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Veterinarians, Students and Cattle Producers Encouraged to Take Survey

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty encourage veterinarians, veterinary students and cattle producers to participate in the Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians Survey. Distributed at the beginning of September, survey data collected will help drive OSU’s Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians.

“We know we have underserved areas in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, director of continuing education and beef cattle extension specialist and co-project lead. “These surveys will help us identify the needs specific to Oklahoma such as what is the average size herd that practitioners serve? What travel distances do they incur? We also want to know what producer needs are not being met because of a limited number of veterinarians in rural areas.

“The more people who complete the survey, the better. The data collected will help us develop an educational program for veterinarians to provide them with additional skill sets that may allow them to expand their practice and provide additional services to beef producers. Expanding a practice can improve the financial stability of the veterinarian and providing more services to producers can increase their profit as well. Connecting veterinary students to current rural veterinary practitioners can give future veterinarians a mentorship opportunity with someone already in the business and current veterinarians have a chance to connect with those interested in rural practice. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Surveys are available at Integrated Beef Cattle Program Survey for veterinarians, veterinary students and cattle producers to take at no charge until October 1, 2020.

If you need any additional information on the Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians, please contact Dr. Rosslyn Biggs at rosslyn.biggs@okstate.edu (405) 744-8587.

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

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