LSU Veterinary School kicks off 40th anniversary celebrations

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - On Jan. 12, more than 100 people helped the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine kick off its 40th anniversary celebrations.

In 1973, the LSU SVM accepted its first class of veterinary students. For more than 40 years, we have been dedicated to saving lives, finding cures, and changing lives through outstanding clinical and community service, groundbreaking research, and educational excellence.

The Jan. 12 event also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the LSU SVM's Cancer Treatment Unit, which opened in 2003.

Special guests included Dr. William Jenkins, interim president and chancellor (and former LSU SVM dean), and Dr. Mike Strain (LSU SVM 1983), commissioner for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry.

Coinciding with our 40th anniversary is our ABC Challenge, a fundraising plan to augment three key programs, such as advancing cures for cancer, biomedical and infectious disease research and Companion Animal Clinic enhancements.

The financial goal of this challenge is to raise $5 million for these three important missions of the LSU SVM.

To learn more or to make a donation, please contact Laura Lanier, director of development, at llanier@lsu.edu or 225-578-9826 or Betty Karlsson, executive director of advancement, at bkarllson@lsu.edu or 225-578-9870.