Located in the School of Veterinary Medicine, the graduate academic and research program of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences offers a dynamic environment to prepare nationally competitive veterinary clinicians in research methodology for placement in advanced clinical, academic, and industrial research positions. Programs are designed to enhance skills in clinical research of direct application to animal and human disease. This area of emphasis is supported by departmental clinical expertise in anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, companion animal soft tissue surgery, basic and applied orthopedic surgery, equine medicine and surgery, food animal medicine and surgery, diagnostic imaging, oncology, ophthalmology, pharmacology, zoo and exotic animal medicine, and theriogenology. The program draws on expertise in anatomy, bioengineering, biomechanics, biotechnology of infectious diseases, cell and molecular biology, bacteriology, environmental health science, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and virology through the School of Veterinary Medicine umbrella program in graduate studies and in collaborative studies with other units on campus. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research is emphasized, and because of the wide array of immediate expertise, graduate programs are flexible to meet students’ needs.
|Dale L Paccamonti, Head
|Susan Eades, Graduate Advisor
Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.
Applicants must have a DVM (or equivalent) degree or a bachelor’s degree. Applicants for combined residency/MS programs must apply through the Veterinary Intern & Residency Matching Program. Candidates for the combined residency/MS programs must have a DVM or equivalent degree; must have completed a rotating internship or equivalent training; and must submit a letter of intent, transcript of grades from veterinary school, and three letters of reference in accordance with the guidelines listed on the website. To qualify for the combined residency/MS program, applicants must satisfy all criteria for residency training and Graduate School admission.
Applications for the PhD are accepted at any time but are evaluated only after all supporting documents and credentials (official transcripts, official GRE scores, Graduate School application for admission, application fee) have been received. Application should be initiated at least six months prior to anticipated entry. One of the graduate faculty members of the department must have accepted you as a student in his/her laboratory before admission will be considered. Applications for stipend support must be received before November of the preceding year.
Unconditional admission to the Graduate School for MS and PhD programs requires that applicants score at least 300 on the GRE (verbal plus quantitative scores) and have an overall grade point average in veterinary or undergraduate school of at least 3.00 on an “A” = 4.0 scale. Foreign nationals from countries where English is not the first language must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the Internet-based test, have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, or have a PTE score of at least 59 and meet standards of proficiency in English as required by the Graduate School.
The salary for combined residency/MS programs is listed on the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program website. Stipends, fellowships, and assistantships from various sources are available on a competitive basis for doctoral students.
The department supports a well-equipped veterinary referral hospital with specialty services in anesthesia; bird, zoo and exotic animal medicine; companion animal medicine; cardiology; companion animal soft tissue and orthopedic surgery; dermatology; equine medicine; equine surgery; food animal medicine; oncology; ophthalmology; diagnostic imaging; and theriogenology. The department has laboratories equipped for physiological research, cell biology, membrane physiology, PCR technology, gene expression, kinesiology, biomechanical testing, stem cell biology, and assisted reproduction. In addition, support from a full-capability gene research laboratory; cell and organ culture facilities; fluorescent activated cell sorting and analysis; cytokine, lymphokine and monoclonal antibody techniques; and a microscopy center with confocal and electron microscopy provide for diverse research endeavors. The department forms the base of the interdepartmental Equine Health Studies Program and is supported by well-equipped animal facilities.
