Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CVM Donor "Tree of Life" Honors Loved Ones

If you visit the CVM Animal Health Center, you may notice the giving tree on the wall near the pharmacy. The Class of 2011 designed and donated the donor tree to the College as part of their legacy and to show their appreciation and support while encouraging others to contribute to CVM programs.  The tree has leaves which can be engraved with the names of pets or people who the donor wishes to honor or memorialize. Gifts greater than $125.00 will be recognized with a leaf. To be included on the tree, gifts must be designated to at least one of eleven particular funds that the Class of 2011 selected. The funds you can choose to support include the CARE Fund, CVM Advancement Fund, CVM Student Externship Fund, Equine enrichment Fund, Food Animal Development Fund, Homeward Bound, Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare Support Fund, Lulu Cancer Radiation Unit, Marcia Lane Endowed Chair in Humane Ethics, Safe Haven, and the Bully Fund. The donor can select the wording for their leaf on this unique tree of life. By adding an engraved leaf to the tree for other clients and visitors to see, you create a lasting, visual expression of love and respect for your friend, family member or animal companion.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CVM, Nestlé Purina, and MSU Police Department Join Forces

For years, Nestlé Purina and MSU-CVM have partnered to improve the lives of people and pets. Mississippi State University’s K-9 unit is proud to partner with and benefit from Nestle’ Purina’s support. Purina ensures health and success for MSU’s K-9 unit by supplying food and funding to help fuel the work days of service dogs.

The K-9 officers offer unique skills that expand the capabilities of traditional officers. Named “Bessi,” “Miguel,” and “Bach,” the dogs can conduct searches, track people or items, and detect bombs. They aid the department in regular sweeps of campus athletic facilities and other locations as needed. Having the K-9 unit allows the department to utilize their tracking and searching capabilities at any given time and offers increased levels of safety on campus. They also do demonstrations and visit local schools and nearby jurisdictions. Previously, MSU made use of dogs affiliated with the Mississippi Highway Patrol or other law enforcement agencies.

MSU Chief of Police, Chief Vance Rice, who oversees the K-9 unit says, "Because of the support that the MSU- Police Department receives from Nestlé Purina, we have been able to increase our K-9 unit from two to three.  The food provided to our K-9 unit gives them the strength they need to make it through rigorous work days.” 

"These dogs have a second thing that they are trained to do, and that's handler protection," Rice said. While the dogs are selected, in part, for their friendly nature, Rice said they are trained to become aggressive on command and are prepared to protect police officers if needed.” Corporal Patrick Jenkins, Corporal Nic Coe, and Officer Josh Ellis are assigned specialized police vehicles designed with the dogs' safety, comfort, and practicality in mind.

Corporal Jenkins said while they have scheduled weekly training sessions, they practice daily to perfect obedience and commands. When it's time to go home after a shift, the dogs go home with their handlers, who in addition to treating them as a policing partner, treat them as pets.

MSU-CVM students have also started the Vets for Vets program. Many former service dogs with degenerative joint tissue can benefit from regular physical therapy but the cost is fairly expensive. With private support to the program, MSU-CVM offers treatment and rehabilitation to dogs who have bravely served as part of our military or police force.

Dogs enrolled in the program are evaluated and then they begin the rehabilitation regimen. CVM students observe the process as part of their academic training and some help with the treatments, including laser therapy and work with the aquatic treadmill, and endless pool.

Vets for Vets operates completely by the support of donations. If you would like to make a gift to fund rehabilitation packages for military and police dogs, contact the CVM development team at 662-325-5893 or 662-325-5170.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

World-Class Research in Animal and Public Health

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, or CVM, conducts world-class research in animal and public health, provides high-quality learning experiences, and cutting-edge medical care. CVM has three departments: Pathobiology and Population Medicine, Clinical Sciences, and Basic Sciences. The Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine develops resources for professionals engaged in farm animal production, while the Department of Basic Sciences covers an array of scientific disciplines that can be applied to the study of animals. The Department of Clinical Sciences focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary veterinary care. The College also houses a diagnostic laboratory system, the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and offers clinical services and patient care. Students can obtain master and doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine and a doctoral degree in environmental toxicology.
While all CVM departments work closely with scientists in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, this issue of MAFES Discovers highlights the work of Dr. David Smith, the Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine. His research focuses on beef cattle production. In his work, he hopes to stay ahead of the curve, solving relevant, real-world problems that have a direct effect on food safety for consumers; that improve the health and well-being of cattle, and advance the economic well-being of veterinarians and cattle producers alike. He also works to help students learn and grow as researchers and practitioners.  Read More...

MSU grads love careers as veterinary technicians

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When Brittany Storey of Terry, Mississippi, was searching for a major, she felt a little like Goldilocks -- she couldn’t find the career path that felt “just right.”
Although she loved animals and wanted a career in biology, she did not see herself as a veterinarian. She spoke with different department heads, but she could not picture herself in a career in agriculture or human medicine, either.
Finally, she discovered a new program at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for veterinary medical technicians, and after spending some time shadowing Lisa Pritchard and other VMTs at MSU-CVM, decided the program was the perfect fit.
Storey graduated in 2013 and currently works at Memphis Veterinary Specialists as a licensed veterinary medical technician.
“I am very pleased with my career decision...Read More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sisters show promise for the future of agriculture

Jessica and Rachel Wilson
(Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
By Ms. Brittany Claire Jacks, Student Worker, Agricultural Communications

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- As children, Jessica and Rachel Wilson of Rankin County began working with animals, and now the sisters plan to devote their careers to this vocation after earning veterinary medicine degrees from Mississippi State University.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal and dairy sciences in May 2014 and is currently working on her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Rachel graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in animal and dairy sciences, and she plans to enter the veterinary college in June.
“I remember always being around animals,” Jessica said. “Whether it was helping my grandmother in her chicken houses; caring for our horses, cattle and sheep; or playing with various pets ranging from pot-bellied pigs to cats and dogs, animals have always played an integral part in our lives.” Read More..

Friday, May 13, 2016

Zacharias Awards honor dozen MSU staff members for campus service

Congratulations to MSU-CVM's Terri Snead on receiving a Donald W. Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award! 
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Twelve Mississippi State employees are 2016 selections for Donald W. Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards.
The honors are a memorial to the university’s 15th president in whose 1985-97 administration the annual Staff Appreciation Day and the accompanying awards program were established.
The recognition program is organized by the MSU Staff Council and is a part of the university’s Staff Appreciation Day activities held Friday [May 13].  read more...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Theriogeneology society honors MSU professor

News Writer
Agricultural Communications
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The American College of Theriogenologists has presented its highest honor to a professor in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Richard Hopper received the 2016 Theriogenologist of the Year award, the ACT recently announced. Hopper is a professor in the CVM’s Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine. The award recognizes theriogenologists for their contributions to the discipline of veterinary medicine focusing on reproduction.
Hopper is among many members in the ACT who promote animal well-being, reproductive health and responsible breeding practices. He has nearly 40 years of professional career service in reproductive veterinary medicine, having joined the MSU faculty in 1993 after 15 years of operating his own practice.

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