COLLEGE STATION, Nov. 7, 2013 – With a higher concentration of veterinary colleges than any other conference in the country, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) represents a region with a strong focus on animal care as well as top-flight college sports. Underscoring these strengths and with their schools’ football teams meeting here Saturday (Nov. 9), the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine are teaming up to promote their partnership in sports and veterinary medicine.
Jackie Sherrill, who coached football at both universities, has worked with faculty and administrations at both veterinary colleges and came up with the idea of having a yearly competition called the Dog Bowl: A Taste of Victory — with the title inspired by the fact that both universities have canine mascots. Texas A&M’s mascot, “Reveille VIII,” is a collie, while Mississippi State’s is a bulldog named “Bully.”
The veterinary college of the winning football team will get to keep the Dog Bowl trophy on display for the following year.
“This fun competition just seems fitting as the two colleges are so interwoven. Dean Eleanor Green at Texas A&M was on faculty at MSU at one point, and I’ve worked at both universities,” Sherrill said. “The two schools have a lot in common and the trophy competition signifies that.”
The colleges also will host alumni tailgate events and other activities in the future to celebrate the partnership between the colleges.
“This is all in good fun and we look forward to seeing how this all evolves,” said Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the MSU-CVM. “Texas A&M has a great veterinary college and we’ve shared a lot academically over the years and now we get to throw football into the mix. I see this as an opportunity to collaborate even more.”
Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M and a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State in the 1970s, is a strong supporter of Texas A&M’s move into the SEC.
“These two universities have much in common – school colors of maroon and white, fans with undying loyalty, passion for football, Coach Jackie Sherrill as a head football coach, colleges of veterinary medicine, and even canine mascots, each of which receives superb veterinary care,” Dean Green said. “The faculty, staff and students of the respective veterinary medical teaching hospitals are the preferred health care providers for Reveille and Bully. The Dog Bowl is a fitting and fun competition.”
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