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03.08.05

Jeff Corwin to Speak at SAVMA Symposium

COLLEGE STATION - Jeff Corwin, 2-time Emmy award-winning host of Animal Planet Network's wildlife adventure series The Jeff Corwin Experience , will speak to veterinary students at Rudder Theater Saturday, March 12, as part of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association's (SAVMA) Symposium hosted this year by Texas A&M University 's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Corwin has been an activist for rainforest preservation and education since an expedition to Belize in 1984. During that time as an undergraduate at Bridgewater State College, Corwin helped in the establishment of the Emerald Canopy Rainforest Foundation, a grassroots organization for the protection of rainforests in Central and South America , and served as a member of the youth action committee for the United Nations Environmental Program.

In 1994, Corwin returned to the rainforests of Belize as an expedition naturalist for the JASON Project, a televised broadcast from the rainforest. Corwin also hosted and produced Jaguar Trax , a natural history docudrama filmed on location in the jungles of Costa Rica . From 1997-1999, Corwin co-created, produced, and hosted the Disney Channel series Going Wild with Jeff Corwin.

Currently, Corwin is the host and executive producer of The Jeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet. Corwin also presents an outreach lecture series on wildlife, ecology and conservation across the United States and is developing a series of books to explore the natural history of endangered species.

Corwin holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and anthropology as well as an honorary doctorate in public education from Bridgewater State College for his work in educating the public about natural resources, wildlife and ecosystems.

Approximately 2,000 veterinary students from across the nation will be participating in the SAVMA Symposium, held March 10 - 12, 2005. The annual event is organized and operated entirely by and for veterinary students as a way to learn about the latest veterinary topics and to network with fellow future and current veterinarians in America and all over the world. "Hosting this event is no easy task, requiring hundreds of hours of planning and preparation by student run committees," says Travis McDermott, a third year veterinary student who will be installed as the next SAVMA President on Saturday. "With the theme 'Everything's bigger in Texas ,' the Aggie vet students are going to put on a Texas-sized show for all of their colleagues."

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Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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