LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Confers 85 Degrees

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For Immediate Release: May 18, 2016
 

BATON ROUGE―The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine conferred 85 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at its 40th annual Veterinary Medicine Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 9.

 

Egeenee Daniels, DVM (LSU SVM 1986), attending veterinarian and director of laboratory animal medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, gave the commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Dr. Daniels is the recipient of the 2015 LSU SVM Distinguished Alumnus Award.

 

Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean and Dr. Kenneth F. Burns Chair in Veterinary Medicine, presided over the ceremony, and LSU President F. King Alexander, PhD, conferred the degrees. Lillian Barber (Class of 2016) opened the ceremony with the invocation. Program speakers also included President Alexander and Trish Marullo, DVM (LSU SVM 1999), president of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association

 

Dr. Baines led the graduates in taking the Veterinarian’s Oath, and Jeremy Greene, DVM (LSU SVM 2016), and Lindsey Clemons, DVM (LSU SVM 2016), closed the ceremony with the benediction.

 

Students who received Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, senior awards, and internships and residencies are listed below alphabetically by state/country, hometown, and then name:

 

Arkansas

Ashley Rose Redo-Kimery from Alma, Ark., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Kelsey Lum Jacks from Camden, Ark., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award and Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Outstanding Student Award;

Adam Scott McMahan from Conway, Ark., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Brennan Todd Pitard from El Dorado, Ark., American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology Award;

Catherine Ann Ladd Breland from Fayetteville, Ark.;

Jeremy Doyle Greene from Lewisville, Ark.;

Taylor Lee Francis from Little Rock, Ark., Oncology Certificate of Merit;

Jessica Erin Pearson from London, Ark., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award; and

Trevor Mikell Davis from Pocahontas, Ark., Mike VI Veterinary Student Caretaker Award.

 

California

Adrienne Tan Ng from Los Angeles, Calif., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award; and

Hilary Marie Householder from San Diego, Calif., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Gordon Pirie Zoological Medicine Award and small animal internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.

 

Florida

Molly Flanagan Grubb from Boynton Beach, Fla., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Sara Elizabeth Ellis from Lakeland, Fla.;

Katie Elizabeth McGuffin from Pensacola, Fla., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and rotating internship at Weatherford Equine Medical and Breeding Center in Weatherford, Texas; and

Sara Joan Pilgrim from St. Cloud, Fla., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award.

 

Illinois

Catherine Ann Chambers from Carbondale, Ill., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and residency in comparative medicine program at the University of Missouri; and

Dylan Perry Shannon from Riverside, Ill., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, American College of Veterinary Radiology Award, American Association of Feline Practitioners Proficiency Award, Oncology Certificate of Merit and small animal internship at Michigan State University.

 

Kentucky

Summer Susanne Dorn from Berea, Ky.

 

Louisiana

Jessica Erin Hudspeth from Alexandria, La., Kaytee Outstanding Senior Award in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and small animal specialty practice internshp at VCS Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center;

Matthew Paul Fruge from Basile, La., Louisiana Cattlemen's Association Clinical Proficiency Award;

Sarah Frances Callahan from Baton Rouge, La.;

Danielle Bellefontaine Fazio from Baton Rouge, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence;

Marie Christine Timpa from Baton Rouge, La.;

Mary Evelyn White from Baton Rouge, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Melissa Crawford White from Baton Rouge, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and laboratory animal residency at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine;

Erica Elaine Paxton from Bossier City, La., American College of Veterinary Surgeons Proficiency Award and rotating internship at Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in Weatherford, Texas;

Kristi Marie Laffitte from Calhoun, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Milena Greta Alexandrova Goranova from Carencro, La.;

Kelli Bogard Cobbs from Chataignier, La.;

Margaret Chatry Borne from Covington, La.;

Kelli Theresa Schindler from Covington, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Rachel Elizabeth Guzman from Destrehan, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Erin Bergeron Manuel from Eunice, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award;

Aaron Neave Martin from Glenmora, La., Boehringer Ingelheim Outstanding Food Animal Student Award;

Marylynn Louise Waddle from Gloster, La., Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award, LVMA Equine Clinical Proficiency Award and American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists Award;

Brittany Nicole Walraven from Gloster, La., Dechra Award for Excellence in Dermatology;

