Honor Society Inducts New Members



Phi ZetaBATON ROUGE, LA—On April 6, thirty-four 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.”


Cherie Pucheu-Haston, DVM (LSU SVM 1992), PhD, DACVD, associate professor of veterinary dermatology and president of the Tau Chapter, presided over the induction ceremony. Dean Joel D. Baines, VMD, PhD, welcomed the guests. Jane Cassidy, PhD, senior vice provost for Human Resources and Academic Space Management, was in attendance as a special guest.


“We can’t overemphasize how important research is to the world and to the profession,” said Dean Joel Baines, VMD, PhD. “Phi Zeta is an integral part of the School, because it commemorates and honors scholarship and research, which are the elements that ultimately drive the profession forward. The Tau Chapter show that we value research and scholarship to our students, faculty and the general public. I could not be more proud of the new inductees.”


For third-year veterinary students (Class of 2018), the top 10 percent of the class are selected for Phi Zeta induction. Those students were Kelsey Bailey (Shreveport, La.), Courtney Beary (French Settlement, La.), Sarah Cook (Alexandria, La.), Sheley Edwards (Binghamton, N.Y.), Christian Folk (Baton Rouge, La.), Holly Lamb (Monroe, La.), Bradley Lytle (New Orleans, La.), Arielle Pfeffer (Lafayette, La.) and Morgan Rash (Biloxi, Miss.).


For fourth-year veterinary students (Class of 2017), the top 25 percent of the class are selected for Phi Zeta induction. Those students were Fazaana Ali (Bronx, N.Y.), Lyndi Ashley (Waxahachie, Texas), Grady Bailin (Little Rock, Ark.), Caroline Burglass (Metairie, La.), Aubren Cabe (Greenwood, Ark.), Alexandra Canfield (Fayetteville, Ark.), Christina Exnicios (Metairie, La.), Shelby Moore (Baton Rouge, La.), Elena Pavlova (New Orleans, La.), Kali Slavik (Austin, Texas), Caitlin Thorn (West Plains, Mo.), Mandy Walkenhorst (New Orleans, La.) and Carter Ward (Alexandria, La.).


Graduate students and residents inducted into Phi Zeta were Carmen Arsuaga-Zorrilla, DVM, laboratory animal medicine resident (San Juan, Puerto Rico); Gabriel Davolli, DVM, MSc, theriogenology resident (Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil); Christine Higbie, DVM, zoological medicine resident (West Islip, N.Y.); Aubrey L. Hirsch, DVM, small animal internal medicine resident (Topeka, Kan.); Clarisa Krueger, DVM, MS, equine surgery resident; Angie Lagos Carvajal, MVZ, MSc, anesthesiology resident (Bogotá, Colombia); Raphael Malbrue, DVM, laboratory animal medicine resident (Baton Rouge, La.); Sean Perry, DVM, VCS graduate student (Irvine, Calif.) and Cole Sandow, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), equine surgery resident (Baton Rouge, La.).


Faculty members inducted into Phi Zeta were Chiara de Caro Carella, DVM, MS, assistant professor of anesthesiology (Palermo, Italy) and Elizabeth Coffman, DVM, MS, DACT, instructor of theriogenology.


Honorary member inducted into Phi Zeta was Rhonda Cardin, PhD, associate dean of research for the LSU SVM.


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.



Front row: Aubren Cabe, Carmen Arsuaga, Angie Lagos, Holly Lamb, Morgan Rash, Elena Pavlova, Rhonda Cardin and Cherie Pucheu-Haston

Back row: Bradley Lytle, Chiara de Caro Carella de Caro, Raphael Malbrue, Aubrey Hirsch, Gabriel Davolli, Elizabeth Coffman, Christian Folk, Kali Slavik