Source: Bovine Veterinarian

Oklahoma State University (OSU) is addressing challenges in rural communities by establishing a Center for Rural Veterinary Medicine (CRVM). With a focus on the decline in veterinarians serving rural areas, the CRVM aims to study and develop strategies for rural veterinary medicine challenges. OSU graduates, with 25% entering large or mixed animal practice, surpass the national average of 10-15%.

The CRVM envisions a service component in underserved rural regions and outreach programs to mentor youth for STEM careers, including veterinary medicine. OSU has initiated programs like the Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians, funded by the USDA, focusing on leadership, communication, practice management, and enhancing sustainability in Veterinary practices serving the Oklahoma beef cattle industry. Class III of this program is set to begin in January 2024.

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