|Brigadier General (Ret.) Casey to speak at OSU Wes Watkins Center|
(Stillwater, Okla., October 15, 2013) – Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Theresa Casey, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, a Distinguished Alumna of Oklahoma State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will present "Health of the Human Herd—A Unique Veterinary Role." As the Class of 1963 Endowed Lectureship keynote speaker at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Annual Fall Conference, Casey will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Wes Watkins Center on the Stillwater campus. The seminar is open to the public at no charge.
The traditional white coat symbolizes the first step of many milestones these veterinary medical students will achieve as they begin their journey to earn a DVM degree.
Dr. Casey will highlight the veterinarian's unique perspective and skill in disease prevention in human populations, from community zoonosis control programs to infectious disease management, such as tuberculosis, in individual patients. In over 20 years of service, Dr. Casey has seen the tremendous impact of military veterinarians on human health in the United States and abroad, in routine service and disaster operations. It's a One Health role for veterinarians with a distinct twist—people patients.
The conference will bring in more than 500 veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary suppliers. Attendees will have opportunities to receive continuing education to enhance their professional knowledge and abilities during lectures and wet labs.
Casey's military career is filled with many firsts as a veterinarian and as a Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) member of the United States Air Force. She was the first active duty BSC officer and veterinarian to ever serve as a general officer. She is highly decorated receiving numerous awards including a Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one silver leaf cluster to name a few.
Casey earned her DVM degree from OSU in 1982 and a Master of Public Health, Occupational/Environmental Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1989. In 1990 she received board certification becoming a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Currently an instructor and consultant for DECON, LLC, Casey conducts In-Place Patient Decontamination Training for the Air Force and First Receiver Operations Training for the Navy Medical Treatment Facilities. The mission involves 89 Active Duty Air Bases and Air Guard Bases plus 60 Navy Bases worldwide.
For more information and to register for the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Annual Fall Veterinary Conference, visit http://www.cvhs.okstate.edu/conference.
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university. OSU's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center's Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. OSU is preparing students for a brighter future and building a brighter world for all. OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high quality teaching, research and outreach. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.