Dr. Jessica Downing


Dr. Jessica Downing is a lifelong resident of the Hammond area, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in 2004 and then attended Louisiana State University where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Dairy Science. She then attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her doctorate with honors in May 2011.

Dr. Downing is a second generation veterinarian as both of her parents, the late Dr. James Downing and the late Dr. Carla Kyzar-Downing, were also graduates of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Downing has been working as a veterinarian at Animal Care Center since graduation in 2011. She is married to Nathan Mathis and has two Boston Terrier doggy children, Ernest and Boon. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, shopping, and reading. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Florida Parishes Veterinary Medical Association.