College of Veterinary Medicine News

UT Awarded Grant from Maddie’s Fund to Study Barriers to Veterinary Care Nationwide

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The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition is pleased to announce a $391,420 Maddie’s Fund grant to the College of Social Work. The grant will fund a nationwide study identifying barriers to veterinary care experienced by pet owners and veterinary services providers and document existing strategies to deliver veterinary care to underserved pet owners.

Suspense Author to Graduate from UT Forensic Odontology Program

Alana Joy Scudiere has written about crimes and mysteries for years, but she will soon have a hand in solving them. A published suspense novelist, she is one of the first three graduates of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Human Identification program.

Veterinary College Offers Spring Pet Memorial Celebration

In an effort to help pet owners celebrate the lives of their companion animals, both living and deceased, Veterinary Social Work at the College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its Spring Pet Memorial Celebration 6:00–8:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Sequoyah Room.

Going the Extra Mile: Vet Med Spotlights Biskup, Tolbert

Jeff Biskup and Katie Tolbert are the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty being honored for “Going the Extra Mile” for their students. An assistant professor and small-animal internist, Tolbert works to learn more about animal diseases and new safe treatment options. Although Biskup’s clinical interest is in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, within a span of four days, the assistant professor could be on clinicals with students, performing surgery, talking to animal owners, or conducting research.

Chili the Border Collie Helps Students Relax at School

The News Sentinel recently published a story about Chili, an 8-year-old Border Collie mix, who serves in the Gresham Middle School counseling office. Chili is part of H.A.B.I.T., Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, a program of the College of Veterinary Medicine at UT that brings animal-assisted therapy and visitation programs to facilities including area schools.

Partnerships That Make a Difference: Veterinary Externship Program

The summer semester Veterinary Externship Program provides sophomore veterinary students and fifth-semester professional students an opportunity to work directly with more than a dozen private veterinary practices in East Tennessee. The program also provides community veterinarians the opportunity to enhance their veterinary knowledge through interaction with the college and students.