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What was your previous position and where?After completing my veterinary education at LSU, I worked in a private veterinary practice in Denham Springs, La., for one year as an associate veterinarian. Then, I returned to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, or SVM, and completed a three-year program of a combined residency in equine internal medicine and Master's of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Then, I completed a one-year clinical fellowship at the LSU SVM equine hospital.
What brought you to LSU?As a veterinary student and then equine resident, LSU has always felt like home. The horse population in Louisiana is diverse. I have always found it most interesting to service horse owners from a variety of equine disciplines. The facilities at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital are state-of-the-art, which allows us equine specialists to diagnose and treat horses using advanced technology.
What is your research interest?I am interested in infectious gastrointestinal diseases in horses. I am currently studying the prevalence of Lawsonia intracellularis, which is an emerging intestinal pathogen in weanling foals. I also have studied the epidemiology of equine Salmonella infection among racehorses in Louisiana. Finally, I have been involved in investigating outbreaks of gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases in horse herds in Louisiana.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?Through this research, we hope to help gain a better understanding of the factors which place horses at risk for acquiring gastrointestinal pathogens. Importantly, we hope to devise strategies that minimize the spread of these disease. In teaching veterinary students, I hope to prepare them for their future careers in equine medicine, instill in them confidence and challenge them to excel.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?LSU is like a family. Wherever I travel, if I'm wearing an LSU logo, fellow LSU enthusiasts will approach me and strike up a conversation. There is a strong sense of loyalty and pride among LSU family members. It is infectious.
What are your major accomplishments?My major accomplishments at LSU have been the establishment of the Equine Ambulatory Medicine Consulting Service. This allows the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital to provide a unique service to our referring veterinarians and clients. As an ambulatory equine internal medicine specialist, I am able to examine challenging equine cases on the farm or at the racetrack, together with the client's regular veterinarian. We are able to bring some of the advanced diagnostic tools to the horse when the horse cannot come to us. Another major accomplishment is serving as a board member of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Equine Committee. Through this position, I am able to serve as a liaison between the equine veterinary community and LSU.