LSU Veterinary School inducts new honor society members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 28, 2018
BATON ROUGE, LA—On February 28, twenty-eight people were inducted into the Tau Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. Phi Zeta is a national Veterinary Honor Society, the object of which is to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals. The Tau Chapter of Phi Zeta was installed on March 30, 1977, with Dr. C.W. Titkemeyer as Chapter President. Phi Zeta is the abbreviation of the Greek word “Philozoi,” which means “love of animals.”
Yogesh Saini, DVM, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and president of the Tau Chapter, presided over the induction ceremony.
For third-year veterinary students (Class of 2019), the top 10 percent of the class are selected for Phi Zeta induction. Those students (with their hometowns listed) were Ashley Elizabeth Allemand (Houma, La.), Carolyn Blank (New Orleans, La.), Carly Kristin Berggreen (Baton Rouge, La.), Mary Katherine Bollman (New Orleans, La.), Erica Ann Bourgeois (Baton Rouge, La.), Michelle Kathryn Bourgeois (Luling, La.), Keely Rene Broussard (Delcambre, La.), Sarah R. Camlic (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), and Laura Elizabeth Gee (Slidell, La.).
For fourth-year veterinary students (Class of 2018), the top 25 percent of the class are selected for Phi Zeta induction. Those students (with hometowns listed) were Hallie Melissa Anderson (Baton Rouge, La.), Kristen Leigh Armstrong (Baton Rouge, La.), Annie B. Bauman (Little Rock, Ark.), Kristen Elaine Ballard (Baton Rouge, La.), Kristine K. Frady (Prairieville, La.), Jessie K. Hargis (Fayetteville, Ark.), Jiaqui Li (Foshan, Guangdong, China), Matthew J. Martin (Asheville, N.C.), Corinne Margaret Plough (New Orleans, La.), Lauren R. Reiners (Crowley, La.), Amy L. Stanton (Cresco, Iowa), and Lauren E. Underwood (Lafayette, La.).
Graduate students and residents (with hometowns listed) inducted into Phi Zeta were Carlos Manuel Aguilar Miranda, DVM, graduate student in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences from Obregon, Sonora, Mexico; Laure Molitor, DVM, MS, graduate student in VCS from Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria, DVM (LSU SVM 2015), graduate student in VCS from Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
The post-doctoral fellow inducted into Phi Zeta was Kathirsan Selvam, DVM, MS, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences from Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India.
Faculty members inducted into Phi Zeta were Brandy Duhon, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), instructor of shelter medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (Indian Bayou, La.); and Sonika Patial, DVM, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Honorary member inducted into Phi Zeta was Konstantin G. Kousoulas, PhD, associate vice chancellor for LSU Research and Economic Development and professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences from Piraeuss and Athens, Greece.
Phi Zeta was originated in 1925 by a group of senior veterinary students in the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University. With the assistance of a group of faculty members, including the Dean of the College, Dr. Veranus A. Moore, the Society was formally organized, and Dean Moore was elected as the first president in 1929 at a meeting in Detroit, Michigan.
Tau Chapter of Phi Zeta inductees and members of the Phi Zeta board (back row from left to right) are Dr. Rhett Stout, Laura Gee, Carly Berggreen, Dr. Jonuel Cruz-Sanabria, Kristen Ballard, Dr. Brandy Duhon, Dr. Kathirsan Selvam, Dr. Fabio Del Piero, and Dr. Samithamby Jeyaseelan, and (front row from left to right) Keely Broussard, Ashley Allemand, Erica Bourgeois, Annie Bauman, Hallie Anderson, Sarah Camlic, Jiaqui Li, Michelle Bourgeois, Dr. Sonika Patial, and Dr. Yogesh Saini.
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.
Ginger Guttner, APR
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
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