Virginia Governor and First Lady visit LMU's DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center

Governor Glenn Youngkin dehorns a teaching model

The Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin visited Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC) in Ewing, Virginia, on Thursday.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Michael Foget and Nicole MauroGovernor Youngkin toured the LMU-Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) facilities and met veterinary students and Lee County officials during his visit. Suzanne Youngkin, who is an equestrian enthusiast, spent time learning about LMU-CVM’s developing Equine Veterinary Education Program from LMU-CVM Dean Stacy Anderson, DVM, MVSc, PhD, DACVS-LA. The new program is designed to provide high school students a direct pathway into veterinary school, saving prospective veterinarians wishing to work in the equine arena both time and money. The program also includes internship opportunities at high profile horse operations across the country.

The DVTC includes six buildings housing over 93,000 square feet of facilities for veterinary skills curriculum. Most of the LMU-CVM hands-on training occurs at the DVTC including anatomy studies, veterinary clinical skills, surgery, and animal interactions. Among the tour highlights, the Youngkins visited LMU-CVM’s model development lab where faculty and staff design innovative teaching aids to allow students to practice skills prior to interacting with live animals.

In the Bovine Teaching Center Governor Youngkin stepped into the students’ shoes, using a teaching model meant to simulate dehorning young calves, a practice used to reduce the risk of injury and bruising to herd mates. He also met students in an anatomy lab and observed surgery in the Small Animal Clinical Skills Center.

Following the tour, Governor Youngkin and the First Lady met with officials from Lee County along with LMU President Clayton Hess, PhD, Chairman O.V. Autry “Pete” DeBusk and Anderson.

 Visit LMU's flickr page to see all the photos from Governor Youngkin's visit.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].

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