Major Contributions


1978 – Dr. Thomas Klei was awarded a research grant by the World Health Organization for his work in tropical diseases.


1981 – Dr. Martin Hugh-Jones implements internationally-funded surveillance program concerning zoonotic diseases in the Caribbean Epidemiology Research Center areas (CAREC), part of the World Health Organization.

1982 – Dean Everett D. Besch was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Health Professions Education of the Health Resources Administration.

1982 – LSU SVM establishes its annual Open House to introduce visitors to the SVM and veterinary medicine. Over 8,000 people attend Open House in 2014.

1983 – A five-member delegation from China visited the LSU SVM following the signing of a joint agreement involving agriculture projects between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.

1985 – With the donation of the Heck Farm breeding and horse training facilities, the LSU SVM established its equine veterinary research program.

1987 – LSU SVM establishes annual international exhibition on Animals in Art.

1987 – LSU SVM took over the testing of horses for drugs for the Louisiana State Racing Commission.

1987 – LSU SVM establishes the Analytical Systems Laboratory to develop techniques to evaluate the quality of the environment by detecting herbicides and pesticides in animal tissues and to detect drugs in the food supply.

1988 – LSU SVM establishes Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory to enhance aquaculture research.

1989 – Betty Torbert, research associate, is honored for having a horse parasite, Cylicostephanus torbertae, named after her. She discovered it while doing a survey of parasites that exist in the Gulf Coast area.


1990 – Biosafety Level 3 Containment Laboratory opens at the LSU SVM.

1991 – LSU SVM establishes “Best Friend Gone” project, a grief support service open to the public.

1991 – D. J.K. Daniloff, assistant professor, patents nerve-mending device to promote recovery of muscle function.

1991 – LSU SVM reserchers patent vaccine to combat bovine anaplasmosis.

1992 – LSU SVM designated as World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Training.

1992 – Dr. David Husxoll, associate dean for research and advanced studies, selected as a member of the United Nations Special Commission Inspection Team sent to Iraq. Dr. Huxsoll is a former commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Service Medal.

1992 – LSU SVM establishes the Gene Probes and Expressions System Laboratory (GeneLab) to provide genetic engineering services.

1992 – LSU SVM performs the fourth horse pacemaker implant in the country.

1992 – Dr. Miguel Valdes was selected as one of 25 veterinarians throughout the world to care for over 400 equine athletes at the summer Olympics.

1993 – Dr. Martin Hugh-Jones, professor, was part of an American and Russian team of scientists that solved the mystery of a deadly outbreak of anthrax in 1979 in Sverdlovsk, Siberia.

1996 – Dr. Richard Cambre (LSU SVM 1978) named head of the Department of Animal Health at the National Zoological Park, part of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

1998 – Dr. Alexander Dunlap (LSU SVM 1989) was alternate payload specialist and ground veterinarian for the STS-90 Neurolab space shuttle mission flown.


2000 – Dr. Carmen Colitz, assistant professor of ophthalmology, makes breakthrough discovery of the presence of telomerase activity in len epithelial cells.

2001 – LSU SVM establishes Inhalation Research Facility (one of only 12 in the U.S. at that time).

2001 – Dr. Johannes Storz, professor, led research team that detected a previously unknown virus (respiratory bovine coronavirus) that causes respiratory tract infections in cattle.

2001 – Dr. James Catallo, environmental chemist and associate professor, received a patent for his discovery of an alternative method of producing petroleum that eliminates environmental impacts from mining and using fossil petroleum reserves.

2001 – Dr. Alexander Dunlap (LSU SVM 1989) was named chief veterinarian for NASA.

2002 – LSU SVM developed a national training program for first responders to bioterrorism incidents.

2002 – Dr. Peter F. Haynes, executive associate dean, named distinguished life member of AAEP.

2002 – An LSU SVM student scored the highest in the nation on the NAVLE.

2003 – LSU SVM opens Cancer Treatment Unit, only the second veterinary school in the U.S. to offer the most advanced radiation therapy for cancer patients.

2003 – LSU SVM establishes the Division of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (BIOMMED) to assist veterinarians and researchers in the use of molecular biology and biotechnology in detecting, diagnosing and curing diseases.

2003 – LSU SVM students had a 97 percent first time pass rate on the NAVLE (national pass rate was 93 percent).

2004 – LSU SVM replaces two-stall equine intensive care unit with 10-stall facility to provide more comprehensive, advanced veterinary care for horses.

2004 – LSU SVM opens Equine Lameness and Performance Evaluation Unit.

2004 – LSU SVM establishes the Laboratory for Equine and Comparative Orthopedic Research, which is designed and equipped for orthopedic investigations across species at all levels (genetic to whole system).

2004 – LSU SVM alumni working for Banfield, The Pet Hospital, ranked first in client satisfaction.

2004 – LSU SVM receives $9.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).

2005 – LSU SVM establishes a research exchange program with Prince of Songkla University (Thailand) so that Thai students can learn molecular techniques.

