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Wendy Wolfson

Wendy Wolfson

Instructor, Shelter Medicine
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine

What was your previous position and where?

Previously, I worked in New Orleans for the LaSPCA animal shelter. I worked there for 21 years, first as a staff veterinarian then as the medical director for 12 years.

What brought you to LSU?

Hurricane Katrina did bring a lot of good things in its aftermath. The Humane Society of the United States, a large national humane society, gave the vet school a grant to help shelters in Louisiana that had been affected by the storm. I was at the school participating in continuing education classes when I found out about the grant and the school's need for a shelter veterinarian. Life in New Orleans was difficult at the time - I had lost my house in the storm - and a change in location for me seemed ideal.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

What I hope to do is educate students as to the needs of homeless animals in our country, help animal shelters become better places and to ultimately decrease the euthanasia rates in the shelters we serve by keeping animals healthier and spaying/neutering before adoption.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

My best moments are when I have students who call after graduation to tell me they are employed by a shelter or are volunteering at one.

What are your major accomplishments?

The people I work with are wonderful and supportive. I learn new things daily. The students make every day rewarding, interesting and worth getting up in the morning for.

 




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