Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences faculty members instruct veterinary students, interns, and residents in the art and science of veterinary medicine, undertake clinical research for the benefit of both animals and humans, and provide specialized care for animal patients from Louisiana and surrounding states.

The department currently has more than 55 faculty members and more than 45 interns and residents who support state-of-the-art patient care in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

VCS offers graduate programs at the MS and PhD levels and has an average of 15 graduate students at any given time. Most master’s programs are linked to residencies, which can be applied for through the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program. Programs not linked to residencies may  be arranged through individual faculty members.

Research and Facilities

VCS faculty members and graduate students conduct clinical research for the benefit of animals and humans. Research areas include equine health, ophthalmology, theriogenology (reproduction), surgery, dermatology, oncology, orthopedics, and more.

Our People

Frank Andrews

Frank Andrews


Department Head

Director, Equine Health Studies Program

Professor of Equine Medicine


Name Position Service Email
Hugo Gonzalez Intern Anesthesia 
Kristen McCurdy Intern Equine Medicine & Surgery 
Ana Rangel Intern Equine Medicine & Surgery 
Hannah Neill Intern Food Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Alejandro Zamot Intern Food Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Amber Moses Intern Medical Oncology 
Hannah Gafen Intern Ophthalmology 
Kyra Kelly Intern Shelter Medicine 
Myriam  Martin-Benito Intern Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Reanna Cantrall Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Lezith Chavez Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Priscilla Groves Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Conner Hayes Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Meghan Lancaster Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Aiden Masri Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Shelby Nester Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Ellis Wright Intern Small Animal Medicine & Surgery 
Kathryn Paige Spivey Intern Small Animal Surgery 
Roman Torres Intern Small Animal Surgery 
Lauren Dean Intern Small Animal Surgery Lab 
Connor Jacobson Intern Zoo Medicine and Small Animal Medicine 
Megan Roeder Intern Zoological Medicine and Small Animal Medicine 
Gabriel Castro-Cuellar Resident Anesthesia & Analgesia 
Kathryn Metcalf Resident Clinical Pathology 
Nadia Richmond Resident Clinical Pathology 
Daniel McCarthy Resident Companion Animal Surgery 
Chi-Yen Wu Resident Dermatology 
Carolyn Blank Resident Diagnostic Imaging 
Smaantha Miles Resident Diagnostic Imaging 
Victoria Van Resident Diagnostic Imaging 
Kassandra Wilson Resident Diagnostic Imaging 
Ashok Padmanabhan Resident Emergency & Critical Care 
Alasdair Botting Resident Equine Medicine 
Jose Santana Resident Equine Medicine 
Michael St. Blanc Resident Equine Medicine 
Lawrence Kadic Resident Equine Surgery 
Francisco Morales Resident Equine Surgery 
Christopher Robinson Resident Medical Oncology 
Christopher Alling Resident Ophthalmology 
Melanie Mironovich Resident Ophthalmology 
Yen-Hao Lai Resident Radiation Oncology 
Laura Adams Resident Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Loni Albrecht Resident Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Tifin Batts Resident Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Mary Kate Bollman Resident Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Jamie Hui Resident Small Animal Internal Medicine 
Aki Otomo Resident Small Animal Surgery 
Tsz Ching "Achilles" Tang Resident Small Animal Surgery 
Fional Herzog Resident Theriogenology 
Corinne Mayer Resident Zoological Medicine 
Laken Russell Resident Zoological Medicine 

Name Program Mentor Email
Kalie Beckers DVM/PhD Jenny Sones 
Priscilla Devora DVM/PhD Mark Mitchell 
Katie Metcalf MS Shannon Dehghanpir 
Nadia Richmond MS Shannon Dehghanpir 
Xiao Niu PhD Mandi Lopez 
Kimberly Boykin PhD Mark Mitchell 
Chi-Yen Wu MS Cherie Pucheu-Haston 
Viviane Gomes PhD Carlos Pinto 
Alasdair Botting MS Frank Andrews 
Renee Carter PhD Carlos Pinto 
Corinne Mayer MS Javier Nevarez 
Alexandra Mason MS Mark Mitchell 
Francisco Morales MS Laura Riggs 
Linda Paul PhD Heidi Banse 
Rita Aoun PhD Mandi Lopez 
Michael St. Blanc MS Britta Leise 
Takashi Taguchi PhD Mandi Lopez 
Pengju Wang MS Mandi Lopez 
Md. Sanower Hossain PhD Mandi Lopez 


Name Title Area Email
Theresa Cosper-Roberts Associate Clinical Specialist Surgical Training Center 
Callie Culbertson Research Associate EHSP 
Lee Ann Fugler, DVM, PhD Post-doctoral Researcher Large Animal 
Frank Garza Research Associate Large Animal 
Nikole Ineck Research Associate Large and Small Animal 
Sarah Keeton Research Associate Mixed Services 
Michael Keowen Research Associate Large Animal 
Victor Medina, MVZ Research Associate Large Animal 
Rita Perry Research Associate Large Animal 
Catherine Takawira Research  Associate LECOR 

Mailing Address

Veterinary Clinical Sciences

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Name Title Duties Email
Debbie Blanchard Academic Coordinator Faculty, Staff, Locum Contact 
Kevin Oubre Academic Coordinator House Officer, Graduate Studies, PAVE/ECFVG Contact