LSU professor and technician honored at LVMA annual meeting

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2021

John Mauterer with Kirk Ryan

Dr. John Mauterer (LSU SVM 1987), District 6 Representative on the LVMA Board of Directors with Dr. Kirk Ryan, professor of small animal internal medicine and LVMA Veterinarian of the Year.

Clare Scully with Danielle Vallotton

Dr. Clare Scully, associate professor of food animal health maintenance, with Danielle Vallotton, veterinary technician and LVMA Support Person of the Year.

BATON ROUGE―A professor and a veterinary technician with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine were honored at the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association annual conference in Baton Rouge, La., on May 1, 2021. Kirk Ryan, DVM, DACVIM, professor of small animal internal medicine, received the 2020 Dr. Ralph C. Cooper Award Veterinarian of the Year, and Danielle Vallotton, food animal veterinary technician, received the 2020 Bland O’Connor Support Person of the Year.  

Dr. Kirk Ryan named Veterinarian of the Year

The Veterinarian of the Year Award is given annually to the person who is recognized by his or her colleagues as having given the most of themselves in time, energy, and ideas to the veterinary profession in the state of Louisiana

Dr. Ryan has had a positive influence in promoting animal health and welfare in the community as well as within the veterinary profession. He is of good character and well respected by colleagues. Dr. Ryan has shown an outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine, through his work and actions as a doctor, as a professor and through his continued service to the veterinary community. 

Dr. Ryan received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1996. Dr. Ryan worked in small animal practice for two years (in Alaska and southern Colorado). He completed his small animal internal medicine residency at the LSU SVM in 2001 and was an LSU SVM instructor from 2001-2002. Dr. Ryan attained board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2002 and worked as a specialist in private practice in Mandeville, La., before joining the faculty again in 2006.

Danielle Vallotton named Support Person of the Year

The Support Person of the Year Award is given to an individual who actively promotes animal health and welfare on the job, is of service to the profession, and who positively impacts our community.

During her twenty-plus years at the LSU SVM, Vallotton has helped create well-trained veterinarians and veterinary technicians that leave LSU performing the highest standard of care. She has impacted so many lives with her vast technical knowledge, her compassion for the well-being of animals, and her tireless ability to go above and beyond to be of service. During her tenure at the LSU SVM, Vallotton has positively influenced the career paths of hundreds of veterinarians, students, technicians, interns, and residents. “She is the heart of our service and our profession and there is no one more deserving of this award,” said Clare Scully, DVM, DACT, assistant professor of food animal health management.

Vallotton received her associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Northwestern State University and joined the LSU SVM in 1998.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Vallotton. “It means the world to me that my coworkers took the time to even consider me for the nomination. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

About the LSU SVM

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 32 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.


Ginger Guttner, APR 

Communications Manager 

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine