- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A $300,000 grant to the Mississippi State University Veterinary School will allow its student-staffed, faculty-supervised clinics to spay and neuter homeless animals at 18 North Mississippi shelters to continue its work.

Melissa Rubin, the Humane Society of the United States’ vice president of the animal care centers and veterinary services, says in a news release that the program promotes awareness among veterinary students of the need for services at the shelters to ensure the animals receive quality medical care.

Phil Bushby, who helped establish the traveling clinic program and who is now a professor emeritus, says the funding will enable more students to expand their proficiencies in shelter medicine.

Bushby says animal shelters have more than an 80 percent adoption rate for animals that are spayed or neutered.

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