LSU Veterinary School announces teaching and research awards


BATON ROUGE—On Friday, April 9, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine honored faculty with teaching and research awards. Also honored is the LSU SVM House Officer of the Year.

Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll

Eighty-one faculty members were named to the Dean’s Teacher Merit Honor Roll. Each year, the veterinary students are asked to evaluate their teachers, and the recipients of this award received the highest scores.

House Officer of the Year

An award is presented by the Year IV class to a resident or intern in recognition of outstanding commitment to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and to the Year IV students. The VTH House Officer of the Year Award went to Tifini Batts, DVM, small animal internal medicine resident.
Tifini Batts

Innovation in Teaching Award

The Innovation in Teaching Award is awarded to a faculty member for integration of an innovative teaching or assessment method, a new learning resource, or new course design to enhance student learning within the LSU SVM. The 2021 Innovation in Teaching Award went to Shannon Dehghanpir, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), DACVP, assistant professor of clinical pathology in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Dr. Dehghanpir was selected for her integration of the virtual microsope into the clinical pathology course, an innovation that allowed for effective learning of clinical pathology laboratory content in a virtual environment.  Importantly, this innovation allowed for timely, specific feedback in laboratory sessions, and allowed students flexibility in time and location when reviewing slides.

Shannon Dehghanpir



Zoetis Award for Research Excellence

Zoetis presents an honorarium and inscribed plaque to a faculty member who has excelled in veterinary medical research during the past two years. The 2021 recipient of the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence is Weishan Huang, Ph.D., assistant professor of immunology in the department of Pathobiological Sciences. Dr. Huang’s research primarily focuses on how the mammalian immune system find its balance between effector and regulatory immune responses. Dr. Huang joined the faculty in 2018.

Weishan Huang


Veterinary Medicine Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award

The Veterinary Medicine Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research and/ or scholarly activities. The 2021 award goes to Yogesh Saini, BVSc (DVM equivalent), Ph.D., associate professor in the department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. The focus of Dr. Saini’s research is to understand multiple aspects of lung biology and inflammatory lung diseases. Dr. Saini joined the faculty in 2014.

Yogesh Saini

School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Awards

The School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award is presented to the faculty member nominated by each class for the Zoetis Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award.



The class of 2021 nominated Renee Carter, DVM (LSU SVM 2000), DACVO, associate professor of ophthalmology in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Dr. Carter received her DVM from the LSU SVM in 2000 and was a member of the LSU SVM faculty from 2006 to 2012 before re-joining the faculty in 2016.



The class of 2022 nominated Heidi Banse, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, assistant professor of equine medicine in VCS. Dr. Banse joined the faculty in 2017.



The class of 2023 nominated David Baker, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, professor in Pathobiological Sciences and director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Baker joined the faculty in 1995.



The class of 2024 nominated Olalekan Ogundele, Ph.D., assistant professor in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Ogundele joined the faculty in 2017. 

Renee Carter

Heidi Banse

David Baker

Olalekan Ogundele



Zoetis Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award

The Zoetis Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award is bestowed to a faculty member to recognize outstanding teaching as judged by the responsiveness of his or her students. The 2021 recipient is Dr. David Baker. As part of this honor, Dr. Baker will carry the mace as part of the 2021 commencement ceremony and will emcee the 2022 Awards Banquet if we are able to host an in-person event.

David Baker

About the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

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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