LSU Veterinary School announces professorships

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2020

Endowed Professorships enhance research and teaching

Cherie Pucheu-Haston: Blanche Donaldson Professorship

The LSU SVM is pleased to announce that Cherie Pucheu-Haston, DVM (LSU SVM 1992), PhD, DACVD, associate professor of veterinary dermatology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is the recipient of the Blanche Donaldson Professorship. Dr. Pucheu received her DVM from the LSU SVM in 1992. She received her residency training in veterinary dermatology at North Carolina State University from 1993-1995. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1995. Dr. Pucheu worked as a specialist in private practice for seven years, then returned to NCSU in 2002 to pursue advanced graduate training. She received her PhD from NCSU in 2006. She joined the faculty of the LSU SVM in 2011.

Mark Mitchell: Mary Louise Martin Professorship

Mark Mitchell, DVM, PhD (LSU SVM 2001), DECZM, professor of zoological medicine in VCS and director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is the recipient of the Mary Louise Martin Professorship, which was founded in memory of Dr. Mary Louise Martin (LSU SVM 1982). Dr. Martin moved to Africa in 1995 and lost her life in the terrorist bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi on August 7, 1998. Dr. Mitchell received his BS in 1990, his DVM in 1992, and his MS in 1996, all from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. He received his PhD from the LSU SVM in 2001. Dr. Mitchell is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. He rejoined our faculty in June 2016 after having previously served on the LSU SVM faculty from 1996 through 2007.

Samithamby Jeyaseelan: Dr. William L. Jenkins Professorship in Veterinary Medicine

Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in Department of Pathobiological Sciences, is the Dr. William L. Jenkins Professorship in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jeyaseelan received his DVM from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka in 1992 and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2001. He joined the faculty of the LSU SVM in 2007. William L. Jenkins, BVSc, M.Med.Vet, PhD, Professor Emeritus of veterinary physiology, pharmacology and toxicology and LSU President Emeritus, served LSU in many roles, including professor, LSU SVM Dean, Provost, Chancellor and President Emeritus for the LSU System. Dr. Jenkins served as the dean of the LSU SVM from 1968 to 1993.

Thomas Tully: Milton and Paula Shepherd Professorship

In 2017, Thomas Tully, DVM (LSU 1986), MS (LSU 1991), DABVP (Avian), DECZM (Avian), professor of Zoological Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, received the Milton and Paula Shepherd Professorship, which was established in 1996 and is the veterinary school’s first endowed professorship. Dr. Tully received his BS in 1982, DVM in 1986 and MS in 1991, all from LSU. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian), as well as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian). He is a professor of zoological medicine at the LSU SVM and clinician in the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In 2012, he was recognized as the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, an honor recognizing alumni of the LSU SVM for outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Joseph Francis: Everett D. Besch Professorship in Veterinary Medicine

In 2015, Joseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, was awarded the Everett D. Besch Professorship in Veterinary Medicine, which was established in honor of the School’s founding dean who served in that role from 1968 through 1988. Dr. Francis began working for LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and is a Professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Francis received his BVSc in 1990 and MVSc in 1994, both from Madras Veterinary College in India. He received his PhD from Kansas State University in 1999.

Endowed professorships are critical to enhance research at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Each professorship is awarded for five years and recipients are selected on the basis of a distinguished and sustained record in the areas of teaching, research, and public and professional service. The award is used to support academic activities of the professorship position, including instruction and research, equipment and materials, faculty improvement and travel.

With over 100 world-class professors, many considered among the finest in their fields, we are the largest biomedical research facility on LSU’s flagship campus. The research discoveries made here have a direct, profound impact on the lives of animals and people in Louisiana and around the globe. To advance critical research efforts and supply the highest caliber teaching professionals for our students, we must recruit and retain a diverse roster of exceptional faculty. At this time, only six endowed full professorships are available in the LSU SVM. We seek to double this number, increasing our competitiveness while creating opportunities to recognize faculty members who exemplify excellence and contribute to the greater good.

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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