Senior veterinary student Sally Ness scrubbed the surgery site of a miniature horse, Luna, who had a fractured femur repaired. Meanwhile, faculty anesthesiologist Dr. Tom Riebold and surgery resident Dr. Shannon Reed monitor Luna’s anesthesia.
The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine graduated an historic class in 2007, with its largest number of graduates receiving their professional degrees. It was also the first class to complete all four years of their education on the Oregon State University campus. Students from previous classes had to spend more than a year at Washington State University completing the small–animal component of their education.
In the past year, students working under the supervision of OSU faculty members performed 380 surgeries on animals from 19 different Oregon pet shelters. Beginning this year, every student will have the opportunity to care for animals during two–week rotations at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.
"The recent addition of a small–animal clinical service and the related faculty expertise have allowed the college to offer a full–service veterinary medicine education to students," says Cyril R. Clarke, dean of the college.
"This new small–animal capability, combined with our large–animal and diagnostic services, allows the college to provide a critical resource for meeting animal and public health care needs for the state of Oregon," he adds.