Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Harkness of MSU honored by international animal-care body

Contact: Sammy McDavid

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A retired member of Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty is being honored for a lifetime devoted to specialized animal care.
Dr. John E. Harkness is receiving the 2017 Bennett J. Cohen Award. Over his decades on campus, the now-professor emeritus served as the land-grant university’s laboratory animal veterinarian.

A major recognition of the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the Cohen Award is given for exceptional service and significant contributions in the promotion of animal care in research, testing and educational programs.

Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit body that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. Founded in 1965, the organization now includes nearly 1,000 businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in more than 40 countries. For more, visit  to read more

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Research Day Aug 10

Dog Swim, Moncrief Park Starkville. MS

 The 7th Annual OCHS Dog Paddle is a pool party for dogs and a fundraiser for the Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS). Bring your dogs to swim with you at the Moncrief Park Pool in Starkville before the pool is drained for the summer. Proceeds from the event benefit the Oktibbeha County Humane Society’s spay/neuter fund which allows us to spay/neuter 100% of adopted animals, helping to further reduce animal overpopulation.
Join us on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9am - Noon. The cost is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door and includes a t-shirt. Additional dogs are $10 each. Sign up in advance on our website ( to receive the early registration discount and select your t-shirt size.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Labrador retriever, Leo, happy as a puppy!

"Leo" Cobb is a 7-year-old white Labrador Retriever with a very outgoing personality! Leo was referred to MSU-CVM following a diagnosis of respiratory distress/pyothorax at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Flowood, MS. Under the expert care of CVM practitioners, Leo had major thoracic surgery, median sternotomy and lung lobectomy, and he has done exponentially well with every day of post-operative recovery. He's walking around like a puppy again, and he was happy to go home with his family!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Operation Brave Paw

Operation Brave Paw (OBP) was the idea of CVM Class of 2019 student, Sadie Wood. Sadie recognized the strength of the human animal bond and that we all have times in our life where we are faced with certain challenges. Operation Brave Paw was formed to link animals in need of a second chance with people in the community in need of a special companion. OBP selects special shelter/rescue animals, which pass an initial behavior assessment, for a six week training period to learn basic obedience commands through the use of positive reinforcement training techniques. Harley, a 1 year old, female, red mix breed dog, is the first canine companion for the program. Harley was matched with an Operation Brave Paw applicant who was looking for a special canine companion to help him adjust to being away from home at college. Operation Brave Paw was able to raise enough money through volunteer fund raisers to completely cover the cost of Harley’s 6 week training period, initial health check, as well as initial flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. Harley successfully completed her initial training and was recently presented to her new guardian.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Orentation Class of 2021

Coating ceremony and orientation welcoming the class of 2021

The entering first-year DVM students received their lab coat to be worn during their veterinary education. The coat is a tangible symbol and daily reminder of the student's chosen profession and accompanying responsibilities. Students also recited the Veterinary Student Oath and were gifted cowbells from the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association.

Slideshow of Orentation 

The Class of 2021 participated in activities designed to encourage engagement, team work, leadership, communication and professionalism.

To order prints of the day's events 

Students with Jak 

Horse Park Games 

Coating Ceremony-Class Group 

Friday, June 9, 2017

MSU Vet Sisters Share Their Journey

MSU-CVM veterinary students, Jessica and Rachel Wilson are featured on FarmWeek, Mississippi's oldest and only locally-produced agricultural television news show. The Wilson sisters share their journey into veterinary medicine!