Dr. Chris Duke
Dr. Chris Duke is originally from Mobile, AL and is the founder of Bienville Animal Medical Center. A 1983 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, Dr. Duke has been an Ocean Springs resident since graduation.
He and his wife, Ann, have two grown children, Robert and Emily. Dr. Duke is and has been extremely active in both professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the South Mississippi VMA, the MVMA and the AVMA and a Hospital Director for the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Duke and his family attend St. Paul United Methodist Church.
An avid writer, Dr. Duke has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers over his career. A member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, his columns appear weekly in local newspapers.
Although active in all phases of small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry, Dr. Duke has special interest in orthopedic and reconstructive trauma surgery. His flair for cosmetic ear cropping and wound reconstruction has gained referrals from Louisiana, Alabama and Florida clientele. Dr. Duke is licensed to practice in both Mississippi and Alabama.
Dr. Michael Dill
Dr. Michael Dill is co-owner of Bienville Animal Medical Center. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 1998, and earned an undergraduate degree from MSU in 1995. Dr. Dill is a member of the South Mississippi VMA, MVMA, AVMA and AAHA.
Dr. Dill has been a partner at Bienville Animal Medical Center since 2005. He has an interest in orthopedic procedures and has received special training in the use of external skeletal fixators and performs surgical referrals from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Dr. Dill resides locally with his wife, Bethany, and their children, and a menagerie of furry and feathered “kids”. Dr. Dill enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his family. The Dills are active members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs.
Dr. Stacey Langlinais
Dr. Stacey McIlwain Langlinais graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 1998 and received a B.S. from USM in 1992. A native of Ocean Springs, she returned to join Bienville Animal Medical Center immediately after graduation.
While enjoying the challenges of general practice, Dr. Langlinais is especially interested in Diagnostic Imaging (radiology and ultrasound), soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine. She also enjoys the relationships she has made over the years with her wonderful patients and clients.
She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and AAHA, and is on the advisory board of the Ocean Springs High School Allied Health Program helping to educate and mentor students in veterinary medicine. She is the 2015 recipient of the Biloxi Regional Medical Center's "Caring Woman Award" in the Mentor category and was named by the AVMF as a winner of the 2015 "America's Favorite Veterinarian" contest.
Dr. Langlinais resides in Vancleave with her husband Todd, and their 3 children, Allie, Lindsay and Luke. They share their home with a dog, a cat and a horse. She is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs, and the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, and enjoys traveling, supporting her kids in their activities and spending time with her family and friends in her off time.
Dr. Felicia Burdick
Born in Montana, Dr. Felicia Burdick became a long term resident of Gulfport, MS shortly thereafter. After graduating Harrison Central High School, Dr. Burdick became a veterinary technician and worked on the coast. She completed her B.S. at William Carey University, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Burdick then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, earning her D.V.M. degree in 2009.
Dr. Burdick enjoys all areas of small animal practice, but finds dentistry, internal medicine, exotics and soft tissue surgery as areas of special interest. She also has an interest in public health, and is currently in the process of earning her Master’s degree in Homeland Security from Penn State University. She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, AAHA, and the Association of Women Veterinarians.
Dr. Burdick resides locally with her husband, Scott, thirteen rescued dogs and three cats. Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, attending concerts, shopping and an occasional trip down the Wolf River.
Dr. Laura King
Dr. Laura King is originally from Pensacola, FL and joined the Bienville Animal Medical Center staff in July, 2010 after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University earlier in 2010. She also holds a degree in Dairy Science from Mississippi State University, awarded to her in 2007.
Dr. King enjoys many aspects of companion animal practice, but has a special interest in dermatology and behavior medicine. She is a member of the AVMA, Mississippi VMA, South Mississippi VMA and AAHA.
When not at work, Dr. King and her husband, Jared, enjoy spending time working on their house, traveling and spending time with their three dogs (Gracie, Brodie and Maggie) and two cats (Lena and Cole). Dr. King also enjoys cooking and painting.
