It didn’t take long for Maddie Moree to jump right into the fray. On her first day as the new veterinary social worker in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, she was called into action by a somewhat reluctant hospital worker. “They knew it was my first day and were very apologetic about calling me,” Moree said. “But that’s why I’m here. I must be available on a moment’s notice and be very flexible.” In her new role, Moree is responsible for a variety of tasks including crisis intervention with clients, following up with clients’ post-euthanasia, staff training, and supporting the hospital’s staff.
Dr. Cathy Miller’s research group is working on a new potential cancer treatment. Miller’s team is interested in understanding how mammalian orthoreoviruses package their genome and whether additional information can be added to the virus genome to make it better at killing cancer. “The viruses we are working with are clinically benign, they don’t cause substantial disease in most people,” Miller says. “But they serve as an excellent model system for understanding more pathogenic viruses. Because we now know that the viruses activate a general anti-tumor response, we wanted to determine if we could focus this immune response against specific tumors.”
November 28 is Giving Tuesday, a global movement and annual celebration of giving back. And here at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, we have a lot to celebrate because of the generosity of animal lovers like you!
On this Giving Tuesday, we encourage you to support the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at www.foundation.iastate.edu/lvmcgt. One gift can make a meaningful difference in the lives of students, faculty, and staff who care for our favorite pets and animals.
Learn more about the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital and the Large Animal Hospital in these short videos.