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Guinea Pigs as Pets

Guinea Pigs as Pets

Guinea pigs make great pets. They live for several years, so you can enjoy them longer than most other rodents. They have different personalities and are very vocal, making it easy to know their individual identities and get attached. They are fun to play with and very entertaining. I recommend guinea pigs as pets for anyone, especially as a first pet for a child.

From Abstract to Reality: Veterinary Epidemiologist Helps to Fight Spread of COVID-19

From Abstract to Reality: Veterinary Epidemiologist Helps to Fight Spread of COVID-19

Jared Taylor, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., DACVIM, DACVPM is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor was asked to serve as the epidemiologist on the OSU team to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Branding Cattle: Animal Welfare Considerations, Legal Implications and Alternatives

Branding Cattle: Animal Welfare Considerations, Legal Implications and Alternatives

The tradition of gathering cattle to perform processing procedures is of historic and cultural importance, particularly in the western United States. The long standing practice of fire branding is more recently giving way to electric and freeze branding. Branding identifies cattle who are free roaming on the range, serves to deter cattle rustling, and helps to return rustled animals to their rightful owners.

The Tale of the Blurred Bison

The Tale of the Blurred Bison

It started their first year of veterinary college in 2016. Two classmates studying in the classroom one evening before an exam and one of them decided to doodle on the chalkboard. The class often referred to itself as the “kinfolk” so the artist wrote, “No kinfolk left behind” signifying they were here to help each other and work together. It was signed the Blurred Bison. For the next four years, the class of 2020 would find words of inspiration and colorful designs throughout McElroy Hall and in the Veterinary Medical Hospital to encourage them along their journey to earn a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to graduation the Blurred Bison revealed herself – Brayden Routh of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Surviving Veterinary College during COVID-19

Surviving Veterinary College during COVID-19

Spring semester 2020 wasn’t what anyone expected — not the faculty and certainly not the students. On March 18, all classes switched to online only. Fourth year veterinary students, who were honing their clinical skills at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, had to leave and complete the remainder of their clinical training online. How do you learn to evaluate a living, breathing animal without touching or observing it? How do you conduct a lab online? When you are part of Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the answer is simple — you do whatever it takes to get the job done and get it done well.

Managing Equine Wounds

Managing Equine Wounds

Horses are remarkably adept at injuring themselves, even in the safest environments possible. A bit of knowledge and preparation can help horse owners handle these seemingly inevitable wounds. Always consider the wound’s location and severity, degree of lameness caused and initial first aid steps with any injury.

Remembering Dr. Margaret Clark

Remembering Dr. Margaret Clark

On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed killing 168 people, injuring hundreds more, and changing the lives of even more. One of those lives changed was that of Rosslyn Biggs, DVM, beef cattle extension specialist and director of continuing education at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She lost her mother in the bombing – Margaret “Peggy” Clark, DVM. Clark earned her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1978. Biggs followed in her mother’s footsteps and earned her DVM degree from OSU in 2004.

Dr. Rosemarie Strong: 2020 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Rosemarie Strong: 2020 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Rosemarie Strong was named the 2020 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year

OSU veterinarians give baby llama new life

OSU veterinarians give baby llama new life

A tiny baby llama born during the COVID-19 pandemic is looking forward to a bright future, thanks to emergency help from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Treating Animals During COVID-19

Treating Animals During COVID-19

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, like everyone else across America, is changing how it functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital has changed its protocols on treating pets and livestock. While the hospital is available 24/7 for emergency care, it is not currently accepting routine appointments.

OSU lab on Stillwater campus to assist state with COVID-19 test analysis

OSU lab on Stillwater campus to assist state with COVID-19 test analysis

Oklahoma State University is helping Oklahoma ramp up its COVID-19 testing capability after procuring supplies sufficient to analyze approximately 10,000 COVID-19 test samples being taken by health care professionals across the state.

Frealy Receives Inaugural David A. Schoneweis Scholarship

Frealy Receives Inaugural David A. Schoneweis Scholarship

Karissa Frealy, a second-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Inaugural David A. Schoneweis Scholarship during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting.

OSU strives for innovation in health

OSU strives for innovation in health

Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine strives for innovation in both animal and human health, serving education, research and extension efforts.

Determining the Soundness of a Breeding Bull

Determining the Soundness of a Breeding Bull

If you're in the market for a bull this spring, you've got a lot to think about. There are many production considerations including calving ease, calf growth potential and the improving genetic traits in the herd. You want to get the most for your money on this big investment.

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Reed Holyoak

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Reed Holyoak

Reed Holyoak, DVM, Ph.D., DACT, Bullock Professor of equine theriogenology at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, epitomizes the mission of a land grant university. He teaches the next generation of veterinarians, he provides theriogenology or animal reproduction services to clients, and he conducts research to move the profession of veterinary medicine forward. While being a clinical researcher can be challenging, Dr. Holyoak finds the dynamic process a lot of fun.

Shaping Veterinary Medicine through Collaboration

Shaping Veterinary Medicine through Collaboration

Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is a special place where collaboration leads to fulfillment of our mission each and every day. That mission: Shape the future through discovery, education and unparalleled veterinary care.

Two Receive Nomination for National Research Award

Two Receive Nomination for National Research Award

Two veterinarians from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine were recently selected by the Nu Chapter of Phi Zeta at Oklahoma State University to compete in the National Phi Zeta Manuscript Award Competition. Congratulations to Ruth Scimeca, DVM, MSc, Ph.D., and Jenna Young, DVM, on being recognized for their respective research.

Research to Aid Wild Horses

Research to Aid Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages and protects wild horses and burros on public lands across 10 western states. The BLM and the U.S. Geological Services (USGS) have been working with Dr. Reed Holyoak at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine on contraception methods for mares to help curb herd overpopulation.

The Use of CBD in Dogs and Cats

The Use of CBD in Dogs and Cats

Over-the-counter hemp CBD products are marketed as all-natural treatments for a plethora of ailments in both humans and pets. Many pet owners look to hemp CBD as an alternative treatment for medical disorders such as anxiety, pain and seizures.

OSU Veterinary Students Attend AVMA Legislative Fly-In

OSU Veterinary Students Attend AVMA Legislative Fly-In

Four veterinary students at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Legislative Fly-In. Veterinary students and veterinarians from across the country participated in a two-day legislative workshop followed by a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective elected officials.

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Lyndi Gilliam

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Lyndi Gilliam

Lyndi Gilliam, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, is an associate professor of equine internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to treating patients at the college’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and teaching the next generation of veterinarians, Dr. Gilliam conducts research.

OSU Vet Med Hosts Equine Seminar

OSU Vet Med Hosts Equine Seminar

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently hosted Advanced Equine Diagnostics, a two-day seminar for equine veterinary practitioners sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Boland Veterinary Sales, Patterson Animal Health and the veterinary college and organized by Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, the college’s continuing education director. Participants attended lectures and hands-on labs to hone their clinical skills.

Clearing up canine cataracts

Clearing up canine cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in people around the world and the most common cause of vision impairment in people over age 55. Similar to people, as dogs age, their eyes may start to look cloudier. While many similarities between the human eye and the canine eye exist, there are many differences, including the most common cause of cataracts in dogs.

OSU Vet Med and Payne County Audubon Society Release Owl

OSU Vet Med and Payne County Audubon Society Release Owl

The Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Payne County Audubon Society recently released a rehabilitated barred owl.