Tuesday, December 13, 2016

International training: MSU veterinary faculty teach epidemiology in China

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Two Mississippi State professors in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine are reaching out to students around the world who want to learn about their specialized field of epidemiology.
Drs. David R. Smith and Robert W. Wills recently traveled to China to teach a two-week, two-credit-hour course funded by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
“There is a need for training Chinese veterinarians in epidemiology,” Smith said. Epidemiology is the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence and prevalence of disease in large populations and with detection of the sources and cause of epidemics of infectious disease. It’s also commonly referred to as studying “herd health.” read more...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Envoys give CVM it's hospitality.

Special Thanks to our envoys for the 2016-2017 year.
Front Row (L to R):  Megan Violand, Kelsey Traylor, Skyler Hensarling , Kristen Frank, and Samantha Hughes.
Second Row (L to R):  Blair Bennett, Erin Close, Katy Carrier
Third Row (L to R):  Austin Whitmon, Alex Shealy, James Yates, Robert Stenger, LaDarrius Battee, Wil Moorhead

Friday, December 9, 2016

Visit to Palmer Home

MSU-CVM's Animals in Focus group and athletes from Mississippi State Athletics had the opportunity to spread some holiday cheer at the Palmer Home for Children. The children enjoyed face painting, inflatables, refreshments, and interactions with MSU athletes and MSU-CVM students, faculty, and staff. They were also treated to a special guest appearance by our very own #BullyXXI (a.k.a. Jak). We are so grateful to the many individuals and businesses who worked together to make this special event possible! #weringtrue #hailstate #communityoutreach #holidaycheer #tistheseason


During this giving season, many people reflect on the year behind and make final decisions on which charitable organizations to support with a year-end gift. Philanthropy fuels our forward progress – in scholarship, in research, in outreach, and more. Each day, programs and initiatives made possible by donors are touching the lives of untold thousands at MSU-CVM, across our region, throughout the country, and around the world.

Why do so many give? Because every gift – large or small – helps make possible another success, another breakthrough, another discovery. And in that way, every donor becomes a part of the CVM family and plays a key role in making the future even better for people and pets.

There are many different ways to contribute a gift. The easiest and most direct method is to make a donation at www.foundation.msstate.com. Click on “Give Now” to make an impact.

If you’re not comfortable making a gift online or if you have questions about making a gift, simply call the development staff at (662) 325-5170. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pegasus Partner's Gifts Support Student International Experiences

Andrea Seitz, second year DVM student, traveled to the Miguel Angel Asturias Spanish School in Guatemala where she participated in the Veterinary Medical Spanish Program. The program combines intensive general Spanish instruction with specialized instruction focused on veterinary medical terminology and relevant situations. Andrea’s trip was possible thanks to Pegasus Partners donors whose gifts allow CVM students to expand their international perspective and veterinary knowledge through international experiences. This video provides an inside look at some of the incredible opportunities Andrea was afforded while in Guatemala. Such trips would not be possible without the financial support of donors passionate about educating globally minded veterinarians!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

National Philanthropy Day: MSU-CVM extends our THANKS!


Today is National Philanthropy Day which celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in their communities. Thank you to the many donors and volunteers who have contributed to MSU-CVM in 2016. Your gifts matter and will have an ongoing impact as we work together to make life better for people and pets!


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 https://www.gunnerkennels.com/blog.

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.”  ...read 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.

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.

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.

Read more

Friday, May 6, 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016

Photos available @ CVM Photo Services

Awards ceremony for graduating class of 2016  in CVM main auditorium.

After graduation, class of 2016 in front of Lee Hall, Bettersworth auditorium. 

Photos of these events are available @ CVM Photo Services

Scholarship Breakfast

DVM 2016 Awards Ceremony

DVM 2016 Graduation

DVM 2016 with Bully-Jak


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MSU seeks to work with dog owners

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites dog owners to enroll their pets in a new study.
In cooperation with local veterinarians, this research initiative is designed to develop practical and cost-effective methods of managing chronic diarrhea, a common condition in dogs.

