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Veterinary Medicine Bringing Our Oath in Action to Ag Roundup

October 9, 2013

By Janet L. McCoy, (p) 334/844-3698; (e) mccoyjl@auburn.edu

Auburn, Alabama —

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine students and faculty will be putting Our Oath in Action at the 2013 Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Auburn University campus.

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association is one of six veterinary associations in the country selected by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to participate in the initial launch of a nationwide campaign called Our Oath in Action and the event in Auburn is one of two planned in Alabama.

 “We are pleased to be part of this national effort to bring awareness to pet healthcare. The theme to this event is centered around the idea that we’re members of the veterinary profession making a difference in your community,” says ALVMA President Bill Bledsoe.

“Auburn veterinary medicine students and faculty will be using the ALVMA’s Animal Emergency Response trailer to educate the public on how to take care of their animals during natural disasters and hand out information about keeping pets healthy year-round, said Dr. Julie Gard, an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition to the animal emergency response trailer, the College’s Animal Health and Performance Program Chief Trainer Terry Fischer and detector canines will give a 10 a.m. presentation to showcase their important national security work.

Ag Roundup, co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and the AU Agricultural Alumni Association with corporate partners, is set for 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is $5, children under 6 are free. It will be held on Ag Heritage Park’s south side, with the main entrance located at the Alabama Farmers Pavilion, 620-A S. Donahue Drive.

Members of the veterinary profession are committed to the well-being of animals. Every day, in their clinics and in their classrooms, they embody their veterinarian’s oath, using their scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society and the advancement of medical knowledge.

 “We are excited to be a part of Ag Roundup on Auburn’s Homecoming to showcase the important work of the AVMF, the ALVMA and the College of Veterinary Medicine to help animals,” Dr. Gard said.

“We want people to learn more about how to protect their pets when the unthinkable happens,” she added. “During natural disasters or other emergencies, companion animals are also in harm’s way and it’s important for owners to know what steps to take to ensure their pet’s care.”

Veterinary medicine students participating in Oath in Action at the event are members and officers of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and officers of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Club.

The AVMF, the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, created Our Oath in Action day to put that pledge into practice. The AVMF is funding and coordinating this effort with the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine with support and oversight from the ALVMA. A similar event will be held at the Tuskegee CVM later this year.

“Our Oath in Action is an important educational and service mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the AVMF,” said Dr. Brad Fields, head of Alabama’s Agricultural Emergency Response and adjunct professor in the Department of Pathobiology who is coordinating the event with Dr. Gard.

“We will have information to give out, shirts, bags and toys for children and an opportunity to join the AVMF in its mission to help veterinarians help animals. Pets are part of the family, and it’s important to include them in disaster planning.”

Ag Roundup, which has earned a reputation over the past 33 years as Auburn’s largest tailgate party, is open to everyone and features a wide range of foods grown and/or produced in Alabama. Ag Roundup also offers informative displays and children's activities.