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Student Volunteer Efforts Help to Train Future Equine Practitioners From all over the Nation
On January 22, 2011, the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)
Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners
(SCAAEP) hosted a workshop that brought in 250 participants from 22
veterinary schools around the nation. This year's sponsorship and
participation has been the highest on record since the workshop's
launch in 1995.
The workshop is run by the CVM SCAAEP
and is put on with the help of student, faculty, and staff
volunteers at the CVM.
There are 21 hands-on labs, which
range from emergency response to equine dentistry, that the
attendees have the option to participate in. Each lab in the
workshop is funded by national and local sponsors. Every sponsor
gets the opportunity to contribute to the job fair, which is open
to the participants after the activities are complete. During lunch
the students enjoyed a speech by Dr. Robert P. Franklin, equine
veterinarian at Weatherford Equine in Weatherford, Tx. Participants
also got the opportunity to experience a "Night Out at Northgate"
sponsored by Pfizer. The workshop was a day full of learning,
networking and growing for all of the people
"I felt like this year's workshop went very well,"
notes Brittany Durham, Wet Lab coordinator and a third year
veterinary student at the CVM. "We had an overwhelming response
from second and third year student volunteers, as well as from
clinician, resident, intern, and technician volunteers. The fact
that they give up their Saturday morning to help make this event
possible is amazing."
"We continue to get positive feedback,
because students get hands-on opportunities that they would never
get to experience in the classroom," explains Kati Glass, president
of the CVM AAEP and a third year veterinary student at the CVM.
"Schools are continuing to contact us to see if they can get a
workshop started. Our program is so successful because of our
facilities and all of the backing we have from the volunteers. Our
volunteers go so far out of their way to help train future equine
practitioners, and we are truly grateful for that."
Dr. Peter Rakestraw, clinical
associate professor at the CVM, thought that the event was a
success and everyone who volunteered to help pull the workshop
together deserved a pat on the back.
"The Wet Lab committee led by Brittany
Durham and Kati Glass did an outstanding job planning for and
running the event," explains Rakestraw. "Besides the committee,
many other students volunteered to help set up the labs and assist
the instructors during the labs. The execution was flawless. This
is truly a student run event."
"I hope next year's workshop will be
able to incorporate even more schools and participants," Durham
continues. "I think it is amazing that schools from all over the
country are interested in this event."
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