Innovation, Diversity, and Fourth Year
I attended part of the second annual Veterinary Innovation
Summit (VIS) that was held over the weekend here at Texas A&M.
Veterinarians, veterinary students, and other members of the
veterinary industry from all over the United States descended upon
the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for
three days to talk about the future of veterinary medicine and what
we can do to advance the profession. There were talks and panel
discussions on a variety of topics, including the human-animal bond
in the 21st century, one health, on-demand veterinary services,
telemedicine, and the future of practice models and ownership, to
name a few.
attended a panel discussion where the deans from Texas A&M,
Florida, The Ohio State University, and UC-Davis veterinary schools
discussed the different ways they are trying to better prepare
their new graduates through their respective curricula. There were
mentions of business courses, communications training, and other
things of the like. But diversity was a common theme.
The deans discussed their commitment to the further
diversification of their veterinary school classes. Diversifying
the veterinary school classes can help to create even better
veterinarians and vet clinic environments in the future, as people
from a wide variety of backgrounds can all bring experiences and
perspectives to the table. It will also help the veterinary
profession to better serve a diverse group of people and their pets
in our ever-diversifying country.
I think the VIS is a great networking event and a great way to
gather up veterinarians, innovative technology, and other companies
to exchange ideas and push the veterinary profession into the
On a side note, it is now only 28 short days until I start my
clinical rotations as a fourth-year veterinary student!!! I really
cannot believe how fast this year (and all of vet school) has flown
by, and I am a bit intimidated by the responsibility that comes
with being a fourth year. I’m slowly mentally preparing myself for
the change to come and am SO excited to be done with the constant
studying and exam-taking portion of my veterinary studies.
I’m especially excited for all of the hands-on learning I’ll get
to do, new challenges I’ll face, and interacting with clients and