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Oklahoma’s 2016 Veterinarian of the Year

Friday, May 20 2016

head shot of dr. rod hall

He didn’t set out to become the state veterinarian. He was happy in his mixed animal practice. Of course, like a lot of veterinarians, he went through times where he was a little burned out. But for the most part, Dr. Rod Hall was very satisfied, enjoying the large animal work most of all. So how did the man who leads the entire agriculture livestock industry in Oklahoma come to be not only the state veterinarian but Oklahoma’s 2016 Veterinarian of the Year?

Olivarez Chosen to Lead

Wednesday, May 18 2016

man sitting in a classroom

Jeff Olivarez of Edmond, Okla., is about to put Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in the national spotlight. Olivarez was recently selected as president-elect of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. He will spend the next year preparing for his run as president of SAVMA, the national organization of veterinary students.

Animal Tornado Victims: Where’s Mom?

Friday, May 13 2016

brown foal

Seven horses were recently brought to Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital following a tornado that touched down near Sulphur, Okla. One of the more severely injured horses was a gray mare that was brought in with her one-month-old foal.

All in the Family

Thursday, May 12 2016

dr. guthrie in vet med commencement precessional

Dr. Ron Guthrie started a family legacy when he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1966. His two younger brothers, Darryl and W. E., followed suit earning their DVM degrees in 1974 and 1976 respectively. Guthrie’s oldest daughter, Kimber, earned her DVM degree in 1998 as did her husband, Jim Giles. In May 2016, Guthrie had the honor to welcome one more family member into the OSU Cowboy veterinarian legacy as he hooded his great nephew, Andrew Willis.

OSU Offers Aid for Tornado Animal Victims

Wednesday, May 11 2016

stallion with facial lacerations

Thanks to the OSU Animal Relief Fund, veterinary specialists at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences are available to treat animal victims of Oklahoma’s recent tornados at no cost to the owners as long as funds are available. The fund was established following the May 2013 storms.

Currently there are five adult horses and two foals from the Sulphur, Okla., area being treated at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. 

Flash, pictured right, is a 17 year old stallion being treated for lacerations and multiple facial bone fractures.

Cunningham Earns Dean McElroy Award

Thursday, May 5 2016

The Dean Clarence H. McElroy Award was established in 1954 to honor the first dean of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Clarence H. McElroy. It is the highest award an Oklahoma State University senior veterinary student can earn. Recipients are selected by classmates and the fourth year faculty. Paul Cunningham of Lawton, Okla., is the 2016 recipient.

In the photo to the right, Patricia McElroy, granddaughter of the late Dean Clarence H. McElroy, presents the McElroy Award to Paul Cunningham of Lawton, Okla.

Dual Degree Pioneers

Thursday, May 5 2016

Mandy Hall, Kaitlin Agel and Cyrena Neill posing in graduation regalia

Above Photo (left to right): Mandy Hall, Kaitlin Agel and Cyrena Neill

They come from different states and took different paths to get accepted into the DVM program at Oklahoma State University. And somewhere along the way, Kaitlin Agel of Yukon, Okla., Cyrena Neill of Hudson, Colo., and Mandy Hall of The Woodlands, Texas, decided to do something their predecessors hadn’t done.  They decided to earn a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree while enrolled in the DVM program. There is no extra financial burden—just a huge time commitment.

Carrying On a Family Legacy

Thursday, May 5 2016

Andrew Willis head shot

Andrew Willis of Woodward, Okla., is carrying on a family legacy. He earned his DVM degree in May 2016 and was hooded by his great uncle, Dr. Ron Guthrie. Guthrie was in Stillwater celebrating his 50th year reunion.

“To me, that’s a sense of nostalgia, I guess,” said Willis. “In the sense that 50 years ago, he received a degree that provided a livelihood for him and his family and a knowledge base that allowed him to help many patients over the years. So I hope to do the same thing.”

Recognizing a Veterinarian and a Need

Wednesday, May 4 2016

Mr and Mrs Sain pose with Dr. Mike Wiley and a horse in a horse barn

He didn’t set out to earn awards or accolades, just to do the best job he could. Since opening his own equine practice, Equi-Center Veterinary Hospital in Norman, Okla., Dr. Mike Wiley discovered that he enjoys all aspects of being a veterinarian.

Future Veterinarian Studies at Kansas City Zoo

Tuesday, May 3 2016

group of veterinarians caring for a kangaroo

Alex Portanova of Somis, Calif., will earn her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in May 2016. As one of her clinical rotations, Portanova spent six weeks at the Kansas City Zoo.