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MAY-JUN 2016

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36 r e a d u s o n l i n e a t w w w . c i t y s o c i a l . c o m "I've wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 5 years old," says almost every veterinary student I've ever met. Veterinary medicine is truly a calling and not just a career, and 40 years ago, that 5 year old child was most likely a boy. In 1973, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's first class was composed of 36 students; 30 of them were male, and six were female. Fast forward to 2016, and the first-year class admit- ted 89 students, 70 of whom are female. The LSU SVM has had more female than male students each year since the Class of 1994 was admitted in August 1990. In its history, the LSU SVM has issued 2,280 DVM (doctor By Ginger Guttner a Jewel in the lsu crown The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine of veterinary medicine) degrees, and 69 percent (1,964) of those have been awarded to women. The number of applicants shows the same trend, which holds true for the other veterinary schools in the U.S. Another surprise for people unfamiliar with veterinary medicine is how many of the specialties, equipment and procedures used in human medicine are also seen in veterinary medicine. For example, the LSU SVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital has veterinary specialists in cardiology, dermatology, anesthesiology, surgery, oncology, internal medicine, integrative (holistic) medicine, pathology and diagnostic imaging. The hospital offers both chemotherapy and radiation oncology for cancer patients, and the diagnostic imaging service offers MRI, CT, ultra- sound and bone scans. The hospital is also able to care for a variety of species, with spe- cialists trained to provide vet- erinary care for exotic pets, wildlife, horses and farm ani- mals. With the most board- certified specialists under one roof in Louisiana, consulta- tions between specialists can be done quickly and easily. The hospital is also open 24/7, 365 days a year to provide care for your pets at any time of the day or night. One of the best ways to learn about veterinary medicine and the various special- ties available, as well as biomedical research conducted at the LSU SVM, is to attend the annual vet school Open House. Held each year in either January or February, this free event includes a walking tour of the vet school and more than 50 exhibits. Visitors can speak with veterinary students, faculty and staff and see exhibits on animal rescue groups, wildlife, exotic pets, anatomy, farm animals, horses, therapy animals, and more. There are parades of breeds for both dogs and horses, as well as demonstrations by the Baton Rouge K-9 Police Unit, agility dogs and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. As the only veterinary school in Louisiana and one of only 30 in the U.S., the LSU SVM is a jewel in the LSU crown and is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. The petting zoo is one of the most popular attractions at the vet school Open House. Visitors learn about diagnostic imaging at the annual vet school Open House. Radiographs showed the skeletons of various animals, as well as some of the more interesting items eaten by animals that had to be removed surgically. A young visitor learns about the importance of scientific research at the LSU SVM Open House. Two young Open House visitors learn about ophthalmology by looking at the eyes of different animals.

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