Veterinary Technology program assists Texas State Aquarium with surgery on Green Sea Turtles
Through a cooperative arrangement with the National Park Service and the Texas State Aquarium, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Veterinary Technology (VETT) program assisted with a series of surgeries on green sea turtles at the VETT facilities on Thursday, Nov 21.
This collaborative effort was established to perform medically necessary surgical procedures on sea turtles in order to facilitate their eventual re-release in to the wild. Sea turtles are subject to benign growths, called fibropapillomas, that often inhibit movement therefore limiting food gathering abilities and eventually leading to severe debilitation or death.
Honestly as a student, this opportunity is amazing,” Recca Heiner, a senior studying veterinary technology, said. “Who else can say in their senior year of college they get to work with sea turtles?”
First-ever Photographic Guide for South Texas Sand Sheet Vegetation Now Available
A Photographic Guide to the Vegetation of the South Texas Sand Sheet, published by Texas A&M University Press, exists because Dexter Peacock struggled to identify the plants on his Hebbronville ranch.
Peacock, a retired Houston attorney and avid photographer, decided to solve the problem himself. He enlisted the expert assistance of Forrest S. Smith, Dan L. Duncan Endowed Director of Texas Native Seeds Program at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville. Texas A&M University-Kingsville sponsored the guide’s publication through the Perspectives on South Texas Series.
“While other field guides are available, they are written with botanists and other scientists in mind—and none of them are focused to the Sand Sheet,” said Peacock, noting most guides are built around taxonomic keys, scientific names and dedicated to a single group of plants such as grasses. “As a rancher and a hunter, I wanted to learn more about plants so I could improve the habitat on my land, but the lack of accessible information was frustrating.”
President's Holiday Open House
On Wednesday, Dr. and Mrs. Hussey opened their home to students to kick-off the holiday season.