July 01, 2006


 College News

Posted June 15, 2006

Kansas veterinary students can work off debt in rural practice

The goal of the new Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas is to benefit veterinary students and rural communities.

The program will allow veterinary students at Kansas State University to receive $20,000 for educational expenses in exchange for each year they spend working in the rural Kansas community after graduation. The state's legislature and governor recently approved a new law and funding to establish the program.

Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of Kansas State's College of Veterinary Medicine, said the program will provide an incentive and opportunity for graduates to practice in rural communities and serve the livestock industry.

Dr. Richardson said many reports reveal shortages of large animal veterinarians, even though many graduates would like to practice in a rural setting. One reason for not pursuing rural practice is an inability to earn enough income to repay educational debt, he said, but the new program might help remove that stumbling block.

The program will accept a maximum of five students each year, starting in their first year of veterinary college. Each student will receive $20,000 annually for up to four years to cover tuition and training expenses. For debt forgiveness, graduates must spend the same number of years practicing veterinary medicine full time in any Kansas county with a population of 35,000 or less.

Iowa State, Nebraska pursuing cooperative veterinary program

Shelter medicine grants available to veterinary schools, colleges


Maddie's Fund has revised its grant guidelines to give veterinary schools and colleges more opportunities to apply for shelter medicine funding.

The program is designed to address the need for veterinary staff at shelters to maintain wellness programs and comprehensive treatment programs for the very young, sick, injured, and poorly behaved animals.

A private foundation dedicated to the welfare of companion animals, Maddie's Fund will support veterinary schools and colleges seeking to establish shelter medicine programs operating under the no-kill philosophy. Shelter medicine grant options include a Comprehensive Shelter Medicine Program, Shelter Medicine Teaching and Research Program, Shelter Medicine Course, Shelter Medicine Seminar, and Shelter Medicine Externship.

Applicant must be faculty veterinarians. There is an open deadline for applications. Grant guidelines and eligibility requirements are available at the Maddie's Web site, www.maddiesfund.org.

Royal Veterinary College joins AAVMC

The Royal Veterinary College recently become an affiliate member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Dating back to 1791, the RVC is the oldest and largest veterinary college in the United Kingdom. It is a leading veterinary research center for Europe and also supports the profession through referring hospitals, diagnostic services, and continuing education.

Dean retires at Louisiana State


Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine recently announced the retirement of Dean Michael G. Groves, effective June 30, and the appointment of Dr. Peter F. Haynes as interim dean. A search committee has been appointed.

Dr. Groves became dean in 1999. He joined the faculty in 1990 as head of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health and later also served as director of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

Dr. Haynes became executive associate dean in 2000. He joined the faculty in 1974 as an equine surgeon. Dr. Haynes also has represented the American Association of Equine Practitioners in the AVMA House of Delegates, and he has represented the HOD on the AVMA Task Force on Animal Welfare Governance and the AVMA Long-Range Planning Committee. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.