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October 2010 Fall Semester 2010 Vol. 3
SAVE THE DATES!!!
10/20 -Middle of Semester
-Last Day to drop a course with no
11/25 – 11/26 -Thanksgiving Holiday
Vetward Bound Events:
Sundance’s Horseback Riding/Haunted Hayride
and Ice Cream Social – Thursday, October 21,
Join the Vetward Bound staff and
fellow pre-vet students for a night
of fun! We will be doing a one-hour
trail ride at the stables followed by
a haunted hayride and end the night
with an Ice Cream Social! No riding experience is
necessary and transportation is provided! Check
emails for an eVite from the PALs office. Don’t be
the one to miss out!
Lenses of Diversity – Monday, November 8,
3:00-4:00 p.m. A213 Vet MedCenter
What does diversity mean to you? Is it just a word
or does it have a meaningful purpose? Vetward
Bound and Director
Patricia Lowrie would
like to encourage all
students to come and
interactively engage in
opportunity to learn
the many aspects of
Inside the October
Learn about the diverse opportunities and
professions of what the veterinary field has
Check out what the students saw during
the Dairy Handling Workshop!
Read more on veterinary school facts on
pgs. 3 and 10!
Also, remember to check out times and
dates of events in MSU Happenings
By: Laura Petroski
Veterinarians have a very unique position in the
world. Not only do they examine and treat animals,
but they are equally as involved in maintaining the
health of people. Many of the diseases and ailments
that people contract are initially from animals; thus
veterinarians have a close relationship with public
health and research. The demand for such help
with health control is even more extreme overseas.
This is just one of numerous issues, however, that
entice veterinarians to relocate overseas.
One career option for veterinarians that are abroad
is to work with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Due to the global increase of human
diseases, many originating from animals and
insects, veterinarians have options to work in
critical areas, like China and Zimbabwe, focusing
on issues such as bioterrorism, environmental
health, food safety and viral/ bacterial diseases.
SARS, monkey pox, West Nile, and the avian flu
are some diseases you may be familiar with that
require a considerable amount of help from
veterinarians to identify the source of disease.
Veterinarians can also
work for the Federation of
Veterinarians of Europe.
According to the
foundations website, they
represent 46 national
across 38 countries. This
website provides information about veterinarians
working in different areas of the field as veterinary
state officers, veterinarians in education, research
and industry, and even veterinary hygienists!
There are many different volunteer options
available to those that aren’t fully interested in
living abroad for an extended period of time. This
way, veterinarians can still gain overseas
experience and learn more about the world they
live in. There are volunteer options ranging from
horse rehabilitation in South Africa to research
regarding marine life in Swaziland. Pretty much
any country of interest has options for
veterinarians to help and get involved in
something they really love. It can be said that the
only hard part is deciding what to do first!
What is a Vet Tech?
By: Jennifer Cooke
Veterinary Technicians are trained professional
support-staff who provide assistance to not only
veterinarians but also biomedical and laboratory
researchers. They learn the necessary animal
knowledge of how
to work with and
take care of
animals by either
technical school or
by learning the skills on the job. Some of the things
that you might see a CVT perform include
administration of medicines or treatments, run lab
diagnostics, provide animal restraint, surgical and
dental assistance, and also provide patient
monitoring among other veterinary clinical tasks.
To become a certified veterinary technician, many
have attended schools that will offer either a two-or
four-year degree in the science of veterinary
technology. After graduation from the program or
by completing a state administered certification
test, you can become a credentialed veterinary
technician. Becoming certified will provide more
jobs with higher income opportunities, but can
vary depending on the person’s work experience
By: Samer Hariri
Veterinary research is crucial in today’s society,
especially in the last four decades as it has played a
vital role in public health and food safety. From
domestic animals to wild ones, veterinary research
has evolved to address our societal changes with
the main focus on human health. Interdisciplinary
research in veterinary science links three major
areas of concern:
- Domestic Animal Health
- Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
- Human Health
Research in domestic animal health minimizes the
risks of disease spread between companion animals
and humans. It also provides safer and healthier
food for human consumption through,for the most
part, regulating the health of farm animals.
