LSU veterinary students, House Officers and alumni pursue advanced training

For Immediate Release:  March 7, 2016

 

BATON ROUGE—Veterinary students and clinicians who wish to specialize in a particular area and become board certified must participate in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). The American Association of Veterinary Clinicians sponsors the VIRMP to expedite the selection of interns and residents for participating veterinary schools, colleges, and institutions.

 

Congratulations to the following students, House Officers (our hospital interns and residents) and alumni who were successful in obtaining an internship through the VIRMP. They are listed alphabetically with their graduation year, hometown and the location of their internship or residency:

 

Anahita Aghili, DVM (LSU SVM 2015), of West Vancouver, Canada, will do a Small Animal Rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners Kentucky;

 

Carolina Azevedo, DVM (LSU SVM 2015), of Round Rock, Texas, will do a Small Animal Oncology Internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists;

 

Melissa Blazevich Class of 2016), of Hammond, La., will do a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Clinical Science at Texas A&M University;

 

Amanda Cathey (Class of 2016), of Mandeville, La., will do a Small Animal Rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners Florida;

 

Catherine Chambers (Class of 2016), of DeSoto, Ill.., will do a residency in the Comparative Medicine Program at the University of Missouri;

 

Ricardo Fernandez Romanelli, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will enter the Residency Program in Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine;

 

Hilary Householder (Class of 2016), of San Diego, Calif., will do a Small Animal Internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego;

 

Jessica Hudspeth (Class of 2016), of Alexandria, La., will do a Small Animal Specialty Practice Internship at VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center;

 

Sean Jones (Class of 2016), of Prairieville, La., will enter the Tulane University Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Program at the Tulane National Primate Research Center;

 

William Kuhs (Class of 2016), of Glencoe, Ill., will do a Mixed Animal Internship - Large/Small Medicine & Surgery at Alvarado Veterinary Clinic;

 

Alexis Livaccari, DVM (LSU SVM 2014), of New Orleans, La., will begin a Residency in Medical Oncology (Combined Master’s 4-year Program) at the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals;

 

Eric Martinez, DVM (LSU SVM 2012), of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, will do a Small Animal Surgical Internship at the Veterinary Surgical Center;

 

Erin McCauley (Class of 2016), of Durham, N.C., will do a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Oklahoma State University;

 

Megan Partyka (Class of 2016), of Pine Beach, N.J., will do a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Kansas State University;

 

Matthew Schexnayder (Class of 2016), of Lafayette, La., will do a Medicine and Surgery Internship at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital;

 

Dylan Shannon (Class of 2016), of Chicago, Ill., will do a Small Animal Internship at Michigan State University;

 

Krista Sirois (Class of 2016), of Baton Rouge, La., will do a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado;

 

Morgan Solomon (Class of 2016), of Ruston, La., will do a Rotating Internship at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery Clinic in Weatherford, Texas;

 

Alissa St. Blanc (Class of 2016), of Shreveport, La., will do a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University;

 

Victor Stora, DVM (LSU SVM 2015), of Staten Island, N.Y., will do a Residency in Pediatrics, Hereditary Diseases and Reproduction (Small Animals) at the University of Pennsylania School of Veterinary Medicine;

 

Maegan Watson (Class of 2016), of Luling, La., will do a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Auburn University;

 

Melissa White (Class of 2016), of Baton Rouge, La., will do a Laboratory Animal Residency at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine; and

 

Allison Wilson, DVM (LSU SVM 2014), of North Little Rock, Ark., will do a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Oklahoma State University.

 

The VIRMP follows principles established by the Physicians National Intern and Resident Matching Program and is structured on an established and functioning system. The prospective intern or resident chooses the school of his or her choice and, because of the marked competition for positions, the student is advised to apply to more than one institution. The student fulfills the application criteria of each institution and submits his/her applications directly to the institutions. The institution, through its selection process, ranks the applicants according to its criteria.

 

Some internships and residencies are available outside of the VIRMP. Congratulations to the following students, House Officers and alumni who received internships or residencies outside of the match program:

 

Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria, DVM (LSU SVM 2015), of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, will do an Equine Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine;  

 

Cameron Himel (Class of 2016), of Metairie, La., will do a Small Animal Rotating Internship at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in New Orleans, La.;

 

Katie McGuffin (Class of 2016), of Pensacola, Fla., will do a Rotating Internship at Weatherford Equine Medical and Breeding Center in Weatherford, Texas;

 

Erica Paxton (Class of 2016), of Bossier City, La., will do a Rotating Internship at Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in Weatherford, Texas;

 

John Trahan (Class of 2016), of New Orleans, La., will do a Rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency at VCA Animal Referral & Emergency Center of Arizona; and

 

Mallory Watson (Class of 2016), of Luling, La., will do a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Oklahoma State University.

 

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the United States and the only one in Louisiana. Our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, service and research.