This School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) was founded in 1968 with a legislative resolution for the purpose of educating future veterinarians. We have done that successfully since the first incoming class in 1973, and we have continued to enhance our mission including ground-breaking biomedical research, and superior service for the varied publics we serve. However, as I continue to say, it is our people—our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends—who make us great.
The School is extremely proud of our students who are among the best of students nationally. Our faculty are extremely committed to providing a top-tier learning environment and preparing our graduates for academic and professional success. This is clearly reflected in the students’ performance: a 96% graduation rate and a 98% pass rate on the national licensing examination, highly sought after by the veterinary practice community, and highly competitive for post graduate clinical training programs, ranking 5th within the 28 Schools of Veterinary Medicine nationally. Indeed our graduates are a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff and the high priority we set for excellence in academics, research, and service.
Guided by strategic planning, the School has made a commitment over the last 10 years to expand its research enterprise and is currently the center of biomedical research on the LSU campus. Vigorous recruitment efforts have enabled the appointment of a nationally recognized faculty that competes very successfully for extramural funds in areas including infectious disease, vector biology, molecular medicine, and equine health studies. With annual research expenditures of $8.0 million and a total extramural funding portfolio approaching $47.0 million, the SVM ranks third among our regional peers with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, two of our three departments – Pathobiological Sciences and Comparative Biomedical Sciences are consistently listed in the top 10 departments within the University based on research expenditures. Our research programs have been vital to the growth and quality of our graduate programs and provide a unique summer training experience for interested professional students.
Of all the public services provided by the SVM, our Veterinary Teaching Hospital continues to be highly visible through providing compassionate, state-of-the-art, specialized care for its patients, and it serving as the classroom for the last 15 months of our professional students’ veterinary curriculum. We have been fortunate to invest in some of the finest diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, including extraordinary diagnostic imaging technologies (computed tomography [CT] and magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]), hemodialysis, and radiation therapy, to mention a few. We treat approximately 22,000 cases each year in our hospital, where more than 100 veterinary students receive their hospital training and about 30 interns and residents receive specialized post-graduate training. When a referring veterinarian sends us one of his or her clients for specialized care, or when an owner brings us a pet for treatment, the pet is not the only one who benefits. Each case that comes through the door is another educational opportunity for our students, interns and residents. We take tremendous pride in the service that we provide for our patients, and we are grateful to the clients who entrust their animals to our care and the veterinarians who refer patients to us.
Now more than ever, we appreciate our partners. We rely on those individuals, corporations, and foundations that support us in our mission to save lives, find cures, and change lives every day. Your gifts help us provide scholarships for our students, continuing education for our faculty and staff, improvements to facilities and equipment, and a bright future for both people and animals. To all who partner with us, thank you for investing in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and its people.
Peter F. Haynes
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is a dynamic community dedicated to saving lives, finding cures, and changing lives through outstanding clinical and community service, educational excellence, and groundbreaking scholarly research.