This facility, also in the planning stage, will enable leading-edge investigation of mare and stallion infertility. This stand-alone building will contain an equine reproduction laboratory, clinical work area, stalls for housing stallions and mare/foals, tease rail, breeding area, and stallion collection area. The laboratory will be used for semen evaluation, embryo transfer, and biotechnology, assisted reproductive techniques, and other advanced technologies.
Plans are underway for construction of this facility, which will facilitate emergency treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife. With immediate access to Board-certified specialists, the WHL will provide the utmost care for wild mammals, birds, and reptiles. The facility will also play a major role in educating the public, and especially our youth, on the importance of wildlife conservation.
Milton J. Womack Serenity Garden
The Milton J. Womack Serenity Garden, located near the Small Animal Clinic entrance, celebrates the bond between man and animals. Construction of the Serenity Garden was completed in the fall of 2003 with a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Womack. On November 6, 2008, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine dedicated a bronze sculpture, Connections, to honor those who come to the aid of animals. “Although, the rescue, shelter, and reunification of animals in the aftermath of hurricanes reveals the depth of the human-animal bond in all people, the sculpture represents the basis of the veterinary profession and relation we all share with the animals in our lives,” said Dr. David Senior, associate dean for advancement and strategic initiatives. The dedication of the sculpture took place on November 6, 2008, at the LSU SVM.
Connections depicts a young girl offering water to a thirsty cat and dog representing both the relationship and responsibility we all share with domestic animals. “This sculpture illustrates the importance of animals in our lives, which was seen time and time again after the hurricanes as people refused to evacuate without their pets,” said Dean Peter F. Haynes. “In the 1950s the pet was consigned to the yard; by the 1960s the pet had been allowed in the house; by the 1970s the pet was allowed to sleep in the bedroom; now they may even be under the blankets. With companion animals owned by more than two-thirds of our family households…..today, our focus is on the human-animal bond and the importance of animals in the lives of so many people.”
This one-of-a-kind artwork, designed by Kentucky sculptor Meg White, is a central part of the Milton J. Womack Serenity Garden. Landscaped by LSU landscape architecture graduate students, it provides a peaceful spot for reflection. The Serenity Garden can also serve to honor special people and pets through the placement of an engraved pavement brick.