Strolling around the University of Missouri campus it is common to see students taking their dogs on a walk, playing fetch on the Quad, or hanging out with friends in Speakers Circle. However, on the morning of April 8, dog owners and their four- legged, furry friends were moving a little faster than usual as they participated in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Annual Dog Jog.
The event allowed participants to choose between a 5k run or a 2.5k walk accompanied by their dog. Those without a dog were welcome, as well. The MU Veterinary School was the beginning and ending point of the race, with the course looping through the rest of campus.
“We were excited to offer a 5k and a 2.5k option this year,” said Kelsey Schaul, one of the event coordinators and third year veterinary medicine student. “We wanted to make sure all human and dog participants had an option that would work for them, The purpose of the event is to give dog owners and their dogs, or even just dog lovers, an activity they can do together.”
All proceeds from the race went to the Central Missouri Humane Society, who at the event held a food and toy drive.
The cost to participate in the jog was $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Human participants received a T-shirt and were entered to win prizes at the event, while the furry, four-legged runners received goodie bags. The dogs participating with their owners received a dog food bowl, bandana, and leash in their goodie bags.
“What makes the events so much fun is seeing everyone come out with their dogs,” said Olivia Stone, another event coordinator for the jog and second-year veterinary medicine student. “It a great added bonus that we are able to give back to the Central Missouri Humane Society.”
The Mizzou Pre-Vet Club and the School of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association sponsored the event. The Mizzou Pre-Vet Club is an organization that brings together undergraduate students who are interested in veterinary medicine through guest speakers and opportunities in the field of vet med. SCAVMA serves as the Veterinary Medicine College’s student council and provides social activities for students, extracurricular educational opportunities, and promotes organized veterinary medicine.
Mizzou Pre-Vet Club holds meetings the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Vet Med auditorium. More information can be found on their Facebook page.