LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Names Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Britta Leise

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La.—Britta Leise, DVM (LSU SVM 2002), Ph.D., DACVS, associate professor of equine surgery, has been named associate dean for faculty affairs at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Leise will be responsible for matters that directly affect the LSU SVM faculty, including promotions and tenure, professional development, mentoring, retention and recruiting, academic policies, and faculty-related HR issues, as well as administering an online system that allows faculty to keep track of their academic and professional activities.

“Dr. Leise has a great appreciation for the value that faculty provide to the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the challenges that they face,” said Joel Baines, VMD, Ph.D., dean. “I look forward to working with her in the multiple roles as associate dean for faculty affairs, including those of faculty mentor, advisor, and advocate.”

Dr. Leise received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in animal sciences and from there went to LSU where she received a Master’s degree in equine reproductive endocrinology. In 2002, she graduated from the LSU SVM. She then completed an internship at the University of Georgia in large animal surgery and medicine. 

Dr. Leise returned to Baton Rouge where she completed a residency in equine surgery at the LSU SVM and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. She was a clinical instructor in equine emergency and critical care at The Ohio State University from 2007 until 2010, where she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine with a focus on the role of inflammation and the epithelial cell in equine laminitis. From there Dr. Leise became faculty at Colorado State University from 2011-2015 as an assistant professor of equine surgery and lameness. She returned to LSU in October 2015 as an assistant professor of equine surgery. Her research interest includes equine laminitis, wound healing, and inflammatory conditions in the horse.

“I am excited to take on the role of associate dean for faculty affairs and will work to support the excellent faculty that we have here at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Leise. “I know from personal experience how important the LSU SVM faculty are to the success of future veterinarians and research scientists. I look forward to working with the faculty in all three departments, and I hope to have a positive effect on recruitment, promotion, and overall success and wellness of the faculty at the LSU SVM. My door (or Zoom room) will be open anytime for faculty in need of assistance.”

About the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 32 AVMA-credited 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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