Dr. Susan Strain

Dr. Susan is a 1984 graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas in Domestic Animal Biology. Her interests are soft tissue and cosmetic surgery, as well as dermatology and preventative medicine. She is married to Dr. Mike Strain, veterinarian and Louisiana’s Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry. Together they have 2 children, Michael & Melissa. They have a cat and a Rottweiler named Rudy. In her spare time she likes to cross-stitch, read, & watch movies.

Dr. Tommi Pugh

Dr. Tommi is a 1984 graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include diagnostic & preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and geriatric medicine. She is married with 3 children; Rachel, Rebecca, & Andrew. She has 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 bird, and various reptiles. In her spare time she likes to read, crochet, and travel.

Dr. Chalyn Fayard

Dr. Fayard is a native of Denham Springs, Louisiana and a graduate of the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland. Her areas of interest include dermatology, behavior and wildlife medicine. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and uses Chinese Veterinary Herbal therapy. Dr. Chalyn also sees 'exotic pets' including spay/neuter surgeries for pet rabbits, nail and wing trimming for birds, and the occasional reptile. She and her partner share their home with their son Oliver as well as dogs, cats, chickens, a Sun Conure, and two African Sulcata tortoises. When not at work Dr. Chalyn loves to read, garden, travel and knit.

Dr. Jessica Vinterella

Dr. Jess is a native of Mandeville, Louisiana and is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010. Her interests include nutrition, preventative medicine, as well as companion exotic animal medicine. She is married and has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and an African Sulcata Tortoise. In her free time she likes to cook, shop, and do yoga.

Veterinary assistants

Danielle Poirier

Danielle has worked for CHVH for over 18 years. She and her husband have one son, Andrew, as well as 8 cats, 2 dogs, a ferret, a bearded dragon, and an African Sulcata tortoise.

Lauren Gable

Lauren is Registered Veterinary Technician. She is a Florida Native who now lives on the Southshore with her boyfriend and two cats adopted from CHVH.

Kate Lytle

Kate has recently joined the staff here at CHVH, though she has worked as a veterinary assistant for several other vets. She has three children at home as well as one dog, a cat, a rabbit, and a guinea pig.


Claudine Hill

Claudine and her husband have an 8 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. They have a house full of dogs, cats, and horses, and recently moved into their new house.

Savannah Jenkins

Savannah is a lifelong resident of Covington, and has worked at Claiborne Hill for over three years. She has two daughters, and a son.

Shannon Sorenson


Lucy (Clinic Mascot)

Lucy is a large, brown tabby cat. Her interests are sleeping; eating treats; and hiding toys, pens, and syringes under the shelves!


Sushi is a blue-point Siamese who had one of her rear legs amputated after being attacked by a dog. She enjoys keeping our chairs warm by sleeping on them and chasing after "Lucy's" toys.

Melisa Michel

Melisa is the mother of five beautiful children and also two dogs, a cat, and parrotlet. She has worked at CHVH for over three years and loves all of our regular boarders.

Get directions

  • 19607 Hwy 36
  • Covington, LA 70433
  • Phone - (985) 893-1922
  • Fax - 985-893-4881