The Edmond Sun

August 19, 2013

Students complete summer research training program at OSU’s Vet Center

Special to The Sun

STILLWATER — Thirteen students recently completed a 12-week summer research training program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences with a poster presentation showcasing their work. Participating in the program was Brandon Bassett of Edmond.  

An incoming third-year veterinary student, Bassett studied the effects of hydrogen sulfide on genes in a fish species. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bassett of Edmond.

The program is designed to identify talented and highly motivated veterinary students interested in exploring a career in veterinary medical research. Each first or second year student is paired with a basic or clinical research faculty mentor for the summer. The veterinary center collaborates with other OSU departments as well as with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to provide a wide range of research studies to pursue.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to explore the possibility of a research career, along with their professional veterinary training. Although research and graduate training is not for everyone, the program provides a realistic look at what that career path is like. The students have fun along the way, too!” said Chris Ross, associate dean for Academic Affairs and one of the faculty directors of the research program.

Participants also receive specific instruction on a number of research-related topics, tour specialized research facilities in the region, and have the opportunity to travel to present their research at a national research meeting in addition to the poster presentation day at the veterinary center.

This program is made possible through competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, Merial Veterinary Scholars Program and the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.