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Equine Student Club Gets Hands On Farrier Experience

April 16th, 2014

FarrierWetLabThe soaring space in the college horse arena was a perfect location for last week’s wet lab: Hands-on practice with six local farriers.

The farrier lab was sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and included a review of foot anatomy and basic trimming techniques by veterinarian Dr. Bill Brown and farrier Shane Westman. They also instructed students in the importance of good communication between veterinarians and farriers.

Then members of the student chapter of AAEP got their hands dirty trimming hooves, nailing on shoes, and pulling shoes. “My favorite part was getting to handle the tools,” says Juliana Wurzler (Class of 2016).

Assisting the students were farriers Bobby Bewley, Sean Robertson, Zach Morris, Charlie Sayer, and Kira Mollers. “It gave us a good foundation in hoof care, a tool we don’t necessarily get a lot of in our courses,” says Wurzler.

Imaging Resident Receives National Award

April 16th, 2014

Jennifer-FowlerDr. Jennifer Fowler, Diagnostic Imaging Resident, has been awarded the American College of Veterinary Radiology Resident Research Grant by the Veterinary Ultrasound Society. It is one of only four $7,500 grants provided by the ACVR to residents across the country in support of their research.

Dr. Fowler will be working on Evaluation of Accuracy of Lung Ultrasound Compared to Radiography, CT, and Histopathology To Identify Pneumonia in Juvenile Cattle with Naturally Acquired Lung Disease.

Handbags for Scholarships!

April 15th, 2014

Dog_PurseIf you’ve got a gently used or new purse that’s just taking up room in your closet, donate it to raise money for CVM scholarships! Kelley Marchbanks, Development Director for the college is organizing a silent auction of handbags, wallets, backpacks, and laptop bags and needs donations!

Bring your new or gently used gear to the Dean’s office in Magruder Hall before Saturday, May 2nd. If you plan to attend Pet Day, you can drop off your donation at the Scholarship Purse booth in front of Magruder before 10 am on May 3rd.

Shelter Medicine Students Offer Health Care Equity

April 15th, 2014
Kristina Raum, Caitlin McLagan, Jared Sharp and Jake Tidwell volunteered their Saturday to help homeless and low-income pets.

Kristina Raum, Caitlin McLagan, Jared Sharp, Kristen Hinatsu, and Jake Tidwell volunteered their Saturday to help homeless and low-income pets.

Every year at O’Bryant Park Square in the heart of downtown Portland,  the students of Oregon Health & Science University hold a Health Care Equity Fair. Volunteers from a variety of health care professions donate their time to provide free health screenings, dental work, chronic illness education, and other services to homeless and low-income community members. For the past three years, CVM students from the Shelter Medicine Club have also volunteered their time to offer health screening and basic care to low-income and homeless pets.

On Sunday, April 6th, a team of five third-year vet students (Caitlin McLagan, Kristen Hinatsu, Jared Sharp, Jake Tidwell, and Kristina Raum), joined Portland veterinarian Robin Sechrest to offer physical exams and provide vaccines like distemper/parvo for dogs, upper respiratory for cats, and rabies for both. They also performed nail trims and ear cleaning, and gave basic health care advice.

“The owners were phenomenal and clearly had the interests of their companions at heart,” says McLagan. “Most animals were in good condition, but we did see a number of skin conditions. There was a lot of flea allergy dermatitis. Fortunately we were able to send clients home with several months’ worth of flea/tick treatment for their pets.”

The team treated 23 animals, mostly dogs and a few cats.  “As veterinary students, this type of experience is a hugely gratifying aspect of our education and profession,” says McLagan. “Not only does working out in the community give us valuable perspective about the challenges faced by many people (and animals) in our society, but it gives us the opportunity to hone crucial skills needed in our day-to-day lives as veterinarians. These include communication, medical and technical competency, and flexibility.”

One goal of the Shelter Medicine Club is to provide veterinary preventive medicine to community members that may not otherwise be able to access it. This supports the college mission to promote the  human-animal bond, protect public health, and let the world know that veterinarians are caring and empathic professionals. “Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback of event organizers, health care students, volunteers, and clients, we succeeded in representing our profession as such,” says McLagan.

Although they had to drive to Portland and cope with the crazy downtown parking situation, the Shelter Medicine Club volunteers enjoyed their day in the city. “I most enjoyed the ability to get out of the classroom and lab, and apply veterinary medicine to real world situations where the benefits of what we do are acutely noticeable,” says McLagan. “Hearing clients talk about their beloved pet has a particularly strong impact when they tell you this pet is literally all they have of value to them in the world. It’s a real privilege and an honour to be able to assist people to protect their pet’s health and well being as best we can.”


Llamas, and Ferrets, and Rabbits, Oh My!

April 11th, 2014

costumecontestLast year’s Pet Costume Contest at OSU Pet Day was so doggone much fun, we’re doing it again!

All kinds of animals in all kinds of costumes are welcome.  There are great prizes for first, second and third place winners PLUS everyone who enters gets a fun treat.

The show starts at 1 pm on Saturday, May 3rd. If you want to enter the contest, register online – it’s only $5!

Family Friendly Bike Ride Raises Money For Low Income People and Pets

April 11th, 2014

RHVJoin CVM students, faculty and friends for the annual Ride the Heart of the Valley bike ride on Saturday, April 26th.

There are three routes for riders of all skill levels and plenty of sociable rest stops along the way. All proceeds are divided between the Olive Britt Fund, which supports emergency care for pets from low income families at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Johnson Dental Clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.

For ride routes, start times and registration, visit www.ridetheheartofthevalley.com.