The health of wildlife and ecosystems is also of
special importance since our urban society is
affecting the country sides, where most of the
farming takes place. Wildlife is also affected by
urban development and industrial agriculture. This
raises concerns about preserving our wildlife and
species. The loss of
wild life to
example changes the
health of the
environment we live in
and thus introduces
Research fields in each area vary, but the focus of
veterinary research lies in the following five major
- Animal Production, performance and
- Infectious animal diseases and how they
affect public health and bio-security
- Biomedical Technology, cell biology and
- Animal biotechnology
- Advances in biomedical instruments for
disease detection and therapy
These five fields of course have multiple sub-areas
within them that focus in more depth on a specific
area of research. These include clinical research,
emergency and critical care medicine, internal
medicine, and any medical category one could
think of such as oncology, ophthalmology.
Furthermore, specific research
fields in veterinary science can
include comparative medicine,
environmental and toxicological
sciences, food safety, large
animal science, small and
domestic animal science,
radiology, pathobiology and
diagnostics, physiology, and
Veterinary research helps us
control animal diseases and their threat to human
health. The contributions vary from providing
healthy farm animals and preventing the spread of
zoonotic diseases to improving the health of pet
animals which of course play an important role in
the psychosocial health of humans. Furthermore, it
plays an important role in the advancement of
biomedicine while improving and enhancing
Critical needs for research in veterinary science
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.).Committee
on the National Needs for Research in Veterinary
Science. Washington, D.C.: National Academies
Veterinary Schools & Veterinarians
True or false:
1) There are 32 veterinary schools
in the United States.
2) There is only 1 veterinary
school in Michigan (Michigan
3) There is a Veterinary Teaching
Hospital, Veterinary Oncology
Center, and Diagnostic Center
for Population and Animal
Health at MSU CVM.
4) Michigan State’s CVM does many
interviews during the
5) The number of women going into
veterinary medicine has doubled
Answer: F (28); T; T; F (The
interview Process was cut out); T
Strength and Outlook of Veterinarian
By: Stephanie Yang
Whether it is visiting a farm to treat wounds on a
mare, or traveling on the road tending the birth of
the newest addition to the zoo, or simply
diagnosing and administering medications for
man’s best friend at the local animal hospital - look
out, because veterinarians are on the rise in the
professional world. According to a report by U.S.
News, not only are veterinarians considered one of
the top 50 best careers for 2010, but also the outlook
of the profession will remain strong for the next
decades to come (U.S. News 2009).
With today’s struggling economy, it is safe to say
that finding a job will be just as hard ten years
down the road, if not
more difficult. However,
this is not the case for
veterinarians. As the
veterinarians continue to
soar, employment in the
field is expected to see a
33 percent growth
within the next decade (U.S. News 2009). Keep in
mind also that the outlook for those pursuing a
career in the animal field may be solid, but with a
progressing career like a veterinarian will come
intense competition and the admittance into
veterinary school that will result in the success of
As a veterinarian, a person must have graduated
with a doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM)
from one of the 28 programs in the U.S., in addition
to passing state exams in order to receive a state
license U.S. News (2009). Like any other career,
earnings depend on the amount of experience and
specialty within the field. U.S. News (2009) has
reported that the average starting salaries for
veterinarians range from $41,000 to mid-$60,000
and in 2008, median earnings were more than
$79,000.Like most doctors and nurses,
veterinarians must work on a demanding schedule.
Regardless on the setting of indoor or outdoor,
veterinarians learn to work long hours to
Many may think that becoming a veterinarian will
be a long and difficult road ahead. This is true. But
do not let “long” and “difficult” keep you from
pursuing a career. Always remember to never let
anything in the way of becoming something you
ultimately want to achieve. The sky’s the limit.
U.S. News Staff. “Veterinarian: As one of the 50
best careers of 2010, this should have strong growth
over the next decade.” U.S. New& World Report
December 2009. U.S. News & World Report LP.
What Makes Up MSU’s College of
By: Ji Won Park
When we think about College of Veterinary
Medicine (CVM), our immediate thought is the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). VTH is a
crucial part of CVM; however, diagnostics and
animal research facilities are also important in
animal treatment. Below are the few facilities that
run within the CVM and you will see why each
component is important.
Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH)
VTH is a site for the clinical instruction of
veterinary medicine and veterinary technology
students. It is a
in the state,
throughout Michigan, nearby states and Canada.
