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Broaden Your Horizons

Broaden Your Horizons I want to take this opportunity to tell you all about my first veterinary summer experience.  I chose to apply for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to take part in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program.  We were able to choose a research program that one of the faculty members were currently working. I have always been interested in large animal medicine and disease prevention. I grew up on the United States - Mexico border and have witnessed the impact that border inspection has both on the American and Mexican side. I was lucky enough to have found Dr. Charles Long's lab, where they were working on antiviral techniques to prevent vesicular disease. The purpose of this work was to develop a method that stimulates the immune system to be in a poised state, which could block virus invasion. If successful, this new method could provide much needed protection to livestock and th... (Read More)

Glad To Be Home

Glad To Be Home This summer flew by!  After a brief bit of down time following final exams, I packed up a suitcase with 10 weeks worth of supplies and boarded a plane to Ithaca, New York to participate in Cornell University's Leadership Program for Veterinary Students.  Typically veterinary students spend their two free summers working in clinics both to gain practical experience and to remind ourselves of why we spend almost every waking moment pursuing medical knowledge during the fall and spring semesters.  However, after participating in Texas A&M's own Summer Research Program last summer, I knew I wanted to pursue another more untraditional summer experience.  This thought led me to Cornell's program which combines a research experience with an additional focus on the development of leadership skills. As a self professed nerd, I really enjoyed diving into a new lab and learning about a previously unfamiliar topic.  I was assi... (Read More)

Summer Research

Summer Research So I thought I would use my first post to talk a little bit about what I did this summer.  Because, really, the best part of vet school are the opportunities and experiences it provides outside the classroom.  During my first year, I applied and ultimately was accepted to participate in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program, a program available here at A&M that allows first and second year vet students, guided by a faculty mentor, to conduct their own research projects for 12 weeks during the summer. Now, you might be asking yourself a couple of questions.  First, you might ask, "Why exactly would you want to spend your summer in a lab pipetting solutions into test tubes?"  And, in fact, that's an excellent question.  Who would want to do that?  I wouldn't, and so I didn't.  The best part of this program is that I got to choose my mentor Dr. Chuck Long and my project, both of which exp... (Read More)