Our Veterinarians

LA Vets

The University Animal Clinic team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Lake Charles and McNeese State University areas. At University Animal Clinic, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.


Dr. Michael Woodward

Dr. Woodward graduated from Auburn University in 1978. He joined our staff shortly after that. He is married to Susan and they have 2 children Davis and Lydia. He enjoys hunting, fishing, woodwork, and anything involving the outdoors.


Dr. Karyn Goeckel

Dr. Karyn Goeckel is the daughter of Jon and Laurie Goeckel. She has one sister, Gwen and a special friend, her Springer Spaniel, Kix. Raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. Goeckel is a 1993 graduate of LSU-SVM where she pledged the Delta Kappa Chapter of Zeta Sorority. Her associations include AVMA, AAHA, LVMA and CVMA. Her favorite pastime is playing tennis with the Lake Charles Raquet Club. She is an avid LSU sports fan but especially loves LSU football, Geaux Tigers!!!!


Dr. Lindsay Seffens

Dr. Lindsay Seffens graduated LSU SVM in 2011 and started at UAC soon afterward. She has special interests in dermatology, ultrasonography, and endocrinology. She is married to Lance Seffens, a teacher and football coach at Barbe High School. They have 4 kids (including a set of twins). They also have a Shih Tzu named Mowglie and an adopted cat named Captain Salty. In her free time, she likes to hang out with family and do Crossfit.


Dr. Meghan Romero

Dr. Meghan Romero is a 2012 graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She is married to Wesley Romero, a local attorney. Together they have a son named Charlie and a Maltese named Holly Golightly. She calls New Orleans home, and enjoys yoga, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.


Dr. Heather Theriot

Dr. Heather (Nordberg) Theriot began working at UAC in 2009 as a kennel assistant, then as a veterinary assistant while attending MSU. She attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May 2016. She is originally from Westlake and is married to Tory Theriot from Egan, LA. They currently have 2 pets, a golden retriever named Maddie and a Labrador retriever named Kaitie.


Dr. Jewel Hicks

Dr. Jewel Hicks has been working at UAC since 2011 and also worked at the Pet ER Clinic as a veterinary assistant while attending MSU. She graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2017, bringing the latest knowledge to our clinic. She is originally from Welsh, LA and has 1 dog, 3 cats, and several horses. Her special interest is performing surgeries.