Peter F. Haynes, DVM, MS, DACVS

Peter F. Haynes, DVM, MS, DACVS
Peter F. Haynes, DVM, MS, DACVS
Dr. Haynes spent four decades on faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, culminating with his appointment as dean in 2007.

He received his veterinary degree in 1969 from Colorado State University. Following an internship at the University of Minnesota, he began his academic career as an Haynesinstructor of large animal surgery in 1970 at CSU, from which he received a master’s in clinical science in 1974. That year, he joined the faculty at LSU and served in a variety of roles in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinics and in school administration until his retirement in 2014.

His research and clinical interests included general equine surgery with a focus on obstructive upper respiratory tract disease and orthopedic conditions in the athletic horse.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr. Haynes was a staunch advocate for organized veterinary medicine and volunteer leadership. A longtime member of the AAEP, Dr. Haynes served as the association’s president in 1992 and as delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates for 16 years. He received Distinguished Life Member status in 2001. He also served on various committees within the AVMA and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

His accolades include the 2008 AVMA Award and recognition as 1978 Veterinarian of the Year by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

Mentee Comments

I entered veterinary school from a farming and ranching background, and had my sights set on food animal medicine. Pete Haynes opened my eyes to the equine industry and the role of the equine practitioner within that industry. Now, 42 years later, equine practice has been a rewarding career for me. Much of what I accomplished stems from the influence of great mentors, of which Pete was the first and perhaps most influential of all. Beyond that, he was a dear friend who I truly miss.

—Robert D. Lewis, DVM, Elgin Veterinary Hospital, Elgin, TX

Dr. Pete “The Big Guy” Haynes was instrumental in shaping me into the equine surgeon and academician that I am today. When completing my residency, I was looking for a position in a university and it happened to be that Louisiana State University had an open faculty position in equine surgery. Dr. Haynes was in charge, and I felt very fortunate that he hired me. I will be forever grateful that he took me under his wing and “showed me the ropes,” in particular, the art of doing a tie-back surgery. He would frequently check on me out on the clinic floor to see how I was doing. Always willing to coach, Dr. Haynes would always be present when one of his clients came in order to introduce me and assure them they were in the best of hands. He taught me a lot about relating to the equine client and referring veterinarians. In my eyes, he was a legion and honored to be in his presence. I consider him an icon.

—Daniel J Burba, DVM, DACVS, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK