Apr 10, 2014 4:49 PM by Akeam Ashford
Today, a group of LSU veterinarian student traveled to Acadia Parish to practice what they've been learning in the classroom for the last four years.
The students are not only helping them obtain real-world experience, they are helping the Rayne Animal Shelter prevent overpopulation in the city.
Rayne Animal Control Officer Donald Boudreaux is doing everything he can to keep from putting down adoptable animals.
"We can only do so much with the animals,"Boudreaux said. "We can keep them approximately 60 to 90 days, but if the public doesn't come and adopt them, we have to put them down. We can't keep them forever."
Boudreaux partnered with LSU students to spay and neuter pets to make sure those that are adopted do not produce more unwanted pets.
In the past two months, veterinarian students have made six trips to Rayne.
"They're awesome," Boudreaux said. "We pay for the fuel for them to get back and forth, and they do their services for free."
In her fourth clinical year at LSU, veterinarian student Michaelene Gates is able to get hands-on experience in the field by participating in the program.
"In just a few short months we will be out there in the field on our own without a veterinarian over us," Gates said. "So this program is very important for us to see what's going on with the spays and neutering."
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gates chose LSU for its reputation across the country in veterinarian medicine.
"I think LSU has a great program," Gates said. "I think the faculty and staff are amazing, and I really wanted to learn from them."
Boudreaux says the students have helped save countless animals, but he says the shelter still needs help.
"We need a lot of stuff," Boudreaux said. "I intend to try and make it one the best shelters in Acadia Parish, but I need help to do it."
Four students who helped at the shelter were able to spay and neuter five dogs.
The future doctors are scheduled to graduate in May.
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