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Dr. Bennett grew up on a horse ranch in rural Nevada, where she was surrounded by horses and cattle, pot-bellied pigs, dogs and cats, parrots, chickens, and plenty of wildlife. She’s been caring for animals of every shape and size for as long as she can remember! When Dr. Bennett started working one-on-one with others’ pets as a licensed veterinarian, she had a realization: what she truly loves is connecting with her community’s families and helping their animal companions to live the happiest and healthiest lives possible.
Dr. Bennett’s animal-care career began at her local small-animal clinic, where she signed on as a kennel attendant during high school. Next, she attended Colorado State University to earn her undergraduate degree in biology, and remained at the University to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bennett worked in an emergency pet hospital during her schooling, and also helped with a number of international wildlife projects during her studies—she worked with wildlife in South Africa and even completed a one-month preceptorship at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
After veterinary school, Dr. Bennett moved to Louisiana and completed a year-long rotating internship. When she realized she missed the personal connections with pets and their families, she made the decision to transition away from emergency and specialty medicine into general practice—it wasn’t long before Dr. Bennett found Clearview Veterinary Hospital! She started in August of 2014 and has been here ever since; now, Dr. Bennett is proud to serve as the practice owner.
Medically, Dr. Bennett is passionate about abdominal ultrasounds and surgical procedures. What she likes most about her job, though, is teaching her clients and staff everything she knows about the veterinary profession—being able to make a lasting difference is the ultimate reward!
Dr. Bennett’s interests outside of work include martial arts, flying (she is a licensed helicopter pilot!), traveling, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband, Cody, have a young daughter who loves all things purple and princesses, as well as a toddler-aged son who is obsessed with anything that makes noise.
The family shares their lives with their dog Odin, a white Akita that has seen Dr. Bennett through college, a tornado, a cross-country move, and countless other adventures. Dr. Bennett and her family also enjoy the company of their bearded dragon, Kevin, as well as two cats: Gryffin, who loves ping-pong balls and food; and Sheldon, who Dr. Bennett rescued as a kitten after a police officer found him in a bush and brought him to the emergency clinic she was employed with at the time.
Shortly after adopting her first puppy while living on her own, Dr. Devin Vonder Haar’s beloved pet fell ill. She took her pup to a local vet clinic, but she didn’t feel that the staff showed any empathy for her predicament or her dog’s welfare. The next day, she sought a second opinion at another hospital—little did she know that her experience there would inspire her to become a veterinarian. Dr. Vonder Haar was so struck by the caring, compassionate, and quality care that the veterinarian showed her, ultimately helping her dog to feel better, that she realized she wanted to do the exact same for others!
Dr. Vonder Haar grew up here in New Orleans and started working and volunteering at a local animal shelter and a rescue organization before heading off to college. She attended the University of New Orleans to study biology, then moved to Baton Rouge to earn her veterinary credentials at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She also attended the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to receive her veterinary acupuncture certification.
After graduating from Louisiana State University, Dr. Vonder Haar moved back to this area to be closer to her family. She joined the Clearview Veterinary Hospital team on the recommendation of a friend, and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of her hometown. Medically, she’s fond of surgical work and also loves integrating alternative therapies such as acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal supplementation into her care routine. Above all, Dr. Vonder Haar loves knowing that she’s able to make a lasting difference for the community’s families!
Away from work, Dr. Vonder Haar likes drawing and painting, spending time with her family at their hunting camp in Mississippi, and doting on her own pets at home. Along with her fiancé, Ashton, Dr. Vonder Haar shares her life with four fur babies: Laika, a bossy Siberian Husky who loves to be the center of attention; Rocko the Black Labrador mix who follows Dr. Vonder Haar everywhere; and two loveable cats who go by Elvira and King Louis.
Dr. Kay Hecker will never forget the time that, as a little girl, she found an injured kitten outside of a Walgreens. She and her father took the poor creature to a veterinary clinic, then nursed it back to health at home. Eventually, she helped the kitten find its forever home. That experience made a lasting impression—Dr. Hecker knew that caring for pets was her true calling!
Dr. Hecker is a New Orleans native and frequently fostered pets with her family while growing up. She attended Louisiana State University for her undergraduate studies in animal science, working as a Veterinary Technician at a clinic in Baton Rouge throughout that time. Next, Dr. Hecker relocated to the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean, where she earned her Doctorate at Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She’s been a practicing veterinarian ever since!
Medically, Dr. Hecker is fond of internal medicine cases and the challenges of putting puzzle pieces together to form a diagnosis. She also likes radiology and ultrasound. Above all, Dr. Hecker loves knowing that her hard work makes a lasting difference in the lives of not only pets, but their loving owners as well.
Away from work, Dr. Hecker likes spending time outdoors and going for hikes and runs with her dogs. She even ran the Rock and Roll Marathon in New Orleans before going to veterinary school! She and her fiancé share their lives with two loveable canine companions: Joe, a Pit Bull mix who Dr. Hecker adopted from the island of St. Kitts, and a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix who is one of the smartest dogs Dr. Hecker has ever known.
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