Friday, October 10, 2014

Jackson Zoo expands partnership with Miss. State

Seated in photo from left: MSU-CVM Provost Jerry Gilbert, Mayor Tony T. Yarber, and Zoo Director Beth Poff signing the memorandum of understanding. (Photo: By Tom Thompson)
The Jackson Zoo's extended partnership with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine opens up opportunities for vet students and for research help on endangered and threatened species.
The move formalizes a years-long relationship where vet students worked with the zoo's consulting veterinarian Dr. Michael Holifield, an MSU-CVM alum, for hands-on learning. Zoo director Beth Poff said this is the next step to making the zoo part of the students' rotation. It welcomes students into the program next spring.
"Further down the road, we really wanted to make it a more of a concrete thing here at the zoo," Poff said, with an expanded veterinarian hospital, and classroom and dormitory space.  Read More...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blind Survivor of 911, Because of Guide Dog

We are grateful to Nestle-Purina for sponsoring our Human-Animal Bond lecture with Michael Hingson.

Guide dog, Roselle, led Michael Hingson and others to safety from the 78th floor of Tower 1 on Sept. 11, 2001.  Michael talked about the human-animal bond and how it enriched and saved many lives.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ticks can cause paralysis in dogs, humans and birds

By Brittany Jacks
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Dog owners may be surprised to find out that certain ticks can paralyze their beloved pets.
These tick species carry a nerurotoxin that affects the mobility of animals. If the animal is not treated, their limbs may become paralyzed.
The Dermacentor tick species is among those that infect dogs with a neurotoxin that can paralyze them if left untreated. (Photo by Thinkstock.)
Dr. Andy Shores, clinical professor and chief of neurology and neurosurgery in the Department of Clinical Scienes at the Mississippi State University College of Veterniary Medicine, said the toxin affects the function of the motor neurons that control movement. The toxin is usually released five to seven days after the tick attaches.  Read more...

Friday, August 29, 2014

MSU researchers secure competitive USDA grant

...An MSU-CVM research team was one out of only four groups chosen from more than 50 submitted proposals to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This is the first time USDA-NIFA has granted such funding through their newly established Aquaculture Research program. The goal of the funded research is to support the development of new science-based information and innovation to address current aquaculture industry constraints.
Principal investigator Attila Karsi and his colleagues including Dr. Mark Lawrence, MSU-CVM associate dean for research, will use the grant award to study new vaccine candidates for Edwardsiella ictaluri, one of the most important pathogens affecting the state's channel catfish aquaculture industry.  read more...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jacqueline Townsend, one of the Morris Animal Foundation's Veterinary Student Scholars

MSU/CVM Student Jacqueline (Leigh) Townsend
 Veterinary Students Make the Most of the Summer Months

"...25 veterinary student projects are going on across the country, covering a wide range of species and animal health issues. Veterinary student scholars will begin wrapping up their summer work and submitting final reports in late September and early October." Read More

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Veterinary student gains skills during fellowship

Janet Gomez
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- While many students took a break this summer from the rigors of college life, one Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student spent her time researching amoeba-related diseases.
Janet Gomez, a fourth year doctor of veterinary medicine student, spent nine weeks in the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. She was part of a group of 10 students selected out of 263 applicants. The program gave her experience in epidemiology, the branch of medicine related to the causes and possible control of diseases. read more....