During the past five years, the School of Veterinary Medicine continues to use its faculty and students to reach out to the community by providing information and services. The general goals of the TUSVM's outreach programs are to ensure that the people of Alabama acquire knowledge skills and attitudes to prevent animal and human diseases, promote animal wellness and to increase animal food production. Some of the major outreach programs provided are described below.
- Annual Horse Health Fair: SVM and the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) jointly sponsor The Fair. Faculty and students work in concert one day each March to educate clients and provide their horses with preventive healthcare that includes complimentary physical examinations, fecal and blood tests, and nutrition and general horse healthcare information. For a fee, patients receive vaccinations, deworming treatment, hoof trimming, and testing for other diseases.
- Food Animal Conferences: TUSVM provided affordable herd health management and veterinary public health information at group meetings with small farmers (members of the Tuskegee Cooperative Programs and members of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Macon County Livestock producers) and also at the Alabama Food Animal Conferences in Shelby County. The 1997 Tuskegee University Food Safety Workshops introduced 15 small animal producers to information relating to new food safety regulations. The TUSVMís faculty continued to provide lectures and workshops at the Tuskegee University's Annual Goat Day Conferences.
- Small Animal Ambulatory Programs (SAAP)
Rabies Clinic: On an annual basis, TUSVM faculty and students travel to the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Reservation in Atmore, Alabama, to vaccinate dogs against rabies and to educate the Indians about the need of a comprehensive rabies-prevention program. The clinic is part of the School's on-going effort to prevent rabies in pets and livestock. In 1999 a total of 254 animals were vaccinated.
SAAP for the Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities: This SAAP was started in 1998 for pet owners in Macon county. Approximately 30 animals receive preventative medical care each month.
SAAP for Montgomery and Lee County Humane Society: In order to facilitate pet adoption, TUSVM started a biweekly, non-emergency medical and surgical care program in 1998 for the Humane Societies of Montgomery and Lee counties.
SAAP for Bird Dog Kennels in Alabama: This unique comprehensive health care program was started in 1999 to promote wellness in the sporting bird-dog population. To date, 200 dogs have entered the program.
- Annual Small Animal Health Fair: This Health Fair provides dogs and cats with complimentary physical and fecal examinations, heartworm examinations, and medical advice to pet owners. For a fee, patients received vaccinations for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, feline leukemia, and other preventable diseases.
- Spay Day USA: Pet owners were encouraged to have their dogs and cats spayed/neutered on February 27,1998. Clients received a 25 percent discount of the regular price for spaying/neutering. All received a complimentary physical examination. Spay day was sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) and the TUSVM.