Peter Haynes, equine surgeon and former dean, dies at 73

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Dr. Peter F. Haynes

Dr. Peter F. Haynes, an equine surgeon and former dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, died at his Baton Rouge home on June 20 at the age of 73.

Born to Elroy and Agnes Haynes on Dec. 14, 1944, in Honolulu, Dr. Haynes received a bachelor's degree in veterinary science in 1967, a veterinary degree in 1969, and a master's degree in clinical science in 1974, all from Colorado State University.

Following an internship at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Haynes began his academic career as an instructor of large animal surgery in 1970 at CSU and served as an equine ambulatory clinician there from 1971-74. He joined the faculty at LSU veterinary school in 1974 as an assistant professor and veterinary clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Over the next four decades, Dr. Haynes served in a number of roles at the LSU veterinary school, including assistant director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics (1984-1990), co-director of the Equine Veterinary Research Program (1985-1994), associate dean for research and advanced studies (1996-1999), associate dean of administration (1999-2000), and executive associate dean (2000-2006).

His research and clinical interests included equine surgery and equine sport-related disorders, and his work was published in more than 65 book chapters, articles in refereed journals, refereed bulletins, and abstracts.

Dr. Haynes was named dean of the LSU veterinary school in June 2007. Harold Silverman, PhD, interim executive vice chancellor and provost of LSU at the time, said about the appointment, "I believe that Dr. Haynes has demonstrated the abilities and aptitudes needed for this position during his excellent service over the past year as interim dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He is committed to reinforcing our veterinary medicine teaching program, enhancing our veterinary and biomedical research activities and improving our service to the Baton Rouge community and surrounding region."

After more than 40 years in academia, Dr. Haynes retired in 2014.

Dr. Haynes was active in organized veterinary medicine. An AVMA member since 1969, he served for 17 years in the House of Delegates and was instrumental in establishing the HOD's regular winter session, held for the first time in 2008 and every year since. Later that year, the Association awarded Dr. Haynes its highest honor—the AVMA Award.

In 1991, Dr. Haynes served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. As part of that association, he helped guide its strategic planning initiative and governance changes and served on numerous committees. Dr. Haynes participated on various committees of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and helped co-develop the Louisiana VMA's Equine Committee.

Dr. Haynes is preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Marcy Totoraitis Haynes, and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sister, Susan Shaw; son, Greg, and wife Renee; daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Morgan, and husband Marshall; and five grandchildren: Abigail, Amber, and Aaron Haynes and Connor and Dorian Morgan.

The Haynes Equine Award is a scholarship established in honor of Dr. Haynes for furthering veterinary education at LSU. Donations on his behalf can be made at

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