October 22, 2012 Rotogram:16

MSU Men’s Basketball

George Brooks, Mississippi State University assistant men’s basketball coach, will discuss the players and the upcoming season under new Head Coach Rick Ray.

Next week: MSU Women’s Basketball

The MSU women’s basketball team will soon take to the floor under new Head Coach Vic Schaefer, who will review his team and his expectations for the season.

Habitat for Humanity Rotary Roof

Alan Tucker, community service chair, presented Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Freddie Rasberry with our support check generated by the fall social activities.

Raspberry quipped that he always enjoys having lunch with us because we pay him. He reported that this year’s third house will be completed this fall. Twelve children have gained stable homes.

He noted that the 50 homes built so far in Starkville not only house families, but improve the community as well by fighting the blight of deteriorating structures.

Thanking Bobby Crosland for organizing the fund raiser, Tucker reported that he saw Crosland thirty minutes earlier still in line for basketball tickets.

Between the Lions

The Between the Lions reading program partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting is being resurrected under the leadership of Hal Rowland. He reported that the pre-assessment of the children’s reading levels has been completed. All we need now is volunteers to read for an hour a week to preschoolers.

$50 Bank Draft Incentive

The board is offering to add a $50 Rotary Foundation credit for any Rotarian who converts his/her dues payment to bank draft. Until November 15, all new drafts will be rewarded with an additional half year’s Paul Harris contribution. Contact President Debra, Secretary Nellah Taylor, or Treasurer Clay Richardson.

For the Record—OCTOBER 15

Invocation and Pledge:         Mac McLaurin

Attendance:                                         49.6%

Present — 87 (25 exempt, 2 honorary)

Absent — 94 (20 exempt, 9 honorary)

Guests: Visiting Rotarians were Jimmy McCluskey from Waco, Tex., Joe Phillips from Gulf Shores, Ala., and Gerald De Gabriele from Australia. Member guests were Addison Lawrence of Bart Harris, Jane Moorhead and Ray Holt of Don Trotter, Marcus Grant of Thomas Pounds, and Skip Jack of John Robert Arnold. Guests of the Club were Freddie Rasberry, Peggy Branch and Giulia Martinoli, RYE student.

Veterinary Medicine Isn’t Just for Animals

 Oct. 15 — About 75 percent of emerging human infectious diseases over the past three decades are zoonotic (transmissible between species). Examples from the daily headlines are AIDS, SARS, nvCJD and Hendra Virus.

“Of the 1,461 infectious diseases now recognized in humans, 60 percent are caused by multi-host pathogens,” said Kent Hoblet, Mississippi State University dean of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition to dealing with diseases, veterinarians are key players in global food security. The demand for animal-based protein is expected to increase 50 percent by 2030 due to human population growth.

MSU is one of 28 institutions that grant doctorates in veterinary medicine in the United States.

—Hoblet, in his sixth year leading the MSU program, heads a 100 member faculty that not only teaches aspiring veterinarians, but conducts world-class research. In particular, the research program focuses on poultry and aquaculture, two of Mississippi’s signature agriculture commodities.

Facilities are not limited to the main campus. Starkville also is home of the Veterinary Neurology and Imaging Clinic, a (509(a)2) not-for-profit corporation in conjunction with Premier Imaging.

Stoneville is home to the Thad Cochran National Aquaculture’s Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. In partnership with veterinarians in Flowood, the non-profit Animal Emergency and Referral Clinic serves the Jackson metro and provides students experience.

The Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic, and Poultry Research and Diagnostic Laboratories are in Pearl. Only 14 of the 28 U.S. CVMs have state diagnostic labs as part of their colleges.

The Mobile Veterinary Clinic regularly visits 15 shelters in North Mississippi as well as playing a part in disaster relief.

MSU CVM’s first class graduated in 1981. The soon-to-enter Class of 2016 has 85 members drawn from 966 qualified applicants. The average grade point at entry is 3.57.

Half of all students accepted are Mississippi residents. The college has contracts for five students each from South Carolina and West Virginia which have no vet colleges.

Like medical schools the CVM has a 2+2 curriculum emphasizing clinical experience for the last half of a student’s education.

Besides DVM students, there are 101 graduate students. Forty-six students are pursuing a bachelor of science in veterinary medical technology similar to a B.S. in nursing.

“Our challenge for veterinary medical education for 2052 is to predict fundamental principles of a rapidly changing veterinary field,” said Dean Hoblet. “—Over the past 40 years there have been extreme changes in the world, American society, veterinary medicine, agriculture and technologies.”

The need for a holistic approach “to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals, and our environment” has led to the One Health Initiative further integrating human and animal health.

“Veterinarians are in a unique position of being the only doctors educated to protect the health of both animals and people. . . . Graduates will also play a key role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health.”

— Dr. Mark Keenum at CVM Graduation/Oath & Hooding, 2011

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