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In keeping with Texas A&M’s Vision 2020 objective of graduating students with a global perspective based on global experiences, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences provides a limited number of travel stipends to students to help them gain international work/study experiences. The following travel reports give an overview of what our students learned while living, working, and studying abroad.
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Hong Kong, China - Stephanie Kuo

Hong Kong, China - Stephanie Kuo

For some reason, I had always convinced myself that studying abroad would never be as life-changing as people claimed. Putting my stubbornness behind me, I challenged myself this past summer by traveling to Hong Kong and Fuzhou, China in hopes of enlightenment. With the help of fellow student Hanlin Song, I was fortunate enough to obtain an externship with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, where I shadowed several equine veterinarians. I was, by no means, proficient in all that the equine world entails, but it only took a month's time for me to turn my initial hesitation to working with horses into a love of working with them. I also learned valuable information and clinical skills while at it! I then moved to the small city of Fuzhou to work at a panda reserve. I did not spend as much time there as I did in Hong Kong, but I was able to learn basic panda husbandry. And to top it all off, I got to take a picture with a panda! How cool is that?

While my trip was mostly educational, I still had plenty of time to take advantage of tourist attractions. In particular, Hong Kong is a utopia for any food lover; I was able to snack happily while I explored the city. Admiring the twists and turns of the land and immersing myself in the culture were some of the many highlights of my trip.

I never dreamed that this international experience would influence me as much as it did, and I would absolutely do it all again if I could. From an academic perspective, everything I learned from my trip has reinforced old material and has aided me with my current studies. I would highly encourage any student to explore international veterinary medicine!



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