Pet Aid Colorado Helps Colorado Communities Develop Emergency Plans for Pets
Drs. Frank Garry and Ragan Adams, with the Department of Clinical Sciences, received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, requiring an equal matching contribution to be made by CSU Extension. The funding allows CSU Extension to work with Pet Aid Colorado to create evacuation plans for pets during natural disasters and emergencies.
Counties along the Front Range, on the Western Slope, and in the San Luis Valley, southeast part of the state and eastern plains will be participating in the Colorado State University and Pet Aid Colorado extension program to develop and improve emergency plans for pets.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only 20 percent of pets were reunited with their owners. This project will mitigate the potential of a similar fate for Colorado pets that fall victim to emergencies and major disasters, particularly in the wake of wildfires and other natural disasters endemic to the Colorado region.
PVM Students Attend SAVMA Symposium/Prepare for 2014
Students in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program recently attended the 2013 Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where they competed in a variety of veterinary education-based competitions, and learned the ropes for hosting a national event. The CSU SAVMA will host the national symposium in 2014, from March 20-22, expecting to draw more than 1,300 veterinary students to Colorado State University and Northern Colorado. CSU last hosted the symposium in 2002.
A large number of CSU students were able to attend the Louisiana symposium thanks to the generosity of alumni donors who support the PVM Student Education Enrichment Fund, a fund that supports the professional development of students in the PVM program. Forty-five veterinary students benefited from stipends, totaling more than $9,000, which supported travel and conference fees.
The SAVMA Symposium is the premier conference for veterinary students. Each host school, selected by the SAVMA House of Delegates in a bid process, has continued to expand the conference, presenting a wide variety of lectures, wet labs, and events spanning the entirety of veterinary medicine.
Maggie, a therapy dog, waits for her eye appointment
CSU Veterinary Ophthalmologists Partake in National Service Dog Eye Exam
Colorado State University veterinary ophthalmologists joined clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico in offering free eye exams to service dogs during the 6th Annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. In its fifth year participating in the event, the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital examined 40 of our community’s service dogs on May 3.
Every May, AVCO and Merial challenge clinics to open up their doors to animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Since the program launched in 2008, more than 16,000 animals have received free, complete ocular examinations. Veterinarians use specialized equipment to offer early detection and treatment for issues such as: redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other abnormalities.
2013 Pierson-Jensen food Animal Faculty Award
Dr. Stacey Byers, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, was chosen by both the Colorado State University student chapters of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners to receive the 2013 Pierson-Jensen Food Animal Faculty Award. She was recognized for her support and dedication to these clubs and to all veterinary students in and out of the classroom.