Friday, September 1, 2017

Leo the Lab Finds Healing at CVM-MSU

Leo the Lab Finds Healing at MSU-CVM

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine DVM-PhD Student Selected to Present at NIH Veterinary Sciences Technology Colloquium

Dr. Jim Nichols, a DVM-PhD student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, had an abstract selected and was invited to present his research at the 1st National Training Colloquium for Combined DVM-PhD (VSTP) and Comparative Biomedical Scientists held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Natcher Center in Bethesda, Maryland on August 3, 2017.

Out of 26 DVM-PhD students who submitted abstracts to the colloquium, Nichols was chosen as one of six selected to present his research to an audience of PhD students and administrators from universities around the country. 

Nichols’ abstract focuses on how Cannabidiol, a drug being investigated to treat epilepsy in children, can also be used successfully to treat multiple sclerosis. He conducts research under the supervision of his PhD mentor, assistant professor Dr. Barbara Kaplan, who was excited to hear Nichols was selected to present at the prestigious event. “I was thrilled,” Kaplan said. “It really says a lot for the work he is doing. It shows what we’re doing in the lab, and shows people from other universities the quality of work we do in our veterinary PhD program.”

Nichols was honored to present the research he is so passionate about to such a prominent audience of researchers.
“It felt really great to be chosen to present to my colleagues, who are DVM-PhD students, to present to the heads of other universities’ PhD programs, and to present to NIH members,” Nichols said. “It was a great opportunity.” Of the eight students currently participating in the College’s combined DVM-PhD program, three attended the NIH colloquium. Dr. Brittany Szafran, a DVM-PhD student who also works under Kaplan, attended and had a research abstract accepted into the colloquium’s abstract book, and Dr. Courtney Hunter, another DVM-PhD student, attended the colloquium as well.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Harkness of MSU honored by international animal-care body

Contact: Sammy McDavid

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A retired member of Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty is being honored for a lifetime devoted to specialized animal care.
Dr. John E. Harkness is receiving the 2017 Bennett J. Cohen Award. Over his decades on campus, the now-professor emeritus served as the land-grant university’s laboratory animal veterinarian.

A major recognition of the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the Cohen Award is given for exceptional service and significant contributions in the promotion of animal care in research, testing and educational programs.

Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit body that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. Founded in 1965, the organization now includes nearly 1,000 businesses, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions in more than 40 countries. For more, visit  to read more

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Research Day Aug 10

Dog Swim, Moncrief Park Starkville. MS

 The 7th Annual OCHS Dog Paddle is a pool party for dogs and a fundraiser for the Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS). Bring your dogs to swim with you at the Moncrief Park Pool in Starkville before the pool is drained for the summer. Proceeds from the event benefit the Oktibbeha County Humane Society’s spay/neuter fund which allows us to spay/neuter 100% of adopted animals, helping to further reduce animal overpopulation.
Join us on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9am - Noon. The cost is $25 for early registration and $30 at the door and includes a t-shirt. Additional dogs are $10 each. Sign up in advance on our website ( to receive the early registration discount and select your t-shirt size.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Labrador retriever, Leo, happy as a puppy!

"Leo" Cobb is a 7-year-old white Labrador Retriever with a very outgoing personality! Leo was referred to MSU-CVM following a diagnosis of respiratory distress/pyothorax at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Flowood, MS. Under the expert care of CVM practitioners, Leo had major thoracic surgery, median sternotomy and lung lobectomy, and he has done exponentially well with every day of post-operative recovery. He's walking around like a puppy again, and he was happy to go home with his family!