Most University of Missouri fans associate Mizzou with the sports program’s mascot, a Tiger. But for one school at the Columbia University, a mule is the animal of choice.
The MU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) utilizes a team of mules to help serves as ambassadors, traveling to community functions to help promote the program.
The CVM Mule Team will be traveling to Memphis this weekend to take part in the 2014 Scotland County Antique Fair. The mule team appears at many events every year including parades, festivals, and socials.
Wagon rides will be offered following the parade. The wagon will hold approximately 10 people at a time. Informative talks about mules and the MU CVM tradition of the mule mascots can also be given by the mule caretakers.
Although there are no associated fees for the appearance of the mule team, private donations are essential to the continued existence and operation of the CVM Mule Team.
The Missouri Mule Team is cared for by the Mule Club at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The club is composed of veterinary students who exercise, groom, and feed the mules. They also travel with the mules by truck and trailer to events throughout the state. The club is advised by Dr. John R. Dodam and Dr. James Thorne.