OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Fall 1990 Volume 12, No. 2
Care of Wildlife through the CVM
Scientists at the College of Veter¬ inary Medicine have been involved with the care and health of many wildlife species. Animals such as deer, elk, llama, ostrich, bobcats, river otters, hawks, owls, ducks and geese are only a few of the
many species that have become an im¬ portant part of veterinary training.
Beginning in 1975, a deer disease research project has been in progress under the direction of Dr. Alan Kocan. Originally funded by the Oklahoma
Christianne Gray, Student Technical/Paraprofessional, enjoys her job as caretaker to the fawns. Chris¬ tian ne is a member of the Class of 1993.
Department of Wildlife Conservation, this study played an important part in alerting state wildlife officials to potential health and management problems for the deer herds of Oklahoma. More recently, the deer research project has directed its at¬ tention to the role of deer in tick trans¬ mitted diseases such as Lyme disease. Recently funded projects from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) are at¬ tempting to document the role of deer and the ticks that feed on them in the main¬ tenance and spread of these diseases. Deer fawns are brought to the CVM by wildlife officials or by individuals who have found orphans. Fawns must be maintained on a bottle for the first 8-10 weeks of their lives. Once weaned, most fawns are kept at the OSU Deer Research Facility at Camp Redlands as part of the breeding and experimental herd. Since it is illegal for citizens to keep orphaned fawns, it is not uncommon for the project to raise 15-20 fawns a year.
Dean Alexander Installed as President of AAVMC
On July 23, at the AVMA meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. J.W. Alexander was installed as President of the Associa¬ tion of America Veterinary Medical Col¬ leges (AAVMC). The AAVMC is the or¬ ganization charged with promoting the national interests of the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States and Canada as well as those of col¬ lege/university Departments of Veterinary Science. Increasing federal funding for veterinary research, providing a national forum for matters related to the profes¬ sional curriculum and academic affairs, and offering relevant support services for its member schools are projects to which the AAVMC has given priority during the past year.