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TVMDL Demonstrates at Beef Quality Assurance Program

10:27AM Apr 29, 2014

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) pathologists Andres de la Concha-Bermejillo, DVM, PhD, and Gabriel Gomez, DVM, PhD, demonstrated necropsy techniques at a Beef Quality Assurance Program on April 23. The program, held at Scarmardo Cattle Company, Caldwell, provided beef cattle education to approximately 30 members of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners student chapter at Texas A&M University.

This is the second year TVMDL has participated in the Beef Quality Assurance Program, which is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Dr. Tom Hairgrov, livestock and food animal systems coordinator and Dr. Jason Cleere associate professor and extension beef cattle specialist gathered representatives from Bayer Animal Health and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM), to demonstrate different cattle treatment techniques, in addition to the necropsy demonstration conducted by TVMDL.

"It is a positive learning experience for the veterinary students. TVMDL is involved because it is the only place where most cattle producers or owners can have a necropsy done," said Hairgrove. "Dr. de la Concha and Dr. Gomez take everyone though the submission form [to have cattle necropsied] and how to deliver the animal to the lab before it begins to decompose. With the help of the Scarmardo Cattle Company, we then necropsied two calves. The calves were not going to survive, so they were humanely euthanized and used to teach these students. While Dr. Gomez worked on the necropsy, Dr. de la Concha discussed lesions or other signs that could point to cause of death if this were a cow that was found dead in the pasture."

The program lasts just one day, but the students learn invaluable knowledge to take into veterinary practice upon graduation. Many of the students have toured TVMDL or will do so during their fourth year in vet school, when all students spend a day at the laboratory. This program is one of many joint efforts between TVMDL, the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, CVM and AgriLife Extension.

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Source: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL)