Wendy Wolfson

Wendy Wolfson

Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine and Surgery

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803



DVM, Louisiana State University, 1986

BS, Louisiana State University, 1982

Research Interest

Infectious and zoonotic diseases found in animal shelters

Teaching Interest

Surgery and shelter medicine

Clinical Interest

Improving animal shelters in southern Louisiana

Teaching veterinary students and the law enforcement community the importance of identifying animal cruelty and prosecution of perpetrators

Providing care for pets found in the Louisiana prison system.

Awards & Honors

Everett D. Besch Distinguished Service Award, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association

Diversity and Inclusion Award, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Humanitarian of the Year, Louisiana Animal Care and Control Association


Dumonteil, E., Desale, H., Tu, W., Duhon, B., Wolfson, W., Balsamo, G., Herrera, C. (2021). Shelter cats host infections with multiple Trypanosoma cruzi discrete typing units in southern Louisiana. Veterinary Research, 52, 8.

Elmayan, A., Tu, W., Duhon, B., Marx, P., Wolfson, W., Balsamo, G., Herrera, C., Dumonteil, E. (2019). High prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in shelter dogs from southern Louisiana,USA. Parasites and Vectors, 12(322), 8.

Digangi, B., Dworkin, K., Stull, J., O'Quin, J., Elser, M., Marsh, A., Gershong, L., Wolfson, W., Duhon, B. (2017). Impact of heat treatment on regional prevalence of dirofilaria immitis antigen detection in shelter dogs. Parasites and Vectors 2017, 10(suppl2)483(10.1186/s13071-017-2443-7), 123-235.

Balsamo, G., Wolfson, W., Waldron, C., Tonzel, J., Simonson, S. (2019). Chagas disease in shelter dogs, the relationship to human health (September-October 2019 #5 ed., vol. 30, pp. 2,4). New Orleans,LA: Louisiana Office of Public Health.

Wolfson, W.,Storey, Eric. (2015). Case Report from the Louisiana State University Teaching School. The Louisiana Veterinarian/LVMA (no 6 ed., vol. vol 25, pp. page 13).

da Cunha, A. F., Saile, K., Wolfson, W., Seaton, D., Acierno, M. J. (2014). Measuring level of agreement between directly measured blood pressure and values obtained by the ultrasonic Doppler flow detector in cats. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 24(3), 272-278.

Grasperge, B., Wolfson, W., Macaluso, K. R. (2012). Rickettsia parkeri infection in domestic dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(6), 995-997.

Mudenda, N., Wolfson, W., Malone, Jr, J. B. (2013). Gastrointestinal parasitological survey of shelter dogs in southern Louisiana. Meeting Proceedings-Abstract. American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. Chicago, IL.

Atkins, C., Buzhardt, L., Buzhardt, S., Armstrong, T., Hood, A., Lee, S., Payne, L., Heaton, H., Wilson, L., Wolfson, W., Ku, T., Barron, R., Vaith, R. (2019). Effect of 2016 severe flooding in dogs in Baton Rouge, LA. American Heartworm Society 2019 Triennial Symposium 

Grant Funding

Wolfson, W., Hernandez, T. Soil sampling for intestinal parasite ova in local animal shelters. Louisiana State University VCS Corps Grant Program, $2,500.00, October 2020 - March 2021

Dumonteil, E., Herrera, C., Duhon, B. Wolfson, W., Diagnostic and molecular identification of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in cats from animal shelters in southern Louisiana, Winn Feline Foundation, $24,937.00, September 2019 - 2024

Dumonteil, E., Herrara, C., Wolfson, W., Duhon, B. "Diagnostic and molecular identification of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in cats from animal shelters in southern Louisiana, Winn Feline Foundation, $7,000.00, April 2019 - 2024

Wolfson, W. Support of the Shelter Medicine Program Internship, Engelhart estate, $620,000.00, October 2015 – 2023

Setzer, K., Johnston, A., Gaschen, F. P., Wolfson, W. Determining regional prevalence of schistosomiasis in owned and shelter dogs, CGS/IDEXX, $9,000.00, June 1, 2021 - August 1, 2021

Balsamo, G., Balasuriya, U., Wolfson, W. Surveillance and Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 in Animals (LA animal shelters), CDC, $50,000.00, September 2020 - 2021

Wolfson, W. Support for Mobile Unit Driver, Purina, $100,000.00, December 2015 – 2022 
Wolfson, W. World Spay Day, HSVMA, $1,000.00, March 2021

Hampton, C. Wolfson, W. Blood typing for Porcine Patients, Eldon Biological A/S, $340.00, August 2019 - 2020