Image of the new Companion Animal Clinic recently approved by the state. Read more below! 
August 2017
Merial/NIH Summer Scholars Program Begins
May 8 - August 4
Selected students will conduct research throughout the summer with faculty mentors and will present their research at Phi Zeta Day in September. 

Freshman Leadership Experience Orientation
August 11

First-year Orientation
August 11 - 16

Fall Semester Begins
August 14

Coating Ceremony
August 16
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
The first-year students will receive their blue coats signifiying their entrance to veterinary school and recite the veterinarian's oath. 

LifeShare Blood Drive
August 24
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
The LifeShare Blood Center bus will be located in the LSU SVM parking lot for a blood drive. 

Veterinary Business Management Association Regional Conference
August 25 - 28
Click here for full event details. 

Spay Day
August 27

Dean's Grand Rounds
August 30
On August 30, Dr. Mike Chaddock, Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) president, will be at the LSU SVM to speak about acceptance & inclusivity for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the veterinary medical profession.

Click here to read more about Dr. Chaddock. 
  New Clinic Building Approved by the State

Good news!  At the end of the second special session of the Louisiana State Legislature, we were able to get the new Companion Animal Clinic project approved on the capital outlay bill HB2 for $5 million. Our sincere thanks to the following for their support in accomplishing this important step: Jason Droddy, Richard Lipsey, Jimmy Maurin, F. King Alexander, Richard Koubeck, Bunny Cannon, and Tracy Evans and our development team in collaboration with Emmet Stephenson. Separately, the LSU team will be working diligently on the next step, which is ensuring that the project is actually funded by the state. Our development team will continue to fundraise for this project to potentially increase its scope and size and to provide flexibility should cost overruns become an issue.
The project's approval by the Legislature allows us to begin the design and planning stage for the new building in earnest. We will begin the architectural selection process immediately and will be reconvening the space committee formerly chaired by Dr. Sandy Merchant to help with design and planning. This committee will be very important in working with the architect to express faculty needs and desires to the VTH and SVM administrations. We hope to dovetail these discussions with those already occurring about the renovation of current space in the hospital to ensure a smooth transition and to optimize usage of space going forward.

Are you prepared for hurricane season?

Pet and large animal owners, if an emergency, disaster or bad weather forces you and your animals from your home, will you know what to do and what to bring? 

If you are forced to evacuate your home because of a hurricane or other emergency, don’t forget to make preparations for your pets or large animals. Just like any other members of your family, animals have their own special needs.

Click here for tips for pet owners

Click here for tips for horse and large animal owners

Shelter Medicine is up for an award! 

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program was selected as one of the three nominees in the Organizational-Academic category by the advisory board.

112 nominations for the 2017 VIC Innovation Awards were received between February and May 2017.  A 16- member advisory board selected a subset of the most innovative nominees to be presented to the animal health industry for crowd-sourced voting which began July 1st. The voting period is open until 12 p.m. ET on September 30, 2017.

The ultimate winner for each of the 10 different categories will be invited to the NAVC (VMX) 2018, recognized on stage and participate in an innovation panel discussion. 

Click here to cast your vote! 

Safe Space Certification and Training Event hosted by LSU SVM Diversity Committee

On July 5, the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) Diversity Committee and the LSU SVM VOICE Club hosted a Safe Space Certification and Training event for LSU SVM faculty, staff and students. The goal of the Safe Space Campaign is to identify and educate individuals who will affirm and support all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. People displaying the Safe Space symbol are committed to combating hatred and discrimination through assistance and support.

To learn more about the Safe Space training, to read the full article. 

Faculty Accolades

Immunotherapy combo teams up against cancer in mouse study

A study conducted by Arthur Penn, PhD, MA, professor of Toxicology in the department of Comparative Biomedial Sciences (CBS), and Alexandra Noël, MSc, PhD, assistant professor in CBS, focusing on mice exposed to secondhand smoke in utero has been featured in ALN Magazine online. This is a huge discovery for Dr. Penn and Noel, as well as secondhand smoke research. 

"Mice exposed to secondhand smoke only during gestation undergo abnormal changes to lung structure and function that persist into adulthood, according to research published in the open access journal Respiratory Research. The study provides new insight into the role secondhand smoke exposure may play in predisposing unborn offspring to adult lung diseases."


Dr. Penn, senior author, says, "Our study strongly indicates that in utero secondhand smoke exposure alone has significant persistent repercussions on the respiratory system, suggesting that in utero secondhand smoke exposure can predispose to adult lung diseases in mice."


Dr. Noël, lead author, says, "The more pronounced lung function changes in male versus female offspring are consistent with results of other studies showing that lung development of male fetuses lags behind that of females."


Click here to read the full article. 

Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology), professor, and Director of the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, presented  eight hours of lecture on fish, reptiles, amphibians and exotic small mammals at the California VMA (Pacific Coast Conference) July 1-3 in Long Beach, Ca.  

Staff Accolades

Gretchen Morgan, director of Alumni and Donor Relations, was recently elected as the new president for the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) at the AVAP 2017 Conference hosted in Indianapolis and planned by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. The conference was hosted Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21. 

