[embedded content] Goals of VCS Graduate Program (MS/PhD degrees) Advanced training in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the MS or PhD level is designed to enhance competitiveness and scholarship. The objective of this program is to provide students with the tools to conduct original research in clinical sciences of small, large, and exotic animals. The faculty of this department is specialized in a wide range of clinical disciplines including surgery, internal medicine, pharmacology, oncology, radiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, theriogenology, anesthesiology and in basic and applied research in comparative orthopedics.
Collaborative research with Pathobiological Sciences and Comparative Biological Sciences departments in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and LSU Ag Center provides latitude in the design of study programs. Overall, our training programs are designed to prepare students for a teaching or research career at an academic institution, in industry or in government.
Two Advanced Training Programs in Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advanced training toward the MS or PhD degree combined with a clinical residency training program (avian/exotic animal medicine and surgery, equine medicine, equine surgery, small animal surgery or theriogenology). A DVM degree or equivalent is required for this program. Specific goals of this advanced training in clinical sciences include To provide post DVM students coursework and advanced training in clinical specialty areas of veterinary medicine to augment the clinical training for certification by one of the veterinary specialty boards To provide post DVM students seeking certification by one of the veterinary specialty boards experience in clinical research To provide post DVM students advanced training in clinical instruction and to allow students to perform some didactic instruction in preparation for a faculty position in a veterinary school To provide post DVM students seeking specialty board certification advanced training in applied research in veterinary medicine so that graduates have skills necessary to conduct independent research Advanced training toward a MS or PhD degree without clinical training.
To provide post-baccalaureate, DVM, or DVM + residency students graduate level research training in preparation for a career in research or academia. A primary objective of a graduate program is to train the student to perform effective, independent research. The essence of research is problem solving and, therefore, you must learn to precisely define the problem, design meaningful experiments to test a proposed hypothesis, conduct experiments and collect data in a careful and precise manner, analyze and evaluate collected data, and finally, draw logical conclusions from the research data.
It is vital for students to develop skills in communication to teach students and clientele and to convey scholarly findings to the veterinary, scientific, and lay community. This skill will be developed in the clinic while working with students, faculty, clients and referring veterinarians, in clinic rounds discussions as a discussant and as a discussion leader, in a journal club discussion format and in the department seminar series.
Admission Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School: www.lsu.edu/gradapply. 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 Internship & Residency Matching Program at www.virmp.org. 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 VIRMP 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. Financial Assistance The salary for combined residency/MS programs is listed on the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program website: www.
virmp.org. Stipends, fellowships and assistantships from various sources are available on a competitive basis for doctoral students. Facilities The department supports a well-equipped veterinary referral hospital with specialty services in anesthesiology, bird, zoo and exotic animal medicine, companion animal medicine, cardiology, companion animal soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, 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.See Also: Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic
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Doctors: Dr. Bruce Guillory: Dr. Guillory was reared in Hessmer, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and earned a Bachelor of Animal Science in 1977 and a Masters degree in Reproductive Physiology in 1979. Dr. Guillory graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and has practiced at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital for the past twenty-four years. He is now owner and president of Fitzgerald Animal Hospital.
Dr. Frank Fitzgerald: Dr. Fitzgerald was reared in the Lecompte, Cheneyville area and graduated from Lecompte High School in 1957. He entered Texas A&M and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1963. He brings more than 40 years of experience to the practice of veterinary medicine. He is a member and past President of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Central Louisiana Veterinary Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, The Texas Veterinary Medicine Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Brenda Woodard: Dr. Woodard was raised in Natchitoches parish and after completing high school moved to Baton Rouge for nine years to attend Louisiana State University. Dr. Woodard received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1983. She works part time at all three of our clinics and is the full time director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.
She enjoys working with pets and their owners and it is especially rewarding for her to be working along side veterinary technicians who graduated from her program at NSU. Dr. Daniel Myrick: Dr. Daniel Myrick graduated in 2001 from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He spent two years in Augusta, Georgia at the Western Veterinary Clinic but then returned home to practice at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital in February 2003.
In his free time, he enjoys golf, hunting, and fishing, but mostly spending time with his dogs, Bear, Buster, and Cujo. Dr. Amanda E. Quebedeax: A veterinarian at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital, Dr. Quebedeaux attended Cedar Creek High School in West Monroe. She continued her educational pursuit at Louisiana Tech University and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2002.
Dr. Bronk McDaniel: Dr. McDaniel graduated from Louisiana State Univeristy with a degree in Animal Science in 2004 and was accepted into LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his D.V.M. in 2008 and joined the staff at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center. Dr. McDaniel has two cats, Tipper and Tanner, and two black and tan coon hounds named Slick and Bandit. He enjoys fishing in his spare time.
Dr. Jamie Ducote: Dr. Jamie Ducote was raised in Avoyelles Parish living in Hessmer and Bunkie. He attended Bunkie High School and graduated in 2002. He then attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he majored in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After only two years of undergraduate study, he was accepted to LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2008 and joined the staff at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center upon graduation.
He has a Dachshund named Harlo and a German Shepherd named Buck. He enjoys singing and spending times with friends and family in his spare time. Technicians: Pam McConnell: Pam is from the Alexandria area and is a graduate of Northwestern State University. She has been raising three boys Dustin, Tyler and Scott. Along with the three boys they have a golden retriever, Shadow; a yellow lab, Mia; and a bird, Buddy.
Becky Jeansonne: Becky, a registered Veterinary Technician, graduated from Northwestern State University in 1997 with an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology. She is originally from Alexandria where she and her husband, Hanner, currently live. She has been with Fitzgerald Animal Hospital since 2000. Together they have a handsome young son, Cole, and a beautiful daughter, Camille. They also have three cats – Sassy, Cassie and Smokey and a boxer, Chloe.
Heather Wainwright: Heather has worked at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital since her graduation from Northwestern State University in 2002 where she received an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology. She is originally from Glenmora, but currently lives in Pineville with her husband Dean. Together they are raising two cats- Blair and Shortstop and three dogs- Ray, Suzi and Little Man. Jamie Watkins: Jamie has worked at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital since September 2004.
She and her husband, Travis, have three dogs- Gretchen, Bo and Cowboy. In her spare time she rodeos and takes care of her horses. Charlea Keyser: Charlea was raised in Sieper, Louisiana. She is a licensed First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and registered Veterinary technician. She has worked with the Fitzgerald Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center team since her graduation in 2008.
She lives on a small farm in the Sieper area with her loving husband and children. Together they raise and care for a variety of crops and animals. Annie Swido: Annie was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. She graduated from Bolton High School in 1998 and attended LSUA for Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She then transferred to Northwestern State University where she received an Associates in Veterinary Technology.
She has been with the staff at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center since August 2008. She lives in Pineville, Louisiana with her two sons, Hayden and Houston, and her wonderful pound dog, Lady. Katie Coody: Katie received an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2008. She joined the staff at Fitzgerald Animal Hospital and Animal Medical Center upon graduation.
She lives with her husband, L.E. Coody, and her cat, George. Bookkeeper Tina DeSoto: Tina is from Marksville, Louisiana. She is a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University at Alexandria wtih an Associate Degree in Computer Science and is currently working on her B.S. in Business Administration. She joined the Fitzgerald Animal Hospital staff in January 2006. Her family consists of her husabnd, Jamie DeSoto, and his daughter, Alexis.
The have a German Sheppard, Lili Belle, and a cat, Tucker Louise.