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NC State Veterinary Medicine News and Updates, April 2022

red wolf in enclosure
Five red wolves are currently in the care of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, four residents and one patient from the wild recovering from a leg wound.

In the Spotlight

Back from the Brink: NC State’s Key Role in Red Wolf Recovery

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is at the center of a nationwide effort to repopulate the red wolf, providing medical care for injured animals, conducting research into genetic diseases and tending its own pack of the critically endangered species. 

College Becomes a Partner in Play With ‘Ready Set Vet’

The College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh to create a reimagined play area that should expand not only knowledge about what veterinarians do but also dreams about who can be one. The space is slated to open in June.

From Classrooms to Cows in Under 60 Seconds

The Teaching Animal Unit, right outside the college’s back door, is a dynamic space for students to learn husbandry, production management and procedures used routinely in livestock production. Few, if any, other colleges have anything quite like it.

Meet the new kids on the block

Go with us on a video tour of the goat barn at the Teaching Animal Unit and enjoy getting to see the babies born so far this season. Harmony and Jade are just two of the cuties.

Oath and Hooding class of 2021
Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine.

College of Veterinary Medicine Oath and Hood Set for May 6

A class of 101 students, including two Ph.D. students also receiving their DVM degrees, will be hooded by faculty members Lysa Posner and Mat Gerard before reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath. It is the college’s 38th graduating class. The event will be at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.

Faculty and Staff

Five win Goodnight Early Career Innovators distinction

NC State has announced its 2021-22 class of Goodnight Early Career Innovators, which recognizes and rewards promising NC State early-career faculty whose scholarship is in STEM or STEM education. The 25 faculty selected will receive $22,000 ­for each of the next three years to support their scholarship and research endeavors.

From the College of Veterinary Medicine, Gustavo Machado, Kelly Ann Meiklejohn, Santosh Mishra, Margaret Gruen and Glenn Cruse were recognized.


Tara Harrison, associate professor of zoo and exotic animal medicine, serves as the veterinarian for The Museum of Life and Science in Durham and visits there twice a month. Enjoy this glimpse of checkup day, with an assist from amazing DVM student Tania Hummel.


NC State College of Veterinary Medicine cardiologist Sandy Tou, anesthesiologist Lydia Love, exotic animal expert Tara Harrison and radiologist Eli Cohen recently traveled to The Virginia Zoo with several students and residents to help examine two endangered Malayan tigers. See the team in action.

Donors and Support

Carnivore Conservation Crew crowdfunding campaign underway

For two decades, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has been caring for critically endangered red wolves, and faculty, staff and the Carnivore Conservation Crew of dedicated wolf-watching students could use help buying needed items.