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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2021

Students and alumni from Little Rock and Rogers, Ark.; Ruskin, Fla.; Baton Rouge, Belle Chasse, DeQuincy, Houma, Mamou, Mandeville, Metairie, Opelousas, Slidell, St. Amant, and St. Francisville, La.; Dearborn, Mich.; Altamont and Freeport, N.Y.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Dallas and Heath, Texas; and Mechanicsville, Va.

BATON ROUGE—Many 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. Some internships and residencies are available outside of the VIRMP.

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.

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

Elisabeth Alost (Class of 2021), from Baton Rouge, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at MedVet New Orleans;

Charles Brooks (Class of 2021), from St. Amant, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at MedVet New Orleans;

Karina Butler-Perez, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Ponce, Puerto Rico, will begin an internship at the Exotic Animal Hospital of Orlando;

Grace Cange (Class of 2021), from Opelousas, La., will begin a rotating equine internship at BW Furlong and Associates in Old Wick, N.J.;

Jenna Collins, DVM (LSU SVM 2019), from Houma, La., will begin a small animal residency – emergency critical care medicine at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine;

Nicholas Fleissner, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Dearborn, Mich., will begin an anesthesia and pain management residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine; 

Alexandra Francis (Class of 2021), from Baton Rouge, La., will begin an equine internship at Weatherford Equine in Weatherford, Texas;

Michael Hitt, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Altamont, N.Y., will begin a small animal surgical internship at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Hospitals;

Lyndsey Lynn (Class of 2021), from Dallas, Texas, will begin a small animal rotating internship at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center in Annandale, Va.;

Emily Morgan (Class of 2021), from Ruskin, Fla., will begin a small animal medicine rotating internship at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; 

Amber Moses, DVM (LSU SVM 2019), from Metairie, La., will begin an oncology specialty internship at the LSU SVM;

Jillian Myers (Class of 2021), from Mechanicsville, Va., will begin a small animal rotating internship at VCA SouthPaws in Fairfax, Va.; 

Trey Neyland (Class of 2021), from DeQuincy, La., will begin a food animal internship at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine;

Marlie Nightengale (Class of 2021), from Heath, Texas, will begin a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; 

Rebecca Parsiola (Class of 2021), from Belle Chasse, La., will begin a small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals; 

Jacqueline Post (Class of 2021), from Little Rock, Ark., will begin a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists; 

Tori Retif (Class of 2021), from Slidell, La., will begin an equine internship at Piedmont Equine Hospital in The Plains, Va.;

Zac Reyna, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Little Rock, Ark., will be doing a small animal surgical internship at MedVet New Orleans;

Nadia Richmond, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Baton Rouge, La., will begin a clinical pathology residency at the LSU SVM;

Rebecca Schuber (Class of 2021), from Mandeville, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas in Cary, N.C.;

Jessica Seifert, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Freeport, N.Y., will begin an internal medicine specialty internship at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine;

Aimee Soileau (Class of 2021), from Mamou, La., will begin a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University; 

Kathryn Paige Spivey, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Murfreesboro, Tenn., will begin a small animal surgery internship at the LSU SVM; 

Morgan Steiner (Class of 2021), from Rogers, Ark., will begin an equine internship at Weatherford Equine Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas.

Brandon Thibodaux (Class of 2021), from Houma, La., will begin a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Olivia Thomas (Class of 2021), from St. Francisville, La., will begin a small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital; 

Laurel Upton, DVM (LSU SVM 2020), from Mandeville, La., will begin a medical oncology internship at BluePearl in Franklin, Tenn.; and

Angela Yoon (Class of 2021), from Slidell, La., will begin a small animal clinical sciences internship at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 

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