“Since the College of Veterinary Medicine’s establishment in 1974, we have made it our responsibility to provide a higher standard of living not just for animals and those involved in animal agriculture, but for all Mississippians,” said Dr. Kent Hoblet, Dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Our primary goal as being a part of a modern land-grant institution is making advancements in teaching, research, globalization, and community service.”
Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to improving the well-being of the community’s residents, companion animals, environment and economic well-being. One of the ways the university does this, according to Dean Hoblet, is through “... 'One Health.' The One Health movement is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.”
Dr. Hoblet explained that his college of veterinary medicine accomplishes this by making research breakthroughs on comparable metabolic animal diseases, such as diabetes, as well as pathogens that can transmit between humans and animals, such as the flu. Research at MSU-CVM is complemented through international research collaboration in Asia, Africa and Europe. Global highlights, according to Dean Hoblet include:
Along with connecting with educational institutions in India and Turkey, MSU-CVM, “is part of the university’s establishment of the Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome," Hoblet said.
The college “has a memorandum of understanding with Jiangxi University in China to accept DVM and PhD students,” permitting research and degree attainment for students in the United States and China to improve animal agriculture practices on both continents.
Hoblet explained how his veterinary college helps students, shelters and companion animals concurrently. One privately funded community outreach program involves faculty and students working with shelters through the state in a symbiotic relationship. Veterinary students learn spaying and neutering surgical techniques on around 7,000 animals annually. Faculty also provides shelters practical advice to upgrade facility management.
Past and present research has provided the livestock and fishery industries with invaluable disease management knowledge. “For example, MSU-CVM researchers identified the cause of a parasitic disease in catfish and determined the life cycle of the parasite, which allowed an effective management method to minimize the problem," Doblet explained. "Current projects focus on the health and viability of the state’s cattle and in influenza viruses that affect human and animal populations, specifically Mississippi’s valuable poultry industry."
Other highlights with MSU-CVM faculty, residents and staff helping out the community include providing year-round care to nearly 14,400 patients annually with their three care facilities: Animal Health Center, their Veterinary Specialty Center and their Animal Emergency and Referral Center. According to Dr. Hoblet, all three centers “get referrals from 475 veterinarians; approximately 90% of those veterinarians are in Mississippi.”
MSU-CVM also promotes interest to educate and train the next generation of veterinarians. In its fourth year, as of June 2014, MSU-CVM runs a summer camp for 50 young adults interested in becoming a veterinarian. As Dean Hoblet explained, “The camp provides youth with hands-on experiences in the first two years of veterinary college and receives national attention for its efforts in increasing student awareness of how veterinary medicine impacts lives.”
As Dr. Hoblet sums up his college’s commitment to the future and his students, “We continue to keep pace with advances in veterinary medicine and provide our students access to the knowledge gained from those advances.”
At a Glance
Location: Mississippi State, Miss.
Programs: M.S., Ph.D., DVM, Internships and Residency
Number of CVM Scholarship Funds: 41
Opening date: 1978 (established 1974)
Tuition: $16,891.32 (2013-2014 Academic Year)
Financial Aid Offered: Yes
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