College of Veterinary Medicine News

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.

Dogs in Courts Initiative Gets WBIR Spotlight


WBIR highlighted an initiative of Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, a program created in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to have dogs available as comfort to children that come into Knox County Juvenile Court.

Faculty Trailblazers: Veterinary Medicine Spotlights McCormick, Reed

Robert Reed

Karen McCormick, clinical assistant professor of equine internal medicine and neonatology in Large Animal Clinical Services, and Robert Reed, associate professor in the department of biomedical and diagnostic sciences, are faculty trailblazers in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner


Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.