Former Interns and Residents 

Outcome of LSU Zoological Medicine Interns and Residents with direct influence from BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

 

Interns

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, ABVP (Avian), ABVP (Small Exotic Mammal)

 Went on to be first Zoological Medicine Resident at the LSU – SVM, Current position: Associate Professor Zoological Medicine – Service Chief Zoological Medicine Service Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Javier Nevarez, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACZM, ECZM (Herpetology)

After internship completed PhD at the LSU – SVM, Current position: Associate Professor Zoological Medicine – LSU – SVM; Hospital Director Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana

 

Shannon Riggs, DVM

Went on to complete Residency in Zoological Medicine at the University of California Davis, Current position: full time veterinarian Pacific Wildlife Center, Morro Bay, California

 

Debra Carboni, DVM

Following LSU – another Zoological Medicine internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Current position: Associate veterinarian: private clinical practice, Calgary, Canada

 

Trevor Zachariah, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM

Completed Master of Science degree at LSU – SVM after internship then completed Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Head Veterinarian Brevard County Zoo, Florida

 

Debbie Myers, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

Completed Zoological Medicine residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Associate Veterinarian Pittsburg Zoo, Pennsylvania

 

Megan Kirchgessner, DVM

After internship went to the New England Wildlife Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Current position: PhD program in Wildlife Biology at the Virginia Tech University

 

Shannon Shaw, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

After internship went on to complete Zoological Medicine Residency at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Current Position: Associate Veterinarian San Antonio Zoo

 

Gwen Jankowski, DVM

Went on to complete Zoological Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Current position: Associate Veterinarian Denver Zoo

 

Brittany Heggem, DVM

Current Critical Care Resident at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Christa Jones, DVM, MS

After internship received Fulbright Scholarship to study wildlife in Norway and Scandinavia, Current position: PhD program in wildlife medicine in Australia

 

Jimmy Johnson, DVM

Current Zoological Medicine Resident at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Max Rinaldi, DVM

Currently Associate Veterinarian, Critical Care and Exotic Animal Medicine Practice in Oregon

 

Residents

(completed out rotations with Dr. Gordon Pirie at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo)

 

Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, ABVP (Avian), ABVP (Small Exotic Mammal)

See internship

 

Orlando Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Avian)

Veterinarian/owner of Small/Exotic Animal Hospital, Orlando, Florida

 

David Guzman, LV, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian)

Instructor Zoological Medicine, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Hugues Beaufrere, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECZM (Avian), ABVP (Avian), ACZM

Associate Professor Zoological Medicine, Service Chief Zoological Medicine Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

 

Joao Brandao, DVM, MS

Associate Professor Zoological Medicine, Service Chief Zoological Medicine, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stillwater, Oklahoma