LVMA’s support of the LSU Veterinary School makes major impact on students’ education each year

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association contributes each year to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for scholarships, the Student Awards and Honors Banquet, and coating ceremonies that mark rites of passage along students’ path to becoming veterinarians. The LVMA is with our students as they start their veterinary medical journey and remains with them throughout their careers.

This year, the LVMA’s contribution totals $30,000, which includes Outstanding Student Scholarship Awards for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year students, among other items sponsored. 

“Anything we can do to support future veterinarians, we will do,” said Jesse Brandon, DVM, president of the LVMA, whose mission is to advance veterinary medicine and advocate for the association's members.

The LVMA’s annual support for scholarships continues to grow, with its contribution of annual scholarship dollars plus additional funds that go to an endowed scholarship fund. Last year’s LVMA total contributions were $25,000.

At the LSU SVM, the LVMA sponsors both the Blue Coat and White Coat Ceremonies. The White Coat Ceremony marks students’ transition from the classroom to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where they start seeing patients in a clinical setting. The White Coat Ceremony, where students receive their white laboratory coat and get acknowledged by mentors, was first created for medical students in 1993. The ceremony made its way into veterinary medical schools soon thereafter. The LSU SVM put on one of the first in veterinary medicine, and the LVMA, in addition to contributing funds, has a speaker (often the president) address students about the importance of the profession. 

The Blue Coat Ceremony bestows incoming veterinarians with a blue lab coat symbolizing their entrance into veterinary school, and students recite the professional oath. This ceremony caps off students’ first-year orientation, and an LVMA representative addresses students. 

“The LVMA has been our most consistent supporter for the Student Awards and Honors Banquet and coating ceremonies from the beginning. We knew we could put on these events because we could count on the LVMA’s support 100 percent. It’s huge. We may not have been able to do these things without LVMA’s support,” said Joseph Taboada, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of small animal internal medicine at the LSU SVM. He started at the LSU SVM in 1988 and has seen the LVMA’s support grow over the years.

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.


Sandra Sarr

Communications Coordinator

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine