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Animal Rights Group Files Formal Complaint Against OSU

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An animal rights watchdog group has filed a formal complaint against Oklahoma State University after a federal report outlined several violations of veterinary standards as part of the university's training program.  

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michael Budkie of the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now asked the agency to take the "most severe action allowable" under federal law against OSU.

Budkie referenced a federal USDA report last month that cited several violations at OSU's Oklahoma City campus, including the death of a rabbit during a surgery, the performance of unapproved animal surgeries and surgical procedures performed on unhealthy animals.

University spokesman Gary Shutt says OSU-OKC is cooperating fully with the USDA to address the incidents and will take disciplinary action if warranted.

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