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Beef Veterinarian Receives AgriLabs Award

Wednesday, September 13 2017

Tripp Holt

Holt Tripp, DVM, MBA, of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, received the prestigious AgriLabs Dr. Bruce Wren Continuing Education Award at the 2017 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference held recently in Omaha, Neb. Tripp, a 2015 DVM/MBA dual degree alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, is the director of cattle operations for the GK Jim Group of Companies located in Canada.  

2017 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year

Friday, September 1 2017

Dr. Lee Denney

Dr. Lee Denney of Cushing, Okla., was named the 2017 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.

“I’m very honored,” said Denney. “I feel unworthy but also I’m very grateful. It was a very humbling experience to be in that room with my colleagues.”

Denney, a lifetime resident of Cushing, earned her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1978.

Fleas: What You Need to Know

Friday, September 1 2017

cat scratching

Fleas are a year-round problem for both pets and their owners. Even indoor pets can be affected if the yard and home are contaminated.

Fleas are not only irritating to pets but they can cause dermatitis and spread intestinal tapeworms.

Several diseases can be transmitted by fleas. Humans may be bitten if there is a heavy infestation of the home and surrounding areas. An allergic response such a rash may occur. The rash can be mild to severe depending on the number of fleas and individual sensitivity.

Research on Tap with Dr. Reichard

Thursday, August 31 2017

mason reichard

Mason Reichard, Ph.D., professor of Veterinary Pathobiology at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, will kick off Research on Tap on Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Iron Monk Brewery Taproom located at 519 South Husband in Stillwater.

Research on Tap is a new series designed to give the public an opportunity to learn about various OSU research projects and interact with the experts leading those studies.

OSU Gets New Ambulance!

Thursday, August 24 2017

ambulance cart

Thanks to Kelly and Cheryl Johnson of Ponca City, Okla., Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is sporting a brand new veterinary ambulance cart. Designed and built by Custom Mechanical Equipment located in Ponca City, the couple donated the ambulance to the Center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital for patient use. The Johnsons own Quality Water Services based in Ponca City with offices in Stillwater and Arkansas City, Kan. An avid animal lover, Cheryl is also involved with the Humane Society in Ponca City.

Meet the Class of 2021

Tuesday, August 22 2017

class of 2021 group photo

What do a Carnegie Hero Award recipient, a football kicker, and an Army medic have in common?

They are members of the class of 2021 at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Summer White, Seth Hiddink, and Koty Forbes are among the 106 students who recently began their journey to earn a DVM degree, the largest class in the history of OSU’s nearly 70 year old veterinary medicine program.

White from Edmond, Okla., earned a biomedical degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She grew up as a show groom and primarily took care of the horses.

OSU Wins Quiz Bowl at National Conference

Tuesday, August 15 2017

three women holding books

Pictured (left to right): Jo Eike (’18), Michelle Shaw (’18) and Nikki Collins (’20). 

Congratulations to Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Quiz Bowl Team for placing first out of nine teams competing at the Society for Theriogenology Conference held recently in Fort Collins, Colo.

Box Turtles and People

Monday, August 14 2017

three toed box turtle

Oklahoma is home to two box turtle species—the three-toed, Terrapene carolina, and the ornate, Terrapene ornata

These turtles have similar diets of insects, worms, mushrooms and fruit.  They will burry themselves to escape the heat of summer or the cold in winter. 

Box turtles are named after their ability to close their plastron or bottom shell up against their carapace or upper shell.  The plastron has a hinge to aid with this, and it allows for the turtle to completely hide and protect its head and limbs. 

Veterinary Center Offers Canine Athletic Program

Friday, August 11 2017

two men training a dog

The number one killer of all law enforcement K9s throughout the United States in 2016 was not trauma. The dogs’ deaths were directly related to the lack of adequate conditioning and resistance to heat stress. Coordinated by Dr. Michael Davis, Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently hosted an Advanced Canine Athletic Program to provide the latest knowledge and training techniques for improving working dog fitness.

Summer Researchers Present Results

Wednesday, August 9 2017

Front row: Program advisor, Dr. Laura Nafe, Crystal Matt (’19), Morgan Johnson (’20), Erica Iturraran (’19), Kyre Larrabee (’20), and Sarrah Owens (’19).
Back row: Michael Wallis (’20), Alexis Sirois (’19), Kayla Schroeder (’20), and Stephen Dilday (’19). Also participating but not pictured was Samantha Hancock (’19).

Congratulations to 10 veterinary students at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences for recently completing a 12 week summer research training program. Designed to entice talented and highly motivated veterinary students to pursue a biomedical research career, the program provides participants with an outstanding training experience.