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CVM Hosts First Veterinary Job, Externship Fair

Posted November 30, 2017

JobFairStudentVeterinarians from the farthest corners of Texas, some driving four to five hours, traveled to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) on Nov. 18 to meet, network with, and, hopefully, recruit students.

Here at home, more than 200 eager first- through fourth-year veterinary students entered lecture halls in the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) filled with approximately 110 exhibitor booths, armed with their resumes and ready to secure coveted jobs and externships in their preferred areas of the state.

The first expanded Veterinary Job & Externship Fair was a resounding success, drawing a tremendous number practices of all sizes that care for animals of all species, as well as students who were serious about securing positions.

"In the spring of each year, the college has traditionally organized an evening of interviews during which practitioners interested in hiring a new veterinary school graduate would meet with interested fourth-year veterinary students. This year, we wanted to maximize graduating students’ opportunities to meet with practices seeking an associate, earlier in the year," said Karen Cornell, CVM associate dean for professional programs. "Additionally, we wanted to give our first-, second-, and third-year students the opportunity to meet with practices and discuss possible summer employment opportunities and externships."

After developing the idea of the Job and Externship Fair, Cornell contacted the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), and they were excited to partner with the CVM to provide this opportunity for both students and practices seeking associates.

“We are very pleased with the turnout for our first Job and Externship Fair. We had more than 110 practices in attendance and provided students in all four years of our DVM program the opportunity to interact with their future colleagues from all over the state of Texas," Cornell said. "We learned a great deal from this first event and plan to utilize the feedback from practitioners and students to make the event even better next year. We truly appreciate the support of the TVMA and the practice colleagues who joined us here in College Station.”

Read more about the Veterinary Job & Externship Fair in the next edition of CVM Today, and see more photos from the event at the CVM's Flickr page.



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