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Whisker Fatigue in Cats

Monday, October 2 2017

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Whiskers are more than facial adornments on cats. Whiskers act as high-powered antennae that pull signals into a cat’s brain and nervous system.

A proprioceptor at the end of each whisker tells your cat a lot about its world. For example, a cat’s whiskers are about as long as the cat is wide and therefore act as a ruler of sorts. A cat can sense the size of an opening based on whether or not its whiskers are touching on either side.

From the SAVMA President

Friday, September 29 2017

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Jeff Olivarez of Edmond, Okla., and fourth year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, is in the final stretch of his term as president of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. As leader of this national organization, he has been able to represent all veterinary students at several national meetings.

“Being the student AVMA president has been great this past year,” says Olivarez. “I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people, go to a lot of meetings, and really represent the students.

McGill Named Oklahoma State University Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, September 27 2017

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Lawrence D. McGill, BS, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, has been named a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. McGill, who has been involved in private veterinary diagnostic work for more than 40 years, earned his BS and DVM degrees from OSU in 1966 and 1968 respectively.

Jacobs Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Food Safety

Friday, September 22 2017

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Candace Jacobs, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, of Olympia, Wa., received the 2017 Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians. This annual award honors a veterinarian who has gone above and beyond in the field of veterinary food safety.

Jacobs currently serves as the assistant director leading the Food Safety and Consumer Services Division of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The Division has about 125 employees in six program areas.