About 23,000 patients visit and get 113,000 field
service calls annually. Within the hospital, there are
different units – anesthesiology, cardiology,
dentistry, dermatology, emergency
medicine/critical care, internal medicine, nutrition,
oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, radiology,
Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal
response to an
cattle deaths on
1973 and 1974.
This facility assisted the state in the management of
toxic polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), a fire-
retardant chemical that had been mixed with cattle
feed. The human PBB exposure from contaminated
dairy products emphasized the central role of a
state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic laboratory in
the protection of animal and human health. Now,
the DCPAH is full-service veterinary diagnostic
laboratory which offers more than 800 tests in 11
service sections. This facility handles more than
220,000 cases involving approximately 1.5 million
University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR)
ULAR provides proper care for laboratory animals
for investigators in various departments in MSU -
Medicine, Social Sciences, and Veterinary
Medicine. It manages eight facilities on the
Advances in Veterinary Medicine:
Cementless Elbow Prosthesis and
By: Katelyn Schermerhorn
There are always new advances in veterinary
medicine. As the relationship between humans
and animals grows stronger, people may be willing
to do more for their pets in terms of treatments.
One significant advancement that has emerged at
MSU CVM is the use of cementless prosthesises. In
2008, MSU CVM was one of the first four
institutions in the country to offer new cementless
elbow prosthesis for the treatment of intractable
canine elbow arthritis. The implant was developed
with a minimally invasive surgery in mind.
Important innovations of this surgery include a
medial approach via small incision, preservation of
the collateral ligaments, removal of only the
articular surfaces without disarticulation,and
cementless implant insertion as a pre-assembled
cartridge. These have many advantages over the
current cement prosthesises used, including
reduced chance of infection and reduced rate of
The first patient at MSU to receive this new elbow
prosthesis was Jake, an 11-year-old yellow
Labrador retriever, who was suffering from chronic
lameness, secondary to severe elbow arthritis. He
was the first dog in the Midwest and the 11th in the
world to receive it. After the operation, Jake went
through extensive physical rehabilitation but has
now returned to his normal activity and is running
around like he did when he was younger.
Another advancement rising now in veterinary
medicine is the use of canine rehabilitation, which
was utilized post-op for Jake. However, some
veterinarians suggest canine rehabilitation instead
of costly and invasive surgeries in cases where the
dog is older or too sick to undergo surgery, or if the
owners lack the necessary funds for surgery. The
main procedure Certified Canine Rehabilitation
Practitioners (CCRP’s) see dogs for are aquatic
treatments. This can consist of swimming or
walking on an underwater treadmill. As seen in
human rehabilitation, these practices take pressure
of the painful joints, along with providing the
benefits of cardiovascular exercise, muscle toning,
and joint motion. Other therapeutic practices, such
as heat therapy, passive range of motion,
stretching, and cryotherapy (cold therapy),are also
used. More recent practices, such as
neuromuscular electrical stimulation and
ultrasound are also being used more and more.
Clearly, along with research, many advancements
are arising in veterinary medicine, such as the use
of prosthesises and utilizing rehabilitation, both of
which continue to narrow the gap between
veterinary medicine and human medicine.
World News: Veterinary Service
By: Jennifer Sexton
Veterinarian medicine is a small profession, and the
numbers seem to be at a standstill right now. At the
same time, there is an
increasing amount of
veterinarians going into small
animal medicine, and the
livestock veterinarians are
To compensate for this problem, the USDA has
stepped in. Large animal veterinarians are vital for
food and public safety. Right now, there are many
countries that have at least 5,000 farm animals,
with no veterinarian living near them. An even
great number of countries have only one farm
veterinarian per 25,000 animals. These
veterinarians are the first line of defense when it
comes to disease surveillance and food safety.
The USDA has created a fund that will
assist those going into large animal veterinary
medicine. The following is a small, non-extensive
list of what these funds can be used for:
Recruiting, placing and retaining
veterinarians, technicians, and students
training for food safety or food medicine
Support for continuing education and
extension programs for practicing
veterinarians, technicians and otherhealth
Support for faculty recruitment and
retention at accredited colleges of
Establishing or expanding of accredited
education program in coordination with
accredited colleges of veterinary medicine
With this incentive, hopefully
more students will look into
becoming large animal
veterinarians, and fulfill the
need to keep our livestock,
food and public safe.
For those who were not able to attend
the MSU Dairy Handling workshop,
here’s a brief highlight of what we did.
