OSU Launches National Center for Veterinary Parasitology

Novartis Animal Health pledges $225,000 toward the Veterinary Health Sciences Center for Veterinary Parasitology.
The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is based at the OSU veterinary center in Stillwater. It is launching the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology.
Novartis is the first industry partner to support the NCVP followed by Bayer Animal Health for an equal monetary contribution and industry partnership. The Kirkpatrick Foundation established a gift of $100,000.
Plans indicate the facility will be in the lower level of McElroy Hall, the cornerstone of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The laboratory upgrade is scheduled to begin in 2009 with graduate studies commencing in 2010.
“The benefits both nationally and internationally will be many fold,” explains Susan Little, professor, Krull-Ewing Chair in Veterinary Parasitology, OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “We are grateful to our industry partners and their commitment to advance veterinary parasitology and support it into the future.”
The mission of the NCVP is to further the many advances made in controlling parasitic diseases of animals through integrated programs of applied graduate and residency training, targeted current research initiatives, and a diagnostic and consulting service that serve the veterinary profession worldwide.
“In the last several years there has been a decline of veterinary parasitology training in the U.S.,” says Michael Lorenz, dean of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “The NCVP is an opportunity for us to continue training in the discipline of veterinary parasitology and to provide a source for national diagnostic testing.”

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