LSU School of Veterinary Medicine alumni businesses named to LSU 100

LSU 100

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2016

BATON ROUGE—LSU announced the list of the Sixth Annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. The honoree reception and dinner were held at L’Auberge Casino Hotel on October 13, 2016 in Baton Rouge, La. Two of the businesses are owned by alumni of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine: Hickory Small Animal Hospital in Hammond, La., and South Park Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas.


Established in 2009, Hickory Small Animal Hospital is owned by Jason Farrell, DVM (LSU SVM 2002). 2016 marks the third year in a row that his practice has been named in the LSU 100. Hickory Small Animal Hospital has six veterinarians (including Dr. Farrell) and is a full-service veterinary hospital; it is the first and only American Animal Hospital Association-accredited hospital in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes. Services include internal medicine, vaccines, diagnostics, imaging, surgery, dentistry, boarding, bathing, grooming and pet photos.


Dr. Farrell graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998 and received his DVM from LSU in 2002. His goal is to make Hickory the standard of veterinary care for Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish by constantly improving the facility, equipment, staff and level of veterinary medicine.


In 2015, Dr. Farrell established a scholarship at the LSU SVM, the Hickory Small Animal Hospital Award, which bestows $1,500 to a third-year veterinary student who plans to practice in Louisiana, excels in small animal medicine, displays excellent leadership, serves with an entrepreneurial nature and shows an aptitude and interest in improving veterinary medicine. “I established the scholarship to help the students with rising student loan debt, recruit excellent talent for our hospitals and hopefully inspire other practices to sponsor scholarships,” said Dr. Farrell. When asked what advice he would give to young people entering the veterinary profession, Dr. Farrell replied, “Always strive to advance your knowledge. The more they learn, the more they will enjoy the job; and their patients will receive better care, clients will receive better service and they will advance the profession.”


Established in 2011, South Park Animal Hospital is owned by Brad Singleton, DVM (LSU SVM 2007). Located in Austin, Texas, South Park Animal Hospital has five veterinarians and services small and exotic animals. In 2016, Dr. Singleton also acquired two other practices in Austin. For students entering the profession, Dr. Singleton says, “Always remember what it is like to live in the real world. Clients may not always be able to afford a full work-up and the ‘Plan A’ treatment, and that is okay. Almost all of us have been in a humbling experience where we couldn't do ‘the best’ for one reason or another. It doesn't mean there is a lack of concern or love. Our job is to educate why the best plan is the best, but the real challenge and reward come when we find a plan that works for everyone, and still achieves the same goal.  Finding a path to success when faced with significant challenges is what makes our profession a noble and honorable one.”


The LSU 100 is a highly competitive program that identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. In addition to celebrating the success of the honorees, the LSU 100 provides a forum to pass lessons on to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs. Since the inaugural LSU 100 event in 2011, nine companies have made the list all six years. These exemplary organizations include Gladden Sales, LLC; Global Data Vault; Horizon Wealth Management; Immense Networks, LLC; J.P. Oil Company, LLC; Lipsey’s, LLC; SGS Petroleum Service Corporation; Sparkhound; and USA Technologies, Inc.


On behalf of Louisiana State University, LSU Executive Education hosts the event and serves as the primary point of contact for all operations and development. The 2016 LSU 100 partners and sponsors include, but are not limited to, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Gatorworks, Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU Foundation, and LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. For more information, visit, or call 225-578-5516


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.


Photo: Dr. Jason Farrell at the LSU 100 event with his wife, Michelle (left) and Dr. Brad Singleton at the LSU 100 event with his wife, Alisha (right).


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