Dr. Jason Lavigne
Dr. Jason Lavigne is a native of Foxworth, Mississippi and joined Bienville Animal Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Lavigne graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU in 2009 after earning a B.S. in Dairy Science.
Dr. Lavigne especially enjoys practicing feline medicine and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as the MVMA, AVMA and AAHA. He served as the president of the South Mississippi VMA from January 2012 until January 2014.
Dr. Lavigne resides locally, and spends his free time visiting family and fishing.
Dr. Jacob Church
Dr. Jacob Church graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 2004. Born and raised on the coast, he returned here after graduating to practice general medicine. Dr. Church is a member of MVMA, AVMA, and AAHA.
Dr. Church spent his first 5 years in general practice. He was then offered a position in veterinary emergency medicine as the attending veterinarian at the local emergency hospital. Five years of emergency medicine has allowed him to hone his skills and interest in trauma medicine, internal medicine, diagnostic/advanced imaging, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Church resides locally with his wife, Heather, their children, Kaitlyn and Matthew, and a plethora of "furry family members". Dr. Church enjoys playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family. The Churches are active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs.
Dr. Andrew Duke
Andrew (Andy) Duke is a life-long resident of Mobile, Alabama. After completing veterinary school at Auburn University in 1975, he returned to his home town and opened a mixed animal practice. His first office was leased from a human dentist, who challenged his knowledge of dentistry, mentored him and gave him a belt driven bench engine and taught him to “drill and fill”. In 1977 Dr. Duke began participating in organized veterinary dentistry.
In 1989 Dr. Duke qualified and passed examination to become a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Seeking to further his education in dentistry, Dr. Duke completed a course of study for a human dental assistant at Faulkner State Community College from 1988 to 1997 and passed the National Dental Assisting Board. He has completed an alternate pathway residency at Dallas Dental Service with Doctors Bob Wiggs and Heidi Lobprise.
A member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since its beginning, Dr. Duke has served twice on the Board of Directors. As a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, he has served as program chairman, President and board member. In 2002 Dr. Duke was recognized by the Academy for proposing and organizing the Equine Track for Academy Fellowship. He was further honored by the Academy as Fellow of the Year in 2006. He has participated in all but one of the Veterinary Dental Forums either as a participant, speaker and four years as assistant laboratory coordinator. He has done independent research in canine dentistry, and is a published author in peer reviewed journals.
Music and camellia cultivation are Dr. Duke’s two major avocations. His primary instrument is baritone saxophone, but he enjoys doubling on tenor sax, bass and auxiliary percussion whenever needed. Big band jazz is Dr. Duke’s preferred musical outlet and he has played in several professional bands. He is a charter member of the Mobile Pops Band and has played every season for 36 years. Extra pleasure and relaxation are found with his collection of camellias, primarily Camellia japonica cultivars, but he does have a few Camellia sasanquea and hybrids. His special interest is heritage varieties. This includes those that were developed more than 50 years ago. The American Camellia Society.
In 2012 Dr. Duke and his son Cullan started an oyster farm in the Mississippi Sound, north of Dauphin Island. The company, The Mobile Oyster Company, is selling its first year of production to area restaurants and individuals under the trade name, Isle Dauphine Oysters. Use the above link for more information.
Dr. Chris Rainey
Dr. Rainey was raised on the Mississippi coast and graduated from Harrison Central High School in 1982. He was in the United States Marine Corps. from 1982-1986 and a firefighter/paramedic at the Gulfport Fire Department from 1987-2000. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 2006 and has worked in general practice in Gulfport since graduated.
He is a member of the AVMA and MVMA, is Fear Free Certified and hopes to make all of the visits for your fur babies as stress-free as possible!
He enjoys all areas of general practice, though his special interest is preventive health care. When he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Paula, their two sons, Ryan and Aaron, and their Labrador retrievers.