Dr. William “Bill” Wheat, Jr.

Dr. Wheat

Dr. William “Bill” Wheat, Jr., is a lifelong resident of the Ponchatoula – Hammond area. He graduated from Ponchatoula High School in 1976 and attended Louisiana State University undergraduate school. In 1983 he graduated from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He established Animal Care Center in May 1983 and watched its growth from the original three employees up to the current employees of over 40. In 2002, he continued supporting the area’s animals by establishing a second practice, Pet Care Center.

He has served as president of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association in 1993, has served on the Continuing Education Committee for the Southwest Veterinary Medical Association, and has served as chairperson of the committee that established the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control Facility and helped write the animal control ordinance for the Parish.

Dr. Wheat is also active in many local civic and community organizations including the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Chamber of Commerce, and Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball. He has served as chairperson of the Ponchatoula Area Recreational Department overseeing the recreational facilities at the North Hoover Road complex, served on the Board of Directors for Florida Parishes Bank, and is a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Also, he proudly represented Ponchatoula as the 2017 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival King

Dr. Wheat was proudly voted in as Louisiana State Representative of District 73 in 2019 and has since represented and fought for our area. 

He is married to Andrea Hebert Wheat and they have four children; Derek, Dana, Kristen, and Kellie; 3 granddaughters, and 4 grandsons. On his off time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends at his camp on the Tangipahoa River. 

Dr. Wheat welcomes you to stop by and get acquainted with our facilities and staff.