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Rebecca McConnico

Rebecca McConnico

Associate Professor
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine

What was your previous position and where?

I was an assistant professor of equine medicine at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Stillwater, Okla., from 1996-99, prior to moving to LSU.

What brought you to LSU?

I was attracted to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicineís Equine Health Studies Program by the opportunity to participate with an exceptional team of faculty and staff in cutting edge research, teaching and service in a state which boasts a rich cultural history and industry that values horses and horse people.

What is your research interest?

Our research laboratory is looking for ways to prevent and treat intestinal diseases of animals and people by studying how the intestinal lining responds to different diseases and drug therapies.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to make positive contributions in veterinary research, teaching and service with the overall goal of improving the lives of animals and the people who care for them.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy the numerous opportunities to participate in meaningful projects that improve the lives of others such as teaching veterinary students, conducting research and service to alleviate suffering in horses, and leading a community disaster response training program. LSUís emphasis on community engagement, the comradery of the faculty, staf, and students at the veterinary school and the rich cultural diversity surrounding the campus have provided just the right environment for raising a happy family.

What are your major accomplishments?

My major accomplishments at LSU involve finding ways to bring people together to accomplish projects that make a positive difference such as contributing to the veterinary scientific literature shedding light about the dangers of overusing specific pain medications in horses; engaging more involvement of veterinary faculty and practitioners in choosing our future veterinarians via SVM Admissions committee work; and turning adverse situations such as Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and the Gulf Oil Spill into learning opportunities for veterinary students.


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