Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Linking arms: First year DVM student and FarmHouse Fraternity work together to support TK Martin Center for Technology and Disability

A Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) student and the Mississippi State University FarmHouse Fraternity are working together to provide support to the TK Martin Center and the students to whom it provides services. While veterinary school itself comes with a significant amount of day-to-day responsibilities, Gunnar Dunnam has found a calling outside of the four walls of his classrooms and labs to give back in a tangible way to children in the community. One of those children is Emma Welch.

"I met Emma my freshman year at Mississippi State while working as a therapeutic horseback riding volunteer in West Point, Mississippi. Emma was not only my rider, but she was also a student at the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability,” said first year DVM student Gunnar Dunnam. “It was during this time that I got to know Emma and her mom better, and I learned a great deal more about the important services provided by the T.K. Martin Center.”

Dunnam is the current Resident Advisor/House Dad for the Mississippi State University chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity. Prior to his role as resident advisor, he served as philanthropy chair for the chapter. He says that the fraternity was not satisfied with the impact they were having with their philanthropic efforts, so they began to develop a plan for making a larger impact.

“As it turns out, I didn’t need to look far,” said Dunnam. “My first thought was the amazing work that was literally happening right down the street from us at the T.K. Martin Center. So, we began this partnership with them.”

In less than a year, the fraternity has been able to donate a Rifton Activity Chair, which is designed to help with feeding, speech therapy, active learning, and for clients (like Emma) with sensory processing challenges.

“This photo was taken at a luncheon where $2,880 was donated so the center could buy new computers,” said Dunnam “This is an opportunity for our members to be able to get involved and have first-hand experience in making a positive difference in our community.”

In addition to the luncheon where the donation for the new computers was announced, Emma was also named honorary sweet heart of FarmHouse Fraternity, since she is the link that originally connected the two organizations together.

“Our family along with others from T.K. Martin Center have been so impressed with the willingness of the FarmHouse Fraternity to help our kids,” said Martha Ann Welch, Emma’s mom. “The T.K. Martin Center means so much to our family because of how Emma has grown – cognitively and physically – since she started attending in 2013 at the age of three. To see these young men and their passion for helping others in the community is amazing! We are just so appreciative of what they have done so far and for what I know they will continue to do.”

You can find out more information about the services provided by the T.K. Martin Center by visiting their website at

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vet Students Decorate, Donate Dog Houses

NestlĂ© Purina Petcare Company donated 15 dog houses to students of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine to be assembled and distributed.

Third year veterinary student Veronica Kiely, a Purina student representative, was involved in deciding what to do with the dog houses.

“We had a painting event to make it fun and just kind of a stress reliever for the vet students,” Kiely said. “There were prizes for the most creative dog houses, which were judged by faculty members.”
The dog houses were painted by hand by students who worked in teams. Of the 15 dog houses donated, there were 10 judged by faculty members, and the most creative are on display in the front lobby of the Wise Center.

The top three winners were cottage-themed, beach-themed and cabin-themed.  Read More...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Early Entry Program

Applications for our Early Entry Program are now available! The Early Entry Program is a unique program of MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine that allows high-achieving high school seniors to earn pre-acceptance (early, pre-approved acceptance) into the CVM.
The application for the Early Entry Program is available to high school seniors beginning October 1 through December 31 each year and is due for submission by January 5 of the applicant’s senior year.
Read more about our Early Entry Program and find application materials online here:…/prospective-st…/early-entry-program

Friday, September 29, 2017

Vet Aspire 2017-1018

We kicked off our VetAspire program for the 2017-2018 academic year with our first session on Friday, September 29.
VetAspire is a program designed for students to spend the day at MSU-CVM. Each month, students have the opportunity to participate in clinics, lectures, and hands-on activities. We cap this program at approximately five students per session, providing attendees with an exceptional hands-on learning experience. The goal of this program is to expose students to th...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

MSSTATE-Our People-Margaret Khaitsa

Growing up in Uganda, Margaret Khaitsa always excelled in the sciences, and she became one of few young women to study chemistry and biology in her advanced high school. She expected to go into agriculture, but changed her career focus when she qualified to study veterinary medicine at Makerere University.
Today, she is a professor of international veterinary epidemiology in Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned a master’s degree at University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and a doctoral degree at The Ohio State University before working for a decade on faculty at North Dakota State University. She was attracted to MSU in 2013, soon after she attended a university conference on food security. She was impressed by MSU’s strategic goal of globalization, along with its relationship with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization.
“That aligned really well with what I was doing,” said Khaitsa, referring to a USAID-funded project she was working on in “Capacity building in Integrated Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonosis –CIMTRADZ” in East Africa. read more...