Veterinarian Dr. Gordon J. Pirie was a short while ago identified by his alma mater Texas A & M for the 2020 Remarkable Alumni Award together with 8 other honorees out of about 8,000 people today. It was there he gained his Health care provider of Veterinary Drugs Diploma in August 1971. Even so, his story commences in West Baton Rouge in which he grew up.
Pirie’s youthful summers were spent operating on the Camp Cattle Farm owned by Harold Morris. This practical experience prompted his want to grow to be a veterinarian. The Cattle Farm assets which was situated at the corner of N. River Road and Area Road in Port Allen is now section of the Sugar Cane Farm nevertheless in the Morris relatives.
Dr. Pirie served Dr. David Baker, the formal Veterinarian for Mike the Tiger, pick out Mike VI from Indiana and immediately after Mike VI was identified with most cancers, Pirie assisted once more in selecting Mike VII from a sanctuary in Florida. “He’s a movie star animal [who] represents the College [Louisiana State] and the condition of Louisiana—he’s really significant.”
Although Baker would make the remaining determination, Pirie’s 50 years of working experience functioning with tigers helped him have a say in the variety. Pirie attended Devall Elementary and Junior Substantial and graduated from Port Allen High College in 1964. Pirie mentioned his classmates at PAHS have been a big aspect of how he turned out, saying the team was honorable, with substantial integrity.
“I recall remaining a region boy, functioning barefoot down gravel state streets.” Pirie stated, and he wants to make sure young children from his hometown really feel motivation to accomplish greatness, “Don’t give up, don’t say ‘I just can’t do that.’ If I can do it, any one can.”
Just after retiring from many a long time working towards at his Baker Animal Hospital as a companion and exotic pet practitioner, he labored as an adjunct assistant professor at the LSU College of Veterinary Drugs and as the personnel veterinarian at the Baton Rouge Zoo. He retired from both of those positions in February 2021.
Because retirement, he has gained phone calls from zoos needing assist. He assisted in delivering a calf from a giraffe about 6 months in the past and carries on to help consult with exotic animal veterinarians.
“I have definitely liked my occupation and performing with endangered animals.” There was a clouded leopard cub the keepers introduced to him once, he recalled, and the mother had turned down it. He was approximately useless, but Pirie observed 1 blip of a heartbeat near the animal’s ribcage. The cub was revived, “Last I listened to, he [the cub] had sired just one-tenth of the world’s population of clouded leopards in captivity.”
In retirement, Dr. Pirie plans to see much more of the world. Traveling is a favored pastime, primarily understanding about the background of the places he visits. “If I hadn’t been a vet, I would have been a history trainer,” he mentioned.
Some of his modern travels consist of: Jordan, Israel, France, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russian, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Scotland, England, Eire, Wales, and more. Pirie and his wife Nanette have supported veterinary scholar mission visits to Honduras for lots of years.
Pirie’s other achievements include Louisiana Veterinarian of the Calendar year in 1991, Metropolis of Baker Citizen of the year in 2001, was twice named City of Baker Small business of the 12 months and awarded keys to the metropolis of Baker after his retirement from his personal practice in 2016. He also is a very long time member and ruling elder at the West Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church in Port Allen.
Dr. Pirie said, “Hopefully my daily life and occupation can be an example of how a youthful country kid from humble beginnings can accomplish good results in everyday living by remaining willing to get the job done tough academically and remain out of trouble. My hope is that remaining chosen as Outstanding Alumnus of the 12 months from a terrific university would give encouragement to all young folks to stick to your dreams and make them a actuality.”