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Saving Tux

Wednesday, January 17 2018

tux with doctors and family

Whitaker family brought Tux back to OSU for a re-check and to personally thank the veterinarians who helped save Tux. Pictured left to right: Ryne and H.B. Whitaker, Dr. Rebecca Tims holding Tux, Dr. Ryan Baumwart, Dr. Andrew Hanzlicek, Mary Kathryn and Cindy Whitaker. 

H.B. and Cindy Whitaker of Springdale, Ark., are the proud owners of five pugs. In early 2017 while walking the dogs, H.B. thought Tux, a four year old they’ve had since birth, looked overweight.

Ranjan Receives President’s Fellows Award for Cancer Research

Friday, January 12 2018

ashish ranjan

Ashish Ranjan, BVSc, PhD, associate professor and Kerr Chair in the Department of Physiological Sciences at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, received the 2018 President’s Fellows Faculty Research Award to investigate an innovative cancer treatment technology. The one-time $20,000 award will be used to cover the costs of research and personnel needed for his projects.

Returning Lucy to the Wild

Friday, January 12 2018

dr. brandao with hawk

Members of the Oklahoma State University Police Department and Dr. Bruce Crauder, associate dean for instruction and personnel at the College of Arts and Sciences, recently assisted OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences with a red tailed hawk release.  Dr. Crauder had previously brought injured wildlife to the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital for care while the OSU PD had brought this particular bird to the Hospital.

Pet Birds: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 2 2018


If your family is considering a pet bird, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Avian Veterinarians provide a wealth of information. Here are some excerpts:

Pet birds come in many sizes and colors with a variety of personalities. A finch has a wing span of a few inches while a macaw’s wing span can be up to four feet. Cockatiels are usually active and cheerful birds. Some parakeets (budgies) and cockatiels will learn to talk while an African Grey or Yellow-naped Amazon parrot can potentially develop an extended vocabulary.

Axton Receives Stratton Award

Wednesday, December 20 2017

anna, joyce, robin, rachel

Congratulations to Joyce Axton of Coyle, Okla., on receiving the 2017 Stratton Staff Award at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Created by the late Dr. Louie Stratton (OSU Vet Med ’55 and first Veterinary Medical Hospital director), the award recognizes outstanding staff members for their dedicated service and many key contributions.

Class of 2017 Pays It Forward

Monday, December 18 2017

kaitlyn coyes

The class of 2017 at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is ‘paying it forward’ literally. The class made a departing gift of $1,200 to establish the Pay It Forward Fund.

The Fund is designed to provide clients a way to get their animals the care they need when the client may not be able to afford it at the time. It is also intended to provide treatment for stray animals in need of veterinary medical attention.

Holiday Dos and Don’ts

Thursday, December 14 2017

cat and christmas tree

Holidays are a wonderful time of year for spreading good cheer among family and friends, including your family pets. Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe for the entire family.

Don’t feed pets table scraps or let them sit under the table where children may drop food. Gravy, meat fat, and poultry skin can cause life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis and gastrointestinal problems. Bones can splinter and create bowel obstructions.

Dr. Margi Gilmour: 2017 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Wednesday, December 13 2017

marji gilmour

It’s easy to see why Dr. Margi Gilmour received the 2017 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. Watching her in the classroom or talking with her, Gilmour’s passion for teaching comes shining through.

Less is More: Improving Equine Treatments

Friday, December 1 2017


Mike Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, assistant professor of equine surgery at Oklahoma State’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, is always looking for ways to improve patient care. The equine section sees anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 equine cases a year with the surgery service treating about 800 cases a year.

“Horses spend their whole life trying to kill themselves,” says Schoonover. “So we treat a lot of traumatic type injuries. We also treat a lot of sports medicine injuries such as western performance horses with injuries to the musculoskeletal system.”

Flying with Pets

Thursday, November 30 2017

airplane wing in flight

The holidays are coming, which means some pet owners will be traveling with Fluffy or Fido. If you plan to fly with your pet, here are some helpful tips from DVM360 Magazine and the Humane Society.

Research the airline of your choice to learn what airline specific rules they have regarding pets.

Are there breed, size, destination, and time of year restrictions for the cabin and cargo area?

What types of carriers and kennels are allowed and how should they be labeled?