Help name the LSU veterinary school’s newest resident raptor and support wildlife care

Mississippi kite perched on student's arm


BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is asking for your help to name its newest resident raptor, a Mississippi kite. There are six names from which you can choose: Melvin, Junior, Burreaux, Pip, Paulo, and Oscar. Each “vote” costs $1 via a Venmo donation to @WHL_Raptors. Voting closes on February 28. Your donation will help support the costs incurred in providing medical and supportive care for wildlife treated at the LSU SVM’s Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana.


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine treats wildlife with the goal of releasing the animals back into the wild. In some cases, the LSU SVM cannot release those animals because they would not be able to sustain themselves; in those cases, those animals live at the veterinary school as resident raptors. You can meet our resident raptors via in the Open House Playlist.

The LSU SVM's Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana currently accepts more than 1,000 wild mammals, birds, and reptiles annually, with a 15% increase in caseload anticipated each year. We do not charge a fee to the Good Samaritans who bring in these sick and injured animals; the Wildlife Hospital provides this medical care from funds donated to the Wildlife Hospital. To find out how you can support our mission, please contact Tracy Evans, senior director of development, at 225-578-9870 or You can give online at and select Wildlife Hospital.

Wildlife cases can be dropped off at the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Small Animal Clinic during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). We can accept wildlife cases between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., but no later than 10 p.m. We can also accept cases on weekends (prior to 10 p.m.).

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.

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Ginger Guttner, APR

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LSU School of Veterinary Medicine