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Health Occupations Professionals Visit CVM For Expanded Tour

Posted July 26, 2017



Dr. Kenita Rogers welcomes members of the Texas Health Occupations Association, who visited the CVM on July 24.

Twenty-one health science educators received a glimpse into the world of veterinary medicine when they visited the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) on July 24.

Members of the Texas Health Occupations Association (THOA), in College Station for the Texas Health Science Teachers Conference, toured the CVM’s Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the Diagnostic Imaging & Cancer Treatment Center, and the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center during their three-hour stop at Texas A&M.

The tour began with a welcome by CVM executive associate dean Dr. Kenita Rogers, who shared with the guests the history of the CVM and the VBEC, as well as some of the college’s unique aspects, including its focus on student wellness, the cutting-edge research that correlates human diseases to animal diseases, and key pieces of art found around the complex.

Following the greeting, the group was guided by the CVM Ambassadors, veterinary technician Bruce Worley, and Stevenson Center associate director Ellie Greenbaum at their stops across campus.

The CVM tour was one of the activities offered for THOA members preceding the start of their summer professional development conference. It was organized by Experience Bryan College Station.

“Someone on the tour said it was wonderful and told me all about it,” said Sydney Murrell, director of servicing and events for Experience Bryan College Station, which helped organize the THOA tour. “She said that everyone that attended the tour was so impressed. The group truly loved it.”

THOA president Deanie Gold, a 1980 Texas A&M graduate, echoed those sentiments, adding that the tour was an opportunity to see and learn more about veterinary medicine, an area many of the THOA members’ students express interest in.

“Each and every department we visited was interesting; however, the group all agreed that our student ambassadors were the best part of the trip, followed closely by the visit at the Stevenson Center,” Gold said. “The two young ladies who guided us were superb! Both of them were friendly, knowledgeable, energetic, and great ambassadors for TAMU! They kept the group engaged and did great at splitting up if needed to help people hear better or to facilitate movement through a particular area.

“The talk given by Dr. Rogers at the beginning also was very informative and enlightening,” Gold continued. “She was warm and welcoming, with an obvious love for TAMU and excitement about her job.

As the only Aggie in the group, Gold said she was especially happy to see Revielle XIII at the Stevenson Center and was overjoyed to take a picture with her.

THOA is the professional organization for Texas health science educators and is dedicated to helping health science teachers across the state provide the most current and relevant instruction possible to Texas students.

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