Rep. Dempsey Visits OSU Veterinary College
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Media Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | firstname.lastname@example.org
State Representative Eddy Dempsey (R-Valliant) recently visited Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Rep. Dempsey requested a tour following a presentation at the Capitol about the college and rural veterinary needs in Oklahoma made by Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college. Dempsey is an avid supporter of rural issues and understands the value of veterinary medicine to both human and animal health.
Dempsey’s first stop was the college’s ranch which specializes in equine and bovine breeding and reproduction services. The ranch is equipped to handle all aspects of large animal reproduction, both routine breeding work and more advanced techniques such as transvaginal oocyte aspiration, semen collection, evaluation and shipment, breeding soundness evaluation, embryo flushing and transfer and more.
Dr. Jeff Studer, director of the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, took Dempsey through the different services available to Oklahomans including the food animal medicine and surgery service, equine internal medicine and surgery service and the Shelter Medicine Program that partners with more than 30 animal shelters in Oklahoma to spay/neuter the shelters’ dogs and cats making them more readily adoptable.
The final stop on Dempsey’s tour was the college’s Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Jerry Saliki, director of OADDL, explained the many diagnostic services the lab provides to ranchers and producers as well as veterinarians.
OADDL scans for diseases that could threaten the country’s food supply such as foot and mouth disease. Saliki showed Dempsey where the COVID-19 human sample testing took place and explained the many changes OADDL made to provide testing while maintaining the lab’s normal animal testing during the beginning of the pandemic.
“We enjoyed hosting Rep. Dempsey,” Risco said. “We appreciate his interest in the college’s activities in teaching, research and outreach.”