Monday, June 17, 2013

Vet camp offers experience for high school students

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

Students interested in veterinary school had an opportunity to get an inside look at the profession during the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Camp.
During the recent three-day camp, 13- to 16-year-olds attended labs taught by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and participated in hands-on workshops.
Brandi Van Ormer, director of communications for the college, said the camp strives to give students a realistic picture of what it is like to be a veterinary student.
“Typically, we show them both the large and small animal side of things, from horses and cows to cats and dogs,” Van Ormer said. “Campers get to do swabs and examine them under the microscope, practice basic suturing techniques, make dental molds and so much more. It’s all interactive.” "read more"...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Travel with pets requires planning

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications

JACKSON -- Whether families head to the local park or an out-of-town destination, veterinarians advise them this summer to take steps to ensure pets stay safe and healthy as they travel.
Dr. Joey Burt, assistant clinical professor and director of the Animal Health Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said before setting out on any trip, pet owners should make sure their pets are comfortable with riding in an automobile. Burt suggested taking pets on short trips to gauge their tolerance. more...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Research program shows students diverse careers

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When veterinarian Dr. Alicia Olivier arrives for work every day, she isn’t greeted by wagging tails and nervous meows. Instead, she spends her days behind a microscope to help better understand disease processes and therapy development.
Olivier is a member of a diverse set of veterinary scientists who conduct a variety of biomedical research that impacts animal and human health. more...