Starkville, MS, May, 28, 2019—Lil’ Bill, the tiny bull that captured the hearts of social media followers around the world, died Monday [May 27] at Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from complications associated with his prematurity.
Provided advanced medical care by the university’s veterinarians for the past seven months, Lil’ Bill faced a number of obstacles as a result of his prematurity and suspected dwarfism, but was able to overcome many of them, according to CVM’s Dr. Gretchen Grissett.
Despite her team’s best efforts, the bull—at birth weighing less than one-tenth of the average newborn bull—succumbed to organ failure as a result of significant infection. “He had a strong will to survive, and with our help, found a way to overcome virtually every hurdle he faced. However, for the last few weeks, his health consistently deteriorated,” said the assistant clinical professor of pathobiology and production. “As with most preemies, Lil’ Bill faced significant
developmental issues, and in the end, his underdeveloped gastrointestinal system and immature lungs contributed significantly to his death.”
According to CVM Dean Kent Hoblet, Grissett and her team stand to be commended for the outstanding work they did with this one-of-a-kind case. “Lil’ Bill was far from a typical patient. Dr. Grissett and the entire CVM team worked extremely hard to provide him the very best care and best possible chance of surviving,” Hoblet said. “The fact that he not only survived, but enjoyed a good quality of life for almost seven months, is a significant achievement on their part. I’m proud of our team’s dedication to him and of their commitment to doing what was best for him.”
“We all learned so much from this tiny bull,” Grissett said. “He challenged us and inspired us, and he will definitely be missed.”
The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 accredited veterinary colleges in the U.S. and is one of only a few colleges that provides two full years of clinical experience in addition to coursework and labs.
The college boasts a 99% North American Veterinary Licensing Exam
(NAVLE) pass rate. For more information, visit http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/.
For more information contact:
Mel Thurlow, CVM Outreach Director
Office of the Dean
Phone: (662) 325-0465
Fax: (662) 325-1498
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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In the fall of 2018, MSU CVM Dean Kent Hoblet announced the initiation of nineteen distinguished members to the first-ever CVM Dean’s Council. The council was established to assist the dean in key areas of promotion, growth, and sustainability of the college by providing strategic, non-binding advice regarding vision, direction, and long-term planning of the college, as well as assisting in acquiring resources from private, corporate, state and federal levels and assisting with the student recruitment efforts of the college. In addition, the council will serve in an advisory capacity for the marketing and public relations efforts of the college and as an advocate of the college to university administration, the State of Mississippi, and as appropriate, on a national level.
“Having guidance, support and feedback from a group of individuals with a strong connection to the college, genuine interest in its mission and sincere concern for its continued success is most certainly beneficial to all of us in leadership roles here at the CVM,” Dr. Hoblet said. “We’re thankful for their willingness to serve and the input they will provide.”
Selected by the dean in consultation with his senior leadership team, plans are for council members to serve five-year terms (with the initial group serving staggered terms to avoid complete turnover), and the council chairman serving a two-year term. The council will meet in the fall and spring each year, and members can be reappointed indefinitely by mutual agreement between them and the dean.
According to Dr. Hoblet, the council’s initial meeting was held October 11-12, 2018. Members were greeted with a reception the evening they arrived and received an informative overview of the CVM presented the following day by the dean, associate dean, development staff, communications team, faculty members and students.
The council will meet again in March, when they will hear about the CVM’s recently awarded $15M USAID grant for the Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab, tour the Veterinary Specialty Center and receive an update on the interview and admissions process for the incoming DVM class.For additional information about the Dean’s Council, call (662)325-1131. Individual members will also be featured in future issues of Pegasus Press.