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CVM Alum a Finalist for Top Vet Award

The College of Veterinary Medicine regularly turns out top-notch graduates, but soon one of its alumni could become “America’s Top Vet.”

Page Wages, a 2005 graduate, is on the staff at Raleigh’s CareFirst Animal Hospital, where she first started as a technician while still a student at NC State


Page Wages is a finalist for “America’s Top Vet.”

In addition to her duties at CareFirst, where she is one of five members of the practice, Wages actively volunteers with Second Chance Spay Day, a monthly event when as many as 75 pets are spayed and neutered.

Every summer for the last decade, Wages has joined NC State adjunct professor Sam Galphin in taking a group of vet students on a two-week Christian Veterinary Mission to such places as Alaska and the Navajo Nation and Cherokee Nation in the Southwest. While there, they provide preventive veterinary services  for sheep, cattle, horses and small animals.

Wages is one of 20 finalists chosen from more than 700 nominations for the second-annual award, which is given by the America Veterinary Medical Foundation to identify and celebrate extraordinary professionals in all areas of veterinary medicine.

The winner will be chosen through online voting between July 26 and Aug. 30. Voters can cast one ballot per day through the duration of the contest.

Congratulations Class of 2014.

Members of the Class of 2014 will took the Veterinarian's Oath during the May 9th Oath & Hooding Ceremony and received the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in NC State University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday May 10th.

Of the 81 graduates, 66 are women and 15 are men. The most popular career path remains small animal practice with 24 graduates—or 40%—completing a curriculum focus in that field.

Other focus areas and the number of graduates who intend to enter that specialty include: small animal—avian and exotics, 15; mixed animal practice, 11; food animal, 10; zoological medicine, 6; lab animal medicine, 5; clinician scientist, 4; equine practice, 4; epidemiology and public health, 1; pathology, 1.

Dr. Mark McMahon Class of 1988 discusses use of Laser Surgery

SOURCE: NEWS HERALD   DATE: 05/29/2014        

Practice leads way with laser surgeries  

Practice leads way with laser surgeries BY BRIANNE FLEMING The Burke Animal Clinic staff in Morganton works every day on a foundation that holds years of family history, and to them, all animals should be treated like family. Dr. Mark McMahon said the building, located at 1034 E. Union St,, has been in his family since 1902. Before it was an animal clinic, the building was used for a Burke Dairy, Mac's TV, a tire store, a jeep dealership, and even more companies. McMahon graduated from North Carolina State University in 1984, and then went on to graduate from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After college, McMahon re- ' turned to Morganton and started his practice, which officially opened in May 1988. McMahon's wife, Nan, began working at the practice in 1989 and took over the business office while he carried on with the medical side. "There's a lot of history here," McMahon said. "I'd hope my grandfathers would be proud." Burke Animal Clinic, which is a full-service animal hospital, is the only one in the county that uses a laser to perform all surgical procedures. The laser is a device that uses a powerful beam of light to erase unhealthy tissue, make incisions, seal nerve endings and kill bacteria. McMahon has worked with a laser for about 15 years and said he believes it is the most painless and simple way to perform surgery. "(There is) very little bleeding and almost no inflammation," he said. "Unlike a blade (which) causes bleeding, swelling and pain, the laser takes a lot of that away." McMahon said Burke Animal Clinic has been through three lasers since its opening. The laser procedure is used for everything from spaying and declawing to oral and cancer treatment surgeries. "It's just a better way to do surgery," he said. "1 will never go back to sharp-blade surgery." McMahon said other veterinarian practices may not have the laser surgical tool because of the expense of the instrument,  along with the knowledge and the training it requires. However, the quicker recovery time, minimal bleeding, inflammation and pain make the expense well worth it for both the staff and the animals. Because of the success of laser surgery, McMahon said other veterinarians sometimes refer animals to him for surgical procedures, and his client base has grown overall. The practice also offers an in-house digital X-ray machine, where an animal is monitored just like a person would be. Last summer, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association sponsored an education and training seminar at the Burke Animal Clinic office, and the training program is expected to continue this year. McMahon said since he is so attached to his own pet, an 8-year-old chocolate Labrador named Soy, who comes to work with him every day, he wants to make sure his patients are treated with care. "I'm attached to my own personal pet," he said. "If you don't want your pet (to be) treated like a human, I'm probably not the vet for you." McMahon said he also is aware that a dog or cat could mean the world to a client. "A lot of people that come in here, (their pet) is the only companion they have," he said. "So, if you can add quality to their life by helping their companion, it's a really good way to sleep at night." % lot of people that come in here, (their pet) is the only companion they have. So, if you can add quality to their life by helping their companion, it's a really good way to sleep at night."

Steven Marks Appointed Associate Dean, Director of Medical Services at NC State University Veterinary Health Complex

Dr. Steven Marks has been appointed Associate Dean and Director of Medical Services at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The appointment by Dean Lunn is effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Marks currently is on clinical staff with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center where he serves as a Clinical Professor of Internal and Emergency Medicine, as a Service Chief of Small Animal Medicine, and as Chair of the NC State Veterinary Health Complex Hospital Board.

USDA Researcher to Head Population Health and Pathobiology at College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Paula Fedorka Cray, a leader in food safety research, has been appointed to head the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The appointment by Dean Paul Lunn is effective May 30, 2014.

More information HERE

President Obama Honors Dr. Aron Hall, class of 2006, as an Outstanding Early-Career Scientist

President Obama named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, ceremony in the coming year.

See the White House press release here.

