MSC Regent Dr. Kay Helms is named Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture


Dr. Kay Helms has been selected as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

The project is a collaborative program between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University.  The program recognizes and honors women across all 77 Oklahoma counties for their impact in the agricultural industry.

Helms is a Murray State College Regent and former MSC faculty member and director of the college’s veterinary technology program. After retiring from MSC, she began offering low-cost spay and neuter clinics for low-income families.  Working with local humane organizations in Coalgate, Broken Bow, Fort Towson and Ada, she performs around 2,000 surgeries a year.

 “Dr. Helms’ contributions to animal science and agriculture in Oklahoma have been, and continue to be, inspiring and monumental,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

“Her designation as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture comes as no surprise to those of us who have had the pleasure of working with and learning from her,” MSC President Joy McDaniel added.

Helms grew up in eastern South Dakota in the company of chickens, geese, ducks, hogs, milk and beef cows, but without the luxury of electricity or running water.  At the age of six, she was successful in fighting off the family’s Australorp rooster and gander.  That fearlessness led to gathering eggs, feeding chickens and milking cows.

When reading the words of John Wesley, Helms was inspired to make his words her resolution from one year to the next.  The goals to which Wesley and Helms aspire are these: “Do all the good I can, For all the people and animals I can, Anytime I can, For as long as I can.”

Helms continues to meet her goals, making her a significant Oklahoma woman in every way.

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