Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Participates in Aggies Invent
Posted April 13, 2017
Thanks to the judges and mentors who assisted in the Aggie
Invent experience for veterinary medicine. From left: Dr. Tamy
Frank-Cannon, Dr. Adam Little, Dr. Eleanor M. Green, and Dr.
As veterinary care evolves and pet owners look for more
personalized, convenient, and affordable resources to ensure their
companions are happy and healthy, students focused on veterinary
care are “stepping up.”
Six teams of students representing veterinary medicine,
agriculture, and engineering met over a weekend in early April to
participate in “Aggies Invent”—an intensive design experience that
provides an environment to inspire and support entrepreneurship and
innovate thoughts at Texas A&M University’s Engineering
Innovation Center (EIC).
"Aggies Invent is an enormously valuable program that changes the
lives of participating students. They all broaden their view of the
world and their role in contributing,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green,
the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "Thanks to Rodney
Boehm and the Dwight Look College of Engineering. I hope we can
continue to hold Aggies Invent experiences with a veterinary
The Aggies Invent experience tasks participants with creating and
developing solutions to problems many veterinarians face today.
Among the things the teams looked for during the activity were
solutions to incorporate aspects of veterinary clinical skills
training, the creation of sensors to monitor the health of
non-verbal patients, and the implementation of new diagnostic
tools. All agreed that there has never been a better time to
transform veterinary care.
Each team had four to five students, the majority of whom were
future veterinarians from Aggieland, including a graduate student
in the master’s program, an undergraduate pre-veterinary student
from animal science, and a veterinary student from the University
During the event, students in each group had 48 hours to create
prototype solutions for issues they felt were pertinent to the
veterinary community. Each presentation had a completely different
theme, keeping the presenters, and the judges, on the edge of their
seats as they waited for the next presentation.
"Aggies Invent provided a unique opportunity for our veterinary
students to harness their formal education and experience toward
solving real, tangible problems in animal health,” said Dr. Adam
Little, director of Veterinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
“Today's graduates need to be able to work across disciplines,
unpack problems, and utilize their training to create creative
solutions for their patients, clients, and practices. It was
incredibly rewarding to see the students go from an idea in their
head to something tangible in such a short period of time. Many
students were saying, ‘I can't believe we were able to do that.’ We
need to continue to unlock student potential at every
Banfield Pet Hospital, maxim integrated, and the Texas A&M
University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) sponsored the weekend event.
First place went to the project Pawty Pals, created by team
members Miranda George, Iran Ramirez, Sarah Jacobson, and Sam
Pawty Pals was designed to address the underlying issue that
owners might be unaware of the signs of emerging disease that their
cats may be showing. These signs can be hard to see, and because of
that, there has been a decrease in the number of veterinary visits
from cat owners, despite the growth of cats as pets in the U.S.
over the last five years.
With this developing problem, the team decided to evaluate how to
more effectively recognize the clinical signs of disease that cat
owners might be unaware of. The idea was to create a sensor that
would collect data on a cat as it uses its litter box, including
the frequency, duration, and, possibly, volume of these visits.
Second place went to Justin Campbell, Steven Michael Kouam
Kenmognie, Emily Fauver, Kyle Novak, McCalley Cunningham, and
Rachel Jorgensen for Pet Steps.
Pet Steps is a fun and interactive way to understand the important
aspects of a pet’s health. The project encompassed a Pet Steps
microchip, tag, and software app, providing a pet owner with
everything they need for their pet to be happy and healthy. The
product and technology provides innovative and effective ways to
positively impact a pet’s health, giving the pet owner peace of
mind and the veterinarian important data relating to the pet’s
overall well being.
Third place was awarded to 3D Organizers, a project that involved
implementing different 3-D printing techniques and materials to
simulate critical surgical operations for veterinary students to
practice before performing in the real world. The team comprised
Joseph Kishpaugh, Elise Luo, Gabriela De Lima, Jessica Jiaie Xu,
and Lee-Jae Jack Guo.
The top three winning teams were awarded $1,000, $750, and $500,
respectively. The EIC, as well as Aggies Invent, offers support for
students to continue working on their project, in addition to the
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
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Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive Director of
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