Donor rift fails to deter OSU veterinary students

BY JACLYN COSGROVE Modified: February 25, 2009 at 8:45 am •  Published: February 25, 2009
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Oklahoma State University veterinary students defended treatment of animals in their care following criticism of the school’s practices by the wife of prominent donor T. Boone Pickens.

Michael Lorenz, OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences dean, addressed about 100 veterinary students and faculty members Monday. No one outside the school was allowed at the meeting.

Madeleine Pickens said she planned to move a $5 million donation from the veterinary school after she learned of practices with which she did not agree. She cited claims by an anonymous veterinary student that animals were subject to organ removal, broken bones and other practices at the school.

Dean sends e-mail
In an e-mail sent to veterinary students, Lorenz said: "Rest assured that Mrs. Pickens has never made a gift or donation to the veterinary college. She did make an undesignated gift to the university.”

Kyle German, a third-year veterinary student, said most of the veterinary school, including faculty members, attended the meeting.