This news round-up features recent developments and current events from schools accredited by the COE.
LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine is in the front lines caring for animals affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. LSU is providing medical care for animals directly affected by the oil spill and medical care for non-oiled injured animals brought to LSU by state and animal rescue groups. Veterinary school volunteers were some of the first to support the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. Veterinary students are working under the direct supervision of veterinarians in the stabilization of oiled animals with oral fluids and nutrition. Students are also aiding in the transportation of injured animals to stabilization stations. The LSU SVM's mobile emergency response unit is on stand-by and ready to support the stabilization stations if needed.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies will complete a new £42 million Vet School building next year, which will provide state of the art facilities for students. The building forms part of a £100 million development on the Easter Bush site, which will also include a new research building. A £3 million veterinary cancer center has also been opened, with a linear accelerator to provide radiotherapy treatment.
WSU's School for Molecular Biology (SMB) became an academic unit within the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on July 1. SMB is currently located in the WSU College of Sciences and receives the most National Institutes of Health funding in the WSU system.
WSU Provost Warwick Bayly explained that the move was done to strengthen existing units in the university and not because of financial or administrative problems in any entities involved. When combined the CVM will play a larger role in undergraduate education, adding BS degree programs in Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics to its existing Neuroscience program.
The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, a part of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, will partner with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) to create new opportunities to help veterinary students who seek research-oriented careers focused on laboratory investigation and animal disease surveillance. "This is a great step in working towards addressing the current growing shortage of veterinarians in the areas of diagnostic medicine and research," said Dr. Gary Anderson, AAVLD president and director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory.
ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine recently established a veterinary field services program to serve producers in the central Iowa region. Three fully equipped mobile veterinary trucks are available for eight clinicians to provide individual and herd health services for beef, dairy, swine, sheep, goats and camelids. The new program will provide students additional clinical field and client communications experiences.