Chronic diarrhea can be difficult for pet owners to manage, and community veterinarians often have to refer dogs to specialty centers, such as the MSU veterinary college, for care if commonly used treatments do not work.
“We want to alleviate the cost and length of treatment by giving local community veterinarians the tools... read more

Monday, May 2, 2016

MSU/CVM Students visit Children's Hospital

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) Club delivered Josh and Friends' kits to children at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.
Josh and Friends is an organization that aims to provide comfort to children in the hospital by providing them with a kit that includes a plush Golden Retriever dog and book.
 Josh and Friends Project

Friday, April 22, 2016

MSU/CVM Yard Sale April 23

The vet school yard sale happening tomorrow, April 23, from 7a.m. – 12p.m.! See attached flyer for more details. There will be lots of items for sale, and we hope that you will come on out to browse and shop.  There will also be baked goodies for sale, with all profits to benefit Safe Haven and Care Lodge.

Questions?  Contact Mark Lee at mgl67@msstate.edu.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New technique helps scientists study listeria

Extension Associate II
Agricultural Communications

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Researchers at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine pioneered a technique that can help advance the study of one of the deadliest foodborne bacteria in the United States.
Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes listeriosis, ranks No. 3 among the top five domestically acquired foodborne pathogens that cause death, according to 2011 estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
MSU researchers developed a faster, more efficient method of performing genetic studies of listeria, which will help scientists worldwide find ways to better control the pathogen and treat those who become ill from the bacterium.
“The study of these bacteria is important because listeria can survive most of the sanitation procedures and conditions that kill other foodborne bacteria,” said Dr. Mark Lawrence, a professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “We know it can grow at refrigeration temperatures and can live in high and low acidity. It has a great ability to adapt.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vets for Vets Ambassador Opportunity

https://accelerate.msstate.edu/project/2052Are you looking for a simple but yet effective way to help promote the College of Veterinary Medicine? Consider becoming an ambassador for our upcoming #HailStateGiving Days-MSU’s philanthropy event happening on April 18-19, 2016!
Being an ambassador simply means that you promote, encourage, share, and give any amount to VETS for VETS during this 48-hour event. The purpose of this effort is to raise awareness of VETs for VETS and to encourage fellow bulldogs and friends to become engaged with the CVM. Our goal is to have at least 30 donors participate in 48 hours. Thank you for your willingness and enthusiasm! Vets for Vets is an exciting program designed to help the community while improving animal health by providing rehabilitation care for retired military dogs and police dogs.

If you would like to sign up, please contact Melissa Montgomery at mmontgomery@cvm.msstate.edu or 662-325-5170. She’ll give you instructions on how to promote Vets for Vets through social media sites. Participants will receive a Hail State Giving Day t-shirt and a surprise gift.

To support this program, visit Hail State Giving Days today
For more information on the Vets for Vets program watch this short video.

Vets for Vets is designed to improve the community and improve animal health by providing rehabilitation care for retired military dogs and police dogs.

Vets for Vets began when Army Captain Teri Vaughn, a veterinarian and graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and second year veterinary student, Courtney M. Griffin and  the CVM Class of 2018 recognized the need to support canine veterans following service. They were familiar with charitable programs that support currently deployed military working dogs and their handlers, but not aware of any with an emphasis on canine veterans.

Most former service dogs with degenerative joint tissue can benefit from regular physical therapy. MSU-CVM offers treatment and rehabilitation through a team approach. 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. Dogs who participate in the program have bravely served as part of our military or police force. The best part of Vets for Vets is to give back to the dogs and help make their lives more comfortable.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Open House Complete Success

Thank you to all of our visitors who joined us, and a big round of applause for our amazing MSU-CVM students, clinicians, and staff who all worked together to make this year's event a great success!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

College of Veterinary Medicine 31st Annual Open House

“You’re invited to join us for our 31st annual Open House on April 1 and 2.  FREE fun for all ages.  Click here for more details.”

“You’re invited to join us for our 31st annual Open House on April 1 and 2.  FREE fun for all ages.  Click here for more details.”

Raise funds for Vets for Vets Program

It's Starkville Restaurant Week and we have the opportunity to win $5,000 for our Vets for Vets program! We need to get as many votes as possible. To participate, simply eat at one of the restaurants listed here: http://starkvillerestaurantweek.com/participating-restaurants/, then make sure you receive a voting card at the restaurant of your choice, and check the box on your voting card to vote for Vets for Vets.

For those of you who love social media, snap a photo of your vote or check in at the restaurant and tag our MSU-CVM or Vets for Vets Facebook pages. Haven't found MSU-CVM or Vets for Vets on Facebook yet?  Be sure to head on over and "like" both of their pages! You can find MSU-CVM on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MSUCVM/ and Vets for Vets on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/msucvmvetsforvets/.

