LSU School of Veterinary Medicine honors faculty, staff and students at annual Awards & Honors Banquet

LVMA Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2016

 

BATON ROUGE—On April 29, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine hosted the 42nd annual Awards and Honors Banquet in the SVM Auditorium and gave out more than $173,300 in scholarships and awards. The banquet was sponsored in part by Nestlé Purina Pet Care and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA).

 

Both faculty and staff awards were bestowed, and students received monetary awards, memberships to professional organizations, journal subscriptions, plaques, certificates, or veterinary medicine manuals and supplies. Since 2004, the LSU SVM has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships and awards thanks to the generosity of private citizens, foundations, organizations and corporations.

 

The School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Service Award    was presented to Thomas Tully, DVM (LSU SVM 1986), MS (LSU SVM 1991), DABVP (Avian), DECZM (Avian), professor   of zoological medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). An honorarium and inscribed plaque are presented to a faculty member who, in the opinion of his or her fellow faculty, has made significant contributions to the service aspects of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tully joined the LSU SVM faculty in 1987.

 

The School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award is presented to the faculty member nominated by each class for the Zoetis Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award. The class of 2016 nominated Stephen Gaunt, DVM (LSU SVM 1977), MS (LSU SVM 1979), PhD, DACVP, professor of veterinary clinical pathology in the department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Dr. Gaunt joined the LSU SVM faculty in 1983. The class of 2017 nominated Kirk Ryan, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), associate professor of companion animal medicine in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Dr. Ryan joined the LSU SVM faculty in 2006. The class of 2018 nominated Leslie Wilson, DVM (LSU 1992), PhD, assistant professor in PBS. Dr. Wilson joined the LSU SVM faculty in 2006. The class of 2019 nominated Cherie Pucheu-Haston, DVM (LSU SVM 1992), PhD, DACVD, assistant professor of dermatology in VCS. Dr. Pucheu-Haston joined the LSU SVM faculty in 2011.

 

Dr. Gaunt received the Zoetis Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award. This award is bestowed to a faculty member to recognize outstanding teaching as judged by the responsiveness of his or her students. As part of this honor, Dr. Gaunt will be the master of ceremonies at the 2017 Awards & Honors Banquet and carried the mace at the 2016 commencement ceremony.

 

Stuart Walton, BScAgr, BVSc, small animal medicine resident in VCS, received the House Officer of the Year Award. Dr. Walton also received this award in 2014. Dr. Walton began his residency in 2012 and will complete it in July 2016.

 

First-, second-, and third-year students who received scholarships and awards are listed below alphabetically by state, hometown, and then

 

Arkansas

Jon Moody (Class of 2017), Devalls Buff, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Caroline Gill (Class of 2017), Dumas, Ark., Salsbury Scholarship;

Alexandra Canfield (Class of 2017), Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship and Salsbury Scholarship;

Jessie Hargis (Class of 2018), Fayetteville, Ark., Opal Christiansen Memorial Scholarship;

Jill Thomason (Class of 2019), Fayetteville, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Jack R. Redman and Elizabeth G. Redman Scholarship and Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Aubren Cabe (Class of 2017), Greenwood, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Whitt Bell (Class of 2018), Hickory Plains, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Mary Knapick (Class of 2019), Hot Springs, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Jack R. Redman and Elizabeth G. Redman Scholarship and Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Omega Sanders (Class of 2019), Hot Springs, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

William Ryan (Class of 2017), Jonesboro, Ark., John D. Rhoades Leadership Scholarship and Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Award;

Stephanie Aitken (Class of 2018), Little Rock, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship;

Grady Bailin (Class of 2017), Little Rock, Ark., Perry B. Lecates, Sr. Memorial Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Hope Dunlap (Class of 2018), New Edinburg, Ark., Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Scholarship; and

Shawnee Clark (Class of 2019), Pleasant Plains, Ark., Opal Christiansen Memorial Scholarship.

 

California

Allison Morreale (Class of 2017), San Diego, Calif., Margaret Lucille Thomas Taylor Memorial Scholarship, Peri Tumay, DVM, Memorial Fellowship, Salsbury Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship.
 

China

Jiaqi Li (Class of 2018), Junan Town, China, LSU SVM Bookstore Scholarship.

 

Florida

Ashley Gillett (Class of 2017), Sarasota, Fla., Dr. Kim Michels Memorial Scholarship, Open House Award of Appreciation, Salsbury Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship.

 

French West Indies

Aimee Trujillo (Class of 2017), Guadeloupe, French West Indies, Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Award.

 

Kentucky

Cheryl Chooljian (Class of 2017), Louisville, Ky., Association of Avian Veterinarians Award and Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Award.

