Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gunner Kennels Provides Gift-in-Kind

Thanks to a generous gift-in-kind from Gunner Kennels, MSU's Bully XXI "Jak" now travels in a safe, durable G1 Intermediate Kennel. The kennel has been tested to withstand over 4,000 lb. of force, a 200+ foot cliff drop, and 630 lb. dropped from 8’4”. Jak travels all over the United States representing Mississippi State University, and his safety is important. Thank you, Gunner Kennels for your generous gift that helps protect Jak while he's on the road! For more details, visit

Friday, September 9, 2016

WCBI interviews Dr. Kurt Venator from Purina

Animal autopsy offers important answers

MSU Extension Service
Senior Extension Associate

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Thor was an aging but happy English mastiff living in Louisville with Vanessa Beeson, her husband Ray and son Avett, 4. When this once 200-pound dog’s health declined, he dropped to 135 pounds.

“Around May 2014, we noticed that Thor started to be a little less competent on his back legs,” Beeson said. “He started a slow decline with hip dysplasia, a torn ACL and other problems, and he began to lose his mobility and function.”

With input from local veterinarian Dr. Jesse Grady, the family made the heart-wrenching decision in early May to end Thor’s life with love, but they wanted his death to contribute information that could help other pets.  read more...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 8th, MSU-CVM Lecture 1, room 113 6:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Kurt Venator, veterinarian of Nestle Purina, as he explores the amazing world of pets in the community and how their simple presence enriches lives or people every day. From creating pet friendly work environments to local shelter outreach, learn how you can help create a future world where pets and people can become better together. Click here and find out more.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MSU Vets Boost Understanding of Endangered Sea Turtle Anatomy

They called him Bubba. Actually, they call many of them Bubba. No one really knows why. Something about the earnest expressions on the sea turtles’ faces just seems to earn that name from veterinarians overseeing their care.

This particular Bubba swallowed a fisherman’s hook and was dragged 30 feet up a Gulf Coast pier. The trauma caused serious damage to his esophagus and kicked off a years-long rehabilitation effort.

“You can imagine the shape he must have been in,” said Dr. Jennifer Gambino, an assistant professor in Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Thirty pounds of juvenile sea turtle being pulled up a pier on a hook causes a lot of internal damage to the animal.” more...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Homeward Bound helps with Animal Rescue Flights

Animal rescue flights was contacted by the Westchester SPCA that there were five Chi Mixed puppies down south Mississippi at Homeward Bound an organization which was able to rescue these puppies from a very bad scene. The transport began yesterday with a pilot who picked up the five puppies in Mississippi and flew them to Tennessee.  Read More 

Terri Snead and Homeward Bound appear from 1:03 to 1:25.  

Wednesday, July 27, 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.