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