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Professor Abby Benninghoff on Becoming a Scientist and Her Close Encounter with a Jellyfish
Beyond her own curiosity about the natural world, Utah State University professor Abby Benninghoff owes her career path choice to her mother’s insightful questions, and to a jellyfish.
Record Number of Students Attend Utah State University Sheep Day
A group of students seeking a new perspective on ranching created a record turnout for Utah State University’s annual Sheep Day trip to Evanston, WY, organized by the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences.
Front-line fatigue: Pandemic pressures pouncing on taxed veterinarians
"There's already a nationwide shortage before the pandemic, and now the caseload has doubled and the resources have dwindled until the demand is quite high," said Dr. Shawn Zimmerman, an ADVS assistant professor at USU.
ADVS Employee of the Month November 2021: DJ Anderson
DJ Anderson has tirelessly served as the Manager of the Sam Skaggs Family Equine Education Center since 2014. In this role, he oversees the health, nutrition, housing, farrier, and wellbeing of all the horses in our facilities. The Equine Science and Mana...
Aggie Equestrians Find Freedom in Competition
You put your foot in the stirrup, hoisting yourself onto the tall horse. Your heart races with adrenaline as you get going. The feeling of freedom setting in. A smile stretches across your face as you make the first leap over the fence. It almost feels li...
Master of Bone and Beetle: Vet School Anatomist Prepares a Menagerie of Teaching Tools
Finding Scott Hexum’s office in the Veterinary Science and Biology Building is an adventure. Not only is Room 210 nowhere near Room 209, but visitors need to enter what looks like a storage room before descending down a small number of stairs to get there...
ADVS Employee of the Month October 2021: Kevin Bailey
Kevin Bailey has decades of research experience as a member of the Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR). His dedication and contributions supporting the institute’s many research programs working with high-consequence viral pathogens are greatly appreci...
ADVS Employee of the Month September 2021: Lillian Okamoto
Lillian Okamoto has been working as an undergraduate researcher in the Thornton-Kurth lab for just under two years. Lillian began working in the Thornton-Kurth lab as a volunteer and everyone in the lab immediately realized what a talented, hard-working a...
10th Veterinary Medicine Class Forms Bonds and Prepares for New Challenges
The 10th class of Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has arrived at USU. After a week of orientation activities and receiving their white lab coats in a ceremony on August 19, the 30 incoming students are ready to begin the challenge of...
USU President Chairs National Task Force
Since June 2020, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has chaired a national task force of experts charged with evaluating the framework the Food and Drug administration uses for approving and monitoring gene-edited farm animals.
USU Names Advisors of the Year for 2021
Tami Spackman and Dawnetta Mahnken, USU's Advisor of the Year Winners.
Aug. 4 Interview With USU Pres. Noelle Cockett
Tom Williams here with the Utah State University President Noelle Cockett with our weekly conversation here at UPR.
USU Names Advisors of the Year for 2021
Utah State University’s Advising Awards Committee announced the 2021 USU Advisor of the Year award recipients. Tami Spackman, advisor in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) was named Professional Advisor of the Year and Dawnetta Mahnken, advisor...
Task Force Chaired by USU President Proposes Modernizing FDA Regulations on Gene-Edited Animals
A joint report released by a national task force of experts and chaired by Utah State University President Noelle E. Cockett has recommended federal regulations around gene-edited animals be updated significantly.
USU and USU Eastern Enjoy Success at College National Finals Rodeo
The Utah State University Rodeo Club (Logan) and USU Eastern Rodeo Club (Price) teams found success at the 72nd annual College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) over the past week. USU qualified their entire women’s team and individual men, while USU Eastern’s...
Sheep Day Tradition Continues for Animal Science Students
Animal science students honed their knowledge and skills at the Broadbent Ranch, one of the last large-scale sheep range operations in the country.
Dalton Gibbs, a love for animals and the USU community
Dalton Gibbs is a graduating senior at Utah State University and has been involved in many different aspects of USU.
Celebrating a Career and a Retirement
David Forrester grew up working on the family farm in Smithfield, Utah and joined the Utah State University community in 1979. Aside from a brief absence to work the family farm, he remained at the university until his retirement at the close of 2020.
Increasing Raising Beef Could Help Utah's Economy, According To New Study
In a recent study by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and Utah State University finds that Utah has room for growth in the Utah beef processing and sales businesses.
USU Vaccine Expert Weighs in on COVID-19 Vaccine, Debunks Myths
Utah State University Infectious Disease, Vaccines and Antiviral Chemotherapy professor Bart Tarbet has firsthand experience creating and testing vaccines. Tarbet is astounded at how quickly medical science has moved with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Former Show Horse Starts Second Career in Equine Assisted Therapy at USU
The Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) program at Utah State University recently welcomed “Celine,” a retired show horse donated to the program by members of the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Foundation.
Utah State University Antiviral Researchers at Work on Coronavirus with NIH Support
Researchers at Utah State University’s Institute for Antiviral Research are at work testing antiviral compounds and licensed drugs for their effectiveness against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Therapists Visit USU for Hippotherapy Training
Utah State University hosted an American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) course for licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists who use hippotherapy in treating clients.
Dairy Industry Celebrated at Richmond Black and White Days
For the past 104 years, Black and White Days has been putting Richmond, Utah on the map. The event lasts for nearly a week and focuses on celebrating the dairy industry.
Lab Students Prepare for Vet School
Three of the senior honors students in Mason's lab have recently been accepted to veterinary school for the upcoming fall semester, and a fourth honors student plans to apply to vet school this summer while working at a veterinary clinic.
USU Academic Quadrathlon Team Finishes Second at Regional Competition
A team of USU students in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences recently placed second at the Western Region Academic Quadrathlon held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. The event, hosted by the American Society of Animal Science, test...
Animal Science Student Researcher Presents Work on Ovarian Cells and Longevity
Each year during the Utah Legislature’s general session, students from Utah State University and the University of Utah present their work and demonstrate the value of undergraduate research to legislators and visitors to the capitol.
Dairy Science Club Represents USU
Members of the Dairy Science Club spend the school year preparing for the Dairy Challenge. The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge gives students across North America an opportunity to apply the things they learn in the classroom to a real dair...