March News and Updates: Overwhelming Success for Day of Giving and Open House
Stay up to date on how the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is having a huge impact on our community, from our mobile hospital to our day of welcoming the world onto our campus.
In the Spotlight
ALL ABOARD! The NC State Mobile Veterinary Hospital frequently travels around the state to help communities with spaying and neutering feral and waiting-to-be-adopted animals. The hospital, directed by Dr. Kelli Ferris, recently spent a day sterilizing feral cats at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Animal Rescue Center, giving fourth-year students a chance to work on their surgery skills during a nonstop whir of learning, doing and cooing.
Watch the video here: https://go.ncsu.edu/mobilevideo
OPEN HOUSE 2023. The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine revived its popular Open House after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members by the hundreds strolled through the halls of the hospital, health and wellness center and research building and along the paths to food trucks, the horse corral and a cow-milking station, among other treats.
‘RADICALLY INTERDISCIPLINARY.’ An NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Humanities and Social Sciences team has mined genetic clues from old parchment manuscripts, uncovering traces of the past hidden in books. The work offers NC State University the chance to shape the emerging field of biocodicology.
TAKING PROBIOTICS? Not all are created equal. In a new study, researchers found that certain enzymes within a class known as bile salt hydrolases can restrict C. diff. colonization by both altering existing bile acids and by creating a new class of bile acids within the gut’s microbial environment. The work could lead to “designer” probiotics that protect against disease by introducing specific BSHs to the gut after antibiotic treatment.
LEADING THE WAY: For Women’s History Month, NC State University highlighted three leaders, including College of Veterinary Medicine student Lakhia Fuller, to learn about the challenges they face, the joys they find in their work and the marks they hope to make on the world.
Faculty and Staff
NEW AT THE TAU: Taking its beloved Teaching Animal Unit to the next level of excellence, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has created the role of clinical veterinarian for the unit and the Reedy Creek Equine Farm. Allison West, most recently an ambulatory large animal veterinarian in Sanford, North Carolina, is on the job.
EXCEPTIONAL. The new Academy of Veterinary Educators has chosen six NC State Veterinary Medicine experts to be founding members of the academy’s distinguished expert cohort. NC State representatives make up nearly a quarter of the 26-member panel.
Donors and Support
DAY OF GIVING 2023: Thanks to the outpouring of support from our veterinary medicine community, NC State’s 2023 Day of Giving was the most successful ever for the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.
WAY TO GO! The American Association of Swine Veterinarians recognized two NC State College of Veterinary Medicine alums at its 2023 conference. Dr. Emily Mahan-Riggs, CVM class of 2017, won the $10,000 AASV Hogg Scholarship. Dr. Lisa Becton, CVM class of 1994, was given the Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award.