In South Carolina, we have a major chance to make a significant difference in our lives and others in the world by responding to the new knowledge we acquire every day.
It is important to be informed and education is a lifelong thing that we are marinated in day-to-day. A major matter in every person’s life is health. Every person has a variation of a cold or form of a headache every year.
The need to limit these events are crucial to the zest of America. More than 60 percent of infectious diseases are spread from animals to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Then, more than 2 million people die per year around the globe because of these zoonotic diseases.
There obviously is some room for improvement in these areas that are affecting our public health. We can nip these diseases in the bud if we treat other non-human things in humane ways, even if we eventually consume them.
The awareness about these subjects affecting our human race can be improved if there are more classrooms to discuss them, researchers to get the scoop on them and professional practitioners to explore these issues. There are pre-veterinary and veterinary medicine programs at most of our colleges in South Carolina. However, there still are zero veterinary schools in this state.
We have beholden our students to have the straitened odds of being accepted to doctor of veterinary medicine schools in neighboring states through contractual agreements and even more limited chances at much of the others.
On the contrary, there is an excess of DVMs who are in the traditional practice areas such as small pet primary care and animal hospitals with more than 75 percent of veterinarians working in those areas. Still, there remains a need for a specialty veterinary school in this state to study wildlife conservation, public health, food safety, epidemiology and product development.
If we only focus on a few areas, we will not need many instructors for the veterinary school initially and there would be a chance to maximize the public’s benefit of the program. The DVM school could be an addition to any one of the public colleges in the state and most likely the one that would be able to give the lowest cost for the highest educational value. Currently, we guarantee fewer than 30 college graduates in total from South Carolina admission to three DVM schools (UGA, MSU, Tusk.).
We can already teach those veterinary students here at a low cost that will save them student loan repayment, because of in-state tuition, and utilize the brainpower we have in our state.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.