American Association of Bovine Practitioners Recognizes LMU-CVM Food Animal Club as Chapter of the Year

2019 AABP Student Chapter of the Year

The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) Food Animal Club was honored with the 2018-2019 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Student Chapter of the Year Award at the 52nd Annual AABP Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri, Sept. 12-14, 2019. Each year the AABP recognizes one student chapter for its hard work, community service and dedication to its members and the overall positive representation of the national association.


“We were very honored and grateful to have been recognized and to receive this prestigious award for the very first time,” said Chelsee Beal, a senior veterinary medicine student at LMU-CVM and president of the Food Animal Club during the 2018-2019 academic year. “This was a big year for us as it was the first year that we combined the Small Ruminant Club with the Bovine Club, and officially added a Swine Chapter, to establish the Food Animal Club.”


The 2018-2019 Food Animal Club was led by chapter officers Chelsee Beal, David Alexander, Cora Moyers, Mariah Fischer, Nicholas Shen, Katelyn Jaqueway, Megan Parker, Natalie Richardson, Katharine Jackson and Anthony Holowka. LMU-CVM faculty members, Dr. Jerry Roberson and Dr. Philippa Gibbons, volunteered their time to serve as the club advisers.


The Club kicked off its year with a “Back to School Cook-out” to welcome first-year veterinary students and recruited 100 members to the club. Throughout the year they held monthly meetings and hosted numerous guest speakers including Dr. Jody Wade, senior veterinary consultant for Boehringer-Ingelheim, Dr. Charles Hatcher, Tennessee State Veterinarian and representatives from Multi-Min, a cattle supplement company.  


In addition to meetings, the Club conducted several wet labs which included bovine related tasks such as: hoof trimming, dystocia procedures, embryo collection and processing procedures, eye enucleations and dehorning techniques.


“We were also able to castrate and ear notch piglets, conduct pregnancy checks on sheep, and provide castration, dehorning, and vaccines to local goats,” said Beal.  “The local dairy farm gave our students a bounty of experience by allowing them to go out to the dairy every Friday to palpate and ultrasound their herd for pregnancy checks. This was such a routine practice for the club that we established Palpation Fridays.”


In the spring, the Club facilitated a two-day artificial insemination (AI) course where 12 members became AI-Certified.


Because the community helps the club by providing them with hands-on experience, the Food Animal Club takes advantage of any opportunity to give back to the community. This past year they were able to serve two very special farms and families that graciously stepped up and allowed the Food Animal Club, and the entire LMU-CVM, an extraordinary amount of hands-on experience. The Food Animal Club hosted two “farm cleanup days” to help the Shipley Family at Hickory Corner Dairy with tasks they had not had the time or manpower to complete, such as hanging boards, scraping manure/cleaning pens, tidying up the hoof trimming facility, and fixing the palpation rail area.


The Club also lent a helping hand to Melissa Hubbard of Hubbard Club Lambs during lambing season. Two to three students stayed every night between February and March to perform night checks, help deliver babies, feed bottle babies, and assist on feeding and watering the whole herd.


“The LMU-CVM Food Animal Club is honored and grateful for the opportunities to serve this small Appalachian community that has aided in our personal success and overall veterinary careers,” said Beal. “We hope the club continues to grow and attract new members that also believe in our principles of promoting livestock medicine while also honing the attributes of hard work, commitment, education and community service.”


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at

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