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The Pacemaker Posse

Monday, August 22 2016

group of people with dogs in front of a horse and carriage

Dr. Ryan Baumwart, veterinary cardiologist at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, created a unique group of canine survivors appropriately named the Pacemaker Posse. Baumwart placed a pacemaker in 23 dogs over the last two years, improving their quality of life and in many cases prolonging their life. In April 2016, all of the pacemaker recipients were invited back to OSU to celebrate the success of the procedure and connect with other Posse members.  Baumwart and his team hosted five members of the Pacemaker Posse at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Annual Open House.

Duffy Named Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, August 17 2016

Man in U.S. Air Force official photo

Lieutenant Colonel Mark R. Duffy, DVM, MPH, of Cibolo, Texas, was recently named a 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Duffy earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1994. He worked as a large animal veterinarian partnering in a rural western Montana practice before accepting an Air Force commission in 1999. In 2003, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Public Health. He is an active diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Oklahoma State Veterinary Center Welcomes the Class of 2020

Friday, August 12 2016

veterinary class of 2020 with interim dean chris ross

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences welcomed the class of 2020 as they officially begin their journey to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The class numbers 88—13 men and 75 women.   

Distinguished Alumni to be Honored

Monday, August 8 2016

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The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Congratulations to Drs. Donald D. Holmes (1954) of Wichita, Kan., Thomas G. Loafmann (1963) of Glencoe, Mo., and Lt. Col. Mark R. Duffy (1994) of Cibolo, Texas.

Selections were made by the veterinary center’s Alumni Society leadership based on nominees whose career achievements reflect distinguished service in the areas of academia, practitioner and research as well as engagement with OSU.

Biomedical Research & You

Wednesday, August 3 2016

two men in a lab

The flu virus is one of the top ten causes of human deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Shitao Li, Ph.D., is currently conducting biomedical research to develop new antiviral drugs to combat the flu virus.

Charlie: Walking the Walk

Wednesday, August 3 2016

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Charlie, Charles or Sir Charles, as he is commonly referred to, is walking with his head held a little higher these days. Charlie is a member of Oklahoma State University’s Pete’s Pet Posse, an on-campus pet therapy dog program. The 3 ½ year-old mixed breed dog belongs to Kendria Cost of Westport, Okla. Cost rescued Charlie in April 2013.

Summer Research Scholars Program

Tuesday, August 2 2016

group photo of 5 women in front row and 5 men in back bow

First row (left to right): Jenny Hardy, Alexis Sirois, Cassandra Rodenbaugh, Casey Landis, and Kelsey Bentz. Also participating but not pictured was Samantha Hancock. Second row (left to right): Drs. Jerry Malayer, Ashish Ranjan, Chris Ross, Joao Brandao and Todd Holbrook.

Six first and second year veterinary students at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences spent 12 weeks conducting biomedical research as part of the center’s Summer Research Scholars Program.

A Big Win for a Tiny Colt

Thursday, July 21 2016

foal sitting after surgery

A colt born premature to Dharma on April 17, 2016, was a mere 50 pounds at birth. Facing the fight of his life, within his first 12 hours owner, Karen Smith of Newkirk, Okla., rushed him to Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.

Is There a Researcher in You?

Thursday, July 21 2016

Caucasian woman in lab coat holding samples

Alexis Sirois grew up in Argyle, Texas. Since the first grade she has known that she wants to be a veterinarian to help animals. A member of the class of 2019 at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, she is spending her summer honing her research skills.

Howell Named Western Veterinary Conference President

Wednesday, July 20 2016

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The Western Veterinary Conference (WVC), the largest veterinary conference in the United States, recently elected Joe M. Howell, DVM, as WVC president. Howell of Oklahoma City earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1972. Howell’s election to the position of WVC president follows decades of commitment to animal care and welfare.