University of Minnesota researchers are collaborating to find new applications for groundbreaking cold plasma research
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) costs the US swine industry more than $580 million each year. First described in North Carolina, Iowa, and Minnesota in the late 1980s, the virus rapidly spreads through swine barns and is one of the industry’s biggest game changers. Since its emergence in the United States, scientists have worked to reduce its risk to swine.
After the August 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ reported that 97.3 percent of veterinarians in the workforce in 2013 were white—the highest of any profession—many US veterinary medical colleges began taking steps to ensure that future veterinarians will look like the changing American population. The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine aims to become a leader in attracting students from marginalized backgrounds, or backgrounds that are underrepresented in veterinary medicine. Scholarships present an opportunity for a step toward this goal.
Preliminary data gathered at the conclusion of the 2018 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) cycle has shown an increase in demand for admission to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) member institutions.
When a litter of 10-week-old kittens were brought into the vet for their spays and neuters, one of them, Mochi, was showing signs of a severe heart murmur. The young cat was then referred to the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Two wolves, a four-year-old female and a five-year-old male, were recently moved from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aircraft. This translocation project aims to restore wolves to balance the island ecosystem.
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) had more donors than any other college at the University of Minnesota in the previous fiscal year. A total of 4,558 donors made 9,252 gifts in fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30. Both are College records. Only U of M Athletics, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota surpassed the CVM in number of donors.
On May 20, Robert Spencer was at a family funeral when he received the call that Janet Veit, ’96 DVM, had died in a fishing accident in Iceland—an event so stunning it soon made the papers in the Twin Cities and even the Washington Post. Veit had been a veterinarian at Spencer’s clinic, Hillside Animal Hospital of La Crosse, Wis., for 22 years.
“I was so shocked—I couldn’t say anything,” recalls Spencer.
Not many toddlers can accurately predict what they’ll be when they grow up, but Don French, ’51 BS, ’53 DVM, never had any doubts. “I grew up in a rural area in southern Minnesota and got a pony when I was four years old,” he says. It instilled a lifelong appreciation for horses and the work that veterinarians do.
So when Don was accepted into the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), no one was surprised. He graduated in the College’s third class.
Arlo Frost, ’87 DVM, finds that an enjoyable diversion from veterinary medicine is... more veterinary medicine.
Frost volunteers with the Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS), a University of Minnesota student-led volunteer organization that provides veterinary services to Minnesota Indian reservations.
Sandra Soucheray, ’02 DVM, can treat three dogs in just one hour. She has spent the last three years driving across the Twin Cities to take care of dogs and cats at home. Soucheray worked in a clinic for 13 years before launching Dr. Soucheray’s At Home Veterinary Care, her own mobile practice. Now, she keeps all her equipment in her van and provides pet care in her clients’ homes. She has found that pets respond better to treatment in their natural environment—some don’t even have to leave their bed.