LSU School of Veterinary Medicine hold annual awards, honors banquet
POSTED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 2:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — On April 27, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine hosted the 38th annual Awards and Honors Banquet at the LSU Union. The banquet was sponsored in part by Nestlé Purina Pet Care, Novartis Animal Health, and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA).
David G. Baker, DVM, MS, PhD, MPA, DACLAM, professor of laboratory animal medicine, served as Master of Ceremonies. Dean Peter F. Haynes welcomed the guests.
Over $220,800 was distributed to students in the form of awards and scholarships. In addition, some students received memberships to professional organizations, journal subscriptions, and veterinary medicine manuals and supplies. Faculty and staff awards were bestowed at the beginning of the evening.
The School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Service Award was presented to Kirk Ryan, DVM, DACVIM, assistant professor of veterinary medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. An honorarium and inscribed plaque are presented to a faculty member who, in the opinion of his or her fellow faculty, has made significant contributions to the service aspects of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
The School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Award is presented to the faculty member nominated by each class for the Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award. The class of 2015 nominated Shireen Abdelgawad Hafez, instructor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. The Class of 2014 nominated Mark J. Acierno, DVM, MBA, DACVIM, associate professor of companion animal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; the Classes of 2013 and 2012 nominated Kirk Ryan, DVM, DACVIM, assistant professor of veterinary medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
Dr. Acierno received the Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award. This award is bestowed to a faculty member to recognize outstanding teaching as judged by the responsiveness of his or her students. As part of this honor, Dr. Acierno will be the mace bearer at the LSU SVM’s 2012 commencement.
The evening’s awards were capped off with the presentation of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and LVMA Outstanding Student Awards. The AVMF granted the Jack R. Redman and Elizabeth G. Redman Senior Award to two top graduating veterinary students from Arkansas. The award is based on academic performance and leadership potential. This year’s recipients are Alexander Bradford (Class of 2012) and Gale Raymond (Class of 2013). The LVMA bestowed awards to three students on the basis of scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and professional attitude and acumen. This year’s recipients are Anna Ozio (Class of 2012), Brandy Duhon (Class of 2013), and Elise Madara (Class of 2014).