By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaLast year, 543 students applied to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, one of only 28 veterinary colleges in the country. Fewer than 100 got in. Paige Carmichael rolled off these numbers to a group of high school students on the Athens, Ga., campus for “Animal Science in Action.” The summer program, sponsored by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ animal and dairy science department, hosted 46 students from Georgia, South Carolina and New York. About 80 percent of them want to be veterinarians. “There is a group of people we want desperately in our profession,” said Carmichael, the vet college’s associate dean of academic affairs, “and that is large animal veterinarians.” The need isn’t just for people who want to work with a 1,300-pound cow instead of a three-pound poodle. There is an accelerating shortage of both large and small animal veterinarians. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, “the current national pool of 2,500 veterinarians graduating annually is not enough to meet the demands of a growing population and the changing public health needs of society.” If enrollment doesn’t increase, the number of vets per million Americans will drop to from nine to 6.7 by 2050. About 965 more students per year are needed to maintain the current ratio. Today there are at least three job offers for every graduate. But the need for large animal, or food animal, vets is accelerating faster – a 12 to 13 percent increase from now to 2016, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The shortage is due primarily to a lack of student interest and further declines in students from rural areas. In 2006, the College of Veterinary Medicine didn’t have a single student going exclusively into large animal medicine. “One of the big reasons we haven’t had a lot of students in the food animal program is because not a lot are applying,” Carmichael said. UGA’s vet and agriculture colleges are working to help remedy this. Through a Food Animal VIP program, five CAES students can fast track into the vet college per year. CAES’s animal and dairy sciences department is preparing students for the realities of vet life and other fields with hands-on experience. Students learn “how animals function inside and out,” said William Graves, a CAES animal and dairy science professor who heads “Animal Science in Action.” Up to a half of these students will apply to vet school. In the past few years, the department modified its curriculum, working with the vet college, to help better prepare students. Robert Dove, an associate professor of animal and dairy science, teaches an animal practicum class focused on hands-on animal management procedures, “all designed to give students hands-on experience on what it’s like to work with animals,” he said. “I tell them that ‘if you don’t like this class, you won’t like vet school.’” “There is a need for large animal vets,” he said. “There is a big need.” High school sophomore Allison Haspel, from Manhasset, N.Y., has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was three. With two years left of high school, Haspel and her mother, Sharon, are gathering information on vet schools. Programs like the two-day Animal Science in Action are “helping me figure out what I want to do early,” Haspel said. “I think I want to do large animal sport, and I also like working with calves.” Brittany McGuirt, from Duluth, Ga., is interested in small and large animal practice. The high school senior wants to “cater to all animals on a first-name basis,” she said. “I hate going to a doctor who doesn’t know you.” Through A.S.I.A., “we really get great kids interested,” Graves said. “Spending time with them and telling them about what we do is so worthwhile. After they get tired, dirty and a little smelly, that little grin makes it all worthwhile.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) read more
JCD hosted a track meet on 4-16 with Trinity Lutheran and Southwestern Hanover. The ladies final score JCD 59.5 – Trinity Lutheran 51.5 and SW Hanover 43. The mens final score Trinity Lutheran 74, SW Hanover 44 and JCD 34.Scoring for the Eagles.Kelsey Bowling 1st 100H -16.6, 1st 300H- 51.1, 2nd L J 14’11”Whitney Winters 4th 100D -14.4, 200D – :30.7,Jenna Hughes 2nd 1600M – 6:29, 2nd 400D- 1:08.9, 3rd HJ – 4’7″Shianna Bellingham 3rd 1600M- 6:37, 3rd 3200 – 14.25Abby Wagner 4th 400D- 1:18.4,Kayla Bowling 2nd 800M – 2:59,Rosie Newhart 1st Shot- 32’10”, 1st Disc 92’11”Alex Tornstand 2nd Shot 26’11”, 4th Disc 53’9″Sasha Wagner 4th HJ – 4’6″1st 4×800 – 12:48 = A Wagner, Kay Bowling, A Smith, S Bellingham2nd 4×100 – 58.4 = R Newhart, Kay Bowling, A Wagner, W Winters1st 4×400 – 4:41 = K Bowling, S Wagner, K Bowling, J Hughes.Thiago Kapps 2nd 110H -:18.4, 1st 300H – :47.0,Eli Wagner 4th 100D – :12.8, 1st LJ 17’4″,Micheal Schmitt 3rd 400D – 1:04.4,Chris Kissel 2nd 800M – 2:23.3,Queintin Comer 4th 200D – 26.8, 4th LJ 14’6″,Rodney Dobbs 3rd 3200 – 12:30.9, 2nd Shot – 35’7″,4×100 2nd – :51.4 – C Douglas, M Schmitt, E Wagner, T Kapps4×400 1st – 4:01 – T Kapps, C Kissel, E Wagner, Q Comer.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond. read more
An important conference call today on speaker phone, and the President will be the topic not a participant.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to hold a private conference call with other Democrats today to discuss, among other things, the possible impeachment of President Trump.Democrats are divided on the issue.More progressive members of the party want to see the President impeached while others are worried about the possible political backlash headed into the 2020 election.The idea has gained some traction since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference.Some Democrats feel the report shows that Trump obstructed justice, contrary to the findings of Attorney General William Barr.
The Titans might need to rely on a Falcons outcast for front-seven impact play this season.So far unsuccessful in the reported pursuit of pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, general manager Jon Robinson is talking up recent signing Vic Beasley, the No. 8 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft who earned All-Pro honors in his second year in the league before declining effectiveness led to his Atlanta ouster. Tennessee did not take a lineman or linebacker with any of its 2020 NFL Draft selections, meaning the 27-year-old could be asked to take on a significant role in applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Just one member of the Titans recorded more than five sacks in 2019, and the team traded defensive tackle Jurrell Casey to the Broncos earlier in the offseason.”He’s a guy that plays hard, he’s fast, he’s got good length, he’s got some good snaps on tape,” Robinson said of Beasley to the team’s website. “I just think that (head coach Mike Vrabel) can work with Vic, along with (outside linebackers coach) Shane Bowen and really hopefully take his game to another level.”MORE: Three flaws of “The Last Dance”Clowney’s all-around game off the edge has been more consistent than Beasley’s, and the South Carolina product is younger than Beasley despite being drafted in 2014. Clowney’s health is perhaps a gamble the Titans see as a red flag when faced with shelling out a mega-contract, though, and Beasley could still tap into his 2016 peak.While Tennessee is still in the running for Clowney, its leadership sounds content with what it might have in Beasley.”(He has) a skillset that we like,” Vrabel said. “A player that can run and have some speed, some explosiveness, some versatility.” read more