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Dr. Alicia Olivier, an assistant professor in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, prepares to view a histology slide from a necropsy under a microscope. MSU offers this service to help determine causes of death for animals. (Photo by MSU-CVM/Tom Thompson)
September 1, 2016 - Filed Under: Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Thor was an aging but happy English mastiff living in Louisville with Vanessa Beeson, her husband Ray and son Avett, 4. When this once 200-pound dog’s health declined, he dropped to 135 pounds.

“Around May 2014, we noticed that Thor started to be a little less competent on his back legs,” Beeson said. “He started a slow decline with hip dysplasia, a torn ACL and other problems, and he began to lose his mobility and function.”

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduates Brittany Storey and David Eldridge are both pursuing careers as veterinary medical technicians in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
June 6, 2016 - Filed Under: Animal Health

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.

Participation in 4-H led sisters Jessica and Rachel Wilson to an interest in pursuing veterinary degrees at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
May 25, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Women for Agriculture, Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- As children, Jessica and Rachel Wilson of Rankin County began working with animals, and now the sisters plan to devote their careers to this vocation after earning veterinary medicine degrees from Mississippi State University.

May 12, 2016 - Filed Under: Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The American College of Theriogenologists has presented its highest honor to a professor in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Drs. Peres Ramos Badial, left, and Camillo Bulla, researches in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, study how platelets alter cancer cells and help them metastasize. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
March 8, 2016 - Filed Under: Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Aspirin can knock out minor aches and pains, but what if it also could play a role in cancer prevention?

That is the question a group of veterinarians at Mississippi State University are trying to answer. Drs. Kari Lunsford and Camilo Bulla are two members of the team who have spent about five years trying to understand the link between blood platelets and the spread of certain types of cancer. Their research focuses on canine cancer patients at the MSU Animal Health Center.

February 16, 2016 - Filed Under: Animal Health

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Animal Disaster Relief Fund (MADRF) received a grant from the nonprofit organization GreaterGood.org.

The MADRF was established during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As the number of displaced or injured pets and livestock increased after the disaster, the relief fund was established to help pay for the animals’ care. The fund later became a permanent resource to help animals affected by natural disasters.

Dr. Phil Bushby, shown at right working in the Mobile Veterinary Clinic, is a professor emeritus at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Bushby received a national award for his dedication to promoting animal welfare and quality veterinary surgery. (File photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
November 19, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A professor emeritus with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine received national recognition from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Dr. Phil Bushby, the retired Marcia P. Lane Endowed Chair in Human Ethics and Animal Welfare, accepted the 2015 Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Award at an association meeting in New Orleans. Each year, the association’s board honors a veterinarian who has significantly advanced shelter medicine through leadership, public service, research, education and/or clinical practice.

Dr. Cathleen Mochal, assistant clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, uses noninvasive shock waves to treat tendon and ligament injuries that could impact physical soundness, which is critical for the usefulness of most horses. (MSU College of Veterinary Medicine File photo/Tom Thompson)
November 12, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Like the star athletes they are, horses have access in Mississippi to many of the same therapies humans need after exercise.

Equine veterinarians at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine offer a variety of treatments and surgeries to mend potentially career-ending conditions.

Dr. Cathleen Mochal, assistant clinical professor, said physical soundness is critical for the usefulness of most horses. While some horses are maintained simply for their beauty and personality, most are also ridden for pleasure, work or competition.

Stacia Applewhite, a senior veterinary medical technology student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, left, and equine resident Dr. Brenna Burkett examine an equine patient. National Veterinary Technician Week is Oct. 11-17. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
October 9, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week October 11-17 by recognizing this growing program and the graduates who have found careers in the dynamic animal health field.

Greg Walker, director of human resources for Mar-Jac Poultry, left, talks to Tom Tabler, a poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, during a bird flu information meeting at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency office in Pearl on Sept. 11, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
September 21, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Poultry, Avian Flu

PEARL, Miss. -- Representatives from the Mississippi poultry industry and state agencies realize that information is key in bird flu preparation, response and recovery if the foreign virus lands in the state this winter.

