We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at Leaf River Veterinary Services. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.

Learning and education are very important here at Leaf River Veterinary Services. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.

Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (601) 785-6910.


Lisa Ainsworth, DVM

Dr. Lisa earned her DVM degree from Mississippi State University in 1994 and has 25 years of veterinary experience. She grew up on a farm and has been around livestock her entire life. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Lisa worked for several large cattle operations for a couple of years before returning home to open her mixed veterinary practice. She truly loves all animals and has several pets of her own. Dr. Lisa is compassionate and considerate of every patient as well as their owners.

Dr. Lisa lives on the same property as Leaf River Veterinary Clinic and keeps a close watch on hospitalized patients as well as boarding animals.


Josh Vowell, DVM

Leaf River Veterinary Services is pleased to welcome Josh Vowell, DVM to our team. Dr. Josh graduated from Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2021. He will be joining Dr. Lisa in providing clinical and surgical services as well as wellness exams for small companion animals. He will also be available for farm calls and herd health work for food animals and equine. His areas of interest include reproduction (canine, bovine, and equine). Josh is in the process of developing an Ultrasound program to aid with reproduction, diagnostics, and early detection of health problems.

Josh grew up in Taylorsville and ironically, has worked with Dr. Lisa at Leaf River Veterinary Services during summers and school breaks since he was 12 years old. During his time at MSU, Josh worked at Little Creek Cattle Farm, and was involved in the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Josh resides in Taylorsville with his beloved Blue Heeler, Dan. His hobbies include growing cattle within his own small herd. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying all types of hunting and fishing.


Gale Smith, Vet Technician

Gale joined the staff as a vet tech at Leaf River Veterinary Services in 2010.

Prior to coming to LRVS, Gale worked in the vet industry as a groomer and office manager.

Gale is a very patient and compassionate listener and loves cats and dogs.

Gale lives in Hot Coffee, MS with her husband and their three beloved dogs.


Ashton Boykin, Vet Technician

Ashton has been at Leaf River Veterinary Clinic for 4 years working along with Dr Lisa and assisting with wellness check-ups and routine vaccinations.

Ashton also works at the local horse sale assisting with vaccinations and bloodwork. Ashton has a big heart for all animals and volunteers as a foster from time to time.

She has seven pets and three horses and resides in Taylorsville with her two little girls.


Janice Sherman, Groomer

Janice has been grooming for sixteen years at Leaf River Veterinary Services. Janice was trained by Dr. Lisa many years ago out of necessity to have a groomer in the clinic! Janice does a variety of haircut styles on all breeds of dogs and cats. She stays extremely busy, so grooming appointments are required, but she can usually accommodate most requests within a day or two.

Janice has three dogs of her own and resides with her husband in Mize, Ms.