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Animals celebrated in LSU art exhibition
Published on May 15, 2008
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"Tess" by Margaret Rice

Animals depicted in an array of mediums were on parade at a recent art exhibition celebrating the beauty of the animal kingdom.

The 21st International Exhibition on Animals in Art, which ran from March 29-April 27 at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, featured 75 pieces of art depicting animals. A total of 202 artists from 40 states and Canada and Sweden submitted 446 entries for the show.

The show's judge and juror was Thomas Livesay, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art. Livesay selected the works that appeared during the exhibition in the veterinary school's library, as well as the award winners.

The $1,000 Best in Show award went to Monica Freeman of Baton Rouge, La., for her stone and steothite sculpture titled "Feline."

Dr. Janis H. Audin, AVMA editor-in-chief, chose "Woman with Hounds" by Jane Cozart to appear on the cover of this issue. The pastel features a woman walking with two dogs.

"The artist's work wonderfully captures the beauty of the human-animal bond," Dr. Audin said.

For the third time in four years, the People's Choice Award went to Margaret Rice of Baton Rouge, La., this time for "Tess," an oil painting on a board depicting a Whippet owned by AVMA member, Dr. Beth Partington.

Sue Loubiere, librarian emeritus, was recognized for her 19 years of service to the International Animals in Art Exhibition. She was presented with an engraved silver tray by the former and current deans of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

During her more than three decades as librarian, Loubiere worked for four of the School of Veterinary Medicine's five deans.

The show is viewable by visiting All of the art pieces are for sale, and a 20 percent commission on each sale goes to the School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, contact Gretchen Morgan, coordinator of alumni & public programs, at (225) 578-9826 or gmorganatlsu [dot] edu.

Cornell fellows program to address shortage of academic specialists


The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has created a two-year Clinical Fellows Program to help address the growing shortage of academic specialists who conduct research and teach students.

The two-year program, available to veterinarians who have completed a three-year residency, offers an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits and $15,000 per year in funding for a research project. The goal is to help participants start paying off student loans while preparing for a position in academic medicine, which traditionally would require them to complete an additional degree.

Applicants must identify a suitable mentor at Cornell and submit a research project description. The veterinary college has accepted three fellows to start in August, with hopes of expanding the program to five participants in future years.

Funding for the first group of fellows will come, in part, from the Zweig Fund for Equine Research and endowment money from the Feline Health Center.

The next call for applications will be in the fall, and information will be available on the veterinary college's Web site at

Reynolds to serve as dean of Atlantic Veterinary College

Dr. Donald L. Reynolds
Dr. Donald L. Reynolds

The University of Prince Edward Island has appointed Dr. Donald L. Reynolds as dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College, with a six-year term starting in August. He will succeed Dr. Timothy H. Ogilvie, who has served as dean for two terms.

Currently, Dr. Reynolds is the associate dean of research and graduate studies at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves as associate director of the college's Veterinary Medical Research Institute and assistant director of the ISU Agricultural Experiment Station. He also is a professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine.

Dr. Reynolds' research has focused on avian medicine and food safety. He has specific interest in enteric diseases of poultry, particularly viral disease of young turkeys; respiratory diseases of poultry, primarily the pathogenesis of Newcastle disease and of avian pneumovirus; and Campylobacter and Salmonella bacteria.

A member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, Dr. Reynolds has served on the AAAP board of directors and the editorial board of the AAAP journal Avian Diseases. He is active with the AVMA, currently representing veterinary research on the Council on Research and previously serving on the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents from 1999-2005. He also served on the board of governors for the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists for several years.

He earned his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 1981.