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Torrance Hornsby, a prisoner at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, La., holds a dog for a skin scraping by Louisiana State University veterinary student Robert Vennen (left). Fellow students David Cradic and Lauren Dubuc stand by.

Within prison wallsVeterinary students in Louisiana are training inmates in shelter animal care

Story and photos by Greg Cima

Alexis Solis removes her stethoscope and leans her head close to Lady Red, a 5 1/2-year-old Beagle.

Jason Broom, a prisoner at Dixon Correctional Institute, watches from across an examination table in the prison's animal shelter as Solis, a veterinary student, listens to wheezing