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Mark J. Acierno (M) • Urology/Nephrology
Frank M. Andrews (M) • Equine gastroenterology, intestinal physiology
Karanvir Aulakh (6A) • Companion animal surgery
Bonnie Brugmann Boudreaux (6A) • Oncology
Jeannette Cremer (6A) • Anesthesiology
Anderson da Cunha (M) • Anesthesiology and pain management; exotic, small, and large animal
Susan C. Eades (M) • Equine vascular pathophysiology, colic, laminitis
Jon M. Fletcher (6A) • Companion animal medicine
Frederic P. Gaschen (M) • Companion animal, gastroenterology, endoscopy
Lorrie Gaschen (M) • Diagnostic imaging
L. Abbigail Granger (6A) • Diagnostic imaging
Amy M. Grooters (M) • Small animal internal medicine, pythium
Britta Leise (6A) • Equine laminitis, inflammation and epithelial cell function
Mandi J. Lopez (M) • Comparative orthopedics
Charles McCauley (3P) • Equine surgery
Rebecca S. McConnico (M) • Equine medicine, infectious diseases, biosecurity
Sandra R. Merchant (M) • Dermatology
Colin Mitchell (3P) • Equine surgery
Javier Nevarez (M) • Avian, zoo, and exotic animal medicine
Dale L. Paccamonti (M) • Equine reproduction, assisted reproduction
Carlos R. Pinto (M) • Reproductive endocrinology and assisted reproduction
Cherie M. Pucheu-Haston (M) • Dermatology and immunology
Natalie Rademacher (M) • Diagnostic imaging
Laura M. Riggs (M) • Equine laminitis and inflammation
Jennifer L. Sones (6A) • Pregnancy physiology
Joseph Taboada (M) • Small animal internal medicine, gastroenterology
Thomas N. Tully Jr (M) • Avian, zoo, and exotic animal medicine
Recent Faculty Publications
Acierno MJ, Fauth E, Mitchell M A, da Cunha AF. Measuring the Level of Agreement between Directly Measured Blood Pressure and Pressure Readings Obtained with a Veterinary-Specific Oscillometric Unit in Anesthetized Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 2013;23(1):37-40.
Ayoub, JA, Beaufrere, H, Acierno, MJ. Association between Urine Osmolality and Specific Gravity in Dogs and the Effect of Commonly Measured Urine Solutes on that Association. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2013;74(12):1542-1545.
Baia P, Burba DJ, Riggs LM, Beaufrere H. Long Term Outcome After Laser Assisted Modified Forssell’s in Cribbing Horses. Vet Surg. 2014. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.
Beaufrère H, Ammersbach M, Reavill D, Garner M, Heatley J, Wakamatsu N, Nevarez J, Tully TN. Prevalence and Risk Factors in Psittacine Atherosclerosis: A Multicenter Case-Control Study. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2013;242(12):1696-1704.
Beaufrère H. Atherosclerosis: Comparative Pathogenesis, Lipoprotein Metabolism and Avian and Exotic Mammal Models. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. 2013:22: 320-335.
Beaufrère H. Avian Atherosclerosis: Parrots and Beyond. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 2013;22:336-347.
Beaufrère H, Cray C, Ammersbach M, Tully TN. Comparison of Plasma Lipid Levels to Atherosclerosis Prevalence in Psittaciformes. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. 2013;
Beaufrère H, Nevarez JG, Wakamatsu N, Clubb S, Cray C, Tully TN. Experimental Diet-Induced Atherosclerosis in Quaker Parrots (Myiopsitta monachus). Veterinary Pathology. 2013;50(6):1116-1126.
Beaufrère H, Ammersbach M, Tully TN Jr. Complete blood cell count in psittaciformes by using high-throughput image cytometry: a pilot study. J Avian Med Surg. 2013;27(3):211-7.
Beck M, Smitherman E, Martin BA, Gaschen L. Eyes-on Training and Radiological Expertise: An Examination of Expertise Development and its Effects on Visual Working Memory. Human Factors. 2013;55(4), 747-63.
Bernadin, F, Freulon, A, Ribas T, Rigaud R, Jaillardon L, Cervier C, Chuzel T, Viguier E, Pariaut R, Bublot I. Shunting between the CVC and Both Azygos Vein and Thoracic Duct in a Dog with CTD. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. 2013;49(2), 128-134.
Brandão J, Wong C, Kurotaki T, Johnson JR, Mitchell M, Roy AF, Pucheu-Haston CM, Del Piero F, Tully, TN. Chronic Dermatitis Caused by Lactobacillus jensenii Infection in a Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2013; 243(7):1030-1034.
