Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Welcome to LSU Vet Med!

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to this space that holds the people, animals, stories, and discoveries at the heart of who we are at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

Since my arrival in late summer 2021, I have never ceased to be amazed by the quality of unparalleled rigor, dedication, compassion, and discipline permeating all that we do. I trust that you will, too, whether you are a prospective student, job seeker, colleague, or someone who simply wants to know more about our exceptional veterinary school, including its academic departments, veterinary hospital, diagnostic laboratory, research divisions, and the numerous graduate and postgraduate learning opportunities we offer.

We teach, we heal, we discover, and we protect, and we will never cease our pursuit of delivering the very best in veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, and One Health to all our stakeholders in the state of Louisiana, the southeastern region, the country, and the world.

I am truly honored to lead this fine academic institution and invite you to reach out to me and my team of colleagues if you do not find the answer to your question, or you simply wish to know more. We are open to feedback. We constantly strive to do better, and we live, breathe, and lead by the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Welcome to LSU Vet Med!


Professor of Comparative Medicine

Dean, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His



Oliver Garden

Dean Oliver Garden


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Bettering lives through education, public service, and discovery

Improving and protecting the lives of animals and people through superior education, transformational research, and compassionate care

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