March 11, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Mar. 11, 2005 - Texas
A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences has a unique dual distinction - that of having a professor
and a student head the top two veterinary posts in the country.
Travis McDermott, a third-year veterinary student from La Grange
, will be installed as the student American Veterinary Medical
Association (SAVMA) president at the association's 2005 symposium
Friday and Saturday (March 11-12) at Texas A&M University . Dr.
Bonnie Beaver will continue to serve as President of the AVMA
through the association's 2005 meeting in Minneapolis , Minn. ,
As student AVMA president, McDermott will attend AVMA executive
board meetings, serve as a delegate to the AVMA governing board and
participate on the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee.
McDermott is also serving as manager of this year's SAVMA
symposium. The symposium will give approximately 2,000 students
from around the globe a chance to experience the professionalism
and hospitality of the College of Veterinary Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences. The event consists of lectures on the latest
veterinary topics and hands-on wet labs given by experts in their
field. Academic and athletic competitions will allow students to
show off their muscles and their brains.
Saturday evening caps off with a keynote address by national TV
celebrity Jeff Corwin, two-time Emmy winner of Animal Planet
Network's wildlife adventure series The Jeff Corwin Experience. The
symposium concludes with a "Lone Star Gala" at the Hilton
Conference Center .
Beaver has served as the president of the American Veterinary
Medical Association since July. She is only the second woman and
the eighth veterinarian from Texas to serve as the president of the
141-year-old, 70,000-plus member organization. Beaver is focusing
on three key areas during her term as president - excellence,
communication and animal welfare.
"As health care professionals," said Beaver, "we are expected to
deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine in the private
and public practice areas. For a small profession, we have a lot of
responsibility. We serve two publics," she added, "the animals and
Established in 1916, the Texas A&M University College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is one of the world's
leading institutions in animal health care and research.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718
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