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2008-09 Annual Report 2008-2009 Annual Report - School of ...

2008-09 Annual Report 2008-2009 Annual Report - School of ...

Cultivating Excellence

Cultivating Excellence through . . . A Passion for Our Mission: Education, Research and Service While every veterinary school – by definition – educates, LSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the elite with a tripartite mission that includes research and service. But meeting our mission isn’t enough – SVM prides itself on going above and beyond. “Some call it a job – we call it passion,” is more than a slogan at SVM, it is a time-honored tradition. For 38 years, we have exceeded our mission with the highest quality of care, professionalism, and ingenuity. As the world of veterinary medicine evolves and expands, we are well-positioned to continue our leadership role within the state and nationally, but success, as always, depends on you – our supporters and alumni. Today, we are pleased to share with you in this Annual Report the stories of what we have been able to accomplish thanks to your thoughtful giving and ongoing support. EDUCATION As one of only 28 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana, LSU SVM educates Louisianans and others to fill positions in veterinary practices, research labs, military and government institutions, and the private sector. This past May, we conferred 81 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at our 33rd annual commencement. This year, over 640 applicants for the Class of 2013 submitted their credentials for acceptance to our program, affirming that our profession continues to attract a large and competitive applicant pool. As ever, our professional curriculum is vigorous, with first-year students taking between 22 and 24 hours per semester. Our goal is to provide LSU SVM students with the highest quality education in a supportive environment. The proof of our success is a consistent pass rate of 98% on the National Board Exam, well above the national average. Matthew McGeachy from New Orleans is one of the students in our entering class of 87 students, of whom Drs. Renee Carter and Eric Storey, veterinary ophthalmologists. From left, Dean Peter Haynes, Chancellor Mike Martin, Dr. Jeff Brant, and Dr. Steve Slaton (LSU SVM 1990). 6

Education, Research, Service 75% were female, with an average age of 23, and an average GRE score of 1143. Like Matthew, our students are smart, passionate, and ready to succeed at LSU and in their future profession. Matthew is looking forward to working in equine orthopedics after he graduates, and like most students, is nervous about accumulating a large amount of debt in pursuit of his degree. To meet the growing needs of our students, alumni, and community, we set aside time earlier this year to do some strategic and innovative thinking. In 2009, in response to the downturn of the market, we shifted Annual Funds from donors like you to support our endowed scholarships, ensuring that our students receive the support they need and deserve. Going forward, we will put greater emphasis on these vital annual funds in order to continue to be responsive to market changes, economic and natural disasters, and other negative influences. The School has embarked on a Comprehensive Strategic Planning Initiative. During a two-day, facilitated Stakeholder Summit with both internal leadership and faculty members, and external stakeholders including alumni and professionals, we discussed the future of veterinary medicine. The group identified economic conditions and significant future internal factors that included facility upgrades, faculty recruitment and retention, and student demographics and debt burdens to be factored into our strategic planning. Two priorities clearly emerged: for LSU SVM to achieve national recognition through establishment of Center(s) of Excellence, and to design and implement a contemporary, competitive Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Timelines have been developed and leadership roles are in place, and LSU SVM is committed to keeping you informed and continually engaged in the process as we pursue these ambitious and highly important goals. RESEARCH This summer, with a renewal of a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for $11.1 million, LSU Graduate student Samantha Taylor. From left, Dean Peter Haynes, Provost Astrid Merget, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement Judyth Wier, and President Emeritus William Jenkins. 7

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