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Dr. Ranjan receives funding to pursue device directed nanomedicine program

Dr. Ranjan receives funding to pursue device directed nanomedicine program

Dr. Ranjan receives National Cancer Institute, Petco Foundation and Focused Ultrasound funding to pursue device directed nanomedicine program.

A dolphin project...in Oklahoma!

A dolphin project...in Oklahoma!

Given Oklahoma’s notoriously unpredictable weather, it might be no surprise that the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at Oklahoma State University is working with climate experts to improve forecasting. But it might be a surprise to learn that the institute and other researchers in OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and its College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are playing a role in research on dolphins.

Begin with the end in mind

Begin with the end in mind

Regardless of the calving season chosen for an individual program, we need to be thinking about preparing for the health needs of our breeding herd well before we are ready to AI or turn the bulls out. Health in our breeding herd is essential, and we must begin with the end in mind, focusing on our final product – healthy productive calves.

College of Veterinary Medicine launches Vet Med Faces of Research

College of Veterinary Medicine launches Vet Med Faces of Research

In an effort to inform the public about the impact of the many studies being conducted, the veterinary college launched a new monthly series entitled, “Vet Med Faces of Research.”

Handling canine MEC

Handling canine MEC

Some dogs are born with abnormal protrusions on their heads; others sustain them after trauma or surgery or as a result of high blood pressure in the brain. And these protrusions can be harmful.

A new Drought Index helps agriculture in Oklahoma

A new Drought Index helps agriculture in Oklahoma

A new agricultural drought index has been developed using Oklahoma Mesonet’s soil moisture and weather data by Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Ph.D. student Ali Ajaz and Assistant Professor Dr. Saleh Taghvaeian.

Mineral feeding protocols key for beef cows on lush forage this fall and winter

Mineral feeding protocols key for beef cows on lush forage this fall and winter

Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency, typically is not a major problem in Oklahoma. However, occasional cases are reported, typically in beef cows during early lactation, with the issue being more prevalent in older cows.

The OSU Tick Team

The OSU Tick Team

Have you ever found a tick on your pet or on yourself? These tiny creatures are growing in numbers in North America and Northern Europe. With the explosion in tick populations and increasing geographic distribution in the tick species, more people and more animals are at risk of acquiring a tick bite and becoming infected with a tick-borne disease. For your health and that of your pets, the work being done by OSU’s Tick Team is more important than ever before.

Honoring Dr. Roger Panciera with new classroom building

Honoring Dr. Roger Panciera with new classroom building

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that its new classroom building will be named the Roger J. Panciera Education Center in honor of the late Roger J. Panciera, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, Professor Emeritus and world renowned veterinary pathologist.

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.