LSU SVM Names New Hospital Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jayme Looper

Jayme Looper

Colin Mitchell

Colin Mitchell

BATON ROUGE, LA--Jayme Looper, DVM (LSU SVM 1997), DACVR and Colin Mitchell, BVMS, MS, DACVS have been named Director of Small Animal Services, and Director of Large Animal Services, respectively, effective July 1, 2020. 

Drs. Looper and Mitchell will be responsible for ensuring the hospital operates at the highest level of professionalism and continues to provide cutting-edge medical and surgical care for all patients; they will also oversee faculty, staff, house officers (residents and interns) and students in the hospital among many other responsibilities. 

Dr. Looper is Associate Professor of Veterinary Radiation Oncology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She received her veterinary degree from the LSU SVM and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Dr. Looper began working for the LSU SVM in 2016.

Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Equine Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  He received his veterinary degree from University of Edinburgh and his master's from University of Minnesota. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Mitchell began working for the LSU SVM in 2005.

“Drs. Looper and Mitchell are very thoughtful and successful SVM faculty members who understand the mission of the school.  Both are passionate about our teaching hospital and the relationships we have built with our clients and patients. They will be outstanding advocates for the VTH among our clients and referral veterinarians.” said Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean.

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Drs. Looper and Mitchell will succeed Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM as hospital director. Dr. Mark Mitchell began his tenure as director in 2016 and guided the hospital through an era of unprecedented growth and transformation amid the turmoil of natural disasters and health crises. Under Dr. Mitchell's leadership, the hospital navigated the Baton Rouge flood of 2016, numerous storms and hurricanes and, most recently, the threat of the SARS-CoV- 2 global pandemic. The hospital remained open throughout each crisis, serving clients and animals in need uninterrupted. Dr. Mitchell also oversaw several significant improvements to the hospital's operations, including the migration to digital medical records, the modernization of the hospital's financial and customer-service systems, the updating of the hospital's fee structure, and the expansion of clinical staff

"The positive change our Veterinary Teaching Hospital has experienced under Dr. Mark Mitchell's leadership is nothing short of remarkable," said Baines. "He has guided our hospital through an extensive modernization process and took us through some of the most demanding challenges imaginable. I am deeply appreciative of his tireless work to improve the hospital, his support of our faculty and staff, his mentorship of our future veterinarians, and his dedication to our clients and the animals we heal."

BATON ROUGE, LA--Jayme Looper, DVM (LSU SVM 1997), DACVR and Colin Mitchell, BVMS, MS, DACVS have been named Director of Small Animal Services, and Director of Large Animal Services, respectively, effective July 1, 2020. 

Drs. Looper and Mitchell will be responsible for ensuring the hospital operates at the highest level of professionalism and continues to provide cutting-edge medical and surgical care for all patients; they will also oversee faculty, staff, house officers (residents and interns) and students in the hospital among many other responsibilities. 

Dr. Looper is Associate Professor of Veterinary Radiation Oncology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She received her veterinary degree from the LSU SVM and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Dr. Looper began working for the LSU SVM in 2016.

Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Equine Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  He received his veterinary degree from University of Edinburgh and his master's from University of Minnesota. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Mitchell began working for the LSU SVM in 2005.

“Drs. Looper and Mitchell are very thoughtful and successful SVM faculty members who understand the mission of the school.  Both are passionate about our teaching hospital and the relationships we have built with our clients and patients. They will be outstanding advocates for the VTH among our clients and referral veterinarians.” said Joel Baines, VMD, PhD, dean.

Drs. Looper and Mitchell will succeed Mark Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM as hospital director. Dr. Mark Mitchell began his tenure as director in 2016 and guided the hospital through an era of unprecedented growth and transformation amid the turmoil of natural disasters and health crises. Under Dr. Mitchell's leadership, the hospital navigated the Baton Rouge flood of 2016, numerous storms and hurricanes and, most recently, the threat of the SARS-CoV- 2 global pandemic. The hospital remained open throughout each crisis, serving clients and animals in need uninterrupted. Dr. Mitchell also oversaw several significant improvements to the hospital's operations, including the migration to digital medical records, the modernization of the hospital's financial and customer-service systems, the updating of the hospital's fee structure, and the expansion of clinical staff

"The positive change our Veterinary Teaching Hospital has experienced under Dr. Mark Mitchell's leadership is nothing short of remarkable," said Baines. "He has guided our hospital through an extensive modernization process and took us through some of the most demanding challenges imaginable. I am deeply appreciative of his tireless work to improve the hospital, his support of our faculty and staff, his mentorship of our future veterinarians, and his dedication to our clients and the animals we heal."

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.

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