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Ensure fair-bound livestock are and remain healthy

Ensure fair-bound livestock are and remain healthy

Pre- and post-fair animal health protocols should be followed. Vigilance is job one.

Putting a little “magic” in Veterinary Medicine

Putting a little “magic” in Veterinary Medicine

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences treats more than 500 wildlife cases a year at the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Recently a barred owl was brought to the hospital because it was unable to fly. The hospital’s avian, exotics and zoological (AEZ) medicine service treated it.

Oklahoma State Veterinary College Renamed

Oklahoma State Veterinary College Renamed

The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved a proposal to rename OSU’s veterinary center the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Ensure fall-calving replacement heifers are ready for the breeding season

Ensure fall-calving replacement heifers are ready for the breeding season

Cattle producers who employ fall calving in their herds currently should be making certain replacement heifers to be used in late November are ready.

Secretary of Agriculture Visits OSU Veterinary College

Secretary of Agriculture Visits OSU Veterinary College

Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur recently met with administrators at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college, and several members of his veterinary administrative council talked with Secretary Arthur about current and future collaboration in research and teaching. They also discussed on-going extension activities in partnership with Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Older mares face reproductive challenges

Older mares face reproductive challenges

A horse owner recently asked me: “I have a 17-year-old mare from whom we really wish to get a foal. She has proven herself over the years as a true athlete. We have tried now for two seasons without success with a stallion of proven fertility. My regular veterinarian told me that she may have poor fertility and be hard to get pregnant. Is that really the case?”

Risco Leads Meeting to Strengthen OSU Veterinary College’s One Health and International Missions

Risco Leads Meeting to Strengthen OSU Veterinary College’s One Health and International Missions

Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, recently led a two-day trip to New York City to solidify the center’s One Health and international exchange programs. Accompanying Risco were Drs. Jerry Malayer, associate dean of research and graduate education, and Ashish Ranjan, associate professor of physiological sciences.

Dr. Tyler named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Tyler named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently announced the center’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—Drs. John Myers, Ronald Tyler, Sr., and Paul Welch.

Whetsel creates organization to help pets of domestic violence victims

Whetsel creates organization to help pets of domestic violence victims

Jonna Whetsel of Oklahoma City is a second-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. She recently established the Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims (NPDVV). NPDVV is designed to unite animal care resources with domestic violence shelters.

45-day weaning period for calves adds significant sale value

45-day weaning period for calves adds significant sale value

Vac-45 calves have a real advantage in terms of health compared to calves weaned for less than a month or those weaned on the way to the livestock market.

Veterinary Medicine in India

Veterinary Medicine in India

An agreement between Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and India’s Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) afforded six students, accompanied by faculty members Drs. Lionel Dawson and Madhan Subramanian, the opportunity this summer to experience veterinary medicine in India. The group visited TANUVAS, Namakkal Veterinary College, a separate college under the TANUVAS system, and Sandynella, a sheep research station in the mountains of India. Among the students traveling were Rachel Dill, fourth year, and Laura Edwards, third year.

Dr. Welch named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Welch named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently announced the center’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—Drs. John Myers, Ronald Tyler, Sr., and Paul Welch.

Dr. Myers named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Myers named OSU Vet Med Distinguished Alumnus

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently announced the center’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—Drs. John Myers, Ronald Tyler, Sr., and Paul Welch.

Biosecurity can keep beef cattle operations disease-free

Biosecurity can keep beef cattle operations disease-free

This summer, Oklahoma and the country dealt with a number of disease outbreaks, including vesicular stomatitis, anthrax, and Eastern equine encephalitis. As most beef operations include horses, both cattle and horses faced potential threats. Disease outbreaks highlight the critical importance of biosecurity procedures on every livestock operation. We usually think of applying these plans and procedures to protect against infectious and contagious diseases, but non-contagious diseases should also be considered.

Womble participates in Research Training Program

Womble participates in Research Training Program

Billy Womble spent 12 weeks this summer participating in a research training program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Mentored by Drs. Andrew Hanzlicek and João Brandão, Womble studied clotting times in rabbits and the influence of how the blood sample was handled.

Collaborating to improve the durability of joint replacement implants

Collaborating to improve the durability of joint replacement implants

The Oklahoma IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program recently announced its 2019 National Institutes of Health funding awards that include support for a collaborative study involving Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ clinician Dr. Erik M. Clary and researchers from OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network changes announced

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network changes announced

OQBN is a joint project of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, one of two state agencies administered by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Two Oklahoma veterinary students attend Canine Conference

Two Oklahoma veterinary students attend Canine Conference

Oklahoma State University veterinary students Brandy Lawrence and Liza Marhanka recently attended the 2019 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri. Both students received a grant to help pay for conference related expenses.

Oklahoma State Veterinary College welcomes class of 2023

Oklahoma State Veterinary College welcomes class of 2023

Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences officially welcomed the class of 2023 at an Induction Ceremony held on the OSU Stillwater campus on Aug. 16, 2019.

Sharing science through ticks

Sharing science through ticks

Thanks to a nearly $4 million grant from the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), researchers from several universities including Oklahoma State University will collaborate on a major research project to better understand tick-borne diseases, how they are acquired, where high-risk areas exist, and how to best subdue these diseases in the Great Plains, specifically in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Summer Research Training Program opens doors

Summer Research Training Program opens doors

Haley Hahn spent 12 weeks this summer participating in a research training program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Mentored by Drs. Bruce Noden, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and João Brandão, Avian, Exotics and Zoological Medicine, Hahn studied external parasites of animals presented to the center’s zoological medicine service and wild Eastern bluebirds.

Prepare a calving kit before fall calving season begins

Prepare a calving kit before fall calving season begins

OSU Extension Circular E-1006, “Calving Time Management for Beef Cows and Heifers,” can help producers get ready for fall calving.

Library offers open textbook incentive

Library offers open textbook incentive

The University Libraries is offering Oklahoma State University faculty members the opportunity to save their students money — while making a little extra of their own.

Wild Turtles are Not Pet Material

Wild Turtles are Not Pet Material

From mid-July through September, thousands of people visit Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and other waterways to cool off and enjoy their summer. And many of them encounter Oklahoma’s wildlife, as animals also utilize the water and adjacent wilderness. At this time of year, baby turtles are hatching out of eggs buried months earlier. Most egg nests were found and destroyed by raccoons, skunks and other predators. The lucky, undisturbed nests can see 30 to 40 turtles dig themselves out of the soil. They must remain hidden, however, and try to make it to the water and its aquatic vegetation quickly.