LSU School of Veterinary Medicine conferred four advanced degrees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 20176 

 Advanced Degrees


BATON ROUGE, LA —The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) conferred four graduate degrees at its Diploma Distribution Ceremony for the Graduate Academic Studies Program on December 16, 2016.


Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean for Research and Advanced Studies, presided over the ceremony and conferred the degrees on behalf of the LSU Graduate School. Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean, greeted the audience and graduates, while Susan Eades, DVM (LSU SVM 1982), PhD, DACVIM, professor of equine medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, distributed diplomas. Graduates David Beehan and Brad Goupil were unable to attend the ceremony.


David Paul Beehan, MVB, MS, DipACT (Athgarvan, Newbridge, Ireland), received his PhD from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Dr. Beehan’s dissertation was entitled, “The Investigation of Biofilm Formation by Equine Reproductive Tract Escherichia Coli,” and his major advisor was Sara Lyle, DVM, PhD, DACT, adjunct assistant professor in VCS. Since completing his dissertation, Dr. Beehan has returned to Ireland, where he has taken a position as a veterinarian with the Irish Department of Agriculture. He currently works at the central office in Dublin for a section responsible for infectious disease.


Brad Goupil, DVM, MS (Simsbury, Conn.), received his PhD from the Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Dr. Goupil’s dissertation was entitled, “Chikungunya virus infection-associated bone and joint disease,” and his major advisor was Chris Mores, SM, ScD, professor in PBS. Since completing his dissertation, Dr. Goupil has been working as an Anatomic Pathologist at Covance, a global contract research organization, in Greenfield, Ind.


Nicole Marie Hanson, BA, BS, Certificate in Prosthetics (Grafton, Wis.), received her PhD from VCS. Dr. Hanson’s dissertation was entitled, “Evaluation and Biomechanical Analysis of Equine prosthetics,” and her major advisor was Laura Riggs, DVM, PhD, DACVS, associate professor of equine surgery VCS. Upon graduation, Dr. Hanson plans to continue operating her business, Bayou Time Babysitting and Nannies, and hopes to start a charitable foundation and educate the community about veterinary prosthetics.


Brent Allison Damico Stanfield, BS (Pinehurst, N.C.), received his PhD from PBS. Dr. Stanfield’s dissertation was entitled, “Immunopathogenisis of herpes simplex viruses: Design and testing of novel vaccines to prevent herpes viral infections,” and his major advisor was Konstantin “Gus” Kousoulas, PhD, associate vice chancellor for LSU Research and Economic Development and professor in PBS. Upon graduation, Dr. Stanfield plans to move with his wife to Durham, North Carolina, where he will begin a post-doctoral research opportunity at the Duke Medical School Department of Molecular Genomics and Microbiology.


We are also recognizing Shiliang Anthony Liu, MS (LSU SVM 2012), (Qingdao, China), for receiving his PhD from PBS in the fall of 2015. Dr. Liu is being recognized this year since he was unable to attend the 2015 Advanced Degrees Ceremony. Dr. Liu’s dissertation was entitled, “Development and characterization of a live-attenuated vaccine to combat Equine Herpesvirus type-1 infection,” and his major advisor was Dr. Kousoulas. Since graduating last year, Dr. Liu has been working in the LSU Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL) as a research associate.


Photo: Attending the Diploma Distribution Ceremony are (from left) Dr. Rhonda Cardin, Dr. Shiliang Anothony Liu, Dr. Brent Stanfield, Dr. Nicole Hanson, Dr. Konstantin “Gus” Kousoulas and Dean Joel Baines.


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.