Lindsey Rhiannon Clemones from Gonzales, La., Mike VI Veterinary Student Caretaker Award;

Melissa LaPuma Blazevich from Hammond, La., American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia Award, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence, LSU Animal Sterilization Assistance and Cat Haven Award, Bayer Award for Excellence in Dermatology and rotating internship in small animal clinical science at Texas A&M University;

Amanda Aranyosi Swaim from Hammond, La.;

Travis James Christ from Haughton, La.;

Megan Jeanette Richter Tisdale from Haughton, La.;

Sara Elizabeth Roy from Kenner, La.;

Faith Miller Shawhan from Kinder, La.;

Matthew Monroe Schexnayder from Lafayette, La., Clinical Pathology Award of Excellence and medicine and surgery internship at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital;

Hannah Barton Hamilton from Lake Charles, La., Nutramax Companion Animal Award;

Maegan Lee Watson from Luling, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award, Robert Rosenthall Senior Student Award for Proficiency in Clinical Oncology and small animal rotating internship at Auburn University;

Mallory Theresa Watson from Luling, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award, Oncology Certificate of Merit and small animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State University;

Amanda Michelle Cathey from Mandeville, La., Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Student Award, Oncology Certificate of Merit and small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners Florida;

Cameron James Himel from Matairie, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award and small animal rotating internship at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in New Orleans, La.;

Jeanne Treuting Fox from Metairie, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award;

Kathryn Clark Martinez from Metairie, La.;

Abbey Mary Raaphorst from Metairie, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Shari Alicia Mahoney from Natchitoches, La.;

Natalie Janae Cormier from New Iberia, La.;

William Joseph Kuhs from New Orleans, La., Hershey Comeaux Memorial Award of Excellence and mixed animal internship – large/small animal medicine and surgery at Alvarado Veterinary Clinic;

John Cleveland Trahan IV from New Orleans, La., rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency at VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona;

Celeste Mallery Nimmo from New Roads, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Megan Elizabeth Larive from Patterson, La.;

Crystal Marie Dozier from Plaquemine, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Cody Blaise Schmaltz from Ponchatoula, La.;

Sean Hamil Jones from Prairieville, La., Tulane University Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program at the Tulane National Primate Research Center;

Justin Marc Sancho from Prairieville, La.;

Katherine Grace Bonvillain from Ragley, La.;

Sarah McReynolds Fader from River Ridge, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Holly Arminda Lusby from Ruston, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Morgan Taylor Solomon from Ruston, La., rotating internship at Equine Sports Medicine and surgery in Weatherford, Texas;

Julie Michelle Barnes from Shreveport, La., Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award;

Alissa Walsh St. Blanc from Shreveport, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Proficiency Award, LSU Animal Sterilization Assistance and Cat Haven Award and rotating internship in small animal clinical sciences at Texas A&M University;

Carolyn Elizabeth Crochet from Slidell, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Erin Elizabeth Olson from Slidell, La., Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award;

Lillian Claire Barber from St. Francisville, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Edward Lloyd Mitchell Memorial Award and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence;

Kayla June Odom from St. Francisville, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award;

Adam Nicholas Brown from West Monroe, La.; and

Heather Richanne Theriot from Westlake, La., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and Oncology Certificate of Merit.

 

Michigan

Katherine Elizabeth Armstrong from Rochester Hills, Mich., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award.

 

New Jersey

Megan Partyka from Pine Beach, N.J.; Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award and small animal medicine and surgery internship at Kansas State University.

 

North Carolina

Erin Elizabeth McCauley from Durham, N.C., food animal medicine and surgery internshp at Oklahoma State University; and

Anna Britton Norwood from Hillsborough, N.C., Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement, Merck Veterinary Manual Award and Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Centre Award.

 

Pennsylvania

Kristen Nichole Entendencia from Schuylkill Haven, Penn.

 

Puerto Rico

Daniaris Gonzalez-Tosado from Dorado, Puerto Rico;

Jordimar Rodriguez Vazquez from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico;

Efrain David Vassallo from Ponce, Puerto Rico; and

Gerardo Manuel Navas from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Merit Award.

 

Texas

Krista Anne Sirois from Cypress, Texas, rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado; and

Emily Lauren Brownd from Sugarland, Texas, Dean’s Honor List of Scholastic Achievement and Merck Veterinary Manual Award.

 

 

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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