Thank you for your votes, and please help us spread the word about this great program and its need for funding!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

40 Top Professors of Veterinary Technology (2016)

Our very own Dr. Allison Gardner has been named as one of the top 40 veterinary technology professors. Congratulations to Dr. Gardner! We are so proud. 
The field of veterinary medicine allows practitioners to diagnose and treat animals of all kinds, and veterinary technicians and technologists play an integral part by caring for and performing tests on animals to help licensed veterinarians formulate accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.

Fortunately for those who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary technology, job growth throughout the next decade is expected to be brisk. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary technician and technologist jobs are projected to increase by 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, or 17,900 in total.  Read more...

Slide show from Rho Alpha Psi 5k Dog Dash

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Veterinarians seek answers to canine, human cancers

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Aspirin can knock out minor aches and pains, but what if it also could play a role in cancer prevention?
That is the question a group of veterinarians at Mississippi State University are trying to answer. Drs. Kari Lunsford and Camilo Bulla are two members of the team who have spent about five years trying to understand the link between blood platelets and the spread of certain types of cancer. Their research focuses on canine cancer patients at the MSU Animal Health Center.
“Doctors have prescribed low-dose aspirin for years as a blood thinner. The way it thins the blood is by stopping some of the actions of blood platelets,” said Lunsford, an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “People who have been on this therapy for many years have a lower incidence of some types of cancers.  read more...

Friday, March 4, 2016

5K Dog Dash Saturday, March 5, 2016

Alpha Psi will be hosting its 5K Dog Dash on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at MSU North Farm. This year the Dog Dash will feature a few dog agility stops along way for your dog to complete during the race. Pre-registration for runners will be held in front of the Pegasus Dining Hall (located at the College of Veterinary Medicine) on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 4-5 pm. The admission fee is $15. In addition, registration for runners and walkers will be available prior to the start of the race from 9:00 -9:45 am. A major portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the care of the pets enrolled in Safe Haven for Pets program here at MSU-CVM. Prizes sponsored by

Purina© will be given to the winners of each category:
Fastest with dog over obstacles (must complete 2 out of 3 obstacles)
Fastest with dog without obstacles
Fastest without dog

Photos with your pet on race day will be available for purchase.

Race Rules:

Race Start at 10am
Please Park at the MSU Winery then walk down the hill to the gravel road for registration and check-in.
All Dogs Must Be on a leash during the course of the event.
Good Luck and Happy Jogging!

Alpha Psi Executive Team

Monday, February 22, 2016

Want to Help Take Care of The Big Dawg?

The MSU Foundation has started a crowd funding project to help raise needed donations for specific projects and programs. At CVM, we are participating in this by highlighting our Bully Fund. Please take a moment to check out the site: https://accelerate.msstate.edu/project/1641 . The point of this is to earn needed funds but to also promote the university. If you choose to give a gift, we also encourage you to share this site on your social media accounts (example “I just made a gift and you can, too #bigdawgcare https://accelerate.msstate.edu/project/1641). And you don’t even have to make a gift to spread the word. Share away! Thank you!

Go, Dawgs!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Verleen Gray

Verleen Gray helps keep the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine running smoothly while encouraging clients, students and staff.

As a communications operator, Verleen answers the phone and directs calls to small animal admissions and the clinic. She also handles work orders for items that break and operates the gate to let clients into and out of the hospital. Logging visitors’ names, times and destinations helps keep CVM secure.

“We also have two new classrooms, so I’ve been giving directions to students coming here from the main campus,” she added.

Before coming to CVM, Verleen worked in a variety of customer service jobs. On campus, she worked at the bookstore and then as a dispatcher for the MSU Police Department.

“I’ve always been a big customer service person, I like helping other people,” Verleen said. “I feel like you have to be a very compassionate person to work any customer service job. What might not be a big deal to someone else is a serious issue to the person on the other end of the phone. Here at CVM, I try to comfort clients and assure them everything is going to be okay with regard to their pets.”  read more...

Briarwood Animal Hospital Establishes Memorial Scholarship

Providing scholarship support for our students is important. The Briarwood Animal Hospital recently established the Briarwood Animal Hospital- Campbell G. Dale Memorial Scholarship to help provide support to a 3rd or 4th year student, preferably a Mississippi resident who is excelling in the DVM program.
The scholarship is in memory of Campbell Grady Dale, the son of Dr. David and Jill Dale, and the grandson of Dr. Leon Dale. David is a member of the MSU-CVM Class of 2004. He practices at Briarwood Animal Hospital in Jackson, MS and their second clinic, Millcreek Animal Clinic in Brandon, MS. Dr. Leon Dale finished his undergraduate degree at MSU and his DVM at Auburn University. He has practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years.

