Lt. General Russel Honoré and Red

When Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré’s beloved horse, Big Red, needs medical attention, he brings him to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where Big Red receives care from a multi- disciplinary team of clinical experts. The general’s horse attracts legions of fans on social media who follow updates on his health posted by Lt. Gen. Honoré, who has his own army of devoted admirers for his post-Hurricane Katrina life-saving relief efforts. Fans regularly inquire about Big Red’s health and post well wishes for him. 

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LSU Vet Med instrumental in determining toxin as cause of horse deaths

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine was instrumental in diagnosing and treating several horses in Louisiana infected with a suspected toxin. The investigation revealed a much wider problem, as the culprit was alfalfa cubes infected with Clostridium botulinum type C, which causes botulism. The quick resolution of this issue would not have been possible without the combined efforts of farm owners and staff, LSU Vet Med, LADDL, LDAF, UC Davis, and the FDA.

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Alumna to be featured on The Moth Radio Hour

Class of '89 alumna, Rear Admiral Estella Jones, who combats global health threats, is featured on The Moth Radio Hour sharing personal stories about risk taking. In her segment, airing all the week of January 3, 2023, on NPR stations nationwide, she mentions LSU Vet Med as a turning point in her life.

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