2005 – LSU SVM establishes a student exchange program with two Brazilian universities to create a summer institute to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the interactions of human and animal health and the environment by students enrolled in dual degree MD-MPH and DVM-MPH programs. The exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education (FIPSE) and CAPES.

2005 – In collaboration with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, the LSU SVM establishes a temporary animal shelter on LSU’s campus for animals affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Approximately 2,000 animals passed through this shelter during the 45 days it was operational.

2005 – LSU SVM faculty, staff and students volunteered at an animal shelter set up at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La., to help animals rescued from the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. LSU SVM faculty, staff and students assisted in the rescues of both small and large animals, and the equine faculty and staff set up a 24-hour hotline for people to call to get help with horses affected by the storm.

2005 – The LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital caseload tripled following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Animals affected by the storm were treated at no charge to the owners; private donations were used to pay for the care of these animals.

2005 – The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (now the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory) receives an award from the USDA to fund a rapid detection and diagnostic network that would merge federal and state animal health laboratories; Louisiana is one of only 15 states to receive this award.

2005 – Winter, a 3-month-old bottlenose dolphin, was rescued from a crab trap line near Cape Canaveral, Fla. Dr. David Kilpatrick (LSU SVM 1988) was the veterinarian on the rescue team. The story of Winter’s rescue and recovery was the basis for the Warner Brothers’ film, Dolphin Tale.

2006 – LSU SVM begins offering continuous renal replacement therapy (one of only 10 places in the country to offer this service).

2006 – LSU SVM Equine Health Studies Program faculty, staff and students receive the inaugural Heroes for Horses Award from the United States Equestrian Federation for their efforts assisting horses and horse owners following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

2006 – LSU SVM establishes monthly Spay Day, where local animal welfare groups to provide a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinic to address the surge in Baton Rouge’s pet population.

2006 – LSU SVM treats pony rescued following Hurricane Katrina and attacked by a dog that had also been rescued following the storm. Molly the Pony had her right, front leg amputated and was fitted for a prosthetic leg—a first at LSU.

2007 – LSU SVM establishes a community companion animal health program, including an active spay/neuter component that will serve animal shelters in south Louisiana. This program was established with an $800,000 donation from the HSUS.

2007 – LSU SVM partners with Delgado Community College to train veterinary technicians, who get their hands-on clinical training in veterinary hospitals and clinics.

2007 – LSU SVM alumni working for Banfield, The Pet Hospital were again ranked first in customer satisfaction.

2008 – LSU SVM performs its first transcatheter closure of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a dog.

2008 – Dr. Javier Nevarez, assistant professor in zoological medicine and LSU SVM alumnus (2001), discovered that West Nile Virus was causing holes to develop I the skins of alligators (the $50 million alligator industry suffered massive losses prior to this discovery).

2008 – LSU SVM acquires mobile emergency response unit to respond to any natural disaster in which small animals are left injured or abandoned. The unit was paid for by a donation from the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Emergency Response Unit Fund.

2008 – Ky Mortensen, director of advancement for the Equine Health Studies Program, publishes Horses of the Storm: The Incredible Rescue of Katrina’s Horses about the LSU SVM’s rescue and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

2008 – LSU SVM mobile emergency response unit mobilized following Hurricane Gustav, and the Equine Health Studies Program set up a call center and delivered hay to horses in affected areas. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital saw over 100 animals affected by the storm and took in over 250 wildlife cases.

2008 – Dr. Romain Pariaut, assistant professor of veterinary cardiology, implants internal defibrillator in a dog (a first for LSU).


2011 – Chihuahua receives a tracheal stent, a first for LSU.

2012 – LSU SVM establishes Louisiana Center for Infectious Disease Research, which is an outgrowth of the ongoing collaboration between LSU and the Tulane Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR) currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).

2012 – LSU SVM researchers file patents for vaccines for Bovine Herpes Virus, Francisella sp. and herpes simplex.

2015 – Dr. Chris Mores, professor in Pathobiological Sciences, worked with GOAL to fight the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

2015 – Dr. Chris Mores, professor in Pathobiological Sciences, is heading up Department of Virology, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, in Peru.

2015 – Dr. Kevin Macaluso, professor in Pathobiological Sciences, received a $1.6 million grant renewal for his work investigating Rickettsia rickettsia, which is the acting agent of one of the most severe tick-borne diseases in the United States.

2017 – Dr. Mandi Lopez, professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, became a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

2019 - Dr. Shafiqu Chowdhury, professor in Pathobiological Sciences, became a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

2019 - LSU SVM broke ground on the Stephenson Pet Clinic.

2019 - LSU SVM establishes the Center for Lung Biology and Disease with $11.5 million NIH COBRE grant.


2020 - LSU SVM establishes River Road Testing Lab to process COVID-19 tests for medical facilities.

2020 - LSU SVM receives Insight Into Diversity 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

2020 - Dr. Konstantin "Gus" Kousoulas, head of Pathobiological Sciences, became a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

2020 - Dr. Jenny Sones, assistant professor of theriogenology in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, named as one of the Baton Rouge Business Report's Forty under 40.