By Terry Harpole
MABEN — Dr. Kimberly Woodruff was guest speaker at the Oct. 28 meeting of the Maben Methodist Men, and ladies. She is with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Woodruff brought a most interesting program. She received her DVM from Mississippi State in 2008, and interned from 2008-09 with MSU- CVM’S animal shelter medicine program, where she has since been a medical resident.
Woodruff, whose father is the Rev. Larry N. Woodruff, pastor of Longstreet United Methodist Church in Memphis, said she had always thought she might follow her father’s footsteps and enter the ministry. However, she chose the life of a veterinarian, which many may consider a form of ministry, as she now helps to care for the lives of animals.
Woodruff, who is a clinical instructor with the university’s veterinary school, told about the work that the staff and students from many states do in going into communities, sometimes with the school’s mobile unit, to spay and neuter dogs and cats, and to assist animal shelters in the area.
Because the university had only one mobile unit, CVM staff and students took on a project to try and buy another one. They raised $50,000, and a grant proposal was written.
What happened next was good news for the university and the area, as PetSmart gave MSU $250,000 toward the entire cost of the mobile unit. This left the $50,000 raised by the school to be used in surgical procedures.
Woodruff said the people from the veterinary school were to be in nearby Winston County the next week assisting the animal shelter there.
Much has changed since before the opening of the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU and it has been good for this area.