Texas A&M Veterinary Students Inform Through PEER Webcasts
October 16, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, TX - The Partnership for Environmental
Education and Rural Health, or PEER, provided a unique opportunity
this summer for grade school children all over the country to learn
more about health issues involving both pets and people. Second and
third year veterinary students from Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) presented three
One Health webcast sessions, aimed especially at elementary and
middle school students, about Pet Nutrition, Skeletons and Bones
(also called Orthopedics), and Animal Behavior.
"The three topics of Nutrition, Orthopedics, and Animal Behavior
are subjects that interest children and provide them with
information they need to know about their pets and themselves,"
said Dr. Larry Johnson, Professor of Veterinary Integrative
Biosciences and the principal investigator of PEER at the CVM.
Groups viewing PEER Webcasts numbered 514 this summer.
The first live webcast, "The Scoop on Nutrition," aired on July
1, 2013, and gave children in grades K-12 a veterinary student's
perspective on what nutrition is and the impact that it has on our
animals. It included a discussion of the consequences associated
with poor nutrition, how nutrition can be the first line of defense
against serious health issues, and how people can live happier,
healthier lives with our pets.
The second live webcast, "Orthopedics Down to the Bone!" aired
on July 15, 2013. During this live webcast, the veterinary students
explained-using anatomy specimens and x-ray radiographs-what
exactly bones are and how they function in the human and animal
body.. They also informed the students about innovative new
research that is helping humans with bone disorders, as well as
what a bone fracture is and how the body can fix them.
The final webcast, "Behavior: Decoded!" aired on July 29, 2013.
This final segment interpreted and explored important animal
behavior questions that every child should know. This fun and
interactive presentation taught students some of the many ways
animals can communicate with humans and answered various important
questions such as: What do I do if I encounter a wild animal? What
is rabies, and why do we need to vaccinate our pets against it? How
do I know if my pet is feeling happy, anxious, or aggressive?
"The webcasts provided students an opportunity to access
interesting, engaging, educational materials from current
veterinary students," said Johnson. "They allowed the students to
view them from home, with their family members or friends."
Along with launching its webcasts this summer, PEER has launched
free online complete science curricula for grades 6-8 at
http://peer.tamu.edu, which has received over 1900 downloads from
various states in the first 48 hours. These
animal-based/veterinary-related lessons including obesity, clinical
trials, and animal research with non-animal related science were
molded to meet the state learning standards as students learn about
the health of animals, themselves, and their surroundings.
The webcasts are now available on PEER's website at http://peer.tamu.edu/ under
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718
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