Monday, April 23, 2018

Student Spotlight: Amber Chavez (DVM Class of 2018)

For as long as she’s been in school, Amber Chavez’s April 29 birthday has fallen on final exam week.
But this year, her birthday falls on a day she’s been working toward her whole life—her last day of school as a veterinary student in Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine before graduation.
She is about to become the first person in her family not only to graduate from college, but to have earned an advanced degree.
“Big things are happening that week,” Chavez said. “I’m a little nervous but mostly excited.”
Born in Mobile, Alabama, to parents who both worked two jobs to support their family, Chavez knew the value of hard work from a young age.
“I wouldn’t have the work ethic I have if it wasn’t for them,” she said. “They wanted something better, for them and for me, and they did what had to be done.”  Read More Here

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Annual Alpha Psi 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Nestle Purina

Students, participants and their pets braved the weather to participate in the annual Alpha Psi 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Nestle Purina. The course ran though the roads and parking areas around the Wise Center. Click Here for more images.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sherry Blackmon and Audrey Anne Estess at AVMA Legislative Fly-In

Each year, MSU-CVM has a few of our very own students attend the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)'s Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. This year's Fly-In took place on March 26-27, and the two students representing us this year were Sherry Blackmon and AudreyAnne Estess.

AudreyAnne shares her exciting experience below from this year's Fly-In:

"I had the wonderful opportunity to represent MSU-CVM at the annual AVMA Legislative Fly-In. There were about 100 veterinarians and veterinary students meeting with U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill. Among many topics, we discussed animal health/agriculture research, vaccine banks, and student loan repayment programs. It was so eye opening to learn about everything that happens in Congress that has a direct impact on animal health and the veterinary profession. At the Fly-In, I served as an advocate for companion animals, farm animals, pet owners, farmers, and veterinary professionals. It was so fulfilling to know that I was standing up for policy that would benefit such a wide array of humans and animals. I look forward to future opportunities in which I can be a voice for our profession."

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine to host inaugural Shelter Educational Conference, sponsored by PetSmart Charities

STARKVILLE, Miss.— The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its first Shelter Educational Conference, funded entirely by PetSmart Charities. PetSmart Charities donated $16,050 for the conference, which will focus on ways in which animal shelters can improve their quality of care.

“PetSmart Charities has been one of the biggest supporters of our shelter medicine program,” Dr. Philip Bushby, professor emeritus and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, said. “They fund a lot of the good work we do for shelter animals in Mississippi.”

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s shelter medicine program currently works with twenty-five shelters in the north Mississippi area. The program provides guidance in shelter management and safety, and combats overpopulation by offering high-volume, high-quality spay and neuter services through their mobile veterinary surgical units. These services are offered at no cost to the shelters.

“The idea for this conference came from seeing the constant needs of the shelters our program works with, but also recognizing that many shelters have similar needs,” Bushby said. “We want every shelter employee to leave the conference ready to make their shelters better than when they left them, regardless of their level of resources.”

The Shelter Educational Conference is open not just to veterinarians, but all people involved in shelter work, from managers and staff to volunteers.

“Shelters serve a key role in educating people to properly care for animals, and it is important that shelters understand not only how to properly care for animals, but also how to educate the people in their local communities on the proper care of animals,” said College of Veterinary Medicine dean, Dr. Kent Hoblet. “By opening the conference to such a broad group of attendants, it will serve as a multiplier for that important educational component.”

Speakers for the conference are all veterinarians and technicians from the College’s Shelter Medicine Program. They will cover topics ranging from capacity for care to shelter biosecurity to behavioral enrichment for dogs and cats.

Recognizing the limited resources of most shelters, the generous support of PetSmart Charities allows for registrants to attend the conference at no cost.

“PetSmart Charities’ continued support for the College’s shelter medicine program has been critical to enhance the program and broaden its reach throughout the community,” said Jimmy Kight, the College’s director of development. “By supporting grants such as this one, PetSmart Charities helps make possible critical training for shelter workers who directly address animal health and welfare needs on a daily basis.”

The Petsmart Charities Shelter Educational Conference will take place at the College of Veterinary Medicine on April 21 and 22. Registration is available through Friday, April 13, and individuals can register online:  Conference Registration click here.

Questions or requests for additional information about the conference can be directed to Dr. Philip Bushby at

Thursday, March 1, 2018

HAB Lecture Series at the Mill Conference Center Friday March 9th

Please RSVP to Karen Cook 662-325-1103, seats are still available.  Click Here to Download Poster

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Khaitsa Honored by the Pan African Medical Journal

Dr. Margaret Khaitsa, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor of pathobiology and population medicine, has been honored by the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ).

Khaitsa’s work was highlighted in a special issue journal supplement dedicated to the research and graduate training Khaitsa and her collaborators conduct in Uganda. The issue reports on the accomplishments she and her collaborators have made in transboundary animal disease research.

The featured project is called “Capacity Building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses” and is sponsored by the United States Agency of International Development.

The link to the special issue journal can be found online here:

Monday, February 12, 2018

MVRDL Director Recieves E.P. Pope Award

Dr. Lanny W. Pace – E.P. Pope Award Recipient
The prestigious E.P. Pope Memorial Award for 2017 was presented to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, Dr. Lanny W. Pace. The E.P. Pope Memorial Award is an annual award made in memory of Dr. Edward P. Pope, one of the founders of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The Pope Award is the highest award given by the Association and is presented to an individual who has made noteworthy and significant contributions to the Association with regard to implementing and advancing the recognition of the specialty of veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine. Pace was presented with this notable honor at the 60th Annual Meeting of the AAVLD in San Diego, California earlier this fall.
Pace earned an undergraduate degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University. Pace currently serves as the Executive Director for the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System and Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine. He provides administrative oversight and leadership of the state’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory system. Throughout his career, Pace has also been active in a number of state and national associations related to veterinary medicine and animal agriculture. Pace currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates with the AAVLD and has also completed six years as the Southeast region representative on the Executive Board in 2017.
Pace says that is an honor to be recognized by the AAVLD with the E.P. Pope Award and that he has been fortunate to have worked with great mentors, colleagues, and coworkers who all have exceptional dedication to veterinary diagnostics.
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is proud of Dr. Lanny Pace and his accomplishments, and we warmly congratulate him on being this year’s distinguished recipient of the E.P. Pope Award.