 

Louisiana

Sarah Cook (Class of 2018), Alexandria, La., Robert M. Hammat Proficiency in Farm Animal Medicine Award and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Amanda Hampton (Class of 2019), Alexandria, La., Catherine M. Landry and Daniel Gillane Feline Studies Scholarship;

Hallie Anderson (Class of 2018), Baton Rouge, La., Baton Rouge Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Scholarship;

Carly Berggreen (Class of 2019), Baton Rouge, La., LSU SVM Bookstore Scholarship;

Shelby Moore (Class of 2017), Baton Rouge, La., LSU SVM Bookstore Scholarship;

Maggie Castille-Buller (Class of 2017), Breaux Bridge. La., Salsbury Scholarship;

Renee Poche (Class of 2017), Breaux Bridge, La., LSU SVM Bookstore Scholarship;

Ali Robin (Class of 2017), Cecilia, La., Nestle Purina Nutrition Scholarship;

Kelsey DiMiceli (Class of 2017), Hammond, La., Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Anna Heinen (Class of 2017), Hathaway, La., Calcasieu Kennel Club Scholarship;

Erika Chartier (Class of 2018), Kenner, La., LSU SVM Equine Health Studies Program;

Olivia Oubre (Class of 2017), Lafayette, La., Hill's Pet Nutrition Service Scholarship and Shelter Medicine Award;

Jenna Terry (Class of 2017), LaPlace, La., Bayer Excellence in Communication Award;

Kathryn Duris (Class of 2018), Mandeville, La., The Henry Chester Propes and Mary Wood Propes Memorial Scholarship;

Corey Michel (Class of 2018), Mansura, La., Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Award;

Taylor McCain (Class of 2018), Marthaville, La., Ben Greene "Make a Difference" Memorial Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Michael Block (Class of 2017), Metairie, La., Dr. Carrie Washburn Memorial Scholarship, M. Darnell Besch and Dr. Everett Besch Scholarship and Open House Award of Appreciation;

Holly Lamb (Class of 2018), Monroe, La., Bayou Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship and Peri Tumay, DVM, Memorial Fellowship;

Carter Loftin (Class of 2019), Monroe, La., Bayou Kennel Club, Inc. Scholarship;

Ariel Fowler (Class of 2017), New Orleans, La., Salsbury Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Keith Jarrett (Class of 2017), New Orleans, La., Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice Companion Animal Scholarship, Nestle Purina Business Management Award and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Bradley Lytle (Class of 2018), New Orleans, La., Boehringer Ingelheim Cardiology Award;

Danielle McCarthy (Class of 2019), New Orleans, La., Dr. Herbert C. Berger Scholarship;

Mia Palmisano (Class of 2017), New Orleans, La., Salsbury Scholarship;

Elena Pavlova (Class of 2017), New Orleans, La., Salsbury Scholarship and Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Kelsie Stovall (Class of 2018), New Orleans, La., Lorio Children Memorial Scholarship;

Amanda Walkenhorst (Class of 2017), New Orleans, La., Zoetis Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship;

Jessica Price (Class of 2017), Raceland, La., Brenda and William Banks Memorial Award and Dr. K. C. Toups Memorial Scholarship;

Carl Curtis (Class of 2017), Rayne, La., Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Award;

Ashley Allemand (Class of 2019), Schriever, La., Class of 1984 Memorial Scholarship;

Kelsey Bailey (Class of 2018), Shreveport, La., Dr. Michael G. Groves Award;

Caleb Killian (Class of 2017), Shreveport, La., Hickory Small Animal Hospital Scholarship and Simmons & Associates Award;

Angela Jugan (Class of 2017), Slidell, La., Open House Award of Appreciation; and

Jennifer West (Class of 2017), Slidell, La., Auxiliary to the LSU Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship and Salsbury Scholarship.

 

Maryland

Sarah Wray (Class of 2017), Silver Spring, Md., AVMA PLIT Scholarship and Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana Award.

 

Mississippi

Morgan Rash (Class of 2018), Biloxi, Miss., Changaram Kumarath Sankunny Memorial Award in Veterinary Pharmacology.

 

New York

Fazaana Ali (Class of 2017), Bronx, N.Y., Dr. Steven D. Everson and Dr. Bradley S. Everson Honorary Endowed Scholarship; and

Elsie Phillips (Class of 2019), Ticonderoga, N.Y., Y.Z. Abdelbaki Memorial Scholarship.

 

Tennessee

Micah Doyle (Class of 2017), Franklin, Tenn., Sherrie Ellen Cole Memorial Scholarship.

 

Texas

Samantha Altemus (Class of 2017), Houston, Texas, Salsbury Scholarship.

 

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.

 

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Pictured is Corey Michel (Class of 2018), William Ryan (Class of 2017), Amanda Cathey (Class of 2016) and Dr. Trish Marullo (LSU SVM 1999), LVMA president.