Mobile Veterinary Clinic
Every eight seconds one animal is euthanized in the United States, and millions of tax dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for unwanted pets. Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is tackling this problem head–on, while also educating the next generation of veterinarians. Through the Mobile Shelter Medicine Program, CVM students, under the supervision of faculty, provide free spay and neuter services to animal shelters in North Mississippi. In addition to providing unique learning opportunities for students, the program seeks to decrease the number of unwanted animals through performing spay and neuter surgeries and helping shelters facilitate adoptions.
Mississippi State Mobile Veterinary Clinic
The mobile unit will be driven up to Washington, D.C. to teach attendees at this year’s Smithsonian FolkLife Festival how they can be a part of improving the health and well-being of our nation’s pets.
Attendees can take tours of the unit and learn more about animal shelter medicine. Current CVM students will be on hand to talk one-on-one with festival-goers about pet overpopulation issues and how the veterinary community is addressing the problem.
CVM students will also facilitate hands-on activities for children such as listening to a model dog’s heartbeat through a stethoscope. The faculty and students staffing the festival are excited about this unique opportunity to share their spirit of lifelong community service with visitors from around the world.
Thermal imaging—or thermography—allows the detection and capture of images that visualize temperature gradients or radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum.
It’s a non-invasive technique that allows the examiner to quantify changes in surface temperature through the detection of the infrared emissions, creating a thermal map by remote sensing. Specialized cameras capture temperature gradients and produce images showing the temperature variations.
Why is this important? Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging(DITI) has been used to diagnose a wide range of disease, developmental, and injury-related conditions in humans, plants, livestock, and other species through the identification of thermal body surface temperature gradients.
With support from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), thermography has been used for the detection of late pregnancy in large herbivores, as well as to assess lactational performance, lameness, and environmental effects, such as heat stress, on animal management.
Thermography also has been used in environmental studies of wetland areas, wild bird studies, and the assessment of training in athletic performance. Because the technology is non-invasive, it represents a valuable resource for the physiological, environmental, and clinical monitoring of a wide range of captive species.
The Folklife Festival display will be an interactive opportunity to explore the technology.
Taking a thermal image of a horse