The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently received a $20,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to support its mobile veterinary clinics.
The grant will help offset some of the expenses incurred as the Mobile Veterinary Clinics travel to 20 north Mississippi animal shelters, where students spay and neuter homeless animals, according to the college. The program is funded solely by grants and donations, the college further noted.
“This is such an important program for our students and for our community,” said Jimmy Kight, director of development at the veterinary college. “This generous grant helps cover the many operational expenses it takes to keep the program successful.”
Phil Bushby, DVM, retired MSU-CVM Marcia Lane Endowed Chair in Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, has inspired students to help raise money to keep the program moving forward.
“The grant from the ASPCA enables us to provide veterinary students with surgical experience, help get the animals adopted and educate pet owners about the importance of taking those animals to their community veterinarians to ensure good health for as long as possible,” Dr. Bushby said. “We are grateful for the ASPCA’s continued support.”