-Learned how to work in a herd of
cattle. THEY ARE NOT SCARY!
- Watched some cattle being milked
and learned the mechanism of how the
milk pumps work (Picture shown below)
- Saw baby calves and learned how
they grow up
-Learned how to properly check the
heart rate and listen to the rumen
Thanks for all those that came out for a
Veterinary Positions in the
By: Jessica Lam
Did you know about 25% of all veterinarians in the
United States work in government or corporate
With 27% of current government-hired
veterinarians being able to retire by 2012, the
government is in serious need of more
veterinarians. Lack of government-hired
veterinarians represents a huge threat to the nation
in case of a public health emergency. Veterinarians
are very important to public health; they
collaborate with physicians and scientists to
conquer various human health issues. For example,
veterinarians were the key factor in winning the
battle against malaria and yellow fever, as well as
unveiling the mystery about botulism.
“Veterinarians are used in all parts of the
government; they research unknown diseases, train
and deploy service animals for the military, and
maintain and protect the integrity of the food
supply.” Everyday the need for government
veterinarians grows larger; perhaps one day… that
spot will be filled by you.
List of some veterinary job prospects in the
-US Food and Drug Administration-Centerfor
-USDA: Animal PlantHealth Inspection Service
-The United States Animal Health Association
-USDA: Food Safety and Inspection Service
-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
-Centers for Disease Control
-National Institute of Health
-US Air Force
For more information about veterinary positions in
the government please visit:
By: Jennifer Yee
Did you know that there was more BEYOND
The amount of diversity within the veterinary
world is one of the great things about the
profession. There are so many different paths you
can take to find your perfect career niche and this is
a perfect time for you to start discovering if a
specialty is right for you!
Here’s a list of the different specialties within
Emergency and critical care
Laboratory animal medicine
State veterinary medicine
Zoo animals and wildlife
In order to be a veterinary specialist, you must
have post-graduate training (commonly an
internship and residency), experience within
the specialty, be published in a journal about a
clinical case or research findings and pass a
credential review and examinations given by a
veterinary specialty organization recognizedby
of time varies, it is
usually an average
of 3-4 years to
internship and 2-3
years of residency.
Becoming a specialist is not an easy task; it
takes an individual with a high level of
motivation, dedication and passion. You must
keep up your education, as any veterinarian
should, and you must renew your certification
via the board exam every 10 years. As a
specialist, you are a true expert in your field
and in many cases will have a higher salary
than general practitioners. You could have a
hand in expanding the profession to new
For more information about different veterinary
specialties, visit the AVMA website.
Campus Center Cinemas, October14 – 17
*Note: Due to construction at Wells Hall, movie
locations have moved.
Twilight/The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Twilight, Friday, 109 Kedzie, 7:00 p.m.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Friday, 109 Kedzie,
Twilight, Saturday, Conrad Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Saturday, Conrad
Auditorium, 9:10 p.m.
Dinner for Schmucks
Thursday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:15 p.m.
Friday, Conrad Auditorium, 7:10 & 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, 109 Kedzie, 7:10 & 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, Conrad Auditorium,7:00 & 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, Conrad Auditorium, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.
Friday, 105 Kedzie, 7:20 & 9:20 p.m.
Saturday, 105 Kedzie, 7:20 & 9:20 p.m.
Sunday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.
Monday, October 18
Stretch Away Your Stress!
6:00 p.m., Parlors ABC,MSU Union
Midterms got you down? Feelin’ that Freshmen
fifteen? Come to UAB's Stretch Away Your Stress
Exercise Series. Free Yoga will be provided in the
MSU Union to students with an MSU ID.
Tuesday, October 19
General Board Meeting
6 p.m., Parlor A&B, 2nd floor, MSU Union
Joining is free and you can help plan student events
Craft Night, Pumpkin Patch Painting
7 - 9 p.m., One Union Square Food Court, MSU
Paint or decorate a pumpkin, free while supplies
Thursday, October 21
Take Your Path to Beauty sponsored by Mary Kay
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., MSU Union, Main Lounge
Receive a free makeover, enjoy free samples and
talk to a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.
Cosmic Bowling & Billiards,
8 p.m. – midnight, Spartan
Lanes & U-Cue, MSU Union.
Bring your floor or bring a
friend and get your game on!