Dr. Brigid Elchos, deputy state veterinarian for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, invited communication officers who may be involved in a bird flu outbreak to meet at the Pearl office of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 11.

Dr. Dena Lodato, a board-certified veterinary surgeon with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Emergency and Referral Clinic in Flowood, greets Lad, a local patient that recovered from serious injuries he suffered when a train hit him. (Submitted photo)
September 4, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Brandi Van Ormer
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

FLOWOOD, Miss. -- Most amazing stories begin on a normal day, and the story of a collie named Lad was no different.

But what started as a routine day of play ended with a long-term relationship with experts at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s affiliate emergency and specialty center in Flowood.

Hurricane Katrina displaced both family pets and large animals. (MSU Ag Communications file photo/Jim Lytle)
August 28, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Disaster Response

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In the hours immediately following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, a team of Mississippi State University veterinarians specially trained to work with animals in disaster situations arrived at the state’s designated animal disaster relief shelter in Jackson.

While the Mississippi Animal Response Team’s immediate focus was to assist the Mississippi Board of Animal Health with assessing and managing the growing number of displaced animals, they also had other duties.

August 27, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Authorities across Mississippi are reminding residents to vaccinate their pets and avoid all contact with wild animals as an investigation continues into the first confirmed case of rabies in a land animal since 1961.

The case was identified in Starkville last week in a feral, black and white kitten. While there is no ongoing health risk, people should notice warning signs and call their local animal control or sheriff’s office if they see a mammal that could be diseased.

August 25, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Avian Flu

PEARL, Miss. -- The Mississippi Board of Animal Health will not be alone in the battle to protect the state’s poultry industry from bird flu this winter.

“Now is the time to make sure our response plans are in place to minimize bird losses and economic damage when migratory birds return from infected nesting grounds,” said Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

Poultry raised in backyard flocks, such as this Oktibbeha County chicken on July 25, 2015, will be just as vulnerable as commercial flocks to highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as bird flu, later this year when migratory waterfowl return from nesting grounds in infected states. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 31, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Poultry, Avian Flu

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s officials seem sure the state is experiencing the calm before the storm as the poultry industry anticipates the arrival of bird flu later this year.

Tom Tabler, poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said no new reports of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza have occurred in the United States since June 17. Most 2015 outbreaks occurred in Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states.

Tender, a horse owned by Henry Wilson of Columbus, is one of the first patients to benefit from a new operating procedure developed by veterinary professors at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The method minimizes surgical stress and complications. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 6, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When Henry Wilson of Columbus noticed the eye of his beloved horse, Tender, was changing color, he knew something was wrong and did not waste any time getting her to a veterinarian.

“Tender has ridden in a lot of shows and parades and, of course, relies a lot on her good vision,” Wilson said. “In addition to the eye discoloration, she was squinting a lot, and there was discharge around one of her eyes.”

Dr. Robin Fontenot, assistant clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, administers shock-wave therapy to an equine patient to help resolve back pain issues. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
April 7, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

By Jenny Burns
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Horse owners across the Southeast can benefit from a new service offered by the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The technology known as “extracorporeal,” or outside of the body, shock-wave therapy has been available at the college since December 2014. This noninvasive treatment can stimulate healing in both new and old injuries to horses.

Children who attend the annual Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House get many opportunities to participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
April 2, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health, Community

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites visitors of all ages to attend its 30th annual Open House on April 10 and 11.

The college will open its doors from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the event at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street. The April 10 program is for preregistered school groups, while the entire community is welcome to attend on April 11. To register a school group, please call Katie Timmerman at 662-325-0465.

March 3, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Teenagers with an interest in animals and veterinary medicine are invited to apply for a camp offered by the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The MSU Veterinary Camp will provide this hands-on experience on the Mississippi State campus in Starkville. Campers will participate in interactive labs and learn about veterinary medicine from MSU instructors and students. Young people considering careers in veterinary medicine, scientific research or animal-related fields are encouraged to apply.

January 30, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine invites visitors of all ages to attend its 30th annual Open House on April 10 and 11.

The college will open its doors from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wise Center in Starkville. The April 10 program is for preregistered school groups. Everyone is welcome to attend on April 11.

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