From left are Dr. Kirk Ryan, an associate professor of companion animal medicine; Dr. Kenneth Arceneaux, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's 2017 distinguished alumnus; and Dr. Joseph Taboada, a professor of companion animal medicine and associate dean for veterinary education and student affairs. 


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine has named Mandeville veterinarian Dr. Kenneth Arceneaux as its 2017 distinguished alumnus of the year. Arceneaux was recognized at the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association alumni and friends reception during the LVMA's winter meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 27.

Arceneaux received his bachelor's degree in 1983 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and completed his doctarate degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Upon graduation, Arceneaux was an intern at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1996 to 1998, he completed his residency at LSU and served as a clinical instructor until 1999. In 1998, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

In 1999, Arceneaux was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center in Mandeville; he remained there for 13 years. Since 2012, Arceneaux has been working at the MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets in Mandeville. In May, he will celebrate 25 years in the veterinary profession.

Arceneaux is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the Acadiana Area Veterinary Association. He is a musician, and his hobbies include playing the piano, gardening, farming, fishing and raising miniature cattle. Arceneaux lives in Covington and has a Labrador retriever named Boogie, along with two cats, Pete and Gabriel.