Burdick S, Mitchell MA, Neil J, Heggem B, Whittington J, Acierno MJ. Evaluation of two point-of-care meters and a portable chemistry analyzer for measurement of blood glucose concentrations in juvenile white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2012;240(5):596-9.
Chen C, Garber L, Smoak M, Fargason C, Scherr T, Blackburn C, Bacchus S, Lopez MJ, Pojman JA, Del Piero F, Hayes DJ. In vitro and in vivo characterization of pentaerythritol triacrylate-co-trimethylolpropane nanocomposite scaffolds as potential bone augments and grafts. Tissue Eng Part A
da Cunha A F, Strain GM, Rademacher N, Schnellbacher, R, Tully TN. Palpation- and Ultrasound-Guided Brachial Plexus Blockade in Hisaniolan Amazon parrots (Amazona ventralis). Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2013;40(1):96-102.
Ellison ME, Kobayashi H, Delaney F, Danielson K, Vanderby Jr. R, Muir P, Forrest LJ. Feasibility and Repeatability for In Vivo Measurements of Stiffness Gradients in the Canine Gastrocnemius Tendon Using an Acoustoelastic Strain Gauge. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound. 2013;54(5):584-554.
Estrada AH, Pariaut R, Hemsley S, Gatson BH, Moïse NS. Atrial-based pacing for sinus node dysfunction in dogs: initial results. J Vet Intern Med. 2012 May;26(3):558-64.
Ferrer M, Lyle S, Paccamonti D, Eilts B, Hosgood G, Godke R. Persistent Breeding-Induced Endometritis after Hysteroscopic Insemination in the Mare. Reprod Domest Anim. 2011;47(5):732-9.
Fugler LA, Eades SC, Moore RM, Koch CE, Keowen ML. Plasma Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity in Horses after Intravenous Infusion of Lipopolysaccharide and Treatment with Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors. Am J Vet Res. 2013;74(3), 473-480.
Gaschen FP. Immunosuppressive Treatment of IBD - When and How (in French). Pratique Vétérinaire, 2013;48:86-89.
Goutal CM, Brugmann BL, Ryan KA. Insulinoma in dogs: a review. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2012 May;48(3):151-63.
Goutal-Landry CM, Mansell J, Ryan KA, Gaschen FP. Effect of Endoscopic Forceps on Quality of Duodenal Mucosal Biopsy in Healthy Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2013;27:456-461
Grooters AM, Spies CFJ, Chen CY, Glockling S, Levesque CA, de Cock AWAM. Nomenclatural Novelties: Lagenidium deciduum, sp novii, Lagenidium giganteum f. caninum, f. novii, and Paralagenidium karlginii, sp novii. Index Fungorum. 2013;34(1), 1.
Gupta A, Garber J, Fowlkes N, Rademacher N, Shiomitsu K, Evans D, Gaunt SD. What is your Diagnosis? Abdominal Fluid in a Dog. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2013;42(1), 113-114.
Huff NK, Spencer ND, Gimble JM, Bagby GJ, Nelson S, Lopez MJ. Impaired expansion and multipotentiality of adult stromal cells in a rat chronic alcohol abuse model. Alcohol. 2011 Jun;45(4):393-402.
Keller KA, Sanchez-Migallon Guzman D, Acierno MJ, Beaufrère H, Sinclair KM, Owens SD, Paul-Murphy J, Tully TN Jr. J Avian Med Surg. 2015 Sep;29(3):174-80.
LeBlanc MM, Giguère S, Lester GD, Brauer K, Paccamonti DL. Relationship between infection, inflammation and premature parturition in mares with experimentally induced placentitis. Equine Vet J Suppl. 2012;(41):8-14
Le Roux AB, Granger LA, Reynolds CA, Gaschen L. Computed Tomography Features of Bronchial and Non-Bronchial Collateral Arterial Circulation Development in a Dog Diagnosed with Multiple Chronic Pulmonary Thrombi. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. 2013;15(4), 283-287.
LeRoux, A., Gumber, S., Bauer, R. W., Rademacher, N., Gaschen, L. Algal Meningoencephalitis Due to Prototheca Spp. in a Dog. Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine. 2013, 5. www.dx.doi.org.
Le Roux A, Rademacher N, Saelinger C, Rodriguez D, Pariaut R, Gaschen L. Value of tracheal bifurcation angle measurement as a radiographic sign of left atrial enlargement in dogs. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2012;53:28-33.
Lewis SR, Ellison SP, Dascanio JJ, Lindsay DS, Gogal RM Jr, Werre SR, Surendran N, Breen ME, Heid BM, Andrews FM, Buechner-Maxwell VA, Witonsky SG. Effects of Experimental Sarcocystis neurona-Induced Infection on Immunity in an Equine Model. J Vet Med.
Linardi, R, Stokes AM, Andrews FM. The Effect of P-glycoprotein on Methadone Hydrochloride Flux in Equine Intestinal Mucosa. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2013;36(1):43-50.
Nevarez, J. G., Acierno, M. J., Angel, M., Beaufrere, H. (2013). Determination of Measured and Calculated Plasma Osmolality Values in Captive Reared American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery. 2013;22(1-2):36-41.
Nobrega Neto PI, Luna SP, Queiroz P, Mama KR, Steffey EP, Carregaro AB. Cardiorespiratory and Antinociceptive Effects of Two Different Doses of Lidocaine Administered to Horses During a Constant Intravenous Infusion of Xylazine and Ketamine. Veterinary Research. 2013; 9:199.
Onishi JC, Park JW, Prado J, Eades SC, Mirza MH, Fugaro MN, Häggblom MM, Reinemeyer CR. Intestinal bacterial overgrowth includes potential pathogens in the carbohydrate overload models of equine acute laminitis. Vet Microbiol. 2012;159(3-4):354-63.
Ratterree W, Gieger T, Pariaut R, Saelinger C, Strickland K. Value of echocardiography and electrocardiography as screening tools prior to Doxorubicin administration. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2012;48(2):89-96.
Rohrbach BW, Stafford JR, Clermont RS, Reed SM, Schott HC 2nd, Andrews FM. Diagnostic Frequency, Response to Therapy, and Long-Term Prognosis among Horses and Ponies with Pituitary Par Intermedia Dysfunction, 1993-2004. J Vet Intern Med. 2012;26(4):1027-34.
Spencer ND, Chun R, Vidal MA, Gimble JM, Lopez MJ. In vitro expansion and differentiation of fresh and revitalized adult canine bone marrow-derived and adipose tissue-derived stromal cells. Vet J. 2012;191(2):231-9.
Vigani A, Shih A, Queiroz P, Pariaut R, Gabrielli A, Thuramalla N, Bandt C.Quantitative response of volumetric variables measured by a new ultrasound dilution method in a juvenile model of hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation. Resuscitation. 2012;83(8):1031-7.
Wang L, Pawlak EA, Johnson PJ, Belknap JK, Eades SC, Stack S, Cousin H, Black S. Impact of Laminitis on the Canonical Wnt Signaling Pathway in Basal Epithelial Cells of the Equine Digital Laminae. Plos One. 2013;8(2):565-571.
Wooldridge AA, Waguespack RW, Schwartz DD, Venugopal CS, Eades SC, Beadle RE. Vasorelaxation responses to insulin in laminar vessel rings from healthy, lean horses. Vet J. 2014;202(1):83-8.
Xie L, Nan Z, Marsano A, Yanru Z, Gordana, VN, Lopez, MJ. In vitro Mesenchymal Trilineage Differentiation and Extracellular Matrix Production by Adipose and Bone Marrow Derived Adult Equine Multipotent Stromal Cells on a Collagen Scaffold. Stem Cell Rev. 2013;9(6), 858-72.
Zhang, N., Dietrich, M. A., Lopez, M. J. (2013). Canine Intra-Articular Multipotent Stromal Cells (MSC) from Adipose Tissue have the Highest In Vitro Expansion Rates, Multipotentiality, and MSC Immunophenotypes. Veterinary Surgery, 2013;42(2):137-146.
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