Andrea “Andi” Hannigan
Animal Health Technician
Community Veterinary Services/Animal Health Center
College of Veterinary Medicine
Years in Position: 1.5 years
Years of Service to MSU: 7.5 years
Andi Hannigan grew up running around Mississippi State University’s Starkville campus. With both parents employed by the university, she had little doubt where she would go to college. What she didn’t anticipate was the turn her career path would take.
“My mother worked at Forest Product Laboratories until her death in 2002, and my father is still an instructor in aerospace engineering,” Hannigan said. “I enrolled in aerospace engineering at MSU before eventually graduating in the very first class of veterinary technologists in 2012.”
Hannigan became a certified veterinary technologist in the spring of 2013. Her workday at the College of Veterinary Medicine includes both routine and more in-depth cases. She is especially interested in dental cases.
“We see a number of dental cases, which can vary from a routine dental cleaning to patients who need extractions because of fractures or pathological changes,” she said. “Occasionally I will assist with root canals.”
Hannigan enjoys her job, but it’s not all about the cute factor.
“Most people usually assume that the best part of my job is getting to see puppies and kittens all the time, but I’d have to say that my favorite part is actually getting to see a patient as it grows up -- especially those I met as a student and now see as a technician,” she said. “I like meeting the pet and then seeing it work through any problems it may have.”
Outside of work, Hannigan keeps herself busy. She is a certified volunteer fire fighter, a Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience instructor at Camp Seminole, and a former member of the Mississippi Brawl Stars roller derby team. She bought her first motorcycle when she was 16. Growing up, she learned to fly single and twin engine planes with her father, who is a flight instructor. She also enjoys horseback riding.
Extension Agent I
MSU Extension Service
Years in Position: 7
Years of Service to MSU: 7
From the moment she started her job as an Extension agent in Tunica County, Ebony Jones has been on the move.
With multiple school, community and special interest clubs, every day is different.
“In livestock season I could be in my office with heels on one day and in a pen with work boots on the next,” Jones said. “I could be working with 4-H’ers to plant a garden and then need to be ready for a meeting. I could be practicing with my drama team and then turn around to do a community-clean up or pack bags at the local food bank. That’s what I love about 4-H -- I can’t get bored.”
Jones appreciates the 4-H program’s flexibility.
“The kids drive the program,” she said. “We’re not restricted. We’re able to offer any type of program the county needs. Computers, dogs, robotics, bugs, sewing -- if a 4-H’er is interested in it, we’ll explore it. It’s very empowering to them.”
Twice a week Jones teaches a public speaking class, and she has seen the powerful impact it has had on young people in her community.
“Some of these kids never knew they had a gift for speaking or felt they had a voice,” she said. “When they find out there is place in this world for the gifts that they have, they’re so excited. No one offered that to them before. They say, ‘I knew my mouth was big for a reason!’ They know that they fit in at 4-H.”
Jones is willing to serve her clients because she appreciates the relationships they are building.
“I had a student who was smart but struggling. She couldn’t pass her state test, and she really wanted to go to college,” Jones said. “We would study together, and when she finally passed that test, I rejoiced with her and her mother.
“It’s the relationships that you gain, the families and the community, that make this job wonderful. You don’t get that in every job,” Jones said.
In addition to her work, Jones enjoys her work in ministry and visiting her family in Lexington.