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Lou Avant, DVM


Dr. Lou Avant grew up in Alabama and developed an interest in animals at an early age. "My grandmother instilled a love and deep respect for all life," she says, ", especially animals. Being a veterinarian is a way to give back just some of what they give to me."

After graduating from Dothan High School, Dr. Avant attended Auburn University, earning her bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1979 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She joined the veterinary team at Lassiter Animal Hospital in 2013. Dr. Avant is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Association, and her professional interests include reproduction and sighthound medicine.

"Without a doubt," says Dr. Avant, "the most important events in my professional career come through my work with people. I've worked with the National Borzoi Rescue Foundation for many years and to help these damaged animals find their forever homes is an amazing feeling. I've treated gunshot wounds, pneumonia, heartworm disease, you name it. These animals are just so forgiving and grateful for the next chapters in their lives."

At home, Dr. Avant has four dogs: BB, Colt, and Lacie, all Borzoi; and Plunk, an Australian cattle dog mix. When not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys hiking and participating in canine agility, conformation, obedience, and lure coursing competitions.

Dr. Lou Avant, DVM