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November News and Updates: Record-Breaking Research Grants and Life-Saving Skills

Dr. Katie Anderson prepares to give Winston a checkup
Dr. Katie Anderson prepares to give Winston a checkup. PHOTO BY JOHN JOYNER

Stay up to date on how the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has been intentional in making changes to expand its research footprint and on how often we go above and beyond to treat our clients. 

In the Spotlight

READY TO SOAR. The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has experienced more than 220% growth in research grant funding since 2011, with the largest yearly amount ever in 2021. Intentional and innovative changes made to expand our research impact led to the dramatic increase.

NC State faculty and students prepare to spay a cat inside the surgery suite of the CVM Mobile Surgery Unit.

SURGERY AND SERVICE. The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Mobile Hospital, headed by Dr. Kelli Ferris, spent the weekend at our Center for Marine Sciences and Technology to work with Carteret County officials and local veterinarians to spay and neuter feral cats. The college has been partnering with communities for 22 years to help control and treat animal populations. The service also gives veterinary student volunteers a chance to receive more surgical training. Nine students accompanied Ferris on this trip.

The Chin family with Max
The Chin family with Max

SAVING MAX. To our nephrology and urology team, the case of Max the miniature Australian Labradoodle illustrates how the field’s elevation to specialty college will keep improving medical knowledge and patient care. The Chin family is simply thankful for our ability to diagnose the problem and to treat it with life-saving expertise.

Dr. Katie Anderson and owner Bill Kivett with Winston when he came into the NC State Veterinary Hospital for a checkup.

THE WONDER OF WINSTON. A dog with an unheard-of condition. An NC State veterinary resident with a dogged determination to treat him. An uncommon “human” medical instrument. And a UNC doctor with the knowledge and skill to use it. Don’t miss the remarkable story of an unlikely diagnosis and partnership.

The Oath cover
The Oath cover

THE OATH IS ONLINE! At the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, we are life-changers. In the fall 2022 edition of The Oath magazine, we show you how spectacularly we build on that foundational truth and become life-savers – both locally and globally.

Faculty and Staff

WE ARE INNOVATORS. Natasha Olby’s lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine is generating data and insights into the aging process in dogs and how to improve their health span — not just their life span. Her research also has implications for human geriatric medicine.

‘SWAMP BOY’ It wasn’t schizophrenia. Because of the world-renowned research of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Edward Breitschwerdt on bartonella, a family ravaged by a teenager’s mysterious psychosis for more than a year was able to get to the real problem.

PACK PIONEER. David DeYoung, former professor of orthopedic surgery and associate dean at NC State, won the Legends Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Foundation for his work on canine cementless hip replacement.


Sarah J. Ewing
Dr. Sarah J. Ewing

OUR STAR. Sarah J. Ewing, who received a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, received our 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the NC State Evening of the Stars. Ewing is now dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

An NC State College of Veterinary Medicine doctor cleans the teeth of a critically endangered red wolf.
The semester is over, which means it’s selective time at #NCStateVetMed. Students choose their selectives — fast-paced, intensely focused classes that last one or two weeks — from an array of offerings ranging from equine anesthesia to global health management to feline oncology. Because NC State cares for a pack of critically endangered red wolves, 20 students were able to choose Carnivore Medicine as an option. This week they were learning how to capture, handle, sedate and examine the wolves, who get full physicals including radiographs every other year.

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