STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University has received a $300,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States to continue its popular traveling veterinary service program to animal shelters.

The mobile veterinary clinic provides professional services to 18 North Mississippi animal shelters. The student-staffed, faculty-supervised clinics spay and neuter homeless animals.

Officials say in addition to helping promote animal health at animal shelters in the region, the grant will enable opportunities for more students to expand their proficiencies in shelter medicine.

Melissa Rubin, the society's vice president of the animal care centers and veterinary services, says in a news release that the program promotes awareness among veterinary students of the new for services at the shelters to ensure the animals receive quality medical care.