Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MSU veterinary college provides free eye exams to service animals

Office of Public Affairs News Bureau (662) 325-3442 Contact: Karen Templeton April 08, 2014
Guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public.
To honor them and their valuable work, Mississippi State will provide eye screenings next month for eligible service animals in the area. Dr. Caroline Betbeze will perform the exams at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Each May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists sponsors the National Service Dog Eye Exam, and this year is serving as co-host for the National Service Animal Eye Exam. Along with New Jersey-based Stokes Pharmacy, Betbeze and more than 250 other veterinary ophthalmologists around the country will offer their time and resources to provide free eye exams during the month. more...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Helping dogs avoid injury outdoors

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications
JACKSON – The mild spring weather brings people and pets out to play. But encounters with other dogs, wildlife and moving vehicles often hurt dogs that spend time outdoors.
Supervision is the best way to help Fido avoid trouble, said Dr. Christine Calder, a veterinary resident with a focus in behavior at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
“A dog should be either on a leash or under direct voice control at all times in an unfenced yard or public area,” Calder said. “If a dog chases cars, people, bikes, skateboards, other dogs and cats, or is aggressive toward other people or dogs, it is even more important to have the dog on a leash.”  Read More...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Community is invited to CVM annual open house

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is inviting visitors of all ages to attend its 29th annual Open House April 4 and 5.
The veterinary college doors will open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street. The April 4 program is for preregistered school groups, while the community is welcome to attend April 5.    more...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First student graduates new veterinary program

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Lauren Bright may not consider herself a pioneer, but she has blazed a trail for Mississippi State University veterinary medicine students interested in medical research careers.
In 2008, Bright became one of the first two students admitted to the newly combined doctor of veterinary medicine-graduate degree program at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, in which students earn a DVM and a Ph.D. at the same time. This May, she will become the program’s first graduate, when she receives her DVM degree in May 2014. She will receive her Ph.D. in spring 2015. more...