See Dr. Hall's Bio Here


Robert English, DVM, PhD, DACVO

Dr English (1989 Residency- Ophthalmology), of Animal Eye Care Veterinary Ophthalmology Practice PC in Cary, North Carolina, being interviewed by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Interview HERE


Dr. Katie Sheats class of 2005

Dr. Sheats did an on-air interview with WPTF-AM concerning Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Dr. Sheats prepared an article on EEE which will appear in Carolina Hoofbeats magazine. A related video will appear in Carolina TV Hoofbeats. More information.


Students Collaborate on Designing Potential Zoological Teaching Unit

Zoo TAu

One of the several planning sub-groups from a large team of veterinary medicine and design students confer on the topographical features related to designing a Zoological Teaching Unit at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

What is being called an example of NC State University’s leadership in experiential education has provided the initial planning for a potential Zoological Teaching Unit. Caroline Barnhill in the College of Design explains how a group of DVM and graduate design students collaborated on this project.

The role of today’s veterinarian is much broader than what the public most commonly perceives. Veterinarians are involved in far more than examining Fido’s hurt paw or Fluffy’s lethargy. Today, more and more veterinarians are needed to treat a wide range of species, including not only domesticated species but more zoological species–from deer and wolves to turtles and fish.

With this change in the professional landscape, veterinary colleges across the country will be planning and determining how best to supplement their students’ educations in diagnosing and treating these additional types of patients. NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and College of Design are tackling the problem by designing plans for a Zoological Teaching Animal Unit (ZTAU).

Within the ZTAU, veterinary students would be taught to provide proper preventative healthcare, capture, study, feed, maintain, care for, and even do clinical workups on animals not commonly seen in the traditional veterinary hospital clinic. It is meant to engage the student veterinarian in the importance of an animal’s environment to their overall well-being and health

“Though the entire idea behind a ZTAU is new, it is founded on CVM’s pioneering introduction of the concept of a teaching animal unit,” explains Dr. Michael Stoskopf, professor of wildlife and aquatic health. “If we succeed in creating this at NC State, it would transform the way zoological medicine is taught.”

But the plans for creating a ZTAU are more complicated than one might think. A range of species, each with different environmental needs, must be housed and maintained properly to provide the learning environment needed for effective teaching. And all of this – for NC State – must be accomplished with the available resources on the university’s Centennial Biomedical Campus. So how can you rehabilitate Timmy’s turtle in the same place as the injured deer a neighbor found caught in their backyard fence? READ MORE

Class of 1994 Graduate Named NCVMA President

The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association has announced the organization’s 2013-2014 board of directors.TheLinzey organization has elected Dr. David Linzey as the president for the organization. Linzey is the owner of Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic of the High Country in Boone, N.C. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from North Carolina State University. Linzey practiced for 10 years in mixed-animal and emergency clinics in the foothills region, before relocating to Boone to open his own emergency hospital in 2005. Linzey is the coordinator of Lakota Animal Care's new Visiting Veterinarian program, which helps pets and their owners on the Sioux reservation in South Dakota. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and  an active member of the local veterinary community and served as the 2012-2013 NCVMA President-Elect.

Phyllis Edwards Retires

Congratulations to Ms. Phyllis Edwards on her retirement. We’ve enjoyed 22 years of Phyllis’ excellent work for the College, and our DVM graduates in particular will remember her as their advocate, partner and sometime counselor.  At Phyllis’ retirement reception on Friday, May 31st, there was an excellent turnout of faculty and staff colleagues and current and former students. It was a mark of respect that all three former Deans of the College, including Provost Warwick Arden, were in attendance.  When we opened up the floor for tributes, there was a consistent theme acknowledging her devotion to and passion for the students.

Phyllis Edwards, Dean Terri Curtin, Provost Warwick Arden, Dean Oscar Fletcher, Dean Paul Lunn

Davidson speaking at Phyllis' retirement reception




Dr. James Edgar (Ed) Smallwood Retirement


Dr. Ed Smallwood, who has led our alumni program for many years, will be retiring in July. Needless to say, Dr. Smallwood is an institution! A huge force for promoting our alumni program, and also a huge intellect, author and educator in the field of veterinary anatomy. We have established a program in his name; The Dr. James Edgar Smallwood Endowed Scholarship for Student Excellence. This scholarship will recognize NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine students who exhibit excellence and leadership in veterinary medicine.



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NC State Client Counseling and Grief Support Service Offers Pet Grief Education Sessions

People facing the loss of an animal have many questions about the grief process, but often have a tough time finding a safe and supportive place to explore them.

The NC State Client Counseling and Grief Support Service is now offering grief education seminars for clients and community members facing the loss of an animal. These seminars are offered at no charge in blocks of four, with each session focusing on a specific topic. Individuals may register for single session or an entire block.

Early Summer Session: June 20-July 18, Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm

Late Summer Session: August 1-29, Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm


Clinical Investigations


The Clinical Studies Core Clinical Investigations is designed to facilitate clinical studies being performed on veterinary patients through the Veterinary Health Complex. Clinical studies are integral to the advancement of veterinary medicine, as they are used to investigate risk factors for disease, as well as methods to prevent, treat or cure disease. The CSC provides both organizational and technical support for such studies, and serves as a liaison between clinical investigators, referring veterinarians, pet owners and industry to promote clinical studies and help ensure their success. For more information regarding the CSC please contact or 919.513.6384.

See a list of current clinical investigations HERE

How to get involved

For Referring Veterinarians

If you would like further information about clinical investigations contact the CSC coordinator at or call 919.513.6384.