Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists | Phone: (225) 227-2967
3803 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Suite C Baton Rouge, LA 70816


Our Team

Meet The Doctors

John Mauterer, DVM

dr-john-mautererDiplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
A native of the city of New Orleans, Dr. Mauterer is a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1992 he completed his residency in small animal surgery at The Ohio State University, ultimately achieving board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

After training, Dr. Mauterer remained on faculty at The OSU for two years before going into private practice in Columbus, Ohio. Then in 1998, he and his wife, Dr. Deb Mauterer, founded the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center. From 2010 to 2012 Dr. Mauterer also worked part-time at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, while simultaneously established his traveling surgery service. In September of 2012, Drs. John and Deb Mauterer launched the surgical services at Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Mauterer lectures at national meetings and has written numerous articles and book chapters. He was co-inventor and is a patent holder of the non-endoscopic technique for gastrostomy tube placement.

As a couple, the Mauterers established the Veterinary Relief Foundation in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. They treated hundreds of injured animals for free and supplied dozens of veterinarians with much needed support, equipment, and supplies in the months following the storm. To Further their commitment to service, they now travel to Asia and Africa to provide aid to areas with the greatest need for animal health care. Closer to home, they serve regularly at the New Orleans Dream Center providing veterinary services for the homeless and those in poverty. Dr. John Mauterer also holds a seat on the Board of Advisors for Christian Veterinary Mission - USA. In 2012, se received the Southwest Veterinary Symposium's Visionary Award for his professional, educational, and community service.

Dr. Deb Mauterer

Deb Mauterer earned her Degree of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 from Iowa State University. After finishing her Small Animal Internship at Kansas State University, she completed a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at Ohio State University in 1993. She has been practicing small animal surgery here in Louisiana for the past 14 years. Her areas of interest are thoracic and abdominal surgery. Dr. Deb and Dr. John were awarded the 2012 Dean Everett Besch Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association for outstanding contribution to the profession and work in the community. She is a respected breeder of English Cocker Spaniels, and enjoys showing her own dogs. She has been on several mission trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India and Thailand.

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Julia Coutin, DVM

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Another Louisiana native, Dr. Coutin grew up in New Orleans and attended Academy of the Sacred Heart. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 2007, continuing on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Coutin then gained valuable experience by completing a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Thereafter, Dr. Coutin completed a three-year combined surgical residency and Master’s degree program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Now, as a board-certified surgeon, she is thrilled to be back home in Louisiana and work close to family and friends.

Meet The Staff

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Nursing Manager

Amanda graduated college in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She also obtained her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has 18 years of experience with small animals; 10 of those being solely emergency and critical care work. Amanda’s extensive training in handling critical care patients is a great addition to our Internal Medicine Service. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and their two cats, Mike and Abby. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and watching football with friends.

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Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgical Service

Tiffany has worked with animals for over ten years. She began when she was only 17, when she was offered her first job by a vet when they were both volunteers helping the abandoned and missing pets following Hurricane Katrina. She continued her education, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from LSU, and then went on to earn a degree, from BRCC, as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has been with BRVS for 3 years now working our internal medicine and surgical departments. She enjoys helping at fund raisers and free spay/neuter weekends. She has three dogs, two Pit Bull Terriers, and a one eyed French Bulldog puppy. Her additional interests include traveling, painting, and spending time with family and friends (human ones too --sometimes).

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Registered Veterinary Technician – Surgical Service

Sandy is a native of Baton Rouge and received her AAS in Veterinary Technology at Delgado Community College in 2012. She has been in the veterinary care field for 12+ years. Sandy enjoys working in the small animal surgical field and being part of a team committed to providing high quality veterinary care. She has a special love for “Bully” breeds. She strives to better her career through experiencing challenging cases. Her furry family consists of two pit bulls, Achelois and Ares, and Aurora, a Catahoula/pit mix, which were all rescues. In her spare time she likes spending time outdoors and spoiling her fur babies rotten.

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Veterinary Technician – Surgical Service
Jordan is from Baton Rouge and received her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Baton Rouge Community College in 2015. She has been in the veterinary care field for 6 years. Jordan has a passion for small animal medicine which includes experience with general practice, emergency, internal medicine, dermatology, and surgical specialty. Her favorite part of her job is to assist those in need and follow cases from beginning to end resulting in her patient’s going home happy and healthy. She has a special place in her heart for the “giant” breeds and has rescue animals of her own. Her furry family consists of two Great Danes (Bentley and Aura), a Dachshund/terrier mix (Novi), and two cats (tabby, Nolan and Sphynx, Echo.) Jordan strives to enhance her skills by working with advanced cases in the specialty medicine setting.

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Technician/Inventory Specialists

Shonda has many years of experience in care taking coming from human healthcare to the veterinary world. She is very compassionate about her job and has become an excellent patient care technician. In her spare time she loves cooking and spending time with her family and her 4-legged baby, Poncho.

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Veterinary Technician – Surgical Service
Trevor was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. He moved to Baton Rouge after high school to attend LSU where he received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2018. During his undergraduate years, he gained invaluable experience in both equine and small animal clinical medicine while pursuing research in viral epidemiology and public health. Trevor has been with the Sherwood South family for 5 years – working as a technician in general practice, emergency, internal medicine, and specialty (orthopedic/soft tissue) surgery. Trevor is currently applying to graduate and veterinary school at LSU as well as other Universities across the country. His practical knowledge, his love of his own pets (orange tabby, Chip and pup, Charlie) and his passion for learning and patient care have certainly given him a more attractive application to vet school.

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Customer Service Representative

Stacey, a native of Pride, LA, has been working in the veterinary field for over 13 years. She has been an animal lover all of her life. Her furry family consists of her Chihuahua, Lolee Dean, her cat, Dottie Mae, and her featherless crazy bird, DeeDee. She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family.

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