In 2014, at the age of 4 ½, Campbell was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcom, a rare cancer of the soft tissue. After 18 months of intense chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, the cancer continued to grow. Campbell’s last days were filled with amazing experiences including being honored as a MSU Bulldog for the day, and he enjoyed going to Disney World with the Make a Wish Organization of Mississippi. Campbell was brave and happy, and his life will forever be honored through the Briarwood Animal Hospital- Campbell G. Dale Memorial Scholarship.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Melissa Montgomery
Advancement Coordinator
CVM Office of the Dean
for receiving employee of the month February 2016.

The Jackson Zoo will be hosting a free lecture

Jackson, Miss.— The Jackson Zoo will be hosting a free lecture from conservationist Brian Badger from Cheetah Conservation Fund on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 p.m.  
Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Brian Badger will be speaking about CCF’s work with cheetahs in Namibia. Thanks to the Jackson Zoo Conservation Committee & AAZK the Jackson Chapter, this opportunity is open to the public and free with zoo admission.
The lecture will take place in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center at the Jackson Zoo. Unfortunately, there will not be a cheetah present, but there will be information about cheetahs and opportunity to ask questions about this species from an international expert.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is dedicated to saving the cheetah species in the wild. The organization was founded in 1990, by Dr. Laurie Marker and has since established programs to help address threats to cheetahs in the wild. Brian Badger has been with CCF since 2012, and holds a wealth of knowledge about cheetahs, specifically in Namibia.
The Jackson Zoo encourages all interested guests to visit Sunday, Feb. 7 for this special presentation. For more information on Cheetah Conservation Fund visit: www.cheetah.org.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Endowed Fund Helps Meet AHC Needs

MSU-CVM is pleased to announce the establishment of the T. Daniel and Rona Johnson-Belser Advancing Care Fund. The fund will help address many areas of need for animals, clinicians, and veterinary students, and will be used to upgrade equipment within the Animal Health Center. The Johnson-Belser family also chose to support the CVM Advancement Fund with a gift to support the college through student scholarships, travel support, speaker support, and marketing efforts.   

T. Daniel and Rona Johnson-Belser have been long –time supporters of the MSU College of Education and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Rona Johnson-Belser graduated from the College of Education and went on to have a career in special education in Oxford, MS. The Belsers are members of the MSU Alumni Chapter in Birmingham, AL.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Small Cat Hammocks - Home or Shelter Use

The MSU-CVM Shelter Club is making cat hammock frames that will be donated to comfort shelter cats in Mississippi. In order to help the shelters be able to use them with a little more ease, the hammocks themselves will be made out of t-shirts (this is where you come in). We are asking for donations of t-shirts of any size to be used for these awesome cat hammocks.
So if you have any old (or new) t-shirts you never get to wear, we hope you'll consider giving them to this good cause. Donations will be taken through Friday, February 5th, and can be placed in the marked box by the entrance to our cafeteria. For anyone outside of the college wishing to participate, please mail donations to: Katie Timmerman, Dean's Office, 240 Wise Center Drive, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Thank you! 

Listen to Katy Quinn on farm and family Click Here...

New surgical procedure shows promise for pets

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A new technique developed by a Mississippi State University veterinarian may improve the long-term management of obstructive hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, in small animals by reducing the rate of surgical complications.
“A similar technique is now used in human infants because, with traditional shunt placement, they can experience a complication rate of about 35 percent within the first two years,” said Dr. Andy Shores, chief of neurosurgery at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “In small animals, statistics show a complication rate of 25 to 50 percent for traditional shunts, and maybe even higher in very young dogs and cats that have much smaller heads. So we looked for a way to improve the procedure of removing excess fluid off the brain in puppies and kittens.”    Read more...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Jurasic Bark 2016 Open House

Mark your calendars and spread the word about this year’s MSU-CVM Open House event!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ASPCA grant assists MSU-CVM program

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has awarded the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine a grant to support the college’s Mobile Veterinary Clinics.
The $20,000 grant will help offset some of the expenses incurred as the Mobile Veterinary Clinics travel to 20 north Mississippi animal shelters, where students spay and neuter homeless animals. The program is funded solely by grants and donations.
“This is such an important program for our students and for our community,” said Jimmy Kight, director of development at the veterinary college. “This generous grant helps cover the many operational expenses it takes to keep the program successful.”  read more...