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Student clubs update

April 12th, 2010

Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP).

SCAAEP Field Trips

SCAAEP club members at the dental clinic in Washington.

On April 3, the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) sent seven veterinary students to Monroe, Wash. to perform dentals on rescue horses. Kate Brown, Kristy Headings, Mara Supan, JoDell Schweizer, Leticia Hillebrand, Maya Ramey, and Julie Stafford attended the clinic which was organized by the Northwest Equine Stewardship Center. College of Veterinary Medicine alumna, Dr. Hannah Evergreen, is the founder of the center and has a passion to help rescue horses. The group of students went to SAFE and floated four horse’s teeth and then moved to Equine Aid to float five additional horses. The students were responsible for the care of the horses from physical exam, to sedation, to floating the teeth with the intervention of the veterinarians when needed. The veterinary students also worked with a group of veterinary technician students from the area. This was a great experience for all students involved! These clinics are planned to run about every other month so keep your ears open if you would like to participate.

In addition to the dental clinic, the club traveled to Monroe to attend a castration clinic. Full Story…

SCAAEP Seminars

The SCAAEP has started the term off with a bang, holding the beginning of a series of lunch talks dedicated to sharing the excitement of a number of equine sports. The talks are given by both students and professors, many of whom participate in a wide variety of equine disciplines outside of school. They highlight the goals of the sports and common injuries associated with high performance horses.

During week one, over 50 students attended when their fellow classmates talked about hunter/jumper competitions, three-day eventing, and polo matches. They were also surprised and excited to learn about the sport of draft horse pulling from Dr. Semevolos, who, along with her husband, is an active member of the draft horse community. Students were awed by the videos she shared of her powerful horses, and many students who had little experience with horses found themselves greatly enjoying the talk.

Dr. John Schlipf addressing performance horse issues.

In week two, another group of students presented on combined driving, rodeo and gaming events, and endurance riding. To top it off, Dr. Blythe and Dr. Schlipf shared their experiences treating these equine competitors, and gave students an overview of what to expect when working with and evaluating performance horses. This talk was equally well attended by seasoned horse enthusiasts and those new to horses.

The third and final talk in the series will be held at lunch on Monday, April 12 and will cover topics from dressage to racing. The student chapter of the AAEP welcomes and encourages everyone to attend.

International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA)

IVSA Silent Auction

It is once again time for the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) SILENT AUCTION! For those of you who don’t know, this is the biggest fundraiser for the club’s annual student-run veterinary service trip to Nicaragua in September. A portion of the funds raised by the auction will support a scholarship for students pursuing international veterinary experiences for the summer. The remainder of funds will be directed towards purchasing materials for the 2010 Nicaragua trip as well as for other club projects, such as next year’s “One Health One World” week.

How it works is this: faculty, house officers, and staff donate various items, whether they be physical items, or the ever-popular activities, such as a group dinner, guitar lesson, day of sailing, etc. The date of the silent auction this year is April 12-16. All of the items are displayed on posters in the lobby and everyone in the college will have this week to make their bids. Then it is up to the winner with the highest bid to set up their dinner, etc.

This year a Chinese dinner for 6, a fly fishing trip, and bottles of local Oregon wine, just to mention a few, will be up for bid.

Contact Anna Rothman if you have any questions about the auction or what the money is going towards.

IVSA’s Second Annual International Food Fest a Great Success

The crowd enjoying the bonfire at the International Food Fest.

While the day began wet and rainy, the afternoon’s clear skies provided perfect weather for OSU’s International Veterinary Student Association’s second annual International Food Fest. Guests piled their plates with a large variety of international dishes that were made by IVSA members, including Middle Eastern street vendor-style kebabs, New Zealand-style roasted Kumara, Indian saag, and Hungarian mushroom soup. Later in the night, a bonfire blazed to keep guests warm, and live music from the local band Three Way Stereo kept guests entertained.

The International Food Festival not only gave students the chance to take a break from studying and taste food from around the world, but also helped raise funds for the Nicaragua trip IVSA will take in the fall. This trip provides free veterinary services to a small community in Ometepe, an island within Lake Nicaragua.

Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)

Ride the Heart of the Valley Bike Ride Event is Fast Approaching

With warmer weather and more sunny days, spring is the time people emerge from their homes and start becoming more active. A great way to get back into shape is to hop on a bike. SCAVMA’s second annual Ride the Heart of the Valley bike ride is the perfect opportunity to do this.

Participants in last year's Ride the Heart of the Valley bike ride.

This year’s ride, Saturday, April 24, is raising money for OSU’s Olive K. Britt Endowment for Emergency Animal Care, which provides medical care for pets of low income families, and the Benton County Health Center, which helps provide health care for low income families.

This ride is also fulfilling this year’s “One Health” focus of obesity awareness for the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association. Healthy food will be served and additional information on obesity will be provided at the celebration after the ride.

The event, which is open to everyone in the community, includes two bike courses, an easy 12-mile route and a moderate 30-mile route. Following the ride, participants are invited to a celebration that will include various healthy foods, cold beverages, and live music provided by the BlueBonics, a local blues band from the Salem area.

Participants this year are asked to raise a minimum of $30 to support the charities, although prizes will be given to the participants who raise the most money. In addition, others who are not interested in participating in the ride can attend the celebration afterwards for a small donation of $15.

The goal this year is to increase awareness of the event and to gain more participants in the ride. Register online here,  or with Active.com.  For more information on the event, e-mail questions to SCAVMAevents@oregonstate.edu.

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