Gretchen has served the LSU SVM in a variety of roles. She first came to the LSU SVM as a necropsy technician in 1982 and served in that role until 1985. She returned to the LSU SVM in 2003 as an equine technician and then worked as the EHSP administrative coordinator in 2006. She then became assistant director of development in November 2006 before becoming coordinator of alumni and public programs from 2007-2009. She then transitioned to director of annual giving and alumni affairs from 2009-2012 before becoming director of alumni relations from 2012-2014. She became director of alumni and donor relations in 2014. Gretchen is originally from Vallejo, California. She relocated to Louisiana in 1980. She has two pets: Gracie, a 13-year-old Blue Heeler; and Turd, a 10-year-old domestic short hair cat.
Student Accolades

On June 28, the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Co-Chairs were invited to speak with the Main Library at Goodwood as part of the "Cool Careers" summer program. The students brought along a raptor to present and spent the majority of the time describing different types of jobs that are available in veterinary medicine, such as zoology, food animal medicine, equine medicine, research and other industry positions. They were also joined by Dr. Adcock and RVT, Madelyn, who spoke about becoming a registered veterinary technician. The co-chairs for the WHL are Sarah Camlic and Amber Wallace, and second-year, Kathryn Spivey, also attended. 

Shan Naidu recently presented the results of his ocular herpes vaccine studies in 'Society of Toxicologic Pathology' in Montreal, Canada and won second place for the "17 Young Investigator Award." This award was out of 80 trainees, who also presented their posters. This award was in addition to Shan also winning the STP Student Travel Award worth $1,350.
  Alumni Accolades

Dr. Lloyd Keck (LSU SVM 1982) met with potential veterinary students at a career day at the University of Arkansas.
Alumni News

On Friday, July 21, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine hosted an alumni reception at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2017 Conference in Indianapolis. Approximately 50 alumni, faculty and students attended. Dean Joel Baines spoke to the group about the great things happening at LSU and the LSU SVM. 


Click here to find out when our next alumni reception will be. 

Who's Who at the LSU SVM

Every week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine highlights someone at the LSU SVM, whether they are faculty, staff, student, alum, house officer, graduate students or sometimes even a patient. These features give social media followers a chance to get to know the personalities, achievements and interesting facts about amazing people that come to the LSU SVM every day. 
July's Features

Wednesday's Who's Who is  Dr. David Cradic, Small Animal Surgery resident and LSU SVM alum from the class of 2014. Dr. Cradic is originally from New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High in 2004 and received his BS in Animal Science from LSU in 2009. As a resident, some of Dr. Cradic’s responsibilities include seeing soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological cases in the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as teaching students about these cases and conducting research. After he finishes his residency at the LSU SVM, Dr. Cradic plans to practice companion animal surgery in Southern Louisiana so he can be closer to his family and fiancé. His favorite part about working at the LSU SVM is “without a doubt, the people.” Some things most people do not know about Dr. Cradic is that he was a rugby hooker for seven years; he brews his own beer and loves to garden. 

Wednesday's Who's Who is  Dr. Rebecca McConnico, professor of Equine Internal Medicine at the LSU SVM. Dr. McConnico is originally from Ashland, Ohio. She graduated with a BS from the University of Arkansas and received her DVM in 1987 from the LSU SVM. Some of her job responsibilities include teaching students about equine medicine, including topics such as diagnosis and management of septic foals, infectious disease in adult horses and general wellness and nutrition, as well as providing acupuncture services for large animals and directing the LSU SVM disaster response and training program. Her favorite part about working at the LSU SVM is having the ability to work alongside other professionals with a common goal of teaching vet students and graduate students. Something most people do not know about Dr. McConnico is that this year she was selected to be on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, which allows her to collaborate on global short-term projects focused on education and training. 

Wednesday's Who's Who is  Dr. Hugh “Chip” Price, alumnus from the LSU SVM class of 1980. Dr. Price has many titles, including director for Animal Resources, tenured professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and tenured professor of Emergency Medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is also a veterinary consultant and serves as relief veterinarian for Chimp Haven, a National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Keithville, La. Dr. Price was born in Shreveport but grew up in Lake Charles, and has lived in Baton Rouge; Dallas, Texas; Yokosuka, Japan; and Columbia, Mo. One of Dr. Price’s favorite memories from being a vet student was when everyone finally got to move into the “new” veterinary medicine building (the current LSU SVM), because the first two years of vet school had been held on main campus while the new building was being completed. One of the many interesting facts about Dr. Price is that he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Army Reserve.

Wednesday's Who's Who is  Kristen Armstrong, fourth-year student (2018). Kristen is from Baton Rouge and completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After graduation, Kristen plans to join her dad’s small animal practice and work there “until he fires me” Kristen says jokingly, (we think). Her favorite part about being a vet student has been interacting will all different types of animals of all shapes and sizes, even though the bigger ones scare her. One thing most people do not know about Kristen is that she played volleyball in college and loves to go for runs around the LSU Lakes with her dog, Nellie
LSU SVM on Snapchat! 

Don't forget to connect with the LSU SVM on Snapchat! 

While you are there, make sure to check swipe right to view the LSU SVM Snapchat geofilter, shown below.  

The LSU SVM Snapchat username is lsuvetmed.
Connect with us on LinkedIn!

The LSU SVM is now on LinkedIn. Be sure to connect with us in order to stay up-to-date on news, research updates, events and job opportunities.

SVM on LinkedIn

Download the LSU SVM Event App!

The app includes information such as the schedule, map, attendee information, and push notifications to keep you up to date on everything! Stay connected with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on future events as well! 

Available for iPhone's, iPad, Android, and web-based version for Laptops, Blackberry and Windows Mobile


Welcome and Congrats!

We are very excited to announce our new SVM employees and congratulate our employees who have recently been promoted or transferred into new opportunities.

Employment Opportunities at the LSU SVM
The LSU SVM currently has open faculty positions in

  • CBS
  • Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Companion Animal Surgery
  • Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Equine Medicine 
  • Community Practice (primary care)

Positions are also available for post-doctoral fellows, research associates, veterinary technicians, and administrative staff.
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Skip Bertman Drive at River Road
 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 

Administration 225-578-9900

Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Pets and small exotics 225-578-9600
Horses and farm animals 225-578-9500
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