Thursday, March 8, 2018

MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine to host inaugural Shelter Educational Conference, sponsored by PetSmart Charities

STARKVILLE, Miss.— The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its first Shelter Educational Conference, funded entirely by PetSmart Charities. PetSmart Charities donated $16,050 for the conference, which will focus on ways in which animal shelters can improve their quality of care.

“PetSmart Charities has been one of the biggest supporters of our shelter medicine program,” Dr. Philip Bushby, professor emeritus and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, said. “They fund a lot of the good work we do for shelter animals in Mississippi.”

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s shelter medicine program currently works with twenty-five shelters in the north Mississippi area. The program provides guidance in shelter management and safety, and combats overpopulation by offering high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter services through their mobile veterinary surgical units. These services are offered at no cost to the shelters.

“The idea for this conference came from seeing the constant needs of the shelters our program works with, but also recognizing that many shelters have similar needs,” Bushby said. “We want every shelter employee to leave the conference ready to make their shelters better than when they left them, regardless of their level of resources.”

The Shelter Educational Conference is open not just to veterinarians, but all people involved in shelter work, from managers and staff to volunteers.

“Shelters serve a key role in educating people to properly care for animals, and it is important that shelters understand not only how to properly care for animals, but also how to educate the people in their local communities on the proper care of animals,” said College of Veterinary Medicine dean, Dr. Kent Hoblet. “By opening the conference to such a broad group of attendants, it will serve as a multiplier for that important educational component.”

Speakers for the conference are all veterinarians and technicians from the College’s Shelter Medicine Program. They will cover topics ranging from capacity for care to shelter biosecurity to behavioral enrichment for dogs and cats.

Recognizing the limited resources of most shelters, the generous support of PetSmart Charities allows for registrants to attend the conference at no cost.

“PetSmart Charities’ continued support for the College’s shelter medicine program has been critical to enhance the program and broaden its reach throughout the community,” said Jimmy Kight, the College’s director of development. “By supporting grants such as this one, PetSmart Charities helps make possible critical training for shelter workers who directly address animal health and welfare needs on a daily basis.”

The Petsmart Charities Shelter Educational Conference will take place at the College of Veterinary Medicine on April 21 and 22. Registration is available through Friday, April 13, and individuals can register online:  Conference Registration click here.

Questions or requests for additional information about the conference can be directed to Dr. Philip Bushby at

Thursday, March 1, 2018

HAB Lecture Series at the Mill Conference Center Friday March 9th

Please RSVP to Karen Cook 662-325-1103, seats are still available.  Click Here to Download Poster

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Khaitsa Honored by the Pan African Medical Journal

Dr. Margaret Khaitsa, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor of pathobiology and population medicine, has been honored by the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ).

Khaitsa’s work was highlighted in a special issue journal supplement dedicated to the research and graduate training Khaitsa and her collaborators conduct in Uganda. The issue reports on the accomplishments she and her collaborators have made in transboundary animal disease research.

The featured project is called “Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses” and is sponsored by the United States Agency of International Development.

The link to the special issue journal can be found online here:

Monday, February 12, 2018

MVRDL Director Recieves E.P. Pope Award

Dr. Lanny W. Pace – E.P. Pope Award Recipient
The prestigious E.P. Pope Memorial Award for 2017 was presented to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, Dr. Lanny W. Pace. The E.P. Pope Memorial Award is an annual award made in memory of Dr. Edward P. Pope, one of the founders of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The Pope Award is the highest award given by the Association and is presented to an individual who has made noteworthy and significant contributions to the Association with regard to implementing and advancing the recognition of the specialty of veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine. Pace was presented with this notable honor at the 60th Annual Meeting of the AAVLD in San Diego, California earlier this fall.
Pace earned an undergraduate degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University. Pace currently serves as the Executive Director for the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System and Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine. He provides administrative oversight and leadership of the state’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory system. Throughout his career, Pace has also been active in a number of state and national associations related to veterinary medicine and animal agriculture. Pace currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates with the AAVLD and has also completed six years as the Southeast region representative on the Executive Board in 2017.
Pace says that is an honor to be recognized by the AAVLD with the E.P. Pope Award and that he has been fortunate to have worked with great mentors, colleagues, and coworkers who all have exceptional dedication to veterinary diagnostics.
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is proud of Dr. Lanny Pace and his accomplishments, and we warmly congratulate him on being this year’s distinguished recipient of the E.P. Pope Award.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Linking arms: First year DVM student and FarmHouse Fraternity work together to support TK Martin Center for Technology and Disability

A Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) student and the Mississippi State University FarmHouse Fraternity are working together to provide support to the TK Martin Center and the students to whom it provides services. While veterinary school itself comes with a significant amount of day-to-day responsibilities, Gunnar Dunnam has found a calling outside of the four walls of his classrooms and labs to give back in a tangible way to children in the community. One of those children is Emma Welch.

"I met Emma my freshman year at Mississippi State while working as a therapeutic horseback riding volunteer in West Point, Mississippi. Emma was not only my rider, but she was also a student at the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability,” said first year DVM student Gunnar Dunnam. “It was during this time that I got to know Emma and her mom better, and I learned a great deal more about the important services provided by the T.K. Martin Center.”

Dunnam is the current Resident Advisor/House Dad for the Mississippi State University chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity. Prior to his role as resident advisor, he served as philanthropy chair for the chapter. He says that the fraternity was not satisfied with the impact they were having with their philanthropic efforts, so they began to develop a plan for making a larger impact.

“As it turns out, I didn’t need to look far,” said Dunnam. “My first thought was the amazing work that was literally happening right down the street from us at the T.K. Martin Center. So, we began this partnership with them.”

In less than a year, the fraternity has been able to donate a Rifton Activity Chair, which is designed to help with feeding, speech therapy, active learning, and for clients (like Emma) with sensory processing challenges.

“This photo was taken at a luncheon where $2,880 was donated so the center could buy new computers,” said Dunnam “This is an opportunity for our members to be able to get involved and have first-hand experience in making a positive difference in our community.”

In addition to the luncheon where the donation for the new computers was announced, Emma was also named honorary sweet heart of FarmHouse Fraternity, since she is the link that originally connected the two organizations together.

“Our family along with others from T.K. Martin Center have been so impressed with the willingness of the FarmHouse Fraternity to help our kids,” said Martha Ann Welch, Emma’s mom. “The T.K. Martin Center means so much to our family because of how Emma has grown – cognitively and physically – since she started attending in 2013 at the age of three. To see these young men and their passion for helping others in the community is amazing! We are just so appreciative of what they have done so far and for what I know they will continue to do.”

You can find out more information about the services provided by the T.K. Martin Center by visiting their website at

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vet Students Decorate, Donate Dog Houses

NestlĂ© Purina Petcare Company donated 15 dog houses to students of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine to be assembled and distributed.

Third year veterinary student Veronica Kiely, a Purina student representative, was involved in deciding what to do with the dog houses.

“We had a painting event to make it fun and just kind of a stress reliever for the vet students,” Kiely said. “There were prizes for the most creative dog houses, which were judged by faculty members.”
The dog houses were painted by hand by students who worked in teams. Of the 15 dog houses donated, there were 10 judged by faculty members, and the most creative are on display in the front lobby of the Wise Center.

The top three winners were cottage-themed, beach-themed and cabin-themed.  Read More...