Dogs and cats and … elephants? Berry student Robert Stilz (19c) recently traveled to Thailand to work with rescued elephants in the Elephant Nature Park and with dogs and cats at Animal Rescue Kingdom shelter. It followed his work at the Berry College sheep unit and a local vet clinic. “Both prepared me by teaching me how to work with animals of all kinds and teaching me about veterinary medicine,” he says. Robert is an animal science/pre-vet major with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and One Health. He plans to earn his doctorate in veterinary medicine and his master’s in public health after graduating from Berry in 2019. “I still cannot believe what an amazing opportunity this trip was for me,” Robert says of the Thailand trip coordinated by Loop Abroad. “I’ve made lifelong memories and friendships on this trip and I would encourage anyone interested to seek out the same.”
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Dr. Qualley, Dr. Daniel and students M.G. Stockwell-Goering, A.R. Crane, C.M. Hernandez and B.K. Whitlock presented “Oral administration of L-citrulline increases plasma concentrations of Lcitrulline and arginine in horses” at the American Society of Animal Science-Canadian Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., July 8-13, 2017.
Dr. Peters presented “Utility of robust mixed models in describing growth of seven strains of chicken using Logistics and Richards growth functions” and “Application of Bayesian robust mixed models in the use of non-linear functions to describe growth of three turkey genotypes” at the Poultry Science Association Meeting, Orlando, Fla., July 17-21, 2017.
He co-published “Molecular evolution of type II MAGE genes from ancestral MAGED2 gene and their phylogenetic resolution of basal mammalian clades” in Mammalian Genome and “Repeats conservation at the mammalian KCNQ10T1 – CDKN1C region suggests a role in genomic imprinting” in Evolutionary Bioinformatics.
Dr. Gallagher, Dr. Sunday O. Peters and students Catherine H. Holloway, Kelly L. Williams, Robyn Y. Ellenburg, Brianna M. Saylors and Lara van der Heiden published “Influence of Visual Input on Behavior of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) to an Auditory Alert Recording” in Proceedings of the 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference. Univ. of California, Davis.
Dr. Gallagher and students have been working with the staff at the ECO Center in Rome to create a rotating display related to environmental research at Berry College. Last year, they focused on the rat snake with radio telemetry, examples of technology used in their research, and a continuous loop PowerPoint that was modified for the general public and youth audience about the work. Dr. Gallagher also gave a lecture about animal vision at the Center on July 27, 2017. In addition, Dr. Gallagher took a crew to Running Wild Ranch this summer, where students worked over 40 heads of sheep and goats and visited a baby camel.
Combining her love of animals and a family military tradition, Elizabeth Anthony (16C) is on her way to her dream job with the Army Veterinary Corps. While at Berry, the 2016 graduate double majored in animal science and biochemistry, immersing herself in the culture of animal care and demanding academic rigor that Berry is known for. She spent much of her time working at the Rollins Dairy caring for large animals and learning how to manage people. Berry’s demanding classes, along with two internships whipped her into shape and helped her gain acceptance into the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship Program where she’s one of 30 individuals nationwide. Thanks to the scholarship, Elizabeth is now a student in the University of Florida’s veterinary program and has been sworn into the Army as a second lieutenant. Her advice to current Berry students is, “If you know there’s something you want in life, no excuses, no procrastination. Attack it, get it done and be proud of doing your best regardless of the results.”
Dr. Gallagher and his students McKenzie Weisser, Daryon Smith and Danielle Creamer, presented research at the 17th Wildlife Damage Management Conference at Orange Beach, Ala. This research effort was funded in part by a grant from the 2016 Laura Maddox Smith Summer Research Institute for the Environmental Sciences.
Presentations: “Anatomy of a Snake Fence Intended to Prevent Escape of Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete) From an Enclosure,” “A Field Evaluation of Two External Attachment Locations of Radio Transmitters on Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete)” with Rebecca J McLarty, and “A Field Evaluation of the Efficacy of Milorganite® as a Repellent for Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete).”
When Emily Barton (15C) came to Berry with plans to be a large-animal vet, she knew it would take great grades – and so much more – to get into vet school. But she was determined to do everything she could to build her future … and she did! She graduated with a GPA near perfection and exceptional experience punctuated by a hands-on leadership position with the Berry College Dairy and two summers working with veterinarians. The ballerina and choreographer also demonstrated her depth and breadth as Berry’s Dance Troupe manager.
Emily applied to two veterinary medicine programs, was accepted to both, and is now doing (very!) well at the University of Georgia. Although focused on her studies, Emily has kept on dancing, even working as choreographer for a UGA dance team. She’s also a volunteer Bible study leader for an Athens church and treasurer of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.