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OSU Veterinary College Hosts State Leaders

Monday, December 2, 2019

Pictured (left to right) at the end of the diagnostic lab tour in the front row are: Kensington Kerbs (ODAFF Agriculture Youth Council), Janlee Rowlett (ODAFF Legislative Liaison), Dr. Dan Burba, Dr. Jeff Studer, Senator John Haste, Cari Leewright, Maressa Treat, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, and Dr. Jerry Ritchey; and in the back row are: Senator Casey Murdock, Dr. Jerry Malayer, Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Dr. Margi Gilmour, Taylor Shackelford (Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association), Joe Popplewell (Oklahoma Pork Council), Senator James Leewright, Senator Roland Pederson, Senator Jason Smalley, and Dr. Tim Snider.

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently hosted several Oklahoma state senators, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry representatives, and pork and cattle industry leaders.

The group visited with veterinary college administrators including Drs. Margi Gilmour, associate dean for academic affairs; Jerry Malayer, associate dean of research and graduate education; and Jerry Ritchey, department head of veterinary pathobiology and interim director of the college’s Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

Following brief presentations on the highlights of the college’s academic program, the various research projects being conducted and in particular those that support the cattle industry and rural veterinary medicine practices across the state, visitors took a tour of the diagnostic laboratory. Dr. Ritchey explained how the laboratory handles testing of samples to detect diseases affecting all species particularly those with significant impact to owners, producers and the food supply.

“We are excited about the great work being done here at OSU,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, director of continuing education and the beef cattle extension specialist at the veterinary college. “Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are second to none and we truly appreciate the opportunity to share our message with legislative and industry leaders.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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