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Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Erik Clary

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Erik Clary

Erik Clary, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, associate professor of small animal surgery and bioethics at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been conducting research for more than 30 years. The interest, he says, was first kindled by an undergraduate research project with suckling calves and developed fast as he took on graduate studies and then advanced clinical training that exposed him to the field of surgical research. Advancing surgical science and technologies has been the primary focus of his subsequent research activity conducted in medical academia, the private sector, and now at OSU.

It’s Farrowing Season

It’s Farrowing Season

Mid-July to mid-September is farrowing season for gilts (first-time moms) and sows in the show pig industry. Their baby pigs will be the ideal age for the spring show season. Monitoring pregnant sows and gilts is very critical for a better outcome for both mothers and babies.

OSU Extension hosting Beef Quality Assurance certification meetings in August

OSU Extension hosting Beef Quality Assurance certification meetings in August

BQA certification is a requirement for producers to participate in Oklahoma Beef Quality Network fall sales.

Forage testing helps ensure future cattle nutrition needs are met

Forage testing helps ensure future cattle nutrition needs are met

On average, nearly 40% of total operating costs in cow-calf enterprises are associated with animal nutrition.

If it’s tick season, it’s bobcat fever season

If it’s tick season, it’s bobcat fever season

If you have a cat who goes outdoors during the summer, keep a careful eye out for any ticks on it. A tick bite could cause cytauxzoonosis (bobcat fever), an acute, life-threatening disease caused by the hematoprotozoan parasite Cytauxzoon felis.

Awareness and management key to mitigating nitrate toxicity problems in livestock

Awareness and management key to mitigating nitrate toxicity problems in livestock

Expanding drought conditions and sporadic rainfall mean livestock and forage producers need to be wary of the potential for nitrates building up in plants.

Water management key to helping chickens beat the heat

Water management key to helping chickens beat the heat

Birds do not sweat so water management is a practical and very important way to help chickens combat heat stress.

Managing for vesicular stomatitis in horses

Managing for vesicular stomatitis in horses

Thus far in 2020, the viral disease has been reported in Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Arizona and now Oklahoma.

First Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Oklahoma

First Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has confirmed the first case of vesicular stomatitis in Washington County, Oklahoma. This places restrictions on horses and livestock moving from Oklahoma to some other states and countries.

First Virtual Summer Seminar a Success

First Virtual Summer Seminar a Success

The Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association recently held their first virtual OSU/OVMA Summer Seminar. Forced to transition from an in-person seminar to a Zoom webinar format, the continuing education event was a success.

When Your Pet Needs Anesthesia

When Your Pet Needs Anesthesia

Tens of thousands of pets undergo general anesthesia every year in the United States. It may be scary to think of your pet under anesthesia, but it’s generally very safe: Recent studies show only 0.17 percent of dogs and 0.24 percent of cats die as a consequence of anesthesia.

Horse owners need to be on lookout for blister beetles

Horse owners need to be on lookout for blister beetles

Blister beetles contain cantharidin, a toxic chemical that can impede breathing and elevate heart rate - and can be fatal.

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo

Vet Med Faces of Research: Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo

Researching research – that’s one of two main focuses of research currently performed by Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV, GPCert(ExAP), MSc (Evidence-Based Health Care), Ph.D., DECZM (Herpetology), associate professor of Zoological Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Vesicular Stomatitis: What You Need to Know

Vesicular Stomatitis: What You Need to Know

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine warns animal owners that vesicular stomatitis continues to threaten Oklahoma livestock. A viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally pigs, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed as close as south central Kansas.

Dr. Herbert Justus Named 2020 OSU Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Herbert Justus Named 2020 OSU Distinguished Alumnus

Herbert A. Justus, DVM, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, was recently named a 2020 Distinguished Alumnus by the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A 1956 graduate of the veterinary college, Justus has given much to the profession and his community throughout the years.

Dr. Renison Named 2020 OSU Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Renison Named 2020 OSU Distinguished Alumnus

George Renison, DVM, MS, MPH, of Custer City, Oklahoma, was recently named a 2020 Distinguished Alumnus by Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. An Oklahoma native, Dr. Renison earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State’s veterinary college in 1988.

Navel ill: A conundrum of calf belly button bumps

Navel ill: A conundrum of calf belly button bumps

Umbilical swellings in calves present a common problem for cattle owners. When that swelling is due to infection, it may have economic repercussions. Navel ill is the common term for inflammation or infection of the umbilicus of calves.

Biosecurity key to preventing spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

Biosecurity key to preventing spread of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

The disease, which has a nearly 100% fatality rate in domestic and wild rabbits, is not transmitted from rabbits to humans.

Dr. Craig Jones Named OSU Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Craig Jones Named OSU Distinguished Alumnus

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently announced that Craig Jones, DVM, of Cleburne, Texas, was named a 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the veterinary college. Owner of Northside Animal Clinic in Cleburne, Jones earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1989.

Oklahoma exhibits alarming number of rabies cases in 2020

Oklahoma exhibits alarming number of rabies cases in 2020

Animals that are in constant contact with humans such as a family milk cow, show animals, horses and pets should be vaccinated.

Pregnancy checking replacement heifers helps protect producer investment

Pregnancy checking replacement heifers helps protect producer investment

Culling open heifers immediately after checks for pregnancy serves several economically valuable purposes.

Bubbles – Knocking on Death’s Door

Bubbles – Knocking on Death’s Door

It’s 1 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, when Marion Campeau of Fairfax, Oklahoma, pulled up to the emergency entrance of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Bubbles, her 12-week old Pekinese, had literally taken her last puppy breath. Bubbles was in cardiopulmonary arrest.

CBD and Chronic Pain in Horses

CBD and Chronic Pain in Horses

Can CBD help manage chronic pain in horses? That’s the question two veterinarians at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are trying to answer. Drs. Todd Holbrook, professor and June Jacobs Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine, and Megan Williams, assistant professor of equine surgery, recently completed a study looking at a pelleted CBD product in horses.

Keeping pets safe in the summer heat

Keeping pets safe in the summer heat

Practical tips for helping a dog or cat avoid heat stress.