Friday, October 22
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Doors at 8:30 p.m.; show starts at 9:00 p.m.,
You won’t want to miss this…come to the
interactive movie event of the year! UAB will
provide complete prop bags to the first 500 people
through the doors. Drawings for prizes at the end
of the movie; come dressed up for the movie and
receive extra tickets for a chance to win a Blu-Ray
player, copies of the movie, and more! MSU
student with ID plus one guest with valid ID. Only
MSU Students can win prizes.
Derek Hughes, Comedian/Magician
9 p.m., Main Lounge, MSU Union
The New York Times has called him, “Thoroughly
Entertaining” and was named “Critics Choice” by
the Chicago Reader. When not performing theatre,
comedy, or acting in TV or advertising, Derek
Hughes travels the country performing his magic at
colleges, and here he is now at Michigan State
University. Come out and enjoy a night of laughs
for free! MSU student with ID plus one guest with
valid ID. Find out more at www.derekhughes.net
Campus Center Cinemas, October21-24
*Note: Due to construction at Wells Hall, movie
locations have moved.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Thursday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.
Friday, Conrad Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.
Saturday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.
Sunday, Conrad Auditorium,9:15 p.m.
Sunday, 109 Kedzie, 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.
Thursday, Conrad Auditorium, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:15 p.m.
Friday, 105 Kedzie, 7:00 P.M. & 9:15 P.M.
Sunday, Wilson Auditorium, 7:00 & 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, 105 Kedzie, 7:10 & 9:20 p.m.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Friday, 109 Kedzie, 7:00 & 9:20 p.m.
Sunday, Conrad Auditorium,7:00 p.m.
Vet Schools, Vet Schools, Vet Schools:
Facts and Application Processes
Michigan State University:
Applicants who are applying in 2010
(entrance 2011) must complete all
prerequisites prior to August 1, 2011.
Applicants who are applying in 2011 or
after (entrance 2012 or later) must complete
all prerequisites by the end of Spring term
in the year of matriculation.
Require 2.8 GPA to apply
Scholastic Indicator Score (SIS) score is
calculated in the application process which
is composed of the followings:
Cumulative GPA for ALL college
coursework attempted and/or completed at
all accredited institutions - 27%
1. GPA for science prerequisite courses
completed at the time the VMCAS
application is submitted - 32%
2. GPA for all courses which you
completed in your last three
semesters at an accredited
institution - 20%
3. GRE scores - 21%
One of the Veterinary schools that does not
participate in VMCAS
Successful applicants typically bring 400 or
more hours of veterinary experience.
At least one letter should be from a
veterinarian who is able to assess your
understanding of the profession.
Cornell’s DVM Admissions Formula
1. 25% Overall GPA
2. 25% GRE (verbal and
quantitative) or MCAT
3. 5% Quality of Academic
(supported with letters of
5. 10% Non-Cognitive Skills
6. 10% All Other Achievements and
Letters of Evaluation
7. 5% Personal Statement
1. Early______ of hearing loss is ______ by the fact
that the other senses are
able to compensate for moderate amounts of loss,
so that people frequently
do not know that their hearing is imperfect.
A. discovery . . indicated
B. development . . prevented
C. detection . . complicated
D. treatment . . facilitated
E. incidence . . corrected
2. The ______ science of seismology has grown just
enough so that the
first overly bold theories have been ______ .
A. magnetic . . accepted
B. fledgling . . refuted
C. tentative . . analyzed
D. predictive . . protected
E. exploratory . . recalled
3. Nonviolent demonstrations often create such
tensions that a community that
has constantly refused to ______ its injustices is
forced to correct them: the
injustices can no longer be ______.
4. Since 1813 reaction to Jane Austen's novels has
oscillated between ______
and condescension; but in general later writers
have esteemed her works more highly
than did most of her literary ______.
5. There are, as yet, no vegetation types or
ecosystems whose study has been
______ to the extent that they no longer ______
Answers: C, B, A, B, B
From the MSU Dairy Farm. . .
GO GREEN! GO WHITE!
LET’S GO STATE!
Vetward Bound Program
F113 Veterinary Medical College
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1316
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 noon
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(517) 355-6521 (Voice mail available 24/7)
The Vetward BoundProgram is fundedby a grant from the State of Michigan,
Department of Career Development, King-Chavez-Parks Initiative,
Select Student Support Services (4S) Program