LSU SVM Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2018


 Dr. Arceneaux at award ceremonyBATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year is Kenneth Arceneaux, DVM (LSU 1993), DACVIM. Dr. Arceneaux was recognized at the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) Alumni and Friends Reception hosted as part of the LVMA’s Winter Meeting in New Orleans on January 27, 2018.


The Distinguished Alumnus Award was established to recognize LSU SVM alumni for outstanding professional accomplishments, personal achievements, and contributions to the community through public service.


Dr. Arceneaux received his BS in 1983 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, known then as the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and completed his DVM from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Upon graduation, Dr. Arceneaux was an intern at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Mass. From 1996-1998, he completed his residency at the LSU SVM, and then served as a clinical instructor until 1999. In 1998, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


In 1999, Dr. Arceneaux was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center in Mandeville, La., and remained there for 13 years. Since 2012, Dr. Arceneaux has been working at the MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets located in Mandeville. In May 2018, he will celebrate 25 years in the veterinary profession.


“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the LSU Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2017 and was so humbled when I read the names of previous recipients of this prestigious award,” said Dr. Arceneaux. “I have to admit, when I received the phone call from Dean Joel Baines, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I was moved to tears. To be recognized for my contributions to veterinary medicine in Louisiana by LSU SVM, where I received my veterinary degree and my training as a small animal veterinary internist, makes this award so very special.”


Dr. Arceneaux is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Acadiana Area Veterinary Association. He is a musician, and his hobbies include playing the piano, gardening, farming, fishing, and raising miniature cattle. Dr. Arceneaux lives in Covington, La., and has a Labrador Retriever named Boogie, along with two cats, Pete and Gabriel.


Previous award recipients include:

Dr. Robert Lewis (LSU SVM 1977), Elgin, Texas, 1990 recipient;

Drs. Larry McCaskill (LSU SVM 1981), Oscar, La., Mark Mikelonis (LSU SVM 1988), Covington, La., and Jim Floyd (LSU SVM 1987), Pittsboro, N.C., 1991 recipients;

Dr. Allen J. Roussel (LSU SVM 1977), College Station, Texas, 1992 recipient;

Dr. Mike Strain (LSU SVM 1983), Covington, La., 2003 recipient;

Dr. Alfred Stevens (LSU SVM 1979), Baton Rouge, La., 2004 recipient;

Dr. Gregory Rich (LSU SVM 1985), Kenner, La., 2005 recipient;

Dr. Mary Boudreaux (LSU SVM 1979), Auburn, Ala., 2006 recipient;

Dr. Robert D. Simmons (LSU SVM 1977), Martinsvlle, N.J., 2007 recipient;

Dr. Debra Sellon (LSU SVM 1983), Pullman, Wash., posthumously, Dr. Mary Louise Martin (LSU SVM 1982), 2008 recipients;

Dr. William James (LSU SVM 1980), Dale City, Va., 2009 recipient;

Dr. Sherril Green (LSU SVM 1985), Palo Alto, Calif., and Dr. J. Trenton McClure (LSU SVM 1989), Charlottetown, Canada, 2010 recipients;

Dr. Rick Alleman (LSU SVM 1980), Alachua, Fla., 2011 recipient;

Dr. Thomas Tully (LSU SVM 1986), Baton Rouge, La., 2012 recipient;

Dr. Carol Foil (LSU SVM 1978), Satsuma, Fla., 2013 recipient;

Dr. Egeenee Daniels (LSU SVM 1986), Fort Worth, Texas, 2015 recipient; and

Dr. John Dunn, (LSU SVM 1997 & 2003), Nashville, Tennessee, 2016 recipient.

*No award was given in 2014.


For more information about Dr. Arceaeaux or the Distinugished Alumnus award, please contact Julie Thomas, public relations coordinator, at the LSU SVM at


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.