible people. It may sound cheesy, but I get up and go to work every day to hopefully make a difference in all of our patients lives. Maybe they just stay the weekend or even a few months, but knowing that we are their home away from home makes me want to come to work every day. My job may be tough at times, but I wouldn’t rather work anywhere else. Gill Bright Animal Hospital allows me the opportunity to be the best care taker possible. Whether it be getting awesome new summer camp gear or continuing education to better your fur babies stay. They encourage growth and innovation and that’s what makes my job so rewarding.

With great certainty, I can say animals have always been my passion. I think Gill Bright Animal Hospital has brought out the devotion and drive in me I didn’t know was there. Every day, I feel that I bring my love for the job and the animals.

Outside of work life, it is still just about the fur babies. My two dachshunds, Sadie and Jimmy, are my world and we do everything together. Going to dog friendly places here in Lake Charles is something we do often. I also love gardening, camping, and baking. My dogs have a part in all of these things as well (running through my plants and eating the dog treats I make them…).

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

Fear Free Certified Staff

  • Jayla Freeland- Vet Tech
  • Brielle Webb- Vet Tech
  • Eneliin Niles- Vet Tech
  • Laura Bruchhaus- Vet Tech
  • Leanna Redfern- Receptionist/Vet Tech
  • Madelyn Crador- Kennel Technician
  • Madison Carter- Receptionist/Vet Tech
  • Shelley Broussard- Vet Tech
  • Carli Hood- Vet Tech

Fear Free Certified Staff

  • Jayla Freeland- Vet Tech
  • Brielle Webb- Vet Tech
  • Eneliin Niles- Vet Tech
  • Laura Bruchhaus- Vet Tech
  • Leanna Redfern- Receptionist/Vet Tech
  • Madelyn Crador- Kennel Technician
  • Madison Carter- Receptionist/Vet Tech
  • Shelley Broussard- Vet Tech
